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Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole is packed with layers of chicken, enchilada sauce, tortillas, and cheese. It’s easy comfort food that your whole family will love.

layers of Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe is so quick and easy to make. Five simple ingredients are layered into a casserole dish and baked together until the cheese and sauce are melted and bubbling. All of those amazing layers baked together into this delicious enchilada casserole. I think it’s even better traditional enchiladas!

If you like it as much as we do make sure to give our Beef Enchilada Casserole a try too!

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole garnished with cilantro

Enchiladas of any kind are at the top of my favorite foods list and this cheesy, easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole is the most fun task you’ll take on when making enchiladas for dinner. Forget about the tedious mess of rolling up tortillas and getting sauce everywhere. This simple recipe takes all of the ingredients we love and layers them into a delicious casserole that the whole family will love.

What Ingredients are in Chicken Enchilada Casserole?

  • Flour tortillas – Traditionally enchiladas are made with corn tortillas but I have always preferred flour tortillas because I like how soft they are. If you prefer the more traditional version you can substitute corn tortillas for flour tortillas. Since corn tortillas are smaller you will need a few more than are listed in the recipe to cover each layer.
  • Enchilada sauce – I make this quick and easy homemade red enchilada sauce for my casserole and I think it takes them to the next level. It’s not required though! If you want to save time you can use your favorite store-bought enchilada sauce. 
  • Seasoned Chicken – You can cook chicken breasts and shred them yourself or you can buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it to save some time. The shredded chicken is cooked with taco seasoning to give it a bold Tex-Mex flavor. 
  • Yellow onion – These slightly sweet onions are finely diced and cooked with the chicken until they are translucent. They add just the right amount of savory flavor to the dish.
  • Cheddar cheese – Cheese may be my favorite part of enchiladas…right after that red sauce! I use sharp cheddar for my enchiladas but you can also use mild cheddar, or a Mexican cheese blend if you prefer. 
easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

How to Make Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

  1. Start by placing your shredded chicken, onions, taco seasoning and a ¼ cup of water into a skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes until the liquid has mostly disappeared. When the meat has finished cooking set it to the side.
  2. Grease an 11×9 inch casserole dish and pour 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom. This will help to keep the bottom tortillas from burning.
  3. Create a layer of tortillas on top of the sauce with 2 tortillas so that they cover the bottom of the dish. Now you start your layers. Place 1/3 of the chicken on top of the tortillas, followed by a ½ cup of the enchilada sauce, and 1 cup of cheese.
  4. Then create two more layers adding two tortillas, chicken, enchilada sauce, and cheese twice. Place the final two tortillas on top and pour remaining enchilada sauce over it followed by cheese.
  5. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Once it has finished baking remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
eating Chicken Enchilada Casserole

What to Serve with Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

piece of Chicken Enchilada Casserole on a plate

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole is layers of soft tortillas, spicy chicken, melted cheese, and a rich, red enchilada sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Enchilada sauce
  • 8 -8 inch Flour tortillas
  • 2 lbs Chicken, shredded
  • ¼ cup Taco seasoning
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 12 ounce Cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place shredded chicken, onions, taco seasoning and ¼ cup of water into a skillet and cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes until the liquid has mostly disappeared.
  • In a greased, 11×9 casserole dish add ½ cup of the enchilada sauce to the bottom and then place two tortillas on top of it so that they cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Place 1/3 of the chicken on top of the tortillas, followed by ½ cup of the enchilada sauce, and 1 cup of cheese.
  • Repeat steps to create two more layers.
  • Place the final two tortillas on top and pour remaining enchilada sauce over it followed by cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to bake for 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 1174mg, Potassium: 449mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 469IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 317mg, Iron: 6mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole recipe for family, chicken enchilada casserole, chicken enchilada recipe, enchilada casserole recipe