Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole


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Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a hearty and flavorful meal. This is an easy layered version of chicken enchiladas, has a creamy chicken mixture layered with tortillas & enchilada sauce. It’s all topped with cheese and then baked until browned and bubbly!

With this simple recipe, you can bring South of the Border right to your kitchen in no time at all!

A chicken enchilada casserole garnished with avocado and tomatoes.

How to Make Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Easier than traditional chicken or ground beef enchiladas, this casserole requires no rolling, tortillas are cut into quarters and layered with the rest of the ingredients! Traditionally enchiladas use corn tortillas however you can make this chicken enchilada with flour tortillas too.

For the Chicken: I start with shredded cooked chicken. This is great for leftover Oven Baked Chicken Breasts but you can also make Poached Chicken or Crockpot Shredded Chicken.

Swap out the shredded chicken for ground chicken or turkey (or even ground beef to make a Beef Enchilada Casserole).

a frying pan with chicken enchilada filling.

To Make this Easy Casserole:

These creamy chicken enchiladas have chicken and peppers layered with enchilada sauce and tortillas.

  1. Make the filling.
  2. Layer chicken mixture, enchilada sauce and tortillas and top with cheese.
  3. Bake until the top is browned and bubbly.

Top with your favorite taco toppings!

Two images showing the steps to prepare chicken enchilada casserole.

What to Serve with a Chicken Enchilada Casserole

We love to keep it simple!

Top and garnish as you’d like with sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, jalapenos and cilantro. Add in a dollop of Guacamole to garnish!

Can You Freeze Chicken Enchilada Casserole?

Definitely, most casserole recipes can be frozen. The key is to make sure they are fully cooled before wrapping tightly, labeling, and placing in the freezer.

To freeze without your casserole dish: 

  1. Prior to baking, line your casserole dish with aluminum foil, and then bake accordingly.
  2. After the casserole is fully cooled, place in the freezer.
  3. Once it’s frozen, you can gently remove it from the pan and use the pan for another casserole! Muy Bueno, no?

More Chicken Casseroles

 

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
This Chicken Enchilada Casserole combines juicy chicken, tortillas, a veggie mixture layered with an easy enchilada sauce!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup corn defrosted or drained
  • 4 oz green chiles chopped
  • 4 cups chicken cooked
  • 2.5 cups red enchilada sauce (20 oz)
  • 6 10" tortillas corn or flour
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar or monterey jack cheese divided

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Cut 3 of the tortilla in half.

  3. Heat oil In a medium pan, cook onion over medium in oil until softened, about 3 minutes. Add peppers, garlic, corn, cumin and chili powder. Cook until peppers are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in green chiles and chicken.

  4. Place 1/2 cup enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish.

  5. Layer 1 1/2 tortillas to cover the bottom of the pan. Top with half of the chicken mixture 1/2 cup cheese and 1/3 of remaining enchilada sauce.

  6. Add a second layer of tortillas, chicken and cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, enchilada sauce and cheese.

  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through and browned and bubbly.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 344, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 1098mg, Potassium: 225mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 18g, Vitamin A: 1055%, Vitamin C: 18.1%, Calcium: 290%, Iron: 2.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A chicken enchilada casserole garnished with avocado and tomatoes
A chicken enchilada casserole garnished with avocado and tomatoes
A chicken enchilada casserole garnished with avocado and tomatoes

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