Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Let’s talk about enchiladas. I love ’em. Hands down, my favorite Mexican dish. No matter what restaurant I go to, I order enchiladas.

I really dislike most canned enchiladas sauces though. None of the canned or bottled stuff taste right to me. I first shared this recipe back in 2013 and have been in the process of re-shooting and updating photos and posts. The enchilada sauce for this recipe is good. You just need tomato sauce, broth, and spices (and some flour for thickening), but if you want a more authentic sauce made with more chili powder, try this enchilada sauce. I’ve made this with both sauces and love it either way. I do think I prefer the other sauce slightly better, but try both for yourself and see which you and your family prefer!

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

I typically use rotisserie chicken from the grocery store with these because it’s just easier. If you want to make your own chicken, I will cook my chicken on the stove or the pressure cooker with some broth and spices so it shreds like rotisserie chicken.

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

For the tortillas, you can use either corn or flour. Corn tortillas are more authentic, but I honestly make this recipe with both depending on what I already have handy at home! These enchiladas are on regular rotation in our house and I change things up by making both sauce recipes and using different tortillas.

If you are vegetarian, feel free to swap the chicken for black and/or pinto beans! These are a great busy weeknight meal and go perfect with a batch of margaritas!

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Yield: serves 4

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas - cook up these tasty enchiladas made with homemade sauce right on your stove for the perfect and quick weeknight meal!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (15-ounces) plain tomato sauce
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

For the enchiladas:

  • 8 small yellow corn tortillas (or flour tortillas)
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast (rotisserie or cook your own)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend cheese)


  1. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and stir until the flour is combined with the olive oil and starts to cook.
  2. Pour in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and all of the spices and stir. Bring the sauce to a light boil and then reduce the heat so the sauce continues to simmer for about 10-15 minutes and it begins to thicken. Remove from the heat.
  3. Spoon some of the sauce into a deep saute pan so that the bottom is well-coated. Place the pan to the side.
  4. Lay a large piece of wax paper on the counter and arrange each of the tortillas. Spoon some of the the chicken, and then some cheese (reserve 1 cup) down the center of each tortilla. Roll each tortilla up nice and tight and place seam side down into the pan. It’s fine if the enchiladas are up against each other as this helps them keep their shape. Pour more of the enchilada sauce on top covering each enchilada. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  5. Place the pan on the stove, cover, and cook over medium low heat. Let cook until the sauce becomes bubbly and the cheese on top is melted, about 20 minutes. Be sure to check that you are not burning the bottoms of the enchiladas while they cook. Lower the heat if necessary.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 enchiladas

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 41g

Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas



  1. Hamburger .

  2. I would make a spicy mutton/lamb gravy with sauteed potatoes with it! Awesome pan to make comfort food!

  3. That looks so good!

  4. I would make Tuscan chicken in it.

  5. I would make chili! With fall around the corner it’s chili time!

  6. chicken catch a tory!

  7. Love love the cookware. this dish looks so good and such a perfect weeknight dinner.
    I would definitely make my famous risotto.

  8. probably a skillet dessert

  9. Nice pan, man! I’d make my yummy “homeburger helper”. That means Hamburger Helper equivalent made from scratch, of course.

  10. Such a scrumptious weeknight meal and a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!

  11. I would make southwest chicken chili mac.

  12. I’d love to make those enchiladas!

  13. Sautéed mushrooms with a little balsamic vinegar and serve on sourdough toast.

  14. Those enchiladas looks and sound delicious. And I usually don’t like enchiladas!!!

  15. This pan would be a great addition to my Simply Calphalon. I think I would have to try the Stove Top Enchiladas.

  16. I would cook beef stroganoff

  17. Love calphalon pans!! I own a few and they are amazing. Love the stove top method of cooking your enchiladas… I sometimes wish I could skip the baking step.. now I must give it try. :)

  18. If I don’t make your enchiladas, I’d try a stove top version of stuffed poblanos. I had some in Denver this week…and your post has magnified my Mexican food craving!

  19. These enchiladas sound so incredibly comforting [for a New Mexican, enchiladas are comfort food]. And I am dying over this pan! I could use a new skillet, mine are from when I first moved out from my parents house LOL

  20. I want to try this recipe, it looks delicious.


  21. These enchilada’s look like a great use of the pan!

  22. I think these enchiladas look great to try in a new pan!

  23. Looks delicious!

  24. I would make a Breakfast Scramble!

  25. I would make the same exact dish too cos I have never had it before.

  26. I love enchiladas! I could eat them every day. These look absolutely perfect, wow!

  27. I only recently made chicken enchiladas at home for the first time – you’re right, they’re hard to nail! LOVE this stovetop version. I would love a deep skillet like these for stirfries!

  28. I would make a tossed paste dish with a cream sauce, peas and proccuittio

  29. Saving this…this looks like the perfect, simple recipe I’ve been looking for. Thanks.

  30. Perfect football season cookware for making chili!

  31. Yum, and I currently don’t have a stove but I can still make these!

  32. I’d make this enchilada recipe…and the next night chicken fried rice. So many recipes so little time!

  33. I would make a fritatta

  34. I would make tacos.

  35. Ooooh! I think I would start with a nice omelet.

  36. Yep, I would want to make this very recipe. I LOVE enchiladas too! I miss them so much since leaving Texas. There were some good restaurants there! I need to recreate my favorites at home. Thank you for sharing. What a delicious way to end my week (and start the new one!) I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  37. I’d make some paleo chicken chili!

  38. Umm your ladas’ look like Kings of the world!! I need a good pan for my egg dishes at breakfast!

  39. I would definitely make your chicken enchilada recipe. I tried to make it once in the oven and wasn’t a fan. Yours looks delicious!

  40. Enchiladas are my favorite, too. I love them so much that I could eat them just about every day. I love that these don’t require the oven. Yum!

  41. THis looks like the perfect pan to make some chicken breasts (not to crowded in the pan) with a picante sauce.

  42. Seared sea scallops served with a nice risotto!

  43. I would absolutely make these Stovetop Chicken Enchiladas. They look relish!

  44. Pan fried pork cutlets!

  45. I”d make Indian Butter Chicken in it.

  46. I would make rice pilaf! I love it, but my current pan doesn’t do a good job cooking up the rice. Enchiladas look good too :)

  47. I would make everything in the pan, but of course I want to definitely try your Enchilada recipe, it sounds sooo good!

  48. I would have never thought of making enchiladas on the stove top. These look good!

  49. I have a delicious stove-top lasagna recipe that would work perfectly in this pan.

  50. I’d like to try the recipe for the chicken enchiladas!!

  51. I’d make buckwheat pancakes and eggs over easy :)

  52. chicken stir fry

  53. I will make chicken marsala! knycks1(at)aol(dot)com

  54. I would use it daily! the skillet I have now is old and starting to peel I really need to throw it away

  55. Chicken enchiladas or beef tips (anything would be great in that pan!)

  56. your enchiladas on the stove sound perfect (I have moved to casserole style in the oven) but possibly a veggie stir fry or tomato/basil pasta as well

  57. The first thing i’d love to make in my pan would be some yummy Mahi Mahi :)

  58. spanish rice

  59. I would make creamy chicken with mushrooms.

  60. I will use it for chicken and rice

  61. Thanks for the giveaway… a hearty Beef Stroganoff !

  62. I’d love to make some chicken with rice.

  63. homemade spaghetti sauce

  64. western omelets..mmm..

  65. Chicken Picatta!

  66. beef stroganoff

  67. Fried Chicken

  68. Fried potatoes, mine always stick :(

  69. Hamburger patties in brown gravy
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  70. skillet sloppy job

  71. Oh..fried chicken for sure!! mmmmmm

  72. Hamburger Helper.

  73. I would make huevos rancheros in it.

  74. a frittata

  75. chicken pasta

  76. I would make chicken and rice.

  77. I would make chili mac

  78. Beef Stroganoff

  79. I would make a shrimp stir fry.


  80. Oh How This pan would make cooking wonderful..!!

  81. I’d make my One Pan Sausage Skillet Pasta :)

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