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Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce

Making chicken and rice enchiladas is very easy! These chicken enchiladas with red sauce are family friendly, tasty, and perfect to enjoy year round.

My recipe for a chicken enchiladas bake will have you wondering why you didn't throw this recipe into your monthly rotation sooner! If you need a break from your regular boring chicken dinner recipes you'll love these chicken enchiladas homemade with red sauce.

Some people use green sauce when they make chicken and rice enchiladas but we prefer the red sauce…you'll see today why this delicious recipe is one of my favorites!

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Pin showing the finished chicken enchiladas with red sauce ready to eat title in the middle.

Is this chicken enchiladas bake spicy?

Yes and no. These chicken enchiladas with red sauce are not super spicy in a hot and firey way. They are loaded with flavor and spices but there's not much heat.

I'm not a huge fan of dinner recipes that hurt when you eat them 😉 so these chicken and rice enchiladas are able to be enjoyed by everyone without fear!

You can certainly add more spices and heat if you prefer your enchiladas to have a little more spice tho! Feel free to turn it up a notch if that's what you prefer.

A top down look at some of the finished chicken and rice enchiladas ready to eat.

Ingredients needed to make chicken enchiladas with red sauce:

Some of the ingredients will be obvious…like the chicken, rice, and red enchiladas sauce. Of course you will also what to know what else to add to your shopping list, right? Find the full amounts and ingredients in the printable shopping list at the bottom of the post.

A plate with a serving of the finished chicken enchiladas with red sauce ready to eat.

In addition to the chicken, rice, and red sauce you will need canned green chilies, tortillas, shredded cheese, onion powder, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, and butter.

That's all! We used Monterey jack cheese, you can use cheddar, taco blend, Mexican blend, whatever they have that you think will go great with these enchiladas!

ingredients for chicken enchiladas with red sauce.

How to make chicken enchiladas homemade:

If this is your first time making chicken enchiladas homemade you'll need some tips…don't worry! I've got you covered. Here is the easiest way to make homemade chicken and rice enchiladas.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees 

chicken cooking with seasoning and butter.

In a large skillet on medium heat, stir together the butter, chicken, green chilis, dry onion, dry cilantro, cumin, and garlic powder until warm 

adding in cooked spanish rice.

Stir in the cooked spanish rice until well combined 

everything well combined and ready to be filled.

Spray a 13×9 pan with nonstick spray.

starting to roll the enchiladas.

Pour enchilada sauce in a shallow dish and coat one side of a tortilla with sauce.

filling being placed on the tortillas.

Place tortilla sauce side down in pan.

Pan with tortillas filled and ready to be finished.

Fill with approximately 2 – 3 tablespoons of filling.

Sprinkle on cheese.

Finished pan with cheese on top ready to bake.

Roll enchiladas leaving the seam side down.

Garnished pan with melted cheese ready to serve.

Repeat this process until the pan is full and all tortillas and filling have been used.

Pour remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle on remaining cheese.

Cut enchiladas ready to serve.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until bubbly and hot.

Let rest for about 5 minutes, serve & enjoy!

Side view of some of the enchiladas stacked up and ready to be enjoyed.

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Printable Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce Recipe:

Yield: 10 Servings

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce

Featured image showing the finished chicken enchiladas with red sauce on a plate ready to eat.

Making chicken and rice enchiladas is very easy! These chicken enchiladas with red sauce are family friendly, tasty, and perfect to enjoy year round.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cups spanish rice, prepared
  • 1 package (10 count) tortillas
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 4oz can green chilis, diced
  • 2 cups cheese, your choice, shredded - I used monterey jack
  • 1 Tablespoon dry onion, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dry cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 
  2. In a large skillet on medium heat, stir together the butter, chicken, green chilis, dry onion, dry cilantro, cumin, and garlic powder until warm 
  3. Stir in the cooked spanish rice until well combined 
  4. Spray a 13x9 pan with nonstick spray 
  5. Pour enchilada sauce in a shallow dish and coat one side of a tortilla with sauce 
  6. Place tortilla sauce side down in pan
  7. Fill with approximately 2 - 3 tablespoons of filling 
  8. Sprinkle on cheese
  9. Roll enchilada leaving the seam side down 
  10. Repeat this process until the pan is full and all tortillas and filling have been used 
  11. Pour remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle on remaining cheese 
  12. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until bubbly and hot 
  13. Let rest for about 5 minutes, serve & enjoy!  
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