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Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Today’s Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe is the only chicken enchilada recipe you’ll need from now until eternity. Tender and flavorful shredded chicken is stuffed into corn tortillas along with a little bit of cheese, smothered in an easy homemade enchilada sauce, and covered in more freshly shredded cheese. They’re popped into a hot oven just until the cheese melts, and served with your favorite Mexican condiments. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 413 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 2 large chicken breasts (1 3/4 pounds)
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • enchilada sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • sour cream and cilantro for serving
  • 1 tbsp canola oil (if using corn tortillas)
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas

Enchilada Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • pinch sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x12 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Place chicken in a large stock pot and cover with water. Add onion, garlic, bay leaves, carrot, and celery. Season with a few teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 12-15. minutes. To make sure it's cooked through, you an instant read thermometer, when it reaches 165 degrees, the chicken is done. Remove chicken from the cooking liquid and cool until it's easy enough to handle. Shred chicken, discard leftover liquid and veggies in the pot.

  3. While the chicken cooks, make the enchilada sauce. Heat a medium saucepan to a medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil and garlic. Saute until slightly softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste, cook 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock. Add chili powder, chipotle powder, oregano, coriander, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.

  4. Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce and cumin, toss until coated. Season the chicken to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Spoon enough enchilada sauce into the casserole dish to lightly coat the bottom.

  6. Mix cheeses together in a small bowl.

  7. If using corn tortillas, add canola oil to a medium skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Use tongs to pull the corn tortillas through the oil until pliable. Place chicken filling in the tortilla and then sprinkle with a tablespoon of cheese. Roll up and place in the casserole dish, seam-side down. Continue with remaining tortillas. If using flour tortillas, simply roll, fill with chicken and cheese, and skip the oil.

  8. Pour remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and the enchiladas are hot and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes. Serve with sour cream and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 816mg35%
Potassium 714mg20%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 3044IU61%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 330mg33%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.