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Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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This chicken enchilada recipe is so easy, that even a beginner cook can make it! The creamy filling is simple to whip up thanks to a block of cream cheese. Using canned enchilada sauce simplifies things even further.

Red chicken enchiladas in a white casserole dish.

If you’re looking for an easy chicken enchilada recipe, look no further! This dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. The cream cheese filling is rich and flavorful, while the canned enchilada sauce saves time on prep. Simply assemble the chicken enchiladas and bake! Serve with a side of rice and beans for a complete meal.

Ingredients

For this tasty Mexican dish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno juice (taken from a jar of jalapenos)
  • 19 ounces of enchilada sauce
  • 6 large flour tortillas

Garnish

  • Fresh cilantro

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add shredded chicken, jalapeno juice, diced onion, diced green bell pepper, and 2/3 cup of enchilada sauce to the cream cheese. Combine the ingredients.

Shredded chicken, cream cheese, onion, pepper, and red enchilada sauce in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Lightly coat the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with a small amount of enchilada sauce.

Step 4: Spread 1/6th of the cream cheese and chicken mixture on the center of a flour tortilla. Roll the tortilla to cover the filling and place seam side down on top of the enchilada sauce in the pan. Repeat with the remaining mixture and flour tortillas.

Chicken filling on the middle of a tortilla.

Step 5: Drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce over the filled enchiladas making sure that the tortillas are completely covered in sauce.

Baking Time

Step 6: Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle the top of the enchiladas with additional cheese, and bake for 5 minutes.

Shredded cheese on top of chicken enchiladas.

Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve with shredded lettuce, pickled jalapenos, sour cream, refried beans, or black beans.

Recipe Notes

For the shredded cheese, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, or any Mexican cheese blend. Using your favorite cheese and enchilada sauce will help ensure that these taste great.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Red chicken enchiladas in a white casserole dish.

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

This dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. The cream cheese filling is rich and flavorful, while the canned enchilada sauce saves time on prep. Simply assemble the chicken enchiladas and bake!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 333kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese divided
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno juice taken from a jar of jalapenos
  • 19 ounces enchilada sauce
  • 6 large flour tortillas

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth.  Add shredded chicken, jalapeno juice, diced onion, diced green bell pepper, and 2/3 cup of enchilada sauce to the cream cheese. Combine the ingredients.
  • Lightly coat the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with a small amount of enchilada sauce.
  • Spread 1/6th of the cream cheese and chicken mixture on the center of a flour tortilla.  Roll the tortilla to cover the filling and place seam side down on top of the enchilada sauce in the pan.  Repeat with the remaining mixture and flour tortillas.
  • Drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce over the filled enchiladas making sure that the tortillas are completely covered in sauce.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil, sprinkle the top of the enchiladas with additional cheese, and bake for 5 minutes.

Notes

Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Serve with shredded lettuce, pickled jalapenos, sour cream, refried beans, or black beans.
 
Nutrition information is an approximation and will vary depending upon size and brands used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1enchilada | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 2mg
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Hungry for more Mexican-inspired dishes? Be sure to check out our recipes for black bean dip, chicken burrito skillet, Mexican street corn salad, and Mexican chocolate ice cream pie.

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