Chicken enchiladas – Easy chicken recipes – Dinner ideas

Chicken enchiladas, served for dinner on a white plate, sprinkled with parsley.
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Chicken enchiladas is one of easy dinners to make straight ahead. If you wonder what to make for dinner, look no further. This is one of the best chicken recipes to serve!

What I love, is that chicken enchiladas has soft tortillas, cheese and of course chicken as a main protein here. All of that is covered with spicy tomato – homemade enchilada sauce!

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I prefer to serve chicken meals with Cauliflower rice to have more low carbohydrates side dish. Spicy dishes are great to serve with rice or pasta.

Moreover, this is one of the best leftover chicken recipes! Chicken enchiladas are soft and spicy. By the way, if you have leftover turkey, check our amazing Turkey pot pie. Or you can make turkey enchiladas, using this easy recipe!

Chicken enchiladas on a plate and enchilada bake in the background

Making enchiladas

Making enchiladas couldn’t be more simple! All you need is tortilla wraps, cooked chicken, enchilada sauce and some cheese.

Enchiladas are one of delicious and easy chicken dinner recipes to make!

If you want to prepare enchiladas ahead, cook the chicken and the sauce. Leave in the fridge in separate boxes, until ready to go! Then just shred the chicken, add a 1/4 cup of the sauce with fresh parsley and proceed till the end of the recipe. You will need extra 5 minutes to heat it through.

The sauce and chicken can last up to 7 days in the fridge.

Chicken enchilada bake with red enchilada sauce on the black table

You can make chicken enchiladas and freeze them for a month. Bake the chicken dish extra 20 minutes more, if you place it in the oven without defrosting.

However, such easy dinners a best served fresh. Just make sure you have cooked chicken and the sauce, and you can serve chicken enchiladas almost every day! Ha, I think I’m never tired eating chicken enchiladas!

It’s a great healthy snack between the meals too! Oh, you should check our turkey tortilla wraps for more healthy snack ideas.

Chicken enchiladas with parsley on top

The sauce for chicken enchiladas

You can use ready-made enchilada sauce, but I recommend making this version, as it is easy and spicy! As I already mentioned, the sauce can last about 7 days in the fridge.

Make real Mexican enchiladas! This chicken enchilada bake is colorful and full of great taste.

If you love Mexican recipes, definitely check our Mexican tortilla soup!

By the way, if you serve these chicken enchiladas for kids, don’t add jalapeno, as it will be too much spicy for a little one.

But here, at Cooking Journey, we love spicy food!

If you are using marinated jalapeno as we do, add a tiny slice, as it is more hot than the fresh one!

Chicken meals

This is best chicken enchilada recipe, if you are looking for dinner ideas for two! Tasty and easy chicken dish to serve and enjoy. You can use basic cooked chicken for different dinner recipes.

If you prefer healthy meals in the oven, you can find more easy chicken dinner recipes check our Greek Moussaka.

If you love spicy dishes, share this recipe with your family and friends!

Chicken enchiladas with parsley on top

Chicken enchiladas - Easy chicken recipes

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Chicken enchiladas is one of easy dinners to make straight ahead. If you wonder what to make for dinner, look no further. This is one of the best chicken recipes to serve!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 46 mins
Total Time 56 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 325 kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts halved
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp corn meal
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno pepper minced
  • 190 g tomatoes in juice /6.7 oz
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup light cheese
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parsley or cilantro for serving
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Bring water with salt to boil, add chicken breasts and bay leaves. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and cook 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let it steam 6 minutes more.
  • While chicken is steaming, start making enchilada sauce.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add minced garlic, cook 1 minute, stirring. Then add cornflour and all spices. Cook, stirring for 1 minute until aromatic.
  • Whisk in 3 soup ladles of chicken broth and tomatoes with juice. Crush tomatoes with wooden spoon and bring the sauce to a boil.
  • Simmer enchilada sauce, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened slightly, about 7 to 10 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F / 205 C.
  • Transfer cooked chicken to a bowl and shred with two forks. Add 1 cup of enchilada sauce and 3/4 of parsley (cilantro). Combine.
  • Add a ladle of enchilada sauce to the bottom of baking dish.
  • Brush every tortilla with 1 tsp of yogurt on one side and bake about 1 minute (each tortilla separately).
  • Fill each tortilla with 2 tbs of chicken mixture. Roll enchiladas tightly, and arrange them side by side in baking dish with seam side down.
  • Bake chicken enchiladas 10 minutes.
  • Cover with remaining sauce, and top with grated cheese. Bake 10 minutes more.
  • Let chicken enchiladas cool 5 minutes before serving. Add more parsley and yogurt on top, if you wish.


*I used wheat tortillas, approx. 8 inch / 20 cm in diameter.
*This recipe makes one 7 x 10 inch / 18 x 25 cm baking dish.
Keyword easy, spicy chicken

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14 thoughts on “Chicken enchiladas – Easy chicken recipes – Dinner ideas”

  1. 5 stars
    What an AMAZING idea!!! YUM, these really sound delicious! One of my favs! Is good food and this looks like one of the BEST!! I definitely want to try it! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Enchiladas are a food that I really enjoy eating but for some reason, I have never made them. Definitely going to try this one, I love how it has all simple ingredients from scratch. We are trying to stay away from processed stuff for the most part here.

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