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Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
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The other day I found myself face to face with MyLittleTwinBoyNate.

I was telling him this-and-that, and some important things about remembering the rules and not arguing so much and being sweet and nice. Which he is, almost all of the time…I would like to point out in this very sentence. He just happened to be having trouble with the aforementioned issues on the day I was advising him, face to face.

After I finished my extremely motivating lecture, I looked into his big brown eyes while they rolled around a bit.

“You know.” I told him. “It’s REALLY rude to roll your eyes at your Mom. Especially when your Mom is as nice (and freakishly average looking) as I am.”

“Oh, don’t worry Mom.” he said. “I wasn’t rolling my eyes, I just want them to rest at the top of my head for a while.”

Good to know.

Good.

To.

Know.

This recipe is one of the first I posted on this blog, almost 3 years ago. It desperately needed a photo facelift and a few tweaks and changes to the recipe and instructions. So, I thought it best to bring it to the top of the pile and share it with you all today. It has been a family favorite for years. Hope you enjoy it! It goes wonderfully well served with Cilantro Lime Rice, a nice green salad and Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
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Time: 30 minutes prep + 45 minutes baking
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

***NOTE: This casserole can be made in the morning and then baked in the afternoon. It also works well as a freezer meal. Build your casserole according to directions, but don’t bake it. Cover it tightly with aluminum foil and pop it in the freezer. When you are ready to use it, let it defrost completely and then bake.

3 large chicken breasts, about 2 pounds
water
1 (1.25 ounce) fajita seasoning packet
2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chilis
3 C cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 C milk
1/2 C chicken broth (from the water/fajita mixture the chicken cooks in)
10 flour tortillas

1. Toss 3 large chicken breasts into a deep skillet, frozen works fine.

2. Pour enough hot water over the top of the chicken, so that they are almost completely covered.

3. Sprinkle one package of Fajita seasoning mix over the top of the chicken. Use a fork to stir it into the water. Bring the contents of the pan to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium high and let the chicken simmer away for about 20 minutes, or until the insides are no longer pink and the chicken is easily shredded with a fork.

4. Remove each chicken breast to a plate and shred it up with two forks.

Place the chicken back into the simmering pot and let it cook for about 10 more minutes. You want the shredded chicken to soak up the good flavors in the pan.

5. Remove the pan from the heat. Don’t drain the broth-ie  juices into the sink, please. We are going to use a bit of the broth. Place the chicken into a large mixing bowl, or into your stand mixer.

6. Add 2 cans of diced green chilis,

2 cans of cream of chicken,

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese,

1/2 cup of milk

and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth from the pan.

7. Use some beaters and mix the ingredients together. This helps to shred the chicken further and to blend everything else up nicely for you.

8. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Spread about 1/2 cup of the chicken filling over the bottom.

9. Layer 4 tortillas over the filling.

10. Spread a little less than half of the chicken filling over the top of the tortillas. Cover the filling with 4 more tortillas and spread all but 1/2 cup of the chicken filling over the top. Cover the filling with the last two tortillas.

11. Spread the remaining filling over the top and sprinkle 1 more cup of cheese over the top.
12. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the inside is nice and hot. Take the pan out of the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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15 Comments

  1. 1
    October 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Looks yummy Jamie…not to mention how easy!

  2. 2
    Mignon
    October 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Thank you for sharing your conversation with your little boy. It made me LOL!

  3. 3
    ShaNae
    October 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Jamie,
    If it makes you feel better, I had the same conversation with my 7 year old son Drew about rolling his eyes at mom. He said they were tired of seeing straight ahead and needed a new view.

    The receipe sounds delicious and master Drew might eat them…worth a shot! Love your blog!

  4. 4
    October 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I love this! I never would have thought to layer the tortillas. Genius! I don’t make this very often because my old recipe is so messy and time consuming. Thank you for sharing can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5
    loretta brooks
    October 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

    thanks for a great recipe and thanks for my out loud laugh for the day. As a grandma, I so appreciate kids wonderful point of views. I hope you’re journaling these little vignettes.

  6. 6
    October 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Looks great- I know my family would love that.

  7. 7
    Talia
    October 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe and the story! :)

  8. 8
    Tammy Henderson
    October 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Jamie, thanks for such a wonderful recipe. How long do you think this would last in the freezer? I have a LOT of family coming the week of Thanksgiving and I’m trying to load my freezer with some ready made meals. I figure it’s just as easy to double a casserole recipe and put one in the freeze while enjoying the other. Thanks again for your site. I don’t think I can count how many of your recipes I’ve tried on my family, and they’ve loved all of them. :o )

  9. 9
    Lu
    October 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I think I’ll make these tonight! They look delicious and easy, that’s what I’m all about.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. 10
    Lu
    October 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    P.S. Thanks for the laugh about your son resting his eyes!! Ha!

  11. 11
    Julie
    October 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    The blog is looking absolutely wonderful! You are a marvel my dear friend. I love ya dearly and couldn’t imagine life without you. Thanks for the million hours you put into this.

  12. 12
    heartwings
    December 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    What a great way to flavor the chicken! I used taco seasoning since I didn’t have fajita and it tasted great. I did have to cook the frozen chicken longer (30 min instead of 20.) This is a fast good recipe. I halved it. Thanks for these quick good meals! I love your personal stories with your recipes.

  13. 13
    Hayley
    February 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Made this tonight! The family was very impressed! Thank you!

  14. 14
    Tricia P.
    February 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Finally made this tonight and everyone loved it! Love your website and recipes, thanks so much!

  15. 15
    Lisa J.
    September 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I made this tonight for a baby shower pot luck tomorrow at work, I will let you know the turn out, I am so sure it will be a hit. I made tonight and will put in oven tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing. : )

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