These chicken enchiladas are an easy meal to prepare any time of the year!
The holidays are upon us, my friends. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also the most busy time of the year! With shopping, parties, to-do lists a mile long, wrapping, and preparing for guests, our schedules are jam-packed.
Yet, we still have to eat supper, right? And we have potlucks to attend which require us to make a dish to share.
This is one of my go-to meals when life gets busy. It’s a good thing that my family loves this meal because while looking at our December calendar, I can see LOTS of busy, busy days which will mean this meal will be served due to its simplicity.
One of the great things about this dish is that it can be made ahead and frozen, making supper time even more simple!
I especially like taking this dish to Christmas potlucks because it’s festively red and green. And, well, it’s yummy! It will be on our menu at least once per week this entire month. An added bonus is that the enchiladas re-heat well, so I make extra to put in my husband’s lunch for the next day.
My go-to for making this incredibly easy enchilada sauce is tomato sauce and Ro*Tel. You can’t go wrong with a recipe that includes Ro*Tel, can you?!
The rest of the ingredient list- tortillas, chicken breasts, spices, cheese, and homemade guacamole – are items you probably have on hand. How simple is that?!
My guacamole recipe is super simple. Make it ahead of time and place plastic wrap directly on top to keep it from turning brown. I make it in the morning on busy days so that supper is on the table super fast.
I like to put the refried beans into a heatproof dish, then cover with shredded cheese. This bakes with the enchiladas for the last 10 minutes or so.
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 TB + 1 ts chili powder
- 2 ts cumin, divided
- 2 ts garlic powder, divided
- 2 ts onion powder, divided
- 16 flour tortillas
- Shredded cheese
- 1- 15 oz can Hunt's Tomato Sauce
- 1- 10 oz can Ro*Tel ( I used original, use your choice)
- 1 TB oregano
- 1 ts garlic powder
- 1 ts onion powder
- 1 ts cumin
- Place chicken breasts into a large pot, cover with water. Add 1 TB chili powder, 1 ts cumin, 1 ts garlic powder, 1 ts onion powder. Gently boil until cooked through.
- Once chicken is done, remove from cooking liquid, allow to cool.
- Shred chicken.
- Sprinkle remaining 1 ts chili powder, 1 ts cumin, 1 ts garlic powder, 1 ts onion powder over shredded chicken, mix to combine.
To make enchilada sauce:
Into a blender, combine all sauce ingredients, blend until smooth.
To assemble enchiladas
Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- Coat bottom of pan with sauce.
- Place a spoonful or so of chicken onto edge of tortilla.
- Roll tortilla up tightly.
- Place tortilla into casserole dish.
- Cover with sauce.
- Cover with cheese.
- You can wrap the dish tightly with foil and freeze at this point. (you would place frozen dish into cold oven, turn oven on to 350*, bake for 30 minutes or until done)
Or, you can cover and place in the refrigerator to bake later at this point. Be sure to place pan into a cold oven when ready to bake.
Bake 20 minutes at 350*
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