Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe (with Rotisserie or Leftover)

A delicious, quick, and easy chicken enchiladas recipe that your whole family will love. It’s a perfect weeknight meal when time is short but appetites are plentiful.

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Hello friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s all-time favorite fast and easy rotisserie chicken enchiladas recipe.

These simple-to-make Chicken Enchiladas are the ultimate Mexican meal.

They’re packed with shredded chicken, creamy cheese, and red enchilada sauce.

This homemade classic is a family favorite; you can customize with your favorite fillings.

Trust me, this is the easiest Chicken Enchilada recipe out there. And it’s perfect for meal prep and freezing, too!

Why I Love this Recipe

I have made this yummy recipe countless times for our friends & family.

These enchiladas are always well-received and quickly devoured. I know that your family will love this recipe too.

This recipe is especially perfect for a weeknight dinner when you are short on time. They are that simple!

But when you do have more time, it is totally customizable.

You can also improve the nutritional value by adding your favorite fillings or making the enchilada sauce from scratch.

To make this recipe faster and one step easier, I use a rotisserie chicken.

Simply remove the meat, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, and toss it in the mix.

I buy a pack of pre-shredded rotisserie chicken to speed things up even further. Many grocery stores, as well as Costco, sell this in the deli area.

They do cost more, but if you are busy, maybe working full-time and wrangling kids, it can be a lifesaver.

You can also make your own enchilada sauce from scratch to make a healthier version. The rest of the recipe remains the same.

Ingredients

Crafting delicious homemade chicken enchiladas is a breeze with these everyday ingredients.

Begin with the convenience of a rotisserie chicken or repurpose leftover chicken for a time-saving shortcut.

Next, fill your tortillas with a yummy mixture of creamy sour cream, cheese, ground cumin and chopped green chilies, and red enchilada sauce.

This simple combination transforms into a delicious, satisfying dish perfect for a quick and tasty dinner.

Enchilada Variations

It is easy to make this recipe healthier by changing a few ingredients. To increase the nutritional value, try these alternatives.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

You can use homemade enchiladas sauce versus using a canned sauce.

Try this enchilada sauce recipe. It makes about the same amount as a 19 oz. can, and it gets high ratings.

Add Vegetables

Try adding your favorite fresh vegetables to the mix; fresh onions, sliced red, green, poblano peppers, or spinach would be delicious additions.

Switch up your protein

Cook your own fresh diced chicken breast to replace the prepared rotisserie chicken.

I typically make these enchiladas with chicken, but they are delicious with ground beef, too. You might also try shredded beef, carnitas, or turkey.

Try these Buffalo Wild Wings Street Tacos for a zesty Mexican alternative using chicken.

Gluten-free Enchiladas

You can use gluten-free tortillas, corn, or flour to make this a gluten-friendly meal. Also, make your own sauce, but use gluten-free flour in the recipe.

Adding More Flavor to Enchiladas

To boost the flavor varieties or heat, try these yummy additions.

Mexican Spice

Add more heat to this dish with your favorite seasonings.

You can also spice these babies up as much as your little heart desires. Add a bit of red cayenne pepper, chipotle sauce, adobo sauce, spices, or a Mexican hot sauce.

Enchilada Add-ins

Add more fresh vegetables, as I mentioned above. This will add lots of authentic Mexican flavor.

Enchilada Garnishes

I love to top the enchiladas with all of my favorites; these include jalapeño, cilantro, diced fresh tomatoes, sour cream, and more cheese.

Enchiladas Toppings

Here’s my favorite part, topping my enchiladas! I love making them tasty and pretty too. Below are my go-to toppings.

Cilantro
Diced Avocado
Sliced radishes
Guacamole
Sliced Jalapeños
Pickled Jalapeños
Sliced Green Onions
Chopped Red Onion
Diced Tomatoes
Pico de Gallo
More Mexican-blend Cheese
Crumbled Cotija Cheese
Mexican Crema
Lime wedges

Lettuce
Salsa

FAQ

Below are answers to our most common enchilada questions.

What is an enchilada?

Originating in Mexico, enchiladas are flour or corn tortillas rolled, filled, and covered with a savory sauce.

They are commonly filled with a mixture of ingredients, which may include meats, vegetables, beans, potatoes, and cheeses.

What is the difference between an enchilada and a burrito?

The main difference between enchiladas and burritos is that enchiladas are typically made with corn tortillas, and burritos are made with flour.

Another distinction between the two is that you eat enchiladas with a fork. Enchiladas are covered in sauce and a bit messy, while burritos can be held in your hand like tacos.

How do you make chicken enchiladas that aren’t soggy?

To avoid soggy enchiladas, do not cover them in excessive enchilada sauce before putting them in the oven. This allows the heat to crisp them up during cooking. Also, allow them to cook uncovered for all or part of the baking time.

Can enchiladas be made ahead of time?

To make enchiladas ahead of time, fill and wrap them, but do not top them with sauce or cheese. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When you are ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, top with sauce and cheese, and dot with sour cream. Then bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, bubbly, and cooked through.

Can enchiladas be reheated?

You can reheat enchiladas in the microwave, a toaster, or a regular oven. Each method will yield slightly different results.

Use the microwave if you prefer a tender tortilla texture with quicker results.

To achieve a slightly crisp or chewy texture, use an oven. Put the enchiladas in an oven-safe baking dish and bake for 10-20 minutes. To retain more softness, you can also cover for the first 10 minutes with aluminum foil, then uncover for 5-10 minutes.

Can enchiladas be frozen?

To freeze enchiladas, simply cover them tightly with a layer of plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil.

Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove the foil and plastic wrap. Cover again with the aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then, uncover and bake for an extra 5-10 minutes or until heated through.

What to serve with Enchiladas

You can serve enchiladas with so much goodness!

Below are common American accompaniments, but I am certain the list is much longer if you are from Mexico. Pair the enchiladas with cilantro chimichurri for incredible flavor.

Refried beans
Black beans
Chips and Salsa
Mexican Rice
Mexican Corn

Here are additional sides and seasonings to add to the meal.

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Mild Taco Seasoning

Need more Mexican ideas? Try this scrumptious walking taco casserole. For a delicious appetizer, serve tortilla chips with chunky guacamole and easy one-pan smoked queso dip.

Without further ado, here is the easy-peasy recipe. You will likely memorize it. It’s that easy! Enjoy.

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A closeup shot of an enchilada, from the blog post, easy chicken enchilada recipe.

Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe


  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

This is a delicious, easy, and quick family weeknight dinner. Kids love it! You can use a canned enchilada sauce or make one from scratch. Add as many toppings as you like.


Ingredients

Scale

2 cups Mexican-blend cheese, shredded, divided

1 can (19 oz.) red enchilada sauce

1 can (4 oz. each) chopped green chiles

1 cup sour cream, divided

1 teaspoon ground cumin

4 cups cooked chicken, one rotisserie chicken, shredded

128 inch flour tortillas

oil (I use avocado oil)

toppings, optional (tomatoes, guacamole, cilantro, green onions, avocado, etc.)


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° F.

In a large bowl, add 1 cup cheese, 1/2 of the can (10 oz) of enchilada sauce, all of the chiles, 1/2 cup of sour cream, all sugar, and cumin. Stir to combine. Next, toss in the cooked chicken and stir.  

Fill each tortilla with 1/3 cup of filling. Roll, and place seam-side down in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Repeat the process until all ingredients have been used. 

Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the enchiladas, dot with the remaining sour cream, followed by the rest of the cheese.

Bake uncovered in a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until enchiladas are cooked through, golden, the tortillas are slightly crispy,  and sauce is bubbling.

Remove from the oven and serve while warm. Top with your favorite toppings.

Notes

We prefer a higher filling to tortilla ratio. So I am very generous when I add my filling. If I make this for 2-4 people, I use approximately 3/4 cups for each tortilla until the filling runs out.

If you are feeding more than 4 people, measure 1/3 cup; you will get more enchiladas out of the recipe.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days, or freeze up to 3 months. If freezing them, let the enchiladas thaw in your refrigerator for 24 hours, then bake as directed.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Cindy

6 comments on “Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe (with Rotisserie or Leftover)

  1. This is an excellent recipe! Fast & easy. We gobbled it up. I’ll be putting this in regular rotation. Thanks

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