Easy chicken enchilada casserole features homemade enchilada sauce, fresh chicken, plus it is done 60 minutes. That equals a great Mexican recipe for a healthy dinner "from scratch.” No pre-cooked chicken or canned enchilada sauce needed.
Start by preheating the oven to 350° convection or 375° conventional.
Trim two skinless boneless chicken breast and cut into three pieces each. These vary a lot in size. Aim for about 1 1/2 pound, but anywhere from 1 to 2 pounds total should be fine.
In a medium saucepan, add one 15 oz. can tomato sauce, one tablespoon chili powder, one teaspoon paprika, one teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, one teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix well. Add the chicken and bring to boil over medium-high heat—cover and decrease to simmer for 20 minutes.
Check the temperature of the chicken to be sure it is 165° or more. Remove to cutting board and shred. Divide into three equal piles.
Prep an approximately 6X9 baking pan with PAM. Spoon two tablespoons of the sauce over the bottom of the baking pan—layer two 6 inch corn tortillas over the sauce.
Add 1/3 of chicken. Then 1/3 of the sauce (about 2/3 cup). Then 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat this layering twice more.
Bake until a golden brown top - about 20 minutes.
Easy to double in size using a standard large casserole dish or cake pan.
You need anywhere from 1-2 pounds of chicken depending on how much meat you want.
I call for fresh skinless boneless chicken breasts but thighs will work.
You can use precooked chicken. You will need about 3 cups. Don’t add it to the sauce and cut the simmering of the sauce down to 10 minutes.
You could use canned sauce but please don’t do that.
You can add some drained cooked beans or corn.
You can use flour tortillas if you want
Use cheese of your choice.
Will be good refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen for 3-4 months.
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