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Hearty Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Hearty Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 577 calories, 20g fat (4g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 1541mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 46g protein.

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kmansfield06 User ID: 3426812 237516
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"love this recipe...."

Cgmaui User ID: 7420529 228273
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"easy to make and delicious!"

wildhoney User ID: 8394689 227146
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."

blessedhomemaker User ID: 1012239 54408
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."

Mikebacon User ID: 7698882 103875
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."

erkgoer User ID: 7403319 147506
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"This recipe was really good! I didn't use all of the juice though because as I was adding it to the chicken mixture I was worried there might be too much. You can just eyeball it and tell when you've used enough. Overall, it tasted great! It was surprisingly filling too. Four enchiladas was plenty for my husband and I with a pot of chipotle rice to go along with them."

MfallsMom User ID: 6629876 69377
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"This is delicious! I made it as one, large main course in a 13" x 9" pan, rather than two smaller courses in 8" pans and it worked great. I used whole wheat tortillas to make it a bit healthier, and they tasted very good. Will definitely make again!"

LGLandC User ID: 6384763 69320
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"A keeper! Easiest enchilada recipe ever and low cal (depending on your helping of cheese and sour cream). So easy that I'll try to make my own enchilada sauce next time. Earth Fare only had the green sauce. So I bought it and my family loved it. Even my 20 month old ate it, chilis and all. I also used chicken tenders instead of breasts only because they were a little cheaper. I would say the servings is closer to 4-5. Unless 2 adults and 4 kids are eating all 8 servings."

csnoeren User ID: 5038169 103787
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Came out a bit juicy--will use less enchilada sauce next time, but the flavor was great! Also, will probably use larger tortillas next time. The little ones were a bit tricky to fill neatly."

Sheila68 User ID: 6294864 134151
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I used corn tortillas's and added green enchilada sauce w/the red during the cooking process. Added green enchilada sauce to the final plating for an additional snap of flavor. AWESOME! Best enchilada's we've ever had. Will certainly make mucho times to come."

Gary Harrison User ID: 5622719 147502
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"Made it for the family and everyone loved it, even my picky son. This one goes on the short list"

cricketbean User ID: 4899745 69319
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"These were a simple throw in the pot meal and sooo good my whole family loved them. I added black olives and chopped tomatoes to the top after it baked."

5bells User ID: 1442601 134146
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010


da_blister04 User ID: 2639726 58589
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"This recipe is sooo yummy! I love that you can freeze on too! I just discovered this recipe two months ago and have given it to 10 or more people, that is how yummy it is!"

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