Sunday, October 29, 2023

Halloween Dinner: Skillet Chicken Enchilada Casserole

My take on cheesy chicken enchiladas only requires one skillet for cooking and eliminates the all the stuffing and rolling! 

Skillet Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Weeknights call for quick meals and what could be better that a one pan meal where the cooking is all done in one pan and the clean up is a breeze.  Chicken Enchiladas are a favorite of ours but stuffing those tortillas takes extra time and on a weeknight I don't really want to bother.  This casserole type enchiladas have all the flavors but really is an easier assembly.  This would be perfect for your Halloween dinner or any weeknight meal this fall and winter.

For this meal I use my trusty cast iron skillet.  If you don't have one make sure to use and oven safe skillet and we will be starting this out on the stove and finishing it in the oven.  All the goodies from gooey cheese, soft tortillas, chicken, salsa, seasonings, and a large dose of veggies are covered with enchilada sauce and all mixed together in the same skillet.  It's heaven in a skillet!  You can add a side or rice and beans, or a side salad, but this is so loaded with veggies that it's pretty much a meal on it's own.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • fresh or frozen corn
  • red bell pepper
  • yellow onion
  • fresh baby spinach
  • cooked chicken breasts
  • red enchilada sauce
  • salsa
  • corn tortillas
  • cheddar cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • cilantro

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use shredded pork or beef
  • Change up the vegetables - mushrooms, green chilies, anaheim chilies, black beans, mexicorn

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • For best results, refrigerate and freeze leftovers without the toppings and add them after reheating.
  • Charring the veggies in a cast-iron skillet adds depth of flavor.
  • To make ahead: Cook the vegetables up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate.

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Skillet Chicken Enchilada Casserole

serves 6

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 cup fresh or frozen corn 
    1 sliced red bell pepper
    ½ cup diced yellow onion
    2 large handfuls baby spinach
    2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
    8 oz can red enchilada sauce
    1 cup prepared fresh salsa
    8 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch-thick strips
    1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup halved grape tomatoes
    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Heat oil in a large cast iron or ovenproof skillet.  Add corn, bell pepper, and onion.  Cook, until charred, 7 to 10 minutes. Gradually add spinach in batches; cook, stirring frequently, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

    Stir in chicken, enchilada sauce, and salsa until combined. Gently stir in tortilla strips. Sprinkle with cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake until bubbly, about 15 minutes.

    Top the casserole with tomatoes and cilantro.

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