Embrace your inner Texan and indulge in these easy and delicious Tex-Mex Chicken Enchiladas for a great weeknight dinner.Jump to Recipe
Chicken enchiladas are a great way for us to embrace living in Texas and enjoying the Tex-Mex style food we have here. Every now and then I get in the mood for some enchiladas, and this is the perfect recipe. It’s quick and easy and can be adjusted to your preferences. Add in some diced onions and peppers, dipping in sour cream, whatever you want!
I have learned since living here, that I am not a huge fan of authentic Mexican food. I like having cheese and sour cream on my attempts at Mexican recipes. Tex-Mex food has these ingredients.
So, even though these enchiladas aren’t authentic, and would probably make most Mexicans cringe, that’s how I like them! The first time I made these, I covered the enchiladas in way too much sauce. It ended up making the tortillas too soggy, which was no
Now I put just a little bit of the enchilada sauce in when I build them, and a bit more on the top. I put the rest of the sauce in a bowl to use for dipping.
As written, my recipe suggests a packet of fajita seasoning mix. I used to make it with that, but have since learned to make my own seasoning. My recipe for fajita seasoning makes more than needed for the meal, but I keep it with the rest of my spices for future use.
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces or strips and season with the fajita seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Brown the chicken in a frying pan with one tbsp of oil.
Once the chicken is cooked through, spread it out evenly in the tortilla shells.
Top the chicken with a bit of enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
Roll the shells up and place in a casserole dish with the seams facing down so they stay together as they cook.
Drizzle a bit of the enchilada sauce over each of the tortillas and top with a bit more cheese.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm with extra enchilada sauce for dipping.
Originally Published On: March 2, 2017
Last Updated On: March 21, 2020
- 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
- 2 tsp fajita seasoning
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 1/2 can red chile enchilada sauce
- 2 cups mexican blend cheese (shredded)
- 4 flour tortilla shells
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cut up meat and season with fajita seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper
- Brown in frying pan until cooked through
- Place meat in shells
- Top with a bit of the enchilada sauce and shredded cheese
- Roll up shell and place in a baking dish, seam side down
- Repeat for all shells
- Drizzle with a little bit of the enchilada sauce
- Top with cheese
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Pour more enchilada sauce on top when serving
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
42 thoughts on “Chicken Enchiladas”
This recipe is amazing – it’s the perfect food ( I’m a vegetarian but I could easily use seitan or protein / chic peas) I’ll definitely use this in the near future!
I’ve never tried it with anything other than chicken before, but have heard of people using other protein in an enchilada. I’ll have to try it one day, too!
This looks really good “authentic or not”. Would so love to try them.
Thanks! I figure I live in Texas now so Tex-Mex versions are completely doable.
I make chicken enchiladas sometimes. I like sour cream too. I need to use homemade recipe for fajitas seasonings.
The homemade seasoning makes such a difference. The flavor is a bit more subtle but tastes fresh. And sour cream is the best!
YUM! I love chicken enchiladas but I have never made them at home. I definitely need to try these!!
You should try it! They are easier than you would think, and you can make them just how you want.
Yummy it looks so delicious. I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never cooked Chicken Enchiladas before. However, my family and I love ordering it at restaurants. But now that I have this awesome recipe I will add it to my menu of things to try out for my family. Thank you, Stephanie.
I was afraid to make them at first. It seemed like a daunting recipe to try. But this recipe is pretty easy and they are so delicious. If you want it easier, you can buy a package of seasoning, but we prefer the freshness of making our own.
I’m not a huge fan of authentic mexican food either. So these are right up my alley!! They sounds delicious!
Tex-Mex is where it’s at! I’ve gotta have the cheese and sour cream.
Oh my goodness YUM! You are totally speaking my language!
They are so yummy, and pretty easy to put together.
These look fantastic! Nothing beats a good tex-mex recipe to enjoy at home.
I agree, I love TexMex food. Even more since we moved to Texas a few years ago!
I have to admit, these are very different from any enchiladas I have ever seen/made/eaten, with the minimal sauce – BUT i bet that makes them a good bit healthier!!! Love the idea of using the sauce for dipping instead! My girls would eat enchiladas every day if I made them that often, so will have to try your recipe the next time I make some and see what everyone thinks! (They certainly fit better with my new year healthy eating plans than the rich sauces/bases in most of my enchilada recipes!)
I tried with all the sauce the first time and the shells were just a gooey mess. That’s when I started cutting way back on the amount of sauce when they cook and drizzle it on or dip in at later.
Oh my husband would love this! I need to add it to our list!
They are so good! I can even get my kids to eat one if it doesn’t have too much sauce on it 🙂
These look so yummy! I love any recipe that is finished off with cheese. 😀
Right?! Cheese makes everything better!
This is wonderful. It’s easy to make! I’m sure my family will love this. I can’t wait to make some for this weekend
They are pretty easy, and since you make them yourself you can customize exactly what goes in them and how much sauce you use.
Enchiladas are one of my favorites when I go out to a mexican restaurant. These look like they would be super simple to make myself at home!
They are very easy to make at home and so much cheaper than getting them out to eat whenever you have a craving for enchiladas!
These sound really tasty! I think one has to adapt the recipes to one’s own taste. The important thing is to be happy 🙂
I completely agree! That’s one of the many reasons I love to cook at home. I can make the meal exactly what we like for my family.
Chicken enchiladas has to be one of my favourite meals! We usually buy a box kit when we make them though, but this recipe looks nice and simple, so it would be good to try and make them from scratch.
We used to buy the box kit when I was growing up too. But over the years I’ve learned to make them myself which allows me to really customize the flavor to my family.
Any type of Mexican food is a big hit in our house. These look amazing!
Sam here, we love our TexMex meals!
Yummm my husband and I were just talking about trying to make enchiladas. I will show him this recipe so we can test it out this week!
Perfect timing! They are so tasty and pretty easy to put together.
I was just telling my husband I wanted to find a good enchilada recipe. I am for sure going to show him this one and try to make it!
They are so yummy! I hope you enjoy the meal as much as we do 🙂
This looks so tasty and so easy to make! I am going to try to make these next week!
I hope you find them as tasty as we do!
My other half would love these. These are such a good idea for a family/friends night in for sure xx
Definitely easy enough to make a large batch when you have company!
We don’t eat much Mexican food, in fact I have never tried authentic Enchiladas or even the Tex-Mex version! But this sounds like a tasty meal !
I don’t know if I’ve ever had authentic enchiladas, but I love the TexMex version!