This post has more pictures than any other recipe I have ever posted. That’s because I couldn’t resist the urge to capture every colorful detail.

Do not be alarmed. Even though the post is long, they’re still Shortcut Enchiladas. So why is it a shortcut? A few reasons. For starters, I use rotisserie chicken. The rotisserie chicken gives the enchiladas a tender and amazing flavor. Not to mention, it is a time saver since you don’t have to cook it yourself.

The other reason is everything you see here:

ingredients

Having all these things already diced up for you means all you have to do is open a few cans and dice up your jalapeno and onions. See? Shortcuts everywhere.

jalapenosOnce you have diced everything, you’re ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

rotisserie ans such

Add some oil to a hot pan. Add onions and jalapeno first. Cook the veggies for about 7-10 minutes, or until soft. While the veggies are cooking, remove skin and bones from the chicken. Be sure to use the white and dark meat. Shred the meat into small pieces. Break it up as much as you can so the seasonings will absorb. Discard the skin and bones or you can freeze them. The rich flavors of the skin and bones would be a great flavor for homemade chicken stock. I will be sure to give you that recipe later.

Now add the green chiles. I wait to add the chiles because they are already soft. You need only heat the through. Stir the peppers and onions around for another 5 minutes.

sauteed veggiesNext, stir in the chicken.

Add ChickenAfter the chicken is mixed in with the peppers and onions, add tomatoes (including the juice), chicken stock, spices, salt and pepper. Blend well. Now reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for about 8 minutes.

seasoned upWhile the meat is simmering, it’s time to get the corn tortillas ready. Wrap them in wet paper towels and pop them in the microwave just long enough to warm them and make them flexible. My microwave only needs a minute. If you had more time, you could heat the tortillas in a pan of oil. It’s a lot more decadent that way, but then this wouldn’t be a shortcut anymore, would it?

tortillasNow it’s time to build the enchiladas. Spoon a generous amount of the meat mixture into a tortilla. Don’t use too much. The tortilla should still be able to close. Roll the tortilla completely around the meat and place the roll on the dish with the opening facing down. Arrange filled tortillas on a deep baking dish or casserole dish.

rolled upOnce all your tortillas are rolled, sprinkle a layer of cheese over the top. Follow that with your enchilada sauce. Then top it with another layer of cheese. 

beforePop it in the oven and cook for 30 minutes and dinner is served. Top it with sour cream or cilantro.

after

This is the perfect Sunday #PrepDay recipe, like most of my recipes. I usually put the whole thing together on Sunday. When you’re ready to serve it, there’s nothing left to do but pop it in the oven. When you get home, turn on your oven. Put your things down and get the kids situated. By now the oven is heated. Pop the dish in the oven. Now pour yourself a glass of wine, help kids with homework or whatever else you have to do until you hear the magic bell that says dinner is ready. How easy is that? Also, unless you have a family the size of a football team, there’s almost always leftovers. Put them in a freezer-safe container and save it for one of those times when you’re in a jam. See that? Shortcuts everywhere. πŸ˜‰

Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  2. 2 cans (4-6 oz) green chiles
  3. 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  4. 1 can of red enchilada sauce
  5. 1 bag shredded Mexican-style cheese
  6. 12-16 soft corn tortillas
  7. 1 sweet onion, chopped
  8. 1/2 cup chicken stock
  9. 2 tsps cumin powder
  10. 2 tsps garlic powder
  11. 2 tsp salt
  12. 1 tsp chile powder
  13. 1 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add oil to a hot pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions and jalapeno first. Cook the veggies for about 7-10 minutes, or until soft.
  4. Remove skin and bones from chicken. Shred the meat into small pieces.
  5. Discard the skin and bones.
  6. Now add green chiles.
  7. Stir the mixture for another 5 minutes.
  8. Next, stir in shredded chicken.
  9. After the chicken is mixed in with the peppers and onions, add tomatoes (including the juice), chicken stock, spices, salt and pepper. Blend well.
  10. Reduce heat and simmer the mixture for about 8 minutes.
  11. While meat mixture is simmering, warm corn tortillas.
  12. Spoon a generous amount of meat mixture into a warm, soft tortilla.
  13. Roll tortilla completely around the meat and place the roll on a dish, opening facing down. Arrange filled tortillas on a deep baking dish or casserole dish.
  14. Sprinkle a layer of cheese over the top.
  15. Follow with enchilada sauce.
  16. Then top with another layer of cheese.
  17. Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes.
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