Chicken and Rice Enchiladas

Chicken and Rice Enchiladas couldn’t be any easier. In this recipe you toss cooked, shredded chicken with leftover rice, sautéed peppers, onions and garlic with homemade enchilada sauce. Roll that deliciousness into flour tortillas, smother with more sauce and freshly grated cheddar cheese for the ultimate enchilada experience! Serve with sour cream, green onions and hot sauce. 

Welcome to cheesy saucy heaven.

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After posting a 15-minute enchilada sauce, what else would one make? Duuuuh? Only one of the best comfort foods evvvver– enchiladas!

Usually stir-fry is my go-to for weekday dinners especially on the evenings when Pat and I are passing ships. 4 out of 5 days we just about pass each other on the road; he’s on his way home from work while I’m headed on my way out taking Haileigh or Malloree to their respective sport practices, friends houses or to the movies…

But I’ve been making a lot (like an embarrassing amount) of enchiladas. I’ve made chicken and beans, beef and cheese and so far the overall consensus was in favor of these chicken and rice enchiladas. It’s like chicken and Spanish rice stuffed into tortillas, smothered in a flavorful sauce and cheddar. Dinner doesn’t get much better.

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These are great for make ahead. So I whip up a batch of these during the day and reheat later on when everyone gets home at different times. Enchiladas are good like that and these chicken and rice enchiladas are no different. They reheat beautifully, taste amazing and on top of it all, they’re easy to whip up.

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You can either use rotisserie chicken, roasted chicken or bake 1 pound of chicken breasts (drizzle with a smidgen of oil and seasoned with salt and pepper) in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool and then shred with two forks.

Then simply sauté 3/4 cup of onions, 1/2 cup of diced bell pepper (red, orange, green– doesn’t matter) and 1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeño in a teaspoon of olive oil over medium to medium-low heat. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and cook until tender.

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Next toss the shredded shredded chicken, rice, peppers and onions with 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce.

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Then mix in about 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro and set off to the side.

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Spread about 1/3 of a cup of the sauce into the bottom of an baking dish. Then place a few spoonfuls of the mixture onto one side of the tortilla and roll. I’m using a low-carb whole wheat tortilla but feel free to use your favorite.

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As you fill and roll each one, place them into the pan seam-side down before repeating with the next. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over top and spread it around using the back of a spoon.

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Lastly, sprinkle with 4 ounces of freshly grated cheddar cheese and cover tightly with foil and bake in your 400° oven for 20-25 minutes.

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I use medium cheddar or sometimes cheddar jack to get the best melty cheesy goodness.

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As you can see, I top this pan of chicken and rice enchiladas with fresh cilantro leaves, green onions and slices of jalapeño. But we all eat ours differently, I like sour cream and avocado and if I have it, fresh pico de gallo. Pat and Haileigh both are sour cream and hot sauce people and Malloree is a plain Jane. She’s basically me as a kid.

Enjoy!

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Chicken and Rice Enchiladas

Chicken and Rice Enchiladas couldn't be any easier! Toss cooked, shredded chicken with leftover rice, sautéed peppers, onions and garlic with homemade enchilada sauce. Roll into flour tortillas, smother with more sauce and freshly cheddar cheese for the ultimate enchiladas!

Yield: 8 enchiladas

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes (for baking the enchiladas)

Total Time: about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (may use rotisserie chicken)

olive oil

kosher salt and pepper

3/4 cup diced yellow onion

1/2 cup diced bell pepper (red, orange, green --any)

1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeño  (seeds and ribs removed for less spice)

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

1-1/2 cups cooked rice

1 recipe (2 cups) 15-Minute Enchilada Sauce

8 large tortillas (I use La Tortilla Factory -- low-carb whole wheat)

4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

cilantro leaves

green onions

sour cream

avocados or guacamole

hot sauce

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350° and place chicken on a foiled lined quarter sheet pan. Drizzle with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until fully cooked, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before shredding with two forks. Once the chicken has baked, increase your oven temperature to 400°.

Meanwhile, sauté the onions, bell pepper and jalapeño in 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium to medium-low. Once softened -- 5 to 8 minutes -- add in garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Toss shredded chicken with rice, sautéed vegetables, cilantro, a few pinches of salt and 1/3 cup of the enchilada sauce. Pour and additional 1/3 cup of the sauce into the bottom of your baking dish.

Spoon filling mixture onto one side of the tortilla, roll and place seam-side down into the pan. Repeat with remaining filling and tortillas. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over top of the enchiladas, sprinkle with grated cheddar, cover tightly with foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Chicken and Rice Enchiladas”

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    Janet — March 2, 2017 at 9:52 am

    If you are using leftover cooked chicken, about how many cups would you use? Thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 2nd, 2017 @ 10:23 am

      Hi Janet! I would say 2 to 2-1/2 cups would do but of course you can always eyeball it. Enjoy!

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    Jessica — March 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Enchiladas are a favorite around here! These would disappear in no time!

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    WYNN — March 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Hi Laurie: Great recipe! Can you tell me what kind of rice you use – or used in the blog photo? It does make a difference, I’m sure. 🙂

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    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 12th, 2017 @ 3:54 pm

      Hi Wynn, just plain old long grain white rice. 🙂

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    Jo — March 18, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I made these last night and they were SO GOOD. I subbed chicken for black beans to make it vegetarian but they turned out great. I was legitimately sad when I was too full to finish my second one and had to pass it on to my gleeful partner to devour. Thanks for a great, easy recipe!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 25th, 2017 @ 10:56 am

      Brilliant! Glad you like them Jo!

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