Easy Chicken Enchiladas

When you’re in the mood for Mexican these Easy Chicken Enchiladas will hit the spot. All you need is a rotisserie chicken and a few grocery store staples to make a fantastic weeknight dinner. Spicy taco-seasoned chicken is combined with enchilada sauce, green chiles and cilantro, then rolled into a tortilla and sprinkled with cheese. Serve with salsa, guacamole, refried beans and your favorite cerveza or margarita.

enchiladas on plate with rice beans and guacamole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I’ve been so busy this last week trying to get the house repainted that I’m dead tired by the end of the day. The last thing I feel like doing is cooking a big dinner. Plus my counter is so piled up with all my dishes and pots and pans from my baker’s & pot rack that there is no room to even work. Enter this super easy enchilada casserole to save the day! And it’s super delicious too!

Baked casserole overhead with colorful towel and limes in background.

I started with a rotisserie chicken, don’t you just love the convenience of these yummy birds, and some canned enchilada sauce. I do like making my own enchilada sauce when I have the time but today wasn’t one of those times. Along with a can of green chiles and some pre-grated cheese and I was ready to whip this dish together. Fifteen minutes later it was in the oven and I was ready to take a load off my feet with an ice cold margarita. Hubby joined me with his favorite cerveza and was soon salivating with the aromas coming out of the kitchen.

Check Out the Simple Steps to Make this Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients for enchiladas on wooden board.

  1. Gather ingredients – rotisserie chicken, green chiles, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, cilantro, tortillas and grated cheese.

Steps to make chicken filling.

  1. Mix taco seasoning with water. (step 1)
  2. Pour over chopped or shredded chicken. Toss well. (step 2)
  3. Add a small can of chopped green chiles. (step 3)
  4. Add chopped cilantro. Stir all together. (step 4)

Place chicken filling in middle of tortilla.

  1. Divide chicken mixture evenly between 6-8 tortillas. Flour or corn tortillas can be used.

Showing how to roll tortilla around enchilada filling.

  1. Close tortilla by folding in both sides then rolling over the unfolded edge into a small log.

Place enchiladas seam side down in casserole dish.

  1. Pour a small amount of enchilada sauce in the bottom of an 8×11-inch baking dish. Place each enchilada, seam side down, on top of sauce.

Pour enchilada sauce over wrapped tortillas

  1. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over filled tortillas.

Sprinkle cheese over casserole.

  1. Sprinkle with cheese.

Cover casserole with foil and bake.

  1. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

Carefully lifting out enchilada serving.

Serve it up while hot and cheese is all melty. Yum!

Frequently Asked Questions About Chicken Enchiladas

How long will enchiladas keep?

They will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator or 6 months tightly wrapped in the freezer.

Can you reheat these chicken enchiladas?

Yes. I like to put mine on a microwave-safe plate, cover with cling wrap, and warm for 3-5 minutes. They can also be reheated in the oven Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, cover the baking dish with foil then reheat for 20-30 minutes.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, this casserole can be frozen before or after cooking since all ingredients are fully cooked. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil prior to freezing. When ready to use, let thaw in the refrigerator then follow the reheat instructions above.

What do you serve with enchiladas?

I serve mine with salsa, guacamole and sour cream with sides of refried beans and rice.

Overhead of chicken enchilada dinner on white plate.

Now that’s one delicious dinner! And the best part, cleanup is a snap! Oh, and there’s leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Woohoo!

More Sides to Accompany Your Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Spicy Sparkling Citrus Margaritas from 2 Cookin Mamas

Homemade Refried Beans from Dinners Dishes and Desserts

Classic Guacamole from 2 Cookin Mamas

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EASY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

When you're in the mood for Mexican these easy Chicken Enchiladas will hit the spot. Rotisserie chicken makes these a breeze to make and perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: chicken enchilada casserole, easy chicken enchiladas, mexican chicken enchiladas
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 456 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked leftover chicken rotisserie chicken works great
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 4 oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 28 oz can enchilada sauce or easy homemade enchilada sauce
  • 6-8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese shredded (or more to your liking)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Shred or chop leftover chicken in a large bowl.
  3. In smaller bowl, mix taco seasoning and water together then add to chicken.
  4. Stir in green chilies and fresh cilantro.
  5. Pour a small amount of enchilada sauce in the bottom of an 8x11-inch baking dish.
  6. Lay out tortillas and divide mixture evenly between them. Roll the tortillas up and place seam side down in prepared dish.
  7. Cover with remaining enchilada sauce and top with shredded cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  9. If you like your cheese browner, uncover casserole and place under broiler for 5 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly.

  10. Garnish with green onions. Serve with guacamole, sour cream and salsa on the side.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions About Chicken Enchiladas

How long will enchiladas keep?

They will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator or 6 months tightly wrapped in the freezer.

Can you reheat these chicken enchiladas?

Yes. I like to put mine on a microwave-safe plate, cover with cling wrap, and warm for 3-5 minutes. They can also be reheated in the oven Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, cover the baking dish with foil then reheat for 20-30 minutes.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, this casserole can be frozen before or after cooking since all ingredients are fully cooked. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil prior to freezing. When ready to use, let thaw in the refrigerator then follow the reheat instructions above.

What do you serve with enchiladas?

I serve mine with salsa, guacamole and sour cream with sides of refried beans and rice.

Nutrition Facts
EASY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 2548mg 106%
Potassium 289mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 16g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 39.3%
Vitamin C 18.2%
Calcium 27%
Iron 23.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been revised with new photos and improved easy to follow instructions. Original post was published on May 7, 2017.

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When you\'re in the mood for Mexican these Easy Chicken Enchiladas will hit the spot. All you need is a rotisserie chicken and a few grocery store staples and, voila, one fantastic quick and easy weeknight dinner! Spicy taco-seasoned chicken is combined with enchilada sauce, green chiles and cilantro, then rolled into a tortilla, sprinkled with cheese and baked. It couldn\'t be easier! #enchiladas #chicken #mexican #casserole #easy #recipe #dinner

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    07/07/2019 at 5:32 pm


    Love this easy recipe! Chicken enchiladas are my favorite!

  • Reply
    Jenn
    07/07/2019 at 12:08 pm


    Easy and delicious! We’re totally on an enchilada kick right now and loving this recipe!

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