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Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

This make-ahead Chicken Enchiladas Casserole is an incredibly flavorful meal that requires minimal hands-on prep.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Assembly: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 483kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454g) chicken breast skinless and boneless
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups (375mL) enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup (125mL) chicken stock
  • 5 flour tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups (125g) cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Place the chicken, olive oil, taco seasoning, 1 cup enchilada sauce, and the chicken stock inside the Instant Pot insert.
  • Close the lid, turn the valve to sealing, and set to high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When done, perform a quick pressure release and open the lid. With the help of 2 forks roughly shred the chicken.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F / 204C.
  • Assemble the enchiladas by filling each tortilla with around ⅓ cup of chicken and 2 tablespoons of cheese. Roll up and place in a baking dish.
  • When dish is full, pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top and add the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly.

Notes

Tips For Success

  • Do not stir the ingredients once you add them to the Instant Pot. 
  • You can warm the tortillas in the microwave to make them easier to roll when filling. 

Variations

  • Spice it Up - Add some spice to this dish by choosing a spicy enchiladas sauce or adding a teaspoon of crushed red pepper to the Instant Pot. Choose a pepper jack cheese. 
  • More Mexican Meals - Use the shredded chicken in rice bowls, tacos, quesadillas, and more. 
  • Italian Enchiladas - Swap the taco seasoning for Italian seasoning, the enchilada sauce for tomato sauce, the tortillas for cooked noodles, and use mozzarella cheese. 

Budget-Friendly Tips 

  • Buy Chicken In Bulk - Chicken is less expensive when you buy it in bulk. Freeze individual breasts for easy portioning later on. 
  • Taco Seasoning - Individual packets of taco seasoning are more expensive than a large jar. You can also make your own seasoning with spices you already have on hand. 
  • Block Cheese -  Many times, block cheese is less expensive than pre-shredded cheese, and it only takes a few moments to shred it yourself. 

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1584mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 3mg