The BEST Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Chicken Enchiladas make a perfect weeknight meal! Seriously the BEST chicken enchilada recipe and one the whole family will love! It will become a favorite!

Chicken Enchiladas make a perfect weeknight meal! Seriously the BEST chicken enchiladas recipe and one the whole family will love!

I’ve been cooking with so much cheese lately, I’m beginning to think I should look into buying stock in a local cheese maker’s business. I’ve always loved cheese and cook with it as often as humanly possible, but my cheese cooking ratcheted up a notch or two about a week or so ago after a visit to my son’s orthodontist.

You see, my son has the contraptions called quads that he has to wear for at least a year to help reshape the alignment of his bite. These quads have made it pretty difficult for him to eat many of his very favorite things, like grilled cheese sandwiches piled thick with melty, stringy cheese and cheese quesadillas that are crisp and crunchy on the outside but filled with creamy, delicious cheese that strings on the inside. You know the kind that strings from your mouth to your hand when you take a bite. It’s the sort of quesadilla that little boys just love – well, mine at least. The problem with these two favorites has been with the cheese. The cheese and his quads do not exactly get along very well.

It’s been just pitiful.

A while back, we had to make a special trip to have the quads adjusted because the bottom quad kept popping loose on one side, making it difficult for Little Buddy to talk, swallow, or eat or drink anything. With one look in his mouth, his orthodontist grabbed a tool, reached inside of his mouth and just pulled the bottom quad right out. He placed it on a tray beside of my son and said, “you have three weeks to get these three loose teeth out that are making the quad come loose. After that, we’ll put this quad back in and be back in business.”

You would have thought it was Christmas morning. I’ve never seen such a skip in his step or huge smile on his face outside of walking through the gates of Disney World. He was ecstatic.

As a matter of fact, that night, he worked until he had pulled all three of his loose teeth so that he would have the rest of the time to just enjoy eating what he wanted to without having to worry about his quad being in the way. And that involved cheese – and lots of it!

Our meals have been down-right filled with quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese eggs and omelets, cheese toast, etc. Quiet honestly, if cheese would go on it, we piled it on high!

Tomorrow, we head back to the orthodontist for the return of the bottom quad and a cut back on our extreme cheese binge, but until then, I’m going for it.

Which brings me to these chicken enchiladas. The cheese on these babies is what dreams are made of.

And this chicken enchilada recipe couldn’t be any simpler. Really. The hardest part of the entire recipe is taken care of for you with the slow cooker, or crock pot as my Grandmother called it. I just tossed my chicken thighs into my slow cooker with my homemade enchilada sauce and set the timer. That doesn’t sound too bad at all, does it?

These chicken enchiladas are absolutely the best I’ve ever tasted, too. I would say its because the chicken cooked in that delicious enchilada sauce all day, but really, I think it’s the layering of flavors and textures that hits this right out of the park.

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If you are looking for a simple, delicious recipe for chicken enchiladas then you’ve just got to try this one! I promise, it’ll knock your socks off!

Here’s my Chicken Enchilada Recipe. I think you are going to LOVE them!

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Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
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Chicken Enchiladas make a perfect weeknight meal! Seriously the BEST chicken enchiladas recipe and one the whole family will love!
Serves: 6-8
  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts, if preferred)
  • 3 cups enchilada sauce
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chilies
  • 8 (10-inch) corn or flour tortillas
  • 12 ounces Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  1. Spray slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray. Add chicken to slow cooker insert and pour2 cups of enchilada sauce over the chicken. Cook on High setting for 4 hours or low setting for 8 hours. Shred chicken with a fork in the enchilada sauce. Drain green chilis and add to the chicken along with the diced onion. Mix well to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture into the center of each flour tortilla. Top with about ½ cup grated cheese and fold two ends of tortilla over the filled center. Place the tortilla seam side down into the baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas have been filled.
  5. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the assembled tortillas. Top with grated cheese. Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until cheese has melted thoroughly and has become bubbly.
  6. Garnish with green onions or cilantro, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 enchilada

Robyn xo


Originally published September 2012. Republished March 2015.


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    Mmm yum! I’ve never really ventured into cooking Mexican at home much aside from occasionally using those pre made packages from the supermarkets. This looks sooo good and cheesy… Need to start making more of Mexican effort in the kitchen methinks!

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      Robyn says

      You know I love my slow cooker to pieces and try my best to figure out how to make everything in it so I can do other stuff, but still look like the best wife ever. :)

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    Aggie says

    Enchiladas are a staple at our house. These look delicious! I have to start using my crock pot more for the filling, so easy!
    And I remember those pitiful orthodontic days very well :)

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    I’ve been making beef enchiladas with a chili gravy a lot lately. And when I make chicken enchiladas, it is usually with green sauce. Yours looks like a nice mix with chicken AND red sauce.. but what really puts it over the top is the crockpot part! Hooray! Definitely trying these soon.

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    Enchiladas are sort of like chocolate chip cookies. They’re so good, one should just try every recipe that crosses one’s path. I’m going to try this one, for sure.

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    Jocelyn says

    I made these for dinner last night, and they were delicious. I love how easy they are because of the slow cooker. Thanks for a great recipe.

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    Linda says

    I don’t care for enchilada sauce so I use red chili sause.. I love the idea of using the “crock pot” aka slow cooker…

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    Angie says

    Today is my first time I made your enchiladas in a crock pot . I am so excited to see how they turn out !! Thank you for sharing :) I’ll post later to tell you how they turned out :)

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    Carol Wilkes says

    I having been looking for a truly great enchilada sauce recipe for a very long time. ANY body have one? Thx in advance. Carol

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    dc says

    Not a grandma, but in my world it’s a crock pot. I don’t own one tho’…like most kitchen stuff too expensive. The oven will have to do! Yay for the cheese binge!

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    Jane Johnson says

    Robyn Thanks so much for such great recipes. I must be the only one that doesn’t understand where the green chilis are listed as ingredients. Or is it just understood. Just wondering if I am missing something. Thanks!

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    MarthaC96 says

    Technically these are buritos in Sauce. Enchiladas are always made with corn tortillas, you get a much better taste with corn rather flour. But still look tasty.

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    s. w. anderson says

    enchiladas are made with corn tortillas, not flour, period. you can call It something else but you cannot call it “enchiladas”.

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    Barbara says

    This is a keeper for sure! Made this for Church Pot Luck. Had compliments and a request for the recipe. Will definitely be making this again.

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    jayquelin says

    THIS.CASSEROLE.!!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T USUALLY GET THIS EXCITED OVER FOOD BUT NOT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS DISH!!!! here’s the thing ladies (or men i’m not sexist!) i’ve never ever ever been a good cook. but now, now i feel like an amazing CHEF (not just a cook)!!!! u cant begin to understand how much self-esteem this recipe has given me!!!!!! for years i’ve suffered through the pain BUT NOW IM FINALLY FREE!!! FOR YEARS, I’VE BEEN SEARCHING AND NOW I’VE SEEKED!!!! there’s ppl out there looking for the perfect man (or woman i’m not sexist) but not me. nah, me, i’ve been looking for the perfect RECIPE!!! i’d like to thanks all my supporters and a HUGE shout out to my babies: whiskers, paws, meows, kitten, and buttons. last of all a grateful thanks to YOU,
    Robyn, i cannot begin to express how thankful i am. i’ve left comment on “the best chocolate cake” recipe a while back but sadly and unfortunately u never published it. but that’s okay, here’s ur second chance!!

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    Maleia says

    This looks too yummy to pass up.
    I don’t have a crockpot, so is there
    an alternative way to cooking this?
    In the oven, maybe? If so, how long?

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    Nicole says

    I made these but added a twist. Try using a block of cream cheese softened and mixed with a packet it taco seasoning and the juice of a fresh lime. Spoon in with chicken mixture. It’s delicious!

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    Nancy Larma says

    Just making this today! The homemade enchilada sauce is SO good! If the final dish tastes as good as the enchilada sauce, I may be making this dish every week! Thanks for a wonderful recipe, Robyn!

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    Terri says

    I have been making this for years, it is great. I also use the meat for tacos, taquitos, and burritos, never any complaints.


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