Chicken Enchilada Casserole


Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken enchilada casserole is a family favorite meal that is so easy to make. Chicken, enchilada sauce and cheese are baked until it’s all golden brown and delicious.

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What you need:

Enchilada Sauce


Queso Fresco

Green Chiles

Fresh Cilantro

Olive Oil Spray

Cheddar Cheese

and more...

Combine the chicken and enchilada sauce in a medium saucepan & simmer for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat. Then flip the chicken over, cover, and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until the chicken reaches 160-165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.


Remove chicken from pan and shred into bite-sized pieces. In a bowl, combine shredded chicken, the remaining enchilada sauce, queso fresco, chiles, and cilantro. Add salt and pepper if desired.


Spray a square casserole dish with olive oil (or use a brush) and coat the entire bottom and sides. Evenly spread 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese on the bottom of the dish. Add the chicken mixture.


Then add the other cup of cheddar cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for about 10 minutes.


Remove foil to melt and brown cheese a bit for another 3 to 5 min. and voila. Mexican enchiladas of the day! Be careful when removing from the oven.


Now slice some avocados, green onions, and chopped cilantro to garnish.

Cooking Tips

If you're busy in the evenings and want to just pop a delicious recipe in the oven when you don't have time to prepare a meal, you could easily prepare this 1 day in advance and store it covered in the fridge, ready for baking.


For better texture, buy the block of cheddar cheese rather than pre-shredded cheese.



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