Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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This yummy Chicken Enchilada Casserole is such a convenient meal, not only because it is budget-friendly with simple ingredients, but most of those ingredients are things you can just pull from your pantry.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Because of that, you can make this just about any night of the week. This is also a great recipe to make with some leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

So not only can you stretch your Thanksgiving turkey to make more great meals, this recipe makes enough that there are always leftovers in my house.

Try heating up the leftovers the next day and wrapping them in a tortilla for a quick lunch!

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

You will need 3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken. I used two boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I had simmered in some seasoned water to cook. Like I mentioned above, you could also use three cups of shredded leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Combine the shredded chicken in a large mixing bowl with a can of refried beans, 2 cans of red enchilada sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, black pepper, cumin, and coriander.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Add in 2 cups of cooked rice and a can of drained whole kernel corn. Mix this all together.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Spray a baking dish (about 9×13 or so) with oil then layer in half of the mixture. Top it with a cup of shredded cheese. You could use sharp cheddar, Monterrey-Jack, Colby-Jack, or a blend of “Mexican” style cheeses – whatever you happen to have in your fridge.

Layer the other half of the mixture in and top with an additional 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. Allow it to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Chicken Enchilada Casserole - a budget friendly meal from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
This yummy Chicken Enchilada Casserole is such a convenient meal, not only because it is budget-friendly with simple ingredients, but most of those ingredients are things you can just pull from your pantry.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Casseroles, Entrées – Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 441 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 c shredded cooked chicken or turkey
  • 15 oz refried beans, 1 can
  • 20 oz red enchilada sauce, two 10 oz cans
  • 2 c cooked rice
  • 15 oz whole kernel corn, 1 can, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 1/2 c shredded cheese, Sharp cheddar, Monterrey-Jack, Colby-Jack, or a blend of “Mexican” style cheeses – whatever you happen to have in your fridge, divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all the ingredients, except the cheese, in a large mixing bowl.
  • Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish (or similar size) with oil.
  • Spread half of the mixture in the dish. Top with 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Layer on the remaining mixture and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Allow it to rest 5 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cCalories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 31gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 764mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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