Dad's Favorite Chicken Enchiladas

"My dad was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, so he knows his way around Mexican food. The one thing that he will complain about in the huge international smorgasbord that is the Houston restaurant scene is the distinct lack of "REAL Mexican food", just a lot of TexMex. Nothing wrong with TexMex, but compared to the stuff in Arizona, it's a little... unbalanced. So when he said that my enchiladas were the best he had ever tasted, I took that as the true compliment it was. This is easy but time consuming, real cooking times are explained in the recipe. You can cook the using a skillet or a crock pot. You could even use leftover chicken by skipping to the rolling - but I would season the chicken with 1/2 cup stock and a quarter of the spices listed."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Add oil and spices to a large one gallon bag. Mix thoroughly. Add chicken. Squoosh around to coat the chicken evenly. Yup, technical term, "squoosh". If you can, stick this in the fridge overnight. If not, don't sweat over it.
  • At this point you can freeze the meat, add the packages of tortillas, and have an OAMC meal. Simply defrost everything later and assemble. Do not assemble this and then freeze, flour tortillas do not freeze well in the presence of liquid.
  • Now, you can dump the spiced chicken in the crockpot for 6 hours on low. Or you can brown the chicken in a big skillet on medium high heat - 4-5 minutes each side, then add chicken stock and simmer about 20 minutes until the chicken about falls apart.
  • Remove chicken from cooking vessel to a large bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Shred the chicken using two forks or your hands (or just look at it hard if you used your crockpot). Add the reserved cooking liquid and stir to combine.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F Prep a 9x13-inch baking dish by pouring 1/2 cup enchilada sauce in the bottom and "Rolling" it around the bottom to evenly coat.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup of the chicken onto the bottom third of a tortilla, roll tight, and place in the pan, seam side down. Continue until you have filled the dish or run out of chicken. Pour on the rest of the enchilada sauce, and sprinkle on the cheese.
  • Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is all melted and the sauce is bubbly and thick.
  • Real Cook times: 20 to 30 minutes of work time (how fast can you roll them?); 6 hours cooking (if you use a crock pot) or 30 minutes cooking (if you use the stovetop); and 20 minutes in the oven.

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  1. Tina Shaffer
    The marinade is fantastic! I use it to make tacos, similar to LuLu's taco shop in Phoenix. I have been searching and trying many different recipes since I have moved to VT. There are zero quality Mexican restraunts here. I was a bit surprised that this great recipe called for canned enchilada sauce.
  2. dsdisalvo
    This was a huge hit at my house! I cooked the chicken in a pan, and the only thing I changed was that I added some diced onions and a couple dashes of red crushed peppers to the chicken while it was cooking. (I did not use the chicken stock either) I bought 2 lbs of chicken breast and it made exactly 10 enchiladas. This recipe will definitely be added to my list of favorites!
  3. greeneyedchicken
    I used just the chicken part of this recipe and was happy with the flavours. I did, however, add some fried onion and green pepper. It made a great enchilada filler and will now be my go to recipe.
  4. Tea Girl
    Really great enchiladas. They were pretty easy to make and tasted great and spicy, without being too hot. I don't own a crock pot, so I did the skillet method and it came out great. They don't sell enchilada sauce here so I made some myself with Mexican Enchilada Sauce (Recipe #109685), which worked perfectly and can be made while the chicken cooks! Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Your dad is right and thanks for sharing. :)
  5. barbara.boyle1
    I have made this recipe so many times that I can do it in my sleep. It is absolutely terrific! Simple modifications make it interesting, but the basic plan is just as CraftScout has designed it!



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