Chicken Enchiladas finished dish

Chicken Enchiladas

When we think of enchiladas, definitely the most popular of all enchilada recipes you will find in Mexico comes to mind – delicious shredded chicken wrapped up in tortillas, covered with a homemade red enchilada sauce and melted cheese. It’s comfort on a plate!

So it is with this recipe in mind that we developed our authentic Chicken Enchiladas recipe and it always goes down a treat with our family and friends. It makes a perfect dish to entertain or feed a big family as you can easily double or triple the batch.

Poached chicken is shredded using your hands or two forks into smaller pieces, then mix in with a bit of fresh coriander. A delicious homemade enchilada sauce is made with onion, garlic, fresh corn kernels, Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste and passata. This sauce is used to fill in the enchiladas as well as the shredded chicken meat and then to pour over the top .

We like to use a good strong Cheddar with plenty of depth of flavour. For an extra crisp top, flash the cooked dish under a hot grill for a few minutes.

Our Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste, made with a secret blend of Chipotle and Mexican chillies, is the perfect ingredient to give this dish the big bold flavour that it needs..

In this Chicken enchiladas recipe, we’ve used wheat tortillas as they are easier to roll and won’t break, but if you want to make the dish gluten-free swap them out for corn ones.

  • Prep time

    40 mins

  • Cook time

    20 mins

  • Total time

    1 hour

  • Ideal for

  • Make it

  • Serves


Nutrition: Per serving

kcal 136 fat 6.1g saturates 2.2g carbs 11g sugars 3.5g fibre 1.9g protein 8.8g salt 0.58g

How to make it

  1. Place the chicken thighs in a medium size saucepan, cover the meat with water and add the bay leaves, onion, a few coriander sprigs, black peppercorns and a pinch of salt, bring to a boil and then simmer on medium heat covered with a lid for 20 minutes approx.
  2. Once cooked remove the chicken from the stock (reserve stock) and shred the meat with your hands or with the help of two forks, add the roughly chopped coriander and mix with your hands, set aside.
  3. In the meantime prepare your homemade enchilada sauce by heating up olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the onion and garlic, and fry gently.
  4. Add the Chipotle Paste and corn kernels, stir and pour in the passata, Cantina Beans and ½ cup of your remaining chicken stock, season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, let the sauce simmer on medium heat for 6-7 minutes covered with a lid.
  5. Spread a spoonful of the sauce around each Soft Taco Wrap, top with shredded chicken, roll each one up and assemble in an oiled ovenproof dish.
  6. Pour the remaining chipotle enchilada sauce on top, finish with the grated cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C / 390°F for 20 minutes until golden. Garnish with the remaining coriander leaves, avocado slices and finely diced red onion.

What To Serve With Chicken Enchiladas

Try serving these chicken enchiladas with one of these side dishes:

More About Enchiladas

Our How To Make Enchiladas blog will help you to master everything you need to know about making homemade enchiladas. Our Enchilada Recipes is our collection of tried and tested enchilada recipes with more flavours, protein and veggie options. For a full list of the best side dishes, check out What To Serve With Enchiladas.

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How to roll enchiladas?

Roll the enchilada from end to end. Pull one end of the tortilla over the filling, and tuck in its contents. Roll the enchilada over onto itself until you reach the other end of the tortilla. Repeat the process for each enchilada. Place your enchiladas into a casserole dish in with the seam on the bottom.

How to prevent soggy enchiladas?

If you lightly fry your tortillas in a bit of oil first before using them, this is a good trick. This simple step allows the tortillas to crisp up a bit and creates a barrier so the tortillas will not soak up too much enchilada sauce.

Can you freeze enchilada sauce?

Yes! Simply put the remains of any unused sauce in an airtight container, and you can freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to use, let the sauce thaw completely in the refrigerator before using it.

What to do with leftover enchiladas?

You can keep them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Alternatively, freeze them! If stored and frozen right, enchiladas can last in the freezer for up to 3 months, and still taste delicious when thawed and baked again to be eaten.

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4 years ago
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I love making enchiladas and usually use one of those kits you can buy but I decided to try this recipe with more time to cook in isolation and OMG I loved it!! The chipotle paste really gave a better flavour than those shop bought kits and the overall method wasn’t even that much more work to usual kits!! Deffo would recommend to anyone and have found my new enchilada recipe!

Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
4 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Thanks Emily for your feedback! It sounds like you had a lot of fun making them! We honestly couldn’t be happier to be providing everyone with these lovely recipes during isolation. Do keep us posted on any others you try

Terrie-Ann Wright
Terrie-Ann Wright
4 years ago
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By far the best enchiladas I have tasted!! Cannot wait to be having these again!!

Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
4 years ago

Excellent! Why don’t you try Burritos next?
Check out the recipes here

Lindsey Cross
Lindsey Cross
4 years ago
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Super easy to make and full of flavour, the whole family loves it.

Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
4 years ago
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Abigail Craig
Abigail Craig(@adalef)
4 years ago
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This is our go to meal when we want to be full and happy! So simple and yet tasty. Everyone in the family loves it. Will take a picture next time I make it and will be sure to add here

Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
4 years ago
Reply to  Abigail Craig

Thanks Abigail, please do!

4 years ago
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These were so good! My boys really enjoyed these too. Tweaked the sauce a bit and snuck in some courgette (for added veg) and added a bit of cumin to the sauce. Won’t use a kit again that’s for sure 🙂

Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
4 years ago
Reply to  Hazel

Looks delicious! Thanks for sending in a photo Hazel, and loving the tweaks for kiddie purposes 😉

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