Hearty Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
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Hearty Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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"My husband, Nathan, and I really like Mexican food, and this is our favorite dish," writes Jenny Miller of Raleigh, North Carolina. "You can modify it to suit your taste, adding corn, rice or refried beans."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + simmering Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + simmering Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 enchiladas (prepared with reduced-fat cheese) equals 577 calories, 20 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 1541 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 46 g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the chicken, enchilada sauce and chilies. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat is tender.
  2. Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Reserve 1-2/3 cups cooking juices. Pour the remaining cooking juices into a large bowl; add the beans and shredded chicken. Coat two freezer-safe 8-in. square baking dishes with cooking spray; add 1/2 cup reserved juices to each.
  3. Place about 1/3 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in prepared dishes. Pour remaining reserved juices over top; sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Cover and freeze one dish for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the second dish at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is lightly browned. Serve with sour cream if desired.
  5. To use frozen enchiladas: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed. Yield: 2 casseroles (2 servings each).
Originally published as Hearty Chicken Enchiladas in Cooking for 2 Summer 2005, p 47

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"love this recipe...."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"Easy to make and delicious!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2015

"Simple but impressive. I've made this dish a dozen times without changing anything and have received rave reviews. I like to make it for friends who need a meal because it's quick and easy to cook for his/her family and my own while yielding left-overs too. People tell me their kids also like it (as does my own daughter). Oftentimes I've frozen half of the meal as directed and reheated it with terrific results. This dish is BIG on flavor, despite its short list of easy-to-find and inexpensive ingredients. It's called "hearty" for a reason: its super filling. My husband and I can only eat two each. It's not spicy or complex - which might explain why kids like it as much as their parents (I'm sure you turn up the heat to suit your taste). Overall, this recipe is a solid workhorse that I'm proud to serve my family and others."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"These were a nice, light chicken enchiladas recipe. They didn't leave us with a heavy feeling. Not very appealing to the eye, but tasty."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I tried this recipe today and it was very good. It fed four of us and we have enough left for lunches. It could have been more spicy."

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