Chicken & bean enchiladas topped with cheese in a baking dish

Easy chicken & bean enchiladas

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

Make the most of your roast dinner by using up leftover chicken in these filling wraps

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal842
  • fat36g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs88g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre11g
  • protein46g
  • salt4.52g


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fajita seasoning
  • 2 x 395g cans kidney beans in chilli sauce
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 2 roast chicken legs, meat shredded off the bone
  • 195g can sweetcorn, drained


    sw-eet corn

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

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 140g hard cheese, grated


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for 5 mins. Stir in the fajita seasoning and cook for 1 min more before adding the kidney beans, shredded chicken and sweetcorn.

  2. Divide the mixture between the tortillas, sprinkle over half the cheese, then roll up and place into a baking dish. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese, then bake for 20-25 mins until golden and bubbling.

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25th May, 2020
I added some salsa and leftover cheese sauce from Sundays cauliflower cheese to the topping, think it would be too dry otherwise. Rather a lot of kidney beans for us but otherwise gets a thumbs up
8th Aug, 2019
I’m not always keen on leftover chicken reheated but this is one of the recipes I love after a Sunday roast. I altered quantities as was only cooking for 2 and wanting to use up other leftovers too. I substituted the kidney beans in chilli sauce for half tin baked beans with some tomato purée and leftover gravy to get a good sauce. Didn’t add cheese either. I always put something on top of the tortillas too; they would be dry and/or burnt with only cheese. I’d normally use passata but again finishing off some bits it was a combo of the last bit of gravy and tomato purée followed by the cheese. Would have added sour cream or creme freche if I’d had any. Delicious served with a salad and guacamole and one enchilada makes a filling supper for an adult.
2nd Mar, 2018
I added a tin of tomatoes, lots of coriander and lime juice. Served with guacamole. Delicious!
13th Oct, 2017
Used up leftover chicken and harissa instead of fajita seasoning. 1 x tin of red kidney beans, 1 x tin of baked beans + half a tin of sweetcorn. Wrapped the tasty mixture in chapatis and smothered them in cheddar cheese. Really filling.
29th Oct, 2016
Made these for my partner and son - asked them what they wanted for dinner and the only response I got was "something spicy". So I had a go at these. I did make a couple of alterations to the recipe, which I think made them even better. I didn't have any left-over chicken, so I used some sliced piri piri chicken that I had in the fridge, added chopped red chilli at the same time as the onion, garlic and fajita seasoning. I also thought that they might be a tadge dry, so I spread spicy salsa and sour cream over the top and sprinkled the cheese over them before baking. They were a massive hit with both my boys, lovely and spicy - delicious!! Will definitely be making them again.
28th May, 2016
These are good, but next time I would buy mini tortillas (wraps) as I used large ones instead. The result was too much fajita for the amount of filling. Didn't have fajita seasoning so used a chilli (cooked with the garlic and onion), some paprika, cumin and cinnamon.
25th Jan, 2015
Well worth the effort as these are the best enchiladas I have made. I had enough to freeze for another day, which is a bonus.
28th Jan, 2014
Great way to eek out left over chicken. Made a batch of sauce, used half and froze the rest. Great way to introduce my 7 yr old son to more spicy and interesting food. Mixed creme fraiche and cheese for topping for me as suggested previously but not for my son as he is a bit wary of 'white stuff'!! However his was a bit dry and he said it was 'burnt' and would eat it again if softer - so will use bit of creme fraiche for him next time too.
28th Nov, 2012
Made these last night for dinner and they were delicious. Very quick and easy to make. Will be making these again soon.
24th Oct, 2012
Tried this last night with the leftover chicken from sunday dinner, it was surprising lovely for a recipe with so few ingredients. i will be making this again


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