This shortcut creamy chicken enchilada bake is the perfect recipe to satisfy all your Mexican food cravings!
The shortcut is…
Normally when a recipe offers a “shortcut” it can sacrifice on flavor and quality. But in this case, the rotisserie chicken improves it significantly. There’s nothing that will give you as tender and juicy of a chicken breast as rotisserie chicken! With flavorful, juicy rotisserie chickens going for just $5 at Costco, I can’t resist using them in my recipes!
The other thing that makes this shortcut creamy chicken enchilada bake super easy (and saves so much time!) is that you don’t have to roll up individual enchiladas. The ingredients are layered (kind of like a lasagna) making prep time quick and simple.
In the end you get a dish that is creamy, cheesy, flavorful, and takes minimal time to make!
Ingredients For Shortcut Creamy Chicken Enchilada Bake:
1 cup chicken broth 1 28oz can green enchilada sauce 1 cup sour cream 1 7oz can fire roasted diced chilies 18 corn tortillas 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese Small bunch chopped cilantro
Directions For Shortcut Creamy Chicken Enchilada Bake:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small pan, bring one cup of chicken broth to a simmer.
Begin by mixing together enchilada sauce and sour cream in a small bowl or glass pitcher.
Then, sprinkle about 1/4 of the diced chillies on the bottom of a 9×13 baking (casserole) dish.
Spoon some sour cream and enchilada sauce to create a thin layer on the bottom of the dish.
Then, using tongs, dip one corn tortilla into the simmering broth for a few seconds and arrange in the baking dish until you have used six tortillas to create the first layer. (Don’t leave the tortilla in the broth longer than a couple seconds because it will disintegrate!)
Sprinkle half of the chicken on top of the tortillas.
Pour 1/3 of the remaining sour cream and enchilada sauce mixture on top.
Sprinkle some diced chillies and 1/3 of the shredded cheese on top of the sauce. You’ve created your first layer!
Next, dip another six tortillas into chicken broth and layer evenly on top of the chicken and cheese.
Spread remaining chicken on top and another 1/3 of the sauce, cheese, and chillies.
Next, dip the last six corn tortillas into the chicken broth and lay them down to create the final, top layer.
Finally, cover with remaining chillies, sauce mixture, and cheese.
Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top.
Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until warmed through and cheese is bubbly.
Remove foil and broil on high for 2-3 minutes to get some color on the cheese.
Wait at least 15 minutes to slice and serve with additional cilantro if desired.
I love how tender and flavorful the corn tortillas are, the whole dish just kind of melts together in the oven. And nothing beats the flavor of rotisserie chicken! Serve this shortcut creamy chicken enchilada bake with our fresh salsa on the side for an extra kick of flavor!