Easy Chicken Enchiladas- Step by Step Recipe for Chicken Enchiladas

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Are you looking for an easy chicken enchilada recipe that you can make ahead and then enjoy with your family during your busy week?

If you are looking for an easy, filling family friendly meal, you can’t do much better than these Easy Chicken Enchiladas. Try our step by step recipe for Chicken Enchiladas.

I know when one of us is feeling down or has had a rough day, dinner time is often the best time to decompress and talk about our feelings. It’s important to model for our kids that maybe our day wasn’t perfect either but we overcame challenges and now we are here together as a family and it feels so good. It’s like they say, ” the days are long but the years are short.” Dinner time is worth fighting for. It knits the family together, it’s the place where memories are made and strong family bonds are formed.

The key to successful family dinners is in the planning. One of my favorite tips is to use the days of the week to serve Italian food every Monday, Mexican food on Tuesday, American cuisine on Wednesday, Asian inspired food on Thursday, etc. Adopt this menu for your family’s tastes and repeat it. It makes buying the food easier. You can cook the protein you need in your dishes on the weekend and parcel it out as needed for your recipes.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas- Step by Step Recipe Chicken Enchiladas

 

Easy Chicken Enchilada recipe you can make ahead

Ingredients
  • 16 Montecito 6″ white corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Sun Harvest Organic diced tomatoes in juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup First Street Natural Fancy Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • First Street Sour Cream
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro, for garnish

 

Easy Make-Ahead Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Directions:

*Tip – You’ll want to heat the corn tortillas. If you omit this step, your tortillas will crack and break apart when you try to roll them.

In a bowl, combine tomatoes, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder. Start with 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and add more to taste. Set aside.

In a nonstick pan, spray cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add a corn tortilla to the pan, let heat for 5 seconds and lift up the tortilla and add another. Repeat, placing one tortilla under the next until all 16 tortillas are heated. Remove from heat and place onto a plate.

In a saucepan, combine cream cheese and chicken. Add 1/3 cup tomato mixture and heat on medium heat until melted and smooth. Stirring constantly.

Spoon chicken mixture lightly onto a tortilla and wrap it, seam side down, and place it into a pan coated with cooking spray. My square pan held 16 tortillas. Repeat until the pan is full.

Spread tomatoes on top of tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and heated through. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.

How to make chicken enchiladas your family will love

 

 

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Smart and Final Chicken Enchiladas
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
 
With premium ingredients from Smart & Final, your family will enjoy this simple chicken enchilada dish.
Ingredients
  • 16 Montecito 6" white corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Sun Harvest organic diced tomatoes in juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup First Street Natural Fancy Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • First Street Sour Cream
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder. Start with ¼ teaspoon chili powder and add more to taste. Set aside.
  2. In a nonstick pan, spray cooking spray and heat on medium high. Add a corn tortilla to the pan, let heat for 5 seconds and lift up the tortilla and add another. Repeat, placing one tortilla under the next, until all 16 tortillas are heated. Remove from heat and place onto a plate.
  3. In a saucepan, combine cream cheese and chicken. Add ⅓ cup tomato mixture and heat on medium heat until melted and smooth. Stirring constantly.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture lightly onto a tortilla and wrap it, seam side down, and place it into a pan coated with cooking spray. My square pan held 16 tortillas. Repeat until the pan is full.
  5. Spread tomatoes on top of tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and heated through.
  7. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.

 

This is a sponsored post about Family Meals Month in partnership with Smart & Final. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for sharing this! I love enchiladas, but I’ve never tried my hand at making them. I’m so excited to give these a try.

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Mmm, this looks incredible! Bookmarking for next week.

Claudia Krusch

Your recipe sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Ricci

These are definitely going on my to make list for dinner next week! Um… Yum!

Rebecca Swenor

Smart and Final sounds like a great place to shop if you have one in your area. I love how they help the non-profit charities too. These chicken enchiladas look so delicious and I will have to make these for my family. We love Mexican food. Thanks for sharing this easy chicken enchilada recipe.

Sara-Jayne

I LOVE chicken enchiladas! I could eat them every week if my husband let me make them that often – yours look truly delicious!

Kathy

Those look great! I’ve been wanting to make enchiladas, but haven’t yet. I may have to give your recipe a try soon.

Chubskulit Rose

I make enchaladas once in a while sincemy husband likes it. This looks superdelicious!

Nicole Etolen

Wow, this is a must-try! I love chicken enchiladas and I want to cook one for myself!

Vera Sweeney

We love enchiladas!! These look so good, i know my whole family would love them, plus they look easy to make as well.

Vicky

I am always looking for easy recipes like this one that the whole family will enjoy. We are big fans of Mexican food so I know this would be a hit.

Ann Bacciaglia

I am always looking for new chicken recipes to try. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this for dinner this week.

Jesica h

I am making this tomorrow but we have some puled pork to use up!! Thanks for the reminder and a great recipe!

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