SHREDDED CHICKEN ENCHILADAS-recipeThese Shredded Chicken Enchiladas are absolutely fantastic and one of my most popular recipes by far!

Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  2. 1 can (1½ cups) enchilada sauce (I use Mild)
  3. kosher salt, to coat the chicken
  4. ground black pepper, to coat the chicken
  5. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  6. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  7. 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese, divided
  8. ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, divided
  9. 2-4 tbsp. vegetable oil, for quickly frying the tortillas
  10. 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  11. cooking spray
  12. optional: sour cream for garnish
  1. 1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. 2.Add the minced garlic to the enchilada sauce in a deep skillet and heat to boiling. Generously sprinkle kosher salt and ground black pepper over the chicken breasts and then nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the sauce, set aside and let both the chicken and the sauce cool.
  3. 3.Using two forks, shred the chicken breasts by holding one fork steady and slowly scraping the other fork, prongs faced backwards, away from the other fork (see picture above). Transfer the shredded chicken to a large bowl. Add half the enchilada sauce, ½ cup each of the Monterrey jack and cheddar cheeses and the ½ cup of cilantro to the shredded chicken. Stir to combine.
  4. 4.Wrap the corn tortillas in a damp cloth or paper towel and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds until pliable and warm. Alternately, lightly fry each tortilla quickly in a skillet using 1 tbsp. of the vegetable oil. Quickly pat dry and then roll as directed.
  5. 5.Using cooking spray (or olive oil), grease a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish. Spoon about ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture along the center of the tortilla. Gently, but firmly, roll the tortilla around the filling and place into the baking dish, seam-side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  6. 6.Lightly spray the exposed tortillas with cooking spray (or brush lightly with olive oil). This will help the tortillas turn golden in the oven and will also help keep them from cracking. Place baking dish in the oven, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until the tortillas begin to turn golden.
  7. 7.Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese over the sauce. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro. Lightly cover baking dish with aluminum foil and place into the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove foil after 20 minutes and bake, uncovered, for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is golden.
  8. 8.Remove from the oven and let stand 5-10 minutes prior to serving. Feel free to add a dollop (or two!) of sour cream and some more chopped cilantro for a garnish if you'd like.
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