30 Minute Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

I cook a lot of things using chicken stock, which I make myself using chicken leg thigh quarters or whole chickens that I've quartered. Over the years, I've picked up or developed a lot of recipes that make use of the chicken leftover from this process.





Since the chicken is already cooked, it lends itself very well to meals that can be made in time constrained situations. I freeze it in recipe size batches so that I can grab one and thaw it easily. Even If I forget to put it out of the freezer in the morning, it can be thawed out in a matter of minutes in the microwave. This has saved me on more than one occasion when a half day outing lasted way longer than it was supposed to and we don't make it home until dinnertime. Being able to put a home-cooked meal on the table in less time than it would take to order a pizza is priceless.


This is one of my families favorite "leftover" chicken recipes. It can be done with just about any kind of leftover chicken, or you can cook some specifically to make the recipe. I have to make double the recipe because my husband would probably cry if there were no enchiladas for a snack, and my 6-year-old would do the same if there were none for lunch the next day.


Ingredients:

1 pound cooked chicken, diced
1 package cream cheese, cubed
1 can chopped green chiles
1 package 6-inch tortillas, flour or corn your preference
1 can green chile enchilada sauce
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup shredded fiesta cheese blend or cheddar, your preference

Preparation:

Heat oven to  400°F. Prepare a 13X9-inch baking dish.

In a bowl, combine enchilada sauce with cream of chicken soup. Spread a thin layer of the mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

In a large skillet heat chicken, chiles, and cream cheese on medium heat until heated through and the cream cheese is fully melted.

Spoon mixture into tortillas, roll and place seam-side down into the prepared baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over top, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.


26 comments:

  1. Yum! I love cheesy chicken in any form. Repurposing leftover chicken into chicken enchiladas is a great idea to make a completely different meal in no time.

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  2. These look delicious! I know my family would love them. I may give them a try next week :)

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  3. Yes please! These look so tasty - I have to admit I can't remember the last time I had enchiladas so this is must for me to try soon. x

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  4. This is my favorite way to make enchiladas. I want to make these for dinner but it is going to be 100 today so another day.

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  5. This sounds so perfectly delicious. I love how smothered with goodness they are.

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  6. This sounds wonderful! Chicken and cheese make a heavenly combination

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  7. I love making enchiladas. Shrimp ones are my favorite.

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  8. Elizabeth O.1:14 AM

    They definitely look creamy! I'm sure the kids will love this because of all the cheese. It's perfect for dinner too.

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  9. This looks so appetizing, looking at the pictures made me really hungry! I'm definitely keeping the recipe!

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  10. Wow! Only 30 minutes that is a brilliant and quick meal option. Stellar choice!

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  11. Now this is my kind of chicken. The color itself shows that healthy bite and this is one good excuse for me to use my extra exotic cheese stock.

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  12. This would be wonderful to have for dinner! It looks amazing! ok, now I am hungry!

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  13. We love chicken enchiladas but the recipe I use definitely doesn't take 30 minutes! I am going to give this one a try soon. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. I love enchiladas recipe. My grandma is the best cook when it comes to enchiladas!

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  15. Enchiladas are one of my FAVORITE Mexican foods! I love all of the variations on them!

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  16. These look really good. I have always wanted to make enchiladas at home.

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  17. Those look amazing! I've been wanting to make enchiliadas for a long time now. I'll be making them soon now that I saw your recipe!

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  18. My oh my, it looks so creamy and tasty. It's been a long time since I last made Enchiladas. I should try your recipe soon.

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  19. Oh wow that looks so delicious! I love how quick it is to make too

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  20. Oh my gosh, my husband LOVES enchiladas! I'll have to make him these!

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  21. Wow, looks a yummy recipe. I would love to try these on weekends

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  22. I love making enchiladas. Steak ones are my favorites.

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  23. Quick and easy? You got my attention! And my family attention too haha

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  24. Its amazing how we use items in cooking based on culture. I don't think I have ever used chicken stock in any meal because it is not something we really use in the country I am from.

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  25. These look sooo tasty!! I love that they're quick and easy to make too xxx

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  26. ooohhh that creamy chicken enchilada is just soooooo apI can't believe that I am drooling over it just after having snack after snack after snack and dinner.

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