Chicken Enchiladas (eat one casserole and freeze the other!)

25 Reviews / 4.5 Average
Adapted from Rachael Ray on, this Chicken Enchiladas recipe is perfect for families who love Mexican food. Make sure to use corn tortillas for maximum authenticity. Be sure to double this recipe and eat one casserole and freeze the other for later.
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The key to making this dish “real food” is ensuring that the corn tortillas you use are 100% whole-grain. Reading food labels can be confusing as it is, but trying to figure out what products are truly 100% whole-grain is especially hard. Very few food labels say “whole corn” as the main ingredient so you either have to keep looking or make the tortillas yourself (with Masa Harina and a tortilla press). I’ve searched grocery stores high & low and was able to find one brand of corn tortillas that proudly states they are made with “whole corn.” They are located in the freezer section of Earth Fare next to the other frozen breads products and they are called: Food for Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas.

Be sure to make these Gluten Free Enchiladas too!

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  1. I cook for the Food Bank Volunteers in my area. I made these for them yesterday. I added epis (creole seasoning to the meat and onion mixture) and stuck to the rest of your recipe. They came out so moist and decadent. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Have made this many times and enjoy it. Instead of all the sauce/seasonings, I just mix salsa in with the chicken and add black beans for protein/fiber. A fast option (and you can add spices as needed) that turns it into a no-prep meal that can be made with fresh but ready ingredients.

    1. Hi Amanda, I’m sorry that you didn’t personally like the cinnamon in this recipe. You can definitely omit it. – Nicole

  3. 5 stars
    All 4 adults and 2 of the 12 children ate it, left out the corn (dietary restriction) reduced cayenne to 1/2 tsp. Baked covered on 350 for 25 minutes. Next time I will leave out the cayenne entirely.

  4. Pork carnitas instead of chicken::
    I’ve made this many times and keep frozen cooked brown rice in the freezer to speed up prep time. This time I used leftover pork carnita from this site (btw is super easy and oh so delicious) instead of chicken. I didn’t add any spices to the meat mix just the tomato sauce. I also made extra corn tortillas (from this site as well) to make this casserole. Prep time was total about 5 minutes using those already made ingredients. It was super yummy with the pork as well!

    Note: I always bake it at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until bubbly with broiling a few more minutes after I’ve taken off the foil and added cheese. I am usually using cold ingredients when assembling so just broiling doesn’t heat through.

  5. 4 stars
    I don’t have time to read through all the threads to see if this has already been asked, but what size pans do you use? I used a couple 9X13 pans and they were too big. I did not have as many layers as you did, nor did I have enough filling to make the two pans complete. But it was very delicious!! I only put 1 tsp cayenne in, because my kids don’t like a lot of spice, but they still found it spicy, but liked it!

    1. Please note that counting only calories is not a way of healthy eating. But if you want to know it, I checked it it for you. Estimated amounts without optional ingredients:
      – whole recipe: 4082 kcal
      – 100g of recipe: 146 kcal
      – 1oz of recipe: 41 kcal

  6. 1 star
    Very disappointed. I made this last night and it was just awful. I am not sure what I did wrong. It basically came out tasting like hot tomato. No other seasonings were detectable. The chicken and sauce were so bland. No idea what I did wrong. I followed the instructions to the last letter. :(

  7. This is a very yummy recipe and we do prefer it without the cinnamon. My question is what are the directions for baking the frozen one? I want to give to a cousin that just had twins, but not sure what directions to give her. Thanks!

  8. Is the sauce supposed to have 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder or cayenne pepper? The ingredients list has cayenne pepper, but then it says chili powder in the directions. Thanks!

  9. 3 stars
    Wish I would have left out the cinnamon. The recipe was okay with it but I feel like it could have been really good without it.

  10. 5 stars
    I omitted the cinnamon and made one batch with chicken and one batch with ground meat. Both were AMAZING! My kids have NEVER liked enchiladas…until now!

  11. 5 stars
    We had these enchiladas for dinner tonight and we are hooked! Instead of rice, I used bell peppers, onions, and black beans to boost the protein and veggies. AMAZING!

    Instead of making my own tortillas, I picked up Tortilla Land gluten free fresh uncooked corn tortillas from Costco. They fit the 5 ingredient rule and only took about 1 minute each to cook.

  12. This was a good recipe and my family and I enjoyed it even though we’re not big Mexican food eaters. Only complaint was a lot of prep (had to cook rice and chicken ahead of time). At least I have another meal for later! My question is how long and what temp. can I cook it in the oven instead of broiling? It was luke warm when it came out of the oven. I had the chicken mixture and sauce warmed up but by the time it was put together and put in the oven it was cool. Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Susan. I’m not sure because we’ve not made it that way. My guess would be that you could bake it for 10-15 minutes or so at 375 and have it fully warmed through.

    2. I keep cooked rice and shredded chicken in the freezer to use in recipes like this — it really cuts down on the prep time!

  13. 5 stars
    I just tried this recipe and am completely new to Organic/Clean eating. I used 4 cans of tomato sauce and omitted the cinnamon. Besides those minor adjustments, this turned out FANTASTIC! My husband (of 7 years) said this was the best meal I’ve ever cooked. We served it with leftover Pinto Beans we had and topped it off with Sour Cream and Cilantro! SOOO good! My husband was happy when I told him we have another serving in the freezer for later use! :)