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chicken enchiladas- a healthy slice of life

Chicken Enchiladas

  • Author: Brittany Dixon
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 16 enchiladas 1x
  • Category: dinner, recipes
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Cook once; eat twice! These incredible chicken enchiladas are a crowd pleaser. The recipe makes two pans, so you can take one to a friend and serve one to your family; or stock the freezer for a rainy day.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 12 oz canned chopped green chiles
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 16 tortillas
  • 28 oz enchilada sauce, canned or homemade
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar and Jack cheeses
  • Garnish: chopped cilantro leaves, chopped scallions, sour cream, avocado


  1. Coat large saute pan with oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken over medium heat, allow 7 minutes each side or until no longer pink. Sprinkle chicken with cumin, garlic powder and taco seasoning before turning. Remove chicken to a platter, allow to cool.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in the same pan until tender. Add corn and chiles. Stir well to combine. Add canned tomatoes, saute 1 minute.
  3. Shred chicken (I prefer using the mixer). Add shredded chicken to saute pan, combine with tomato and vegetable mixture.
  4. Coat the bottom of 2 (13 by 9-inch) pans with enchilada sauce. Dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat (optional). Spoon about 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each tortilla. Fold over filling and roll. Place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F oven until cheese melts. Garnish before serving.
  6. If cooking from frozen, pull out the day before and allow to thaw before cooking or add 30-45 minutes to cook time and reheat from frozen.


Adapted from Tyler Florence

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