Baked Chicken Enchiladas use store bought rotisserie chicken rolled in tortillas, a delicious homemade enchilada sauce and gooey cheese for the best easy dinner recipe ever!
Baked Chicken Enchiladas is a savory, quick recipe that can work any day of the week. Recipes with precooked rotisserie chicken make dinner a snap!
The enchilada. A Mexican tradition dating back to Mayan times, I figured it was only appropriate to make Baked Chicken Enchiladas on December 21st, 2012… the day the Mayan calendar was supposed to run out. The good news is that the world didn’t end so you will have plenty of time to try this recipe for enchiladas.
Traditional enchiladas use corn tortillas to wrap small fish and then smother them with a chili sauce, however I like a giant enchilada and have trouble finding corn tortillas that large, so I sometimes opt for flour. My husband also prefers flour.
Yes, enchilada purists and those who are making authentic Mexican food, I realize this is more of a wet burrito, but alas, you can use corn tortillas too! Please don’t leave me nasty comments about how I should be ashamed.
I am not ashamed, these darn enchiladas are delicious regardless of what type of tortillas you use. And while we are on the subject, I’m not wrapping small fish either, so I guess this recipe is a total abomination!
I will not hang my head in shame. I will hold it high and eat CHICKEN ENCHILADAS!
Today’s enchilada recipes range greatly. This chicken enchilada bake is no exception, using an easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce with a kick.
Black beans will fill you up and spinach will give you your leafy greens for the day! I love hiding vegetables in delicious, cheese covered foods.
The stuffing for enchiladas can be modified easily without any change in cooking time. I had a guest who did not care for black beans, so I kept them out of the main mixture. If you do make special versions you can mark them with a toothpick.
Because I was cooking for others I kept my homemade enchilada sauce mild, but if you like it sweat beading, nose running spicy then feel free to add chili powder to taste.
Make Spinach, Black Bean and Chicken Enchiladas with my restaurant style Mexican Rice for a wonderfully full meal!
If you enjoyed this Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas recipe, check out some of these other easy Mexican inspired dishes:
- 2 cups Enchilada Sauce
- 3 ounce fresh baby spinach
- 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels thawed
- 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken **see note
- 1/3 cup cilantro coarsely chopped
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 8 medium whole wheat tortillas
- 1 cup sour cream
- Heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a medium skillet. Add spinach and continue to toss until it wilts and reduces (approximately 1 minute). Remove and spoon ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
- Add black beans through cumin to wilted spinach. Add 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and set up a work area to roll your enchiladas. These work best in a baking dish with high sides that they will fit snugly into. This recipe makes 8, however they are plump suckers, so a regular 9x13 baking dish will only hold 6. I suggest working out the logistics before you start rolling.
- Spoon a very small amount of sauce into the bottom of each baking dish to prevent sticking. Just enough to lightly cover the surface. Lay out a medium whole wheat tortilla on your work surface. Measure out approximately 1/2-3/4 cup filling. Enough to make it a stuffed enchilada, but little enough that you will be able to roll it with both ends overlapping to secure it.
- Continue with remaining tortillas, fitting them snugly into the baking dish(s) of choice. Evenly pour sauce over the tops. Any exposed tortilla will get brittle and dried out while cooking. Depending on the size you may not need all of the sauce. You want enough to cover, but not to pool at the bottom.
- Top enchiladas with remaining 1 cup of shredded Mexican cheese blend. Place in oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before using a large spatula to serve. Top with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!
If you've tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was!
For shredded chicken there are a couple of choices. Frozen strips, thawed and then shredded work well. A rotisserie chicken does the trick too. Left over chicken, grilled or lightly seasoned is perfect. On this occasion I had none of the above, so I baked two medium chicken breasts in the oven and then shredded them after they cooled.