Easy Chicken Enchiladas

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Chicken Enchiladas are rich, filling, delicious, and SO easy to make! Shredded chicken smothered with Enchilada sauce is wrapped in flour tortillas, then topped with a layer of more Enchilada sauce, plus an added layer of cheese, and finally baked to a golden perfection!

Baked Chicken Enchiladas topped with sour cream, jalapenos, and tomatoes.

EASY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

These delicious Easy Chicken Enchiladas are made quickly and effortlessly with leftover chicken. My simple Air Fryer Chicken Breast recipe paired with my Homemade Enchilada Sauce gives ordinary enchiladas an amazing shot of flavor. These are the easiest and CHEESIEST enchiladas you’ll ever eat!

Making Enchiladas is my favorite way to transform leftovers into an easy, flavorful dinner because I LOVE a good enchilada. Whether it’s Breakfast Enchiladas or Beef Enchiladas, I’m always in the mood for a quick and delicious Mexican-inspired meal.

Preparing chicken filling in a skillet, for enchiladas.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

I make these enchiladas with leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken purchased at the store to cut the cooking time in half. Also, I like my enchiladas made with Low Carb Flour Tortillas, but if you prefer authentic corn tortilla, feel free to switch them out.

  1. If making the Enchilada Sauce from scratch, start with that, first. You can also use store-bought sauce.
  2. Then, you’ll want to shred cooked chicken breasts – we’ll need 3 cups.
  3. Next, warm up oil in a large skillet and sauté onions with garlic. 
  4. Stir in the shredded chicken and season with salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. 
  5. Mix in the Enchilada Sauce and cook for 4 minutes.
  6. Grab 8 flour tortillas and fill them up with the shredded chicken mixture. 
  7. Roll them up and transfer to a 9 x 13 baking dish, seam-side down. 
  8. Pour Enchilada Sauce over the rolled up tortillas and sprinkle with shredded Mexican blend cheese.
  9. Cover and bake in a 400˚F oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove foil and continue to bake for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and top is golden brown.
  11. Garnish with sour cream, avocado slices, halved cherry tomatoes, jalapeno slices, and chopped cilantro.
  12. Serve with lime wedges.

Cheese topped chicken enchiladas in a baking dish.

Easy to make, totally customizable with your favorite fillings, and packed with delicious Mexican flavor! 

Chicken Enchiladas in a baking dish.

CAN YOU MAKE ENCHILADAS WITH FLOUR TORTILLAS?

I ALWAYS DO! I use “Mission” low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas, however CORN TORTILLAS are traditionally used for Enchiladas. It’s up to you about which ones you want to use; if using corn tortillas, choose the 6-inch ones. If using flour tortillas, choose 7 or 8-inch.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH ENCHILADAS

CAN YOU FREEZE COOKED ENCHILADAS?

DEFINITELY. 

  1. Cover COMPLETELY COOLED Enchiladas with plastic wrap, then cover with aluminum foil. OR, you can also store them in an airtight container.
  2. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. TO reheat frozen enchiladas, take them out of the freezer the night before and set in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. 
  4. Remove plastic wrap; cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400˚F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot. 

Cutting into an enchilada with fork.

Dig in, friends! 

ENJOY!

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Chicken Enchiladas in a baking dish.
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
 

Shredded chicken smothered with Enchilada sauce is wrapped in flour tortillas, then topped with a layer of more Enchilada sauce, plus an added layer of cheese, and finally baked to a golden perfection!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southwest, Mexican, Mexican/Southwest
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 170 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE CHICKEN FILLING
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups shredded chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup (or, to taste) Red Enchilada Sauce, (I use a MILD Homemade Enchilada Sauce, but feel free to use your favorite store-bought sauce)
FOR THE ENCHILADAS
  • 8 (7-inch) low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas, (I use "Mission" Low Carb Soft Taco Tortillas)
  • 3/4 cup Red Enchilada Sauce, divided
  • 1 cup shredded low fat Mexican Blend Cheese
FOR GARNISH
  • optional; sour cream, avocado slices, halved cherry tomatoes, jalapeno slices, chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

  4. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  5. Add chicken and season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano; mix around until well combined.
  6. Stir in Enchilada sauce - you can use more sauce if you like, or if it looks too dry - and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Add about 1/4 cup Enchilada sauce to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  9. Fill 8 flour tortillas with the chicken mixture; roll them up and transfer to the baking dish, seam-side down.

  10. Lightly spray Enchiladas with Cooking Spray.

  11. Top Enchiladas with remaining Enchilada Sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

  12. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove foil and continue to bake for 3 to 4 more minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and top is a light golden brown.

  14. Remove from oven.
  15. Top with sour cream, avocado slices, halved cherry tomatoes, jalapeno slices, and chopped cilantro.
  16. Serve with lime wedges.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 3 points per Enchilada

  • If you like MORE Enchilada Sauce, please feel free to use more. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving (1 Enchilada)
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 485mg20%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 428IU9%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Responses
  1. Valerie

    Look at all that melty, gooey cheese, it looks so good! My oldest son loves Mexican food including enchiladas so he’d be thrilled if I made this.

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