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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken enchilada casserole, enchilada, enchilada casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 413kcal



  • 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.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and shred with two forks.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  • Start layering the casserole. Start with about 1/4 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 1/3 of the chicken and 1/3 of the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 1/3 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.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, until bubbly and cheese has melted and started to brown on top.
  • Serve warm.


  1. Make your own enchilada sauce using my recipe.
  2. I've made this casserole with both flour tortillas and corn tortillas. For a true Mexican inspired casserole I recommend using corn tortillas, however flour tortillas work as well. Some people have mentioned that flour tortillas turn out a bit soggier than corn tortillas, but I thought it was just fine.
  3. I used a 5x7 casserole dish here, but please feel free to use a 9x13 or 8x8 casserole dish.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 871mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 457mg | Iron: 2.1mg