Hey, remember when this was primarily a food blog? I started to write this and realized that it has been way too long since I shared a recipe with you guys! I have a wonderful one to share today. Chicken Enchilada Casserole. It hits my triad of easy, delicious, and healthy! Every week while I’m meal planning I ask Girlie and HH what they would like to have on the menu. 98% of the time I get “I don’t know”. This time Girlie had a request, enchiladas. I think enchiladas are our favorite thing to get at a Mexican restaurant. Whenever we go out at least one out of the three of us will be having enchiladas. Well, I know that making enchiladas is a lot more time consuming that I like so I decided to make an enchilada casserole. Girlie and HH both loved it and I think you will too.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Active time 15 minutes. Inactive time 4 hours.
2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans enchilada sauce (I used mild)
1 cup shredded cheese plus extra for topping (I used cheddar and colby jack)
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 package corn tortillas (my casserole pan is big and my tortillas were small so I used 16-20)
1. Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker with 1 can of enchilada sauce. Cook on low about 3-3/2 hours or until easily shreddable.
2. Remove chicken from slow cooker, shred, and return to cooker to mix with juices.
3. Preheat oven to 375*.
4. Pour a small amount of enchilada sauce into your casserole pan.
5. Begin layering your casserole. Tortillas, chicken, beans, sauce, and cheese.
6. Top with one more layer of tortillas, sauce, and cheese. (I’ve made this twice and did this step once and omitted it once. It was prettier with but more macro friendly without.)
7. Bake at 375* for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Here’s how I made this fit my meal plan. I added a small amount of cheese but allowed HH and Girlie to add more to their servings. (they did) The canned white beans replaced the refried beans in most enchiladas while boosting the protein and lowering the fat.
What is your favorite thing to eat at a Mexican restaurant?