Baked Chicken Enchiladas

Maggie May Schill


Been craving Mexican lately...but have also been craving lasagna at the same time. So I was thinking, what is Mexican but also satisfies that baked cheesy craving? I went with Enchiladas this week.

Simply, here's how I make my Chicken Enchiladas.


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2 Hr
30 Min


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  • 4
    fresh ripe tomatoes, cubed
  • 5 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 1
    jalapeno peppers, sliced and seeded
  • 1
    red bell pepper, sliced and seeded
  • 1 large
    red onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 1 lb
    chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 c
  • 4
    8 inch, flour tortillas
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1 c
    fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    quesodilla cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c
    monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp
    celery salt
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c
    cooked black beans

How to Make Baked Chicken Enchiladas


  1. For Enchilada Sauce:

    1-In a large sauce pan, heat your oil to smoking temperature.

    2-Set pan to medium heat. Add your garlic to the pan and let them sweat. immediately add 1/2 your diced red onion. (set rest of onion aside for later.) Cook until translucent.

    3-Add your cubed tomatoes to the pan, along with a pinch of salt to draw the liquids from the tomatoes. Stir for half a minute then add your red pepper and jalapeno.

    4-Cover pan and set to medium-low heat and let cook for 2 hours.

    5-Uncover pan after 2 hours and blend the sauce smooth with an immersion blender. Or transfer to a standard blender and blend until smooth. (You can also forgo blending altogether if you prefer a chunky Enchilada sauce.)

    6-Set heat back to medium.

    7-Stir in cumin, cayenne, chilli powder and celery salt. Stir.

    8-Add salt and pepper to taste.

    9-Allow to cook for another 10 minutes uncovered on the medium heat.

    10-Stir in cilantro.

    11-Set sauce aside.
  2. For Filling:

    1-Heat your salted butter in a large frying pan.

    2-Pound your chicken breast flat and dredge in flour.

    3-Once butter is hot, fry your chicken until cooked through.

    4-Remove chicken from heat and let cool at room temperature. (Never cool chicken in the fridge!!!)

    5-Scrape your frying pan and add the rest of your red onions to the pan.

    6-Cook until tender, then add your pre-cooked black beans and heat through. Set aside.

    7-In a large mixing bowl, shred your chicken.

    8- add your sour cream and 3/4 of your cheeses to the bowl.

    9-Add your onion and black bean mixture to the bowl.
    Add salt and pepper to taste, and mix everything together.
  3. Assembly:

    1-Pre-heat oven to 375'F

    2-In a 9X9 casserole dish, spread 1 1/2 cups of your sauce to coat bottom of pan.

    3-Lay your tortillas out on a clean counter or cutting board.

    4-Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling on each tortilla.

    5-Roll tortillas to seal in filing.

    6-Lay rolled tortillas in your pan on top of your sauce.

    7-Pour 2-3 cups of your sauce over the tortillas.

    8-Spread the rest of your cheese on top.( I also like to add any extra black beans to the topping, because black beans are awesome in my opinion. The more the better!)

    9-Bake for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly!!!

    10-Let cool for 10 minutes before serving

    ( Add cilantro to finished dish if you want a little extra crunch and fresh flavor.)

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About Baked Chicken Enchiladas

Course/Dish: Chicken, Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern

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