The Best Chicken Enchiladas Recipe (2024)

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The BEST Chicken enchilada recipe! These easy chicken enchiladas are made with shredded chicken, cheese and my homemade enchilada sauce.

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Chicken Enchiladas

When I go out for Mexican food, I always order the chicken enchiladas because it’s my favorite!! This enchilada recipe has been one of my most popular recipes since I first posted it, which I am not surprised! My easy homemade enchilada sauce really makes it outstanding, so don’t skip that step! These are so good, I can’t order them out now, because I am always disappointed. Serve enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Rice and Refried Beans.

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Ingredients

Enchilada Sauce:

  • Garlic and onion, minced
  • Chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, to taste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chipotle chili powder, ground cumin, kosher salt, and fresh pepper, to taste
  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth

Chicken Filling:

  • Cooked, shredded chicken breast (from a store-bought rotisserie chicken or slow-cooked shredded chicken). Chicken thighs also work
  • Garlic and onion, minced
  • Cilantro
  • Kosher salt, cumin, dried oregano, and chipotle chili powder, to taste
  • Chicken broth and tomato sauce

Enchiladas:

  • Whole wheat flour or gluten-free tortillas
  • Shredded part-skim Mexican cheese blend, cheddar cheese or monterey jack cheese

Toppings:

  • Chopped scallions or cilantro plus optional toppings such as sour cream, avocado, Greek yogurt, jalapenos, etc.

How To Make Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Make the enchilada sauce: In a pot, sauté minced garlic in oil. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5-10 mins and set aside.
  3. Make the chicken filling: In a skillet, sauté minced onion and garlic. Add shredded chicken, cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili powder, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Cook for 4-5 mins and set aside.
  4. Assemble: Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with oil. Put 1/3 cup of chicken mixture onto each tortilla, roll them up, and place seam-side down in the dish.
  5. Bake: Pour enchilada sauce on top, sprinkle shredded cheese, and bake covered for 20-25 mins.
  6. Garnish with chopped scallions or cilantro and add optional toppings. Serve hot and enjoy!

What is an Enchilada?

An enchilada is a traditional Mexican dish that typically consists of a tortilla filled with anything from meat, cheese, beans, vegetables, and spices, and then rolled up and covered with a enchilada sauce. Enchiladas are served hot and can be topped with additional cheese, sour cream, avocado and other toppings.

What should I put in my enchiladas?

Enchiladas can be filled with anything you can think of! In this Chicken Enchilada recipe, I used shredded chicken breast, but here’s a few more ideas.

  • Vegetarian enchiladas are great with refried beans, white beans, butternut squash or zucchini and cheese, then topped with sauce and more cheese.
  • Leftover taco meat or picadillo also makes a great filling for enchiladas. You can use beef or turkey for this.
  • For pork enchiladas, try this Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas as the filling.
  • The enchilada sauce in this recipe is so good I created a separate post for it, I usually make double and freeze the rest!

How to cook shredded chicken for enchiladas:

To make shredded chicken in the slow cooker use boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs) and top with enough water or broth to cover. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours, then drain and shred. You can also use leftover chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken which is so much quicker if you don’t have time.

What to serve with enchiladas:

  • Perfect with Refried Beans, Black Beans and Rice, Mexican Rice, Yellow Rice or Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Keep it low-carb with veggie rice such as Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower “Rice” or Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”
  • Leftovers are great the next day with a salad and a few avocado slices.

This chicken enchilada recipe has been one of my go-to recipes for years and are always a hit when we serve them to friends and family. If you’re debating on if you should make them, I vote yes, and let me know what you think!

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More Enchilada Recipes

  • Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Salsa Verde Sauce
  • Enchilada Chicken Roll Ups
  • Classic Enchiladas Verdes
  • Chicken Enchilada Soup
  • Turkey Enchilada Stuffed Turkey Rellenos

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The Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe

4.89 from 453 votes

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Cals:168

Protein:17

Carbs:17

Fat:6.5

These are the BEST Chicken enchiladas, my dish of choice anytime I go out for Mexican! If you're an enchilada lover like me, you will love these!!

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Mexican

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Prep: 10 minutes mins

Cook: 35 minutes mins

Total: 45 minutes mins

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Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 large enchilada

Equipment

Ingredients

For the enchilada sauce:

For the chicken:

For the enchilada:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

  • Spray a medium pot with oil and and add garlic, sauté 30 seconds. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, to let the flavors meld. Set aside until ready to use.

  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic on low until soft, about 2 minutes. Add chicken, salt, cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili powder, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with oil. Put 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each tortilla and roll it.

  • Place on baking dish seam side down, top with sauce. Then top with cheese.

  • Cover with foil and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes, until it's heated through and the cheese is melted. Garnish with scallions or cilantro. Optional: top with your favorite toppings if desired. (Extra points) Makes 8 enchiladas.

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Notes

If using premade enchilada sauce it is approximately 2 1/4 cups.

To make shredded chicken in the slow cooker, place breasts in slow cooker and cover with enough chicken broth to submerge. Cook low 4 hours or high 2 hours then shred with two forks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 large enchilada, Calories: 168 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 17 g, Fat: 6.5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 29.5 mg, Sodium: 441 mg, Fiber: 8.5 g, Sugar: 3 g

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