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Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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We have an agreement in my house. This actually made it into discussions before we got married. Some people talk about jobs or where they’re going to live or how many kids they’ll have (don’t worry, we did that, too), but we talked about dishes.

Baked easy chicken enchiladas until bubbly

Here’s the issue. I love to cook. It’s part of the reason I have a food blog with all sorts of fun recipes, but I hate doing dishes.

Thankfully, my husband is cool with it. I just have to cook his requests sometimes, like these cheesy chicken enchiladas – a total cheater recipe.

My family loves them because they’re full of flavor from the homemade enchilada sauce plus the tasty chicken and melted cheesy goodness. This is my “cheater” chicken enchilada recipe, and I love that it comes together so quickly.

Even when I choose to make homemade enchilada sauce instead of using a can, I make this dinner in just over half an hour start to finish.

Tips to Make This Recipe Faster

How? I use flour tortillas, which makes things much simpler. I started using them because I simply don’t like corn tortillas as much, but then I realized how much effort I saved.

With corn tortillas, you have to fry them lightly in oil and dip them into the enchilada sauce to ensure they roll without breaking. Flour tortillas? The roll straight from the package.

I use leftover chicken for the filling. Whenever I make another chicken dish, I always prep extra chicken, knowing I’ll use it later in the week.

This time, I picked up a rotisserie chicken and chopped the leftovers from our fresh chicken dinner the night before. Bonus? I used the chicken carcass to make homemade chicken stock that I used in my enchilada sauce.

You can even prep the individual parts before assembling to make it go faster. Shred your chicken and cheese and put them in tightly sealed containers. Prep your enchilada sauce – or buy a can – and have it waiting to go when you are.

Homemade enchilada sauce

How to Make Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Baked cheesy chicken enchiladas with flour tortillas

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Chop or shred (your choice!) your chicken. Add it to a bowl with 1/2 cup shredded cheese (reserve the rest to top your dish) and 1/4 cup enchilada sauce to hold it together. Stir to combine.

Lay a tortilla on a flat surface and spoon approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup of mixture in a line near the center of the tortilla. Fold one side over the center line of filling, then roll. Place seam side down in a 9×13 glass baking dish.

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Add filling to homemade chicken enchiladas

Repeat with the remaining seven tortillas.

Pour your enchilada sauce over the tops of the chicken enchiladas. Use a spatula to gently press any exposed tortilla ends into the sauce to cover them to ensure they don’t get hard and crusty.

Spread the cheddar cheese over the top of the chicken enchiladas.

Top easy flour chicken enchiladas with shredded cheese

Bake in your 425 degree oven for 10 minutes, until you see the cheese melted and sauce bubbling. Let sit for one to two minutes, then serve immediately.

Have you ever made your own cheesy chicken enchiladas?

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Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Yield: 8 enchiladas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This simple cheesy chicken enchilada recipe is perfect for weeknight meals. It's so fast to prepare and full of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 c enchilada sauce
  • 8 tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Chop or shred cooked chicken. Add it to a bowl with 1/2 cup shredded cheese (reserve the rest to top your dish) and 1/4 cup enchilada sauce to hold it together. Stir to combine.
  3. Lay a tortilla on a flat surface and spoon approximately 1/3 cup of mixture in a line near the center of the tortilla. Fold one side over the center line of filling, then roll. Place seam side down in a 9x13 glass baking dish. Repeat with the remaining seven tortillas.
  4. Pour enchilada sauce over the tops of the chicken enchiladas. Use a spatula to gently press any exposed tortilla ends into the sauce. Spread the cheddar cheese over the top of the chicken enchiladas.
  5. Bake in 425 degree oven for 10 minutes, until you see the cheese melted and sauce bubbling. Let sit for one to two minutes, then serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 enchilada
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 941mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 26g

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Easy cheesy chicken enchiladas recipe with homemade enchilada sauce. This kid friendly dinner is ready in about a half hour and uses flour tortillas to make it easier!

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