Chicken enchiladas

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(119 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 10

Mildly spicy and satisfying, these easy enchiladas stuffed with refried beans, onion and red pepper will be popular with the whole family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal490
  • fat21g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre2g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.7g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 3 red chillies, 2 deseeded and chopped, 1 sliced
  • small bunch coriander, stalks finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped - plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 6 skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 415g can refried beans (we used Discovery)
  • 198g can sweetcorn, drained


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 700ml bottle passata
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 10 tortillas



    In Spain, a tortilla is a kind of omelette, with ingredients added - frequently sliced cooked…

  • 2 x 142ml pots soured cream
  • 200g cheddar, grated



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  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in your largest pan, then fry the onions, peppers, chopped chilli and coriander stalks with half the garlic for 10 mins until soft. Stir in 2 tsp ground coriander and 2 tsp cumin seeds, then fry for 1 min more. Meanwhile, in another frying pan, fry the chicken in the remaining oil, in batches, until browned – add it to the pan of veg as it is done.

  2. Stir the beans, sweetcorn, coriander leaves and 150ml of the passata into the veg and chicken. In a bowl, mix the rest of the passata with the other crushed garlic clove, the remaining spices and the sugar, then set aside.

  3. To assemble, lay the tortillas onto a board and divide the chicken mixture between them, folding over the ends and rolling up to seal. Divide the passata sauce into the dishes you are using, then top with the enchiladas. Dot over the soured cream, sprinkle with grated cheese and scatter with the sliced chilli.

  4. Cool and freeze (see freezing tips, below) or, if eating straight away, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, then bake for 30 mins, scattering with more coriander leaves to serve, if you like.

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skyviewcafe's picture
18th Jul, 2016
chicken enchilada's with black beans taste better than refried beans
skyviewcafe's picture
18th Jul, 2016
i use black beans in my chicken enchilada's
9th Mar, 2016
Tasty recipe, although I made a few changes based on what I had at home - I used a roast chicken which I shredded, added chipotle flakes and also used tinned beans instead of refried beans as that's just my personal taste. It freezes really well so it's great for a home cooked meal during the week when you can't be bothered to cook. Will definitely make this again!
18th Nov, 2015
Great recipe, have made with finely sliced pork steak tonight and with chicken previously and made tomato sauce with 2 tins of whole tomatoes slowly cooked with whole garlic, a little salt and sugar then mashed with a spoon. Love the refried beans in this. We can eat 2 each!
27th Sep, 2015
Halved the recipe but my boyfriend and I ate it in one go! (Very full now) will make the full quantity next time so we'll have some leftovers! Wasn't as tasty as you'd get in a restaraunt but served with some flavourful chilli sauce ( i used rebel chilli) and it was really nice. Poached the chicken instead of frying it, and then shredded it with my fingers. This made the chicken more succulent and it's normally shredded anyway when you have enchiladas in a restaraunt. I also used greek yoghurt instead of sour cream because I don't like sour cream and it worked fine. I disagree with other commenters about the refried beans, maybe it was because my chicken was shredded but I think it worked really well with the texture and it kept the mixture wet and gave it extra flavour. Mine would of been pretty dry without it!
carolestevens11's picture
16th Jul, 2015
Always a crowd pleaser and often everyone has 2 enchilada's! Always make more then the recipe as it freezes well. Often freeze just the mixture when I run out of tortilla's.
19th Feb, 2015
I've made this dish time and time again following this recipe and absolutely love it every single time! When making it i have never had refried beans in the cupboard so have always substituted them for kidney beans in a chilli sauce that works perfectly!
7th Dec, 2014
The family enjoyed this. Fab to have a feed a crowd recipe. Freezes well.
8th Dec, 2014
How long can you keep the cooked chicken ingredients in the freezer ?
26th Oct, 2014
This is one of our family favourite. I use turkey mince and low fat creme fraiche. Delicious and very tasty. My children love it.


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