Enchiladas are a family favorite—so why not use that leftover chicken that’s camping out in the fridge and make this delicious creamy chicken enchiladas recipe!

This dish will feed the entire family. Even though it will require some preparation, this meal is fantastic for pre-prepping your dinner. Once the enchiladas are made, you can either put them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to put them in the oven, or throw them in the freezer to eat another day.

Just because this recipe calls for red enchilada sauce—it doesn’t mean you can’t swap it for the green variety if that’s what you prefer. You can also substitute the cheddar cheese with a bag of the four-cheese Mexican blend.

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A pan of creamy chicken enchiladas, a great use for leftover chicken.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Get creative with leftover chicken! These creamy chicken enchiladas are a hearty dinner and a great way to satisfy your Mexican food craving.


Yield: 6 servings
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9" x 13" casserole dish with non-stick spray then set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat until it shimmers. Season the chicken breasts lightly with salt and pepper then add them to the skillet. Cook until no pink remains and the breasts are cooked all the way through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Add the flour to oil that remains in the skillet and whisk to combine. Cook the flour in the oil for about 1 minute, then slowly pour in milk, whisking constantly, until no lumps remain. Allow the mixture to come to a bubble, then add ½ cup enchilada sauce and salt. Momentarily remove the skillet from the heat while you shred or chop the chicken.
  • When the chicken is ready, return the skillet to medium heat and bring the sauce back to a bubble. Add the chicken, stirring well to combine. When the sauce achieves a bubble, reduce heat to medium-low then simmer about 5 minutes until the mixture becomes very thick. Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese then stir to combine. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  • Brush the corn tortillas front and back with oil. Heat each tortilla in a nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Cook on both sides just long enough to heat through and completely soften—about 1 minute each. Once all 12 tortillas have been heated, gather all the components so you can begin assembling the enchiladas.
  • Divide the filling into 12 roughly equal portions and place the filling in the center of the warm tortillas. Roll the tortilla closed and place, seam side down, in the prepared casserole dish. Repeat with remaining filling and tortillas.
  • Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the rolled enchiladas and top with remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake 15–20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Even though buying your cheese already shredded is convenient, it’s less expensive to shred your own if you have time!
Calories: 595kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 42g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 123mg, Sodium: 859mg, Potassium: 257mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g
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