Chicken Enchilada Skillet – Fit Foodie Finds


We are serious when we say this is our favorite dinner of all time! This chicken enchilada skillet has all of the classic flavors and is made with rotisserie chicken and enchilada sauce, ready in under 30 minutes. We love to top it with sour cream, avocado, and tortilla chips.

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One-pot meals are our jam, especially one-pot meals in a skillet. Our Mexican enchilada skillet and lemon chicken skillet are two of our favorites and this recipe was created with those as our inspiration.

Our goal in developing this recipe was to make a quick meal that wasn’t lacking in flavor and we’ve done it!

What You Need for Chicken Enchilada Skillet

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A large skillet: you need a large skillet, it’s in the name! We suggest using a large and deep skillet that has a cover. A deeper skillet makes it easier to mix without making a mess.

Rotisserie chicken: keep things easy by using shredded, store-bought rotisserie chicken. You can also use any cooked shredded chicken you find at the grocery store.

Enchilada sauce: our favorite store-bought enchilada sauce is Frontera brand, but any brand will do.

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Substitutions + Variations

  • Protein: Swap chicken for ground turkey or beef for a different twist.
  • Veggies: Feel free to add bell peppers, zucchini, or other veggies of your choice.
  • Tortilla: Corn tortillas can be replaced with flour ones if preferred.
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FAQ

What if I don’t have enchilada sauce on hand?

If you don’t have store-bought enchilada sauce you can replace it with homemade enchilada sauce, too. It’s a simple recipe!

Can I use green enchilada sauce for this recipe?

Yes, feel free to use green enchilada sauce in place of red. It will change the flavor but it will also be delicious.

Mexican chicken enchilada in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Storage Recommendations

Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When reheating, do so over low heat, adding a splash of water or broth to retain moisture.

Can I freeze this skillet?

Cook the skillet as directed. Hold on adding the cheese and then let it cool completely. Then, transfer the skillet to a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months.

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How to Serve this Skillet

Drizzle with sour cream or a dollop of guacamole for extra creaminess or serve alongside a street corn salad with tortilla chips for crunch.

We highly suggest pairing with a cold lager or a zesty margarita to complete the meal.

Chicken enchilada casserole in a pan with a wooden spoon.

One-Pot Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Made with pantry staple ingredients and a rotisserie chicken, this chicken enchilada skillet is made in one single pot!

Prep:20 minutes

Cook:30 minutes

Total:50 minutes

Fat 18

Carbs 48

Protein 37

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ½ large white onion diced
  • 1.5 teaspoons coarse sea salt separated
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb. shredded chicken we used rotisserie chicken
  • 15 oz. black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1.5 cups chunky salsa
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon favorite hot sauce optional
  • 4 small corn tortillas cut into triangles
  • 1.5 cups of shredded Mexican mix cheese

Optional Toppings

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Avocado

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

  • Heat avocado in an oven-safe large skillet over medium/high heat. Add the onion when the oil is fragrant and season with ¼ teaspoon of salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes.

  • Add garlic to the onion and saute for an additional minute.

  • Turn heat to medium and add the chicken, black beans, and corn to the skillet and stir all of the ingredients together.

  • Prepare the sauce. Add the enchilada sauce, salsa, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and hot sauce to a bowl and whisk the ingredients together until combined. Pour the sauce into the skillet. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.

  • Next, fold the tortillas into the mixture so they are completely submerged in the enchilada sauce.

  • Top with cheese, transfer the skillet to the oven, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling over the sides.

  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Top with optional toppings.

Tips & Notes

  • We used shredded rotisserie chicken but feel free to use leftover chicken or prepare chicken before making the chicken. You can make chicken on the stovetop, oven, Instant Pot, or in the crockpot.
  • What salsa and hot sauce is used will determine the spice level of the enchilada skillet

Nutrition facts

Calories: 491kcal Carbohydrates: 48g Protein: 37g Fat: 18g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 9g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.



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