Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas - ready in 45 minutes and 8 ingredients! Perfect healthy weeknight meal! by @healthynibs

Hello from Portland! Beautiful, sunny Portland. I’m 3 for 3 in avoiding rainy weather during my Portland getaways. It’s probably nothing but luck, but I like to think that my California vibes bring sunshine to the Pacific Northwest. Let’s hope that I can keep that streak going!

Just before I headed out for my trip, I shared this picture on my second Instagram account (yes, I have 2 now).

Traveling to Portland by @lisalin8

One of my friends left this comment to me:

“From now on, Lisa, please convey all messages via photos of meticulously arranged food items. Thanks.”

Challenge accepted.

My trip to Portland will be a short one, but I still made sure to leave enough healthy provisions behind for my husband. You would think that a 30-something-year-old grown man could be able to sort this all out, but that cannot be further from the truth. The last time I went away for a few days, I came home to find that his lunch and dinners consisted of Star Wars-themed Lucky Charms, Drumstick ice cream, Milanos, and Ghirardelli chocolate.

I think our bodies are too old to metabolize all that sugar now . . .

I left a huge batch of these enchiladas at home so that I won’t find my husband in a sugar coma when I get back. I can only cross my fingers and hope.

But on a more serious note, these enchiladas are some good stuff. That enchilada sauce I shared yesterday is the absolute STAR of this show. 8 ingredients – that’s it! You’re only 45 minutes away from one tasty meal, my friends!

Let’s dig in.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas - ready in 45 minutes and 8 ingredients! Perfect healthy weeknight meal! by @healthynibs

Easy Chicken Enchiladas - ready in 45 minutes and 8 ingredients! Perfect healthy weeknight meal! by @healthynibs


  • Using the right tortillas: If you’re gluten free, make sure to use corn tortillas for this. I used a flour-based gluten-free tortilla the first time, and they just ripped apart too easily. I recently tried TortillaLand corn tortillas, and I think they’re great! They come refrigerated, and you have to cook them at home, but they’re well worth the effort.
  • Cooking the chicken: My personal preference is to cook the chicken breasts whole and shredding it with my hands, but you can definitely chop everything up and cook them cubed.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas - ready in 45 minutes and 8 ingredients! Perfect healthy weeknight meal! by @healthynibs

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram so that I can give you a fist bump! Seeing your creations make my day!

Serves 2 enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/4 lbs (565g) chicken breasts
  • kosher salt
  • 3 TBS olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4-oz can (115g) of diced green chiles
  • 1 15.5 oz (440g) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 10 corn tortillas (the 6" size works well)
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce (use more if you want saucier enchiladas)
  • 1 2/3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • cooking spray
  • chopped cilantro for topping (optional)


  1. Slice chicken breasts in half, crosswise, so that they're thinner and easier to cook. Sprinkle kosher salt on sliced chicken.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan or skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the chicken breasts but be careful to not overcrowd the pan. You may need to cook the chicken in batches. Cook each side for 4 to 5 minutes. Once they're cooked, plate the chicken breasts. Once they're cool enough to handle, shred chicken.
  3. Add another tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan over medium heat. Cook onions for 2 to three minutes and add diced chiles. Cook for about a minute and add the beans and a small pinch of salt. Once the beans are warmed, about 30 to 45 seconds, turn off the heat.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. I actually used 2 pans for this.
  5. Arrange an assembly line on your counter with the tortillas, chicken, onions/chiles/beans, and cheese ready. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce over a tortilla. Make sure that the edges are saucy so that you can seal the enchiladas later. Add some shredded chicken, onion/bean mixture, and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese. Wrap up the tortilla and place it in the prepared casserole dish. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas.
  6. Pour leftover enchilada sauce and sprinkle leftover cheese on top of all the enchiladas. Bake for 15 minutes. Garnish enchiladas with chopped cilantro, if you like.


You can also chop the chicken in cubes and cook them for about 8 minutes.


Easy Chicken Enchiladas - ready in 45 minutes and 8 ingredients! Perfect healthy weeknight meal! by @healthynibs

14 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Erin @ The Almond Eater
    Same brain! I have 'make enchiladas' on my to do list today. I also have NO idea what Miguel eats when I go away for a few days.... I'm guessing chicken and frozen vegetables because that's about all he knows how to cook. Next time I think I'll leave him with prepared food like you!
    1. Lisa Lin Post author
      Chicken and frozen vegetables is SUCH an upgrade from the antics that go on around here while I'm gone!! I'm giving Miguel a high five!
  2. Sabrina Modelle
    These look great! And we are SOOOO in the same boat. I always leave Joshua with food when I'm traveling. Otherwise, it's cereal and maybe (just maybe) pb&j on rice cakes.
  3. Zainab
    Hahha my husband will ignore everything I leave in the fridge for him and go instead with pizza, Reese's and milkshakes. It's their vacation lol. This enchilada recipe looks great! have a great trip!
  4. Julia
    I LOVE your food art! It's so flipping creative and I get such a chuckle out of it. Following the crap out of your new InstaG account, and I can't wait to see what fun and creative pieces you come up with! These enchos look amaaaaaazing! I had to laugh when I read your hubs's food choices when you're away. Sounds like the man has great taste - Milanos are life! It was nice of you to leave him with a big batch of real food. I hope you're having a faaaabulous time in Portland! It's such an amazing city! Safe travels, dear!
  5. Catherine
    Dear Lisa, these enchiladas look absolutely fantastic! I hope you are enjoying your trip...It seems that cereal is a go-to for men no matter what age. You would think being around food bloggers all day, they would pick up a few tips and tricks ;) xoxo, Catherine
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