Easy Chicken Enchiladas

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Easy Weeknight Enchiladas

This is one of those recipes that isn’t really a recipe at all. In fact, it’s by no means a traditional enchilada recipe but I love it because you can really play with the components based on what you like or what’s in your fridge. It’s versatile, seriously fast for weeknights and makes great lunch leftovers so the concept makes a regular appearance in our menu lineup.

Chicken Enchiladas
3 chicken breasts or 2 package of chicken tenders, cut into small chunks
garlic powder
chili powder or chipotle powder
dash of cayenne
dash of salt
2/3 can refried beans
3 green onions, diced
1 pkg low-fat ricotta cheese
1 large jar picante sauce, salsa or taco sauce
6-7 large flour tortillas
1 pkg shredded cheddar

Preheat oven to 375.  In a large saute pan, cook chicken chunks over medium heat with 1-2 Tbps olive oil.  As chicken begins to cook, season liberally with cumin, garlic and chili powder.  Sprinkle with salt and cayenne and toss chicken well to coat evenly.  Add green onions and 1/3 of the jar of salsa and stir well. Cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Meanwhile, working one tortilla at a time, paint the center of the tortilla with refried beans and then with ricotta. Spoon a portion of the chicken mixture over the ricotta. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

chicken enchiladas

Roll tortilla around filling, tucking the ends under, and place in a 13×9″ baking pan. Repeat with each tortilla (they’ll fit tightly in the pan). Pour remaining salsa over the enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 25-28 minutes until cheese begins to turn a light golden brown.

easy enchilada recipes
Other Tasty Enchilada Combos:
Beef (or Venison) and Black Beans
Shredded Pork with Corn, Rice and Tomatillo Salsa
Roasted Vegetables and White Cheddar



Filed under Main Dish, Quick & Easy

7 responses to “Easy Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Alison

    Looks delicious! Great for a quick dinner.
    Do you have any beer recommendations to go along with the enchiladas?

    • Katie

      My favorite beer with spicy Mexican food is always an IPA or a pale ale – like Boulder Beer Hazed and Infused or Ale Asylum Hopalicious. But since hoppier beers aren’t for everyone, a crisp lager like Sam Adams Boston Lager would be a good match too!

  2. Molly


    Made this last night and it was fast, easy & delicious. The cumin and ricotta put a fresh new spin on the traditional enchilada recipe. My family thoroughly enjoyed this version. Cold beer would have been a perfect accompaniment to this dish but we washed it down with a little 1% (milk) instead.

    Thanks for the culinary yumminess.

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  4. Angela

    Trying this, this week!! We love Mexican food at our house. Thanks!

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