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Easy Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

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Making chicken enchiladas doesn’t have to be something that takes all day and requires a ton of ingredients!!! Here is our easy chicken enchiladas recipe with the BEST homemade AND store-bought enchilada sauces. (And trust me, we’ve tried them ALL!)

This is easily one of my family’s favorite dinners.  I love serving the this delicious meal with a side of Spanish Rice, warm tortilla chips with a batch of my famous Homemade Salsa and a tall pitcher of Horchata to drink.

A plate with two chicken enchiladas on it topped with sour cream and parsley

Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe

This is the enchilada recipe that has set the standard in my home for a good meal. If I let Rob choose what’s for dinner, this is always his first choice. And I don’t mind – these easy enchiladas are delicious and couldn’t be easier to prepare!

a tortilla with chicken on it and a bowl with the chicken mix in the back and a tray filled with a few chicken enchiladas

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas

To make enchiladas, you’ll start by shredding some cooked chicken breasts and mixing it with some sauce and some cheese. (Add some sour cream for green enchiladas for a creamy variation that is amazing!) Exact measurements on these ingredients is entirely up to you! Do you like your enchiladas extra cheesy? Go for it! Want to drown your tortillas in the delicious enchilada sauce? No judging here!

Once your chicken mixture is made, you’ll put a few heaping spoonfuls of it onto the center of each tortilla, roll it up and place it in your baking dish. I can get 8-10 enchiladas in each 9×13 casserole pan.

a tray with red sauce filled with enchiladas topped with cheese made using this easy chicken enchiladas recipe

Cover the rolled enchiladas with more sauce, sprinkle with some cheese, and you’re good to pop them in the oven! And since everything you’ve used is already cooked, you just need to bake your enchiladas to heat them up and melt the cheese. This usually takes about 20 minutes.

Tools Used To Make Chicken Enchiladas

  • Kitchen mixer to shred the chicken – I love my KitchenAid
  • Kitchen claws also work great to shred chicken
  • My favorite kitchen knife
  • 9 x 13 casserole pan
  • Basting brush to spread the enchilada sauce over the tortillas
  • Large mixing bowl

Red Chicken Enchiladas on a plate with sour cream on top

Chicken Enchilada Ingredients

  • Soft taco sized flour tortillas – try these Homemade Tortillas if you want fresh ones
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Shredded cheese
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Your favorite toppings

Tip For Making Chicken Enchiladas

I definitely have my favorite homemade red enchilada sauce recipe, but if you don’t have time to try it, store-bought enchilada sauce is a great option.

I will warn you though, NOT ALL SAUCES ARE CREATED EQUAL!

Over the years, I’ve experimented with plenty of the brands that you see at the grocery store, and so many of the red sauces are thin and bitter, while the green are too bland or too spicy.

The brands I love for each enchilada recipe are pictured below. I’ve been using them both for years now, and I will NOT try any other brands anymore! (Once you find a favorite – stick to it!)

a can of rosarita mild enchilada sauce and la victoria green enchilada sauce

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Can You Freeze Enchiladas?

To make Enchilada Night in your home even easier, you can assemble your enchiladas then freeze them until you’re ready to use them up! Here is how to freeze enchiladas –

  1. Spread some sauce over the entire bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole pan. (I use the disposable foil ones.)
  2. Mix the ingredients for the enchilada filling of your choice (red or green).
  3. Fill each tortilla with the filling and roll up like a burrito.
  4. Place each filled tortilla side by side in the pan.
  5. Pour the remaining sauce on the top of the tortillas- covering them completely.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese- as much as you would like!
  7. Cover first with saran wrap, then with foil. Label them and freeze them!
  8. When you’re ready to cook them, thaw them as much as you can, remove saran wrap and foil and then bake uncovered at 350 degrees until heated through. (The cook time will depend on how much chicken mixture you stuff your enchiladas with + how defrosted they are. I typically pull mine out of the freezer in the morning and then bake them for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Top with desired toppings, serve & enjoy!

Easy Homemade Enchiladas Recipe

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Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Making enchiladas doesn't have to be something that takes all day and requires a ton of ingredients!!! Here is our easy enchiladas recipe with the BEST homemade AND store-bought enchilada sauces. (And trust me, we've tried them ALL!)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchiladas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 enchiladas
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 Soft Taco Sized Tortillas
  • 2 Breasts of Chicken cooked and shredded. (I boil my chicken straight out of the freezer)
  • Shredded Cheese- Cheddar or Mexican blend
  • Red Enchilada Sauce
  • Toppings: Sliced olives diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350.
  2. Spread some sauce over the entire bottom of a 13x9 casserole pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded chicken, 2/3 of the can of red sauce, and 2 cups of cheese.
  4. Fill each tortilla with the chicken/cheese mixture and roll up like a burrito.
  5. Place each filled tortilla side by side in the baking dish an pour the remaining sauce on the top of the tortillas- cover them completely.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese- as much as you would like!
  7. Cook uncovered in the oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  8. Top with desired toppings & enjoy!

a plate with two Chicken Enchiladas and a tray in the background filled with enchiladas made from this easy chicken enchilada recipe

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