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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jess's Chicken Enchiladas

These yummy enchiladas have a great chicken filling that can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker.  The result is flavorful and filling!

These enchiladas are full of flavor. Make the filling on the stove or in your sliw cooker. You have to try the homemade sauce too! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, taco Tuesday or for anytime you want an amazing dinner!

    These enchiladas are so good!  If you remember, my sister-in-law is an excellent baker.  

     She makes fun cakes and blogs about it at year of cake.  She makes more than great cakes though!  She also makes wonderful enchiladas. 

    My husband and I were amazed.  These smelled so good while they were cooking and they tasted even better.

   I wanted to make these during the week.  I just couldn't wait any longer!  So, I made the chicken in the slow cooker rather than on the stove top.  I will add the directions of both methods just in case.  We were happy with the slow cooker version, but I am sure Jess's stove top version would be even better!

   Smothered in Jess's homemade enchilada sauce, which comes together in a snap, these enchiladas are so flavorful.  They have a smoky flavor with just enough heat.  

    Of course you can adjust how much spice you add to match your heat tolerance.  My husband and I enjoyed our enchiladas with some Mexican rice and beans.  Little Dude was more than happy with one of his breakfast quesadillas and grapes!

If you like having Tex-Mex favorites for dinner, I have more great ideas. Check out my ground turkey burritos for one. They are filling and delicious. 

Or if enchiladas are your jam, check out my creamy BBQ pulled pork enchiladas.  They are part BBQ, part Tex-Mex and all delicious.  The cheesy sour cream sauce will make you want to lick your plate!

Jess's Chicken Enchiladas

Jess's Chicken Enchiladas
Yield: 8-10 enchiladas
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
These yummy enchiladas have a great chicken filling that can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker. The result is flavorful and filling!


  • 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup (or a 4 oz can) diced green chiles or jalepenos
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (optional)
  • Cholula, to taste (optional)


  1. Pan fry chicken breasts in olive oil until mostly cooked, then remove from pan and shred
  2. Return shredded chicken to pan. Add remaining filling ingredients and cook until chicken is fully cooked and lime juice has simmered down. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. (I placed all of the filling ingredients in the slow cooker and cooked on low for 8 hours, then shredded the chicken and turned the heat to high with the lid off until the liquid was cooked down.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Spread about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a greased casserole dish (I used a 9x9 pan)
  3. Roll filling into tortillas and place in pan seam-side down.
  4. Continue until all of the filling is used and pan is full.
  5. Cover with remaining sauce and shredded cheese.
  6. Bake uncovered until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted, around 30 minutes.
  7. Note: These freeze well, Jess often splits the batch into two smaller pans and bake one and freeze the other. Thaw in the fridge overnight and put the cold dish in the oven right when you turn it on.



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(If you haven't tried it yet, you really need to!  I could live off this stuff!!)

And a childhood favorite from Jess's Grandma:


  1. Yummm! These do look very good! I love enchiladas, and can you believe it I've never made my own sauce! Checking that recipe out! Have a great weekend, Carlee! =)

    1. It is easier than you'd think. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

  2. Oh they look yummy I must try making them. thanks for sharing with us at #anythinggoes link up

    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting! We really loved them.

  3. Yum, I love enchiladas, these sound fabulous, especially with the homemade sauce! Thanks so much for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

    1. I hadn't made enchiladas for a few years, now I am on a kick! We have been having one version or another almost once a week. I don't know why I didn't make them before. Thanks as always for hosting!

  4. Definitely a yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  5. These look delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

    1. Thank you, I have been hearing about how good Jess's enchiladas are so it was a lot of fun to finally get to try them!

  6. Oh, now I'm hungry! Thanks for sharing this at Talented Tuesday!

    1. I'm making these again tonight! We can't get enough!

  7. This looks amazing - I discovered your blog today. ;-) Did you use flour or corn tortillas??

    1. I used flour because that is what we prefer. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. These look better than the restaurant I went to last night! I. Know what we're having for dinner. Thanks.

  9. These look delicious! My husband and I are big fans of homemade enchiladas so these will definitely be on the menu! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try them out!

  10. I just have to tell you that I've been thinking about these enchiladas ever since I saw them on Facebook. They look amazing! My last batch of enchiladas were a complete flop because my sauce was too salty (I hate when that happens!), I'm thinking I need to remedy that soon! 😃

    1. Boooo! It's terrible when you are looking forward to something and it doesn't turn out as you expect it. I hope your next batch works out better for you!

  11. These sound amazing!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  12. Sadly we have few options around here for good Mexican restaurants, but I have found a store that sells quite a good selection of foods so that I can make dishes at home. I will have to see if I can find the Chihuahua cheese.

    1. Fingers crossed! If not, monterey jack or something of the sort will work just fine.

  13. Man, both of you in one family, plus your brother, husband and the rest of the bunch, must be so cool. Love that everyone can cook, bake, grill. Can you adopt me? LOL Every time you all get together it's a party for the taste buds!

    We love mexican food, and like to prepare it at home, making enough for leftovers, of course. Definitely going to try these, they look delish! Thank Jess for me!

    1. We'd be happy to have you! We do tend to have a lot of activities that center around food. You just never know what people are going to make next! I hope you love the enchiladas. They are definitely a great big batch meal that give good lunches for a few days after!

  14. We love Chicken Enchiladas, they look fabulous! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. So tasty, Carlee! I will be trying these. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday:).

  16. I have never seen Mexican oregano, something new to look forward to! They sound marvelous.


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