Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole – 4 ingredients is all it takes to make this popular Mexican dish. It’s cheesy, it’s spicy, it’s sinfully delicious.


Mexican food is my weakness. Totally! I love all Mexican food. I love going to Mexican restaurants and trying everything on the menu. But I also love to make Mexican food. This chicken enchilada casserole only requires 4 ingredients, so it doesn’t get any easier than this.

I love chicken enchiladas and this casserole is even easier to make than making regular chicken enchiladas because you just layer your ingredients. Even a kid could make this.

And if you want to have some fun, have a mojito while you make this, or with it, before or after or during, doesn’t really matter. If you have a sombrero you might even want to wear that and make this chicken enchilada while dancing to the Mexican hat dance song.

Ok, now I have that song stuck in my head. Anywho here’s how you make this awesome dish. Pretty simple, I cooked the chicken in the enchilada sauce, just so it gets that nice flavor from the sauce and it’s nice and moist, but if you want you could also use roast chicken and make this even easier. But you will love this chicken cooked in the enchilada sauce. It’s amazing.

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Although that looks like a lot of chicken, it’s only 2 breasts. Once the chicken is cooked, you just have to layer your casserole. I started with a bit of sauce at the bottom of the baking dish just so that it’s all nice and gooey and the corn tortillas don’t stick to the bottom. I got 3 layers here so to layer is simple. After you put some sauce on the bottom of the dish, you layer with 2 tortillas, 1/3 of the chicken, 1/3 of the sauce, 1/3 of the cheese and repeat 2 more times.

I used Monterey Jack cheese just because I think it goes really well in Mexican food, it’s milder and creamier, so it’s perfect in this casserole.


After you bake it, I dare you not to eat a piece right away. I don’t think you can do it. The smell just drove my poor beagle crazy! Not only her, but me as well.

This chicken enchilada casserole, 4 ingredients only, one of the best Mexican dishes you’ll ever have.


4.6 from 12 reviews
Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
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Serves: 6
  1. Cut each chicken breast in about 3 pieces, so that it cooks faster and put it in a small pot. Pour Enchilada sauce over it and cook covered on low to medium heat until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. No water is needed, the chicken will cook in the Enchilada sauce. Make sure you stir occasionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom.
  2. Remove chicken from the pot and shred with two forks.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  4. Start layering the casserole. Start with about ¼ cup of the leftover Enchilada sauce over the bottom of a baking dish. I used a longer baking dish, so that I can put 2 corn tortillas across. Place 2 tortillas on the bottom, top with ⅓ of the chicken and ⅓ of the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with ⅓ of the cheese and repeat starting with 2 more tortillas, then chicken, sauce, cheese. Repeat with last layer with the remaining ingredients, tortillas, chicken, sauce and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, until bubbly and cheese has melted and started to brown on top.
  6. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 454 Fat: 17.9 g Saturated fat: 8.9 g Carbohydrates: 53.8 g Sugar: 0.8 g Sodium: 284 mg Fiber: 19 g Protein: 31.9 g Cholesterol: 77 mg

Do you love enchilada casseroles? Try this amazing Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole!


Or give this yummy white chicken enchiladas a try!


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  1. Aila says


    I was curious if you thought this would work as a freezer meal. Like do the whole set up but put it in a aluminum foil pan and then thaw and bake in oven? I thought everything would work but wasnt sure about the corn tortillas.


  2. whitney says

    Great Dish! I used Emeril’s enchilada recipe which is super easy. I added chopped chili peppers for an extra punch. As suggested from other cook, i put refried beans on the torts after i fried them up. VERY good and easy! Will make again!

    • says

      Hi Donna, I used all of it, but after the chicken is cooked there will be leftover enchilada sauce which you will use for layering the casserole.

  3. Karen says

    This looks so good and easy! Could you please clarify for me the amount of chicken you use? Is it two whole breasts or two halves? I once volunteered on a school cookbook project and the group could never agree whether a chicken had one whole breast (which was the same as two halves) or if a chicken had two whole breasts.

  4. Papi says

    Super yums! I made the mistake of using flour tortillas, so they got a bit mushy, but not enough to dislike the dish. I can see myself using Doritos, Fritos, cilantro & lime rice or refried beans in place of the corn tortillas for a bit of variation. Yup, going to do this one again.

  5. sylviagzz says

    Hi there…

    I so want to cook this recipe… I have one question though,

    The corn tortillas… do you just use them cold out of the package? or do you warm (cook) them on a flat surface first?


  6. says

    This is a GREAT intro to Mexican cooking dish one that my busy Yuppie daughter could pull off and pass off as ‘mom’s enchiladas’ with ease :). I plan to send her to your site! She will LOVE IT!! I suggest Rosarita brand red sauce in the larger size can or the Old El Paso GREEN sauce! Add a can of chopped Chilies (NOT jalapenos LOL, but the mild ones labeled ‘chilis’.. they are generally Anaheims) , some sliced black olives are good too as is the Mexican blend cheese. Additions like these are best added to the cheese layer I think so they don’t get lost in the meat. We’ve made versions of this for years and i love your idea of cooking the chicken from raw in the sauce! I mostly just used left over chicken, turkey, beef roast or pork roast cooked and re heated or cooked till it fell apart in the sauce adding water as necessary. The white corn tortillas are good too as they seem to be a bit dryer than the yellow. With recipes like this.. who needs take out?

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