Creamy Chicken Enchilada Skillet

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This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Skillet has all the delicious flavors of regular enchiladas, but without the time-consuming, rolling mess! It comes together in one pan so easily, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

Chicken enchilada skillet on a table garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.

I absolutely adore enchiladas! I have a favorite recipe (yet to be posted here on the blog!) that is my go-to. They are pretty simple, however, I don’t often feel like taking the time to make the filling, do the rolling AND wait for them to bake. Patience is not my strong suit, friends.

So I combined all the flavors of my classic enchilada recipe into this one-pan wonder that’s sure to be a weeknight hit at your house! It could not be easier!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • It’s creamy, cheesy deliciousness!
  • ONE PAN = less washing!
  • All the flavor of enchiladas but no messy, time consuming rolling!
  • Comes together in about 30 minutes (or less!) making it a great weeknight meal.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious creamy enchilada skillet:

Ingredients needed to make this chicken enchilada skillet

INGREDIENT NOTES

Tortillas: Look for hearty, thick corn tortillas, if possible. You want them to hold up well in the sauce. Some of the “white corn” tortillas are super flimsy and fall apart easily making for a mushy enchilada skillet.

Cheese: I don’t discriminate when it comes to cheese, but my FAVE FAVE combo in this skillet is Monterrey Jack, mozzarella and sharp cheddar. The Jack cheese and mozzarella are melty heaven, while the sharp adds just the perfect flavor! Any combo will work though! šŸ™‚

Enchilada Sauce: Since the sauce is pretty much the base of the dish, make sure you like it! Some of the canned ones in the store aren’t that great, let me be honest! I have really been enjoying the one from Trader Joe’s.

Chicken: Rotisserie chicken is perfect or you can use this recipe for Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Air Fryer! They turn out tender and juicy every time!

HOW TO MAKE THIS CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SKILLET: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

How to make this enchilada skillet step by step instructions.

Step 1: Cook onion for a few minutes until slightly soft.

Step 2: Add in your rotisserie chicken and season with taco seasoning.

Step 3: Add enchilada sauce and black beans–give everything a big stir and simmer for a few minutes.

Step 4: Stir in cream cheese and half of the shredded cheese. Then, fold in tortilla pieces.

Step 5: Sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese.

Step 6: Broil for 3-4 minutes until it’s nice and melty.

Close up of enchiladas on a fork with cheese.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you freeze this dish?

Since these enchiladas are cooked in a skillet vs. a pan, freezing can be tricky. It’s meant to be enjoyed within a few days. However, if you do have leftovers you need to freeze, you can transfer it into an air tight freezer container and freeze for up to one month. To store leftovers, cover the skillet tightly with foil and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.

How do I reheat leftovers?

It’s easiest to reheat leftovers is in the microwave on a plate or in a bowl, covered, for about a minute 70% power.

What do you serve with this chicken enchilada skillet?

Mexican rice or a fresh green salad are perfect compliments to this dish! I also like making this simple homemade pico de gallo to spoon over the top!

What are some substitutions or additions to this dish?

My favorite swap is using ground beef or ground turkey. My favorite addition is OLIVES!! It might be retro (I’m a child of the 80’s!) but I just love olives in my enchiladas! You can also make this vegetarian by just adding additional beans in place of the chicken.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • While you are prepping your ingredients, take out the cream cheese and leave it on the counter to come to room temperature. It melts into the sauce really easily this way!
  • Although I don’t always have time to shred my cheese, if you do, it’s soooo worth it! Freshly-shredded cheese melts so much better than pre-shredded!
  • Make sure your skillet is oven-proof since you’ll be popping it under the boiler for a few minutes! I love the Lodge brand. Make sure to get a big 12 inch skillet like this!
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I hope you love this Chicken Enchilada Skillet! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Casey Rooney
This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Skillet has all the delicious flavors of regular enchiladas, but without the time consuming, rolling mess! It comes together in one pan so easily, making it the perfect weeknight meal!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 6
Calories 673 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium onion (about 1 cup), diced
  • 2-3 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 12 oz can/jar enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese (or about 3/4 of a block)
  • 3 cups cheese, grated See Note 1
  • 5-6 corn tortillas, cut into triangles or 3 inch strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • scallions, olives, sour cream for serving optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat broiler to 500 degrees.
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until onion is slightly soft.
  • Add chicken and taco seasoning to the pan and stir until chicken is well-coated with the seasoning.
  • Add enchilada sauce and black beans. Stir until well combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in cream cheese and half the shredded cheese. Stir, stir, stir until cheeses are fully melted.
  • Stir in tortilla pieces, a few at a time, making sure they are all being coated with the sauce.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and broil for 3-4 minutes until cheese is bubbly and begins a brown a bit.
  • Remove from broiler, allow to cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

Notes

Note 1: Monterey Jack, Mozzarella and Sharp Cheddar are my favorite cheeses to use, but use whatever you have on hand!

Nutrition

Calories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 46.7gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 19.3gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 746mgPotassium: 916mgFiber: 17.7gCalcium: 709mgIron: 18mg
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5 Comments

  1. This is absolutely mouthwatering. Even better, I already have all the ingredients on hand. Perfect dinner option for tonight!

  2. You had me at one pan! I’ve just been searching and searching for something to cook for dinner tonight that everyone will love and now I’ve found it. I can’t wait to report back because I know it’s going to be a hit!

  3. I LOVE that this is a one-pan recipe! Thank you so much for sharing this – it makes enchilada night so much easier.

  4. Such a great idea when you want all the flavour without much effort. Great cheesy flavour and perfect for leftover chicken too.