Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema

I’m always on the lookout for a way to shake up our weeknight meal game.

You already know this. That’s probably why you’re here!

It’s time for me to start introducing enchiladas to the mix because they are:

  • a great way to use leftovers
  • pretty inexpensive
  • a quick weeknight dinner
  • totally freezable
  • meal prep worthy
  • freaking delicious

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema recipe comes from my dear friend Gaby’s new cookbook— What’s Gaby Cooking Everyday California Food!! Preorder yours today!!!!  There are so many great recipes in this book I didn’t even know where to start.  I love her mix of healthy & indulgent meals. All of the recipes are approachable, beautifully shot (great job Matt & Adam!!!) and packed with so much flavor. Gaby does California like no one else. She makes me proud to live here with all of our fresh produce and healthy food options. Yay, friend! Proud of YOU and your hustling!

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let’s discuss these beauties. The flour tortillas give the enchiladas a soft texture.  It’s almost a hybrid of a burrito and enchilada…or a wet burrito! Something I used to enjoy when I was up in Oregon for college.

I LOVE IT. We’ll be having these for lunch all week. I’m definitely excited about that.

Thank you, Gaby!

Let’s gather our ingredients.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Onions are chopped.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Then they get sautéed.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Followed by spices and chiles.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hello, chicken & enchilada sauce.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I put a little sauce on the bottom because why not??

I love a good assembly line.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Roll them up!

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Place in pan. Top with sauce!

Yes.

I like mine saucy.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Uh huh.

It’s been baked.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Time to make the cumin crema!

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

It’s been topped!

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

ALL THE THINGS.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

OH BUT WAIT. Let’s add avocado on top!

This is a Gaby recipe! You know how much she loves avocados.

See her first cookbook: Absolutely Avocados

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Weeknight dinner SOLVED.

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema is a snap to put together. All you need is a rotisserie chicken! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Chicken Enchiladas with Cumin Crema

serves 4-5

recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking Everyday California Food

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (4oz. can) diced green chiles
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (15oz. can) store-bought enchilada sauce
  • 10 large flour tortillas
  • 1 (15oz.can) refried black beans
  • 1 cup pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 8 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • sliced avocados, for serving

for the cumin crema:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

To make the enchiladas:

Preheat oven to 350F

In a large skillet, heat the oil 7 minutes, until softened. Stir in the diced green chiles, cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Seasons with salt. Stir in the shredded chicken and 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce. Remove from the heat.

To assemble the enchiladas, set up an assembly line including tortillas, enchilada sauce, beans, chicken mixture, both of the cheese mixed together and scallions. Lay out a tortilla on a flat surface and spoon 1 tablespoon of the refried beans in a line down the center of the tortilla. Add equal amounts of the shredded chicken mixture, 2 tablespoons of cheese and 1 tablespoon of the scallions, and roll them up. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings.

Pour another 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and place the rolled-up tortillas in the dish. Spread the remaining enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas and sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

To make the cumin crema:

Stir together the sour cream and cumin in a bowl. Remove the enchiladas from the oven and serve immediately, garnished with the remaining scallions, some cilantro, avocado and a drizzle of the cumin crema.

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  • Molly

    These look INCREDIBLE! I’ve never thought to add refried beans to my enchiladas – genius! I can’t wait to add these to my dinner rotation!

  • morgan

    These are so tempting!! Do you (or Gaby) have a certain store-bought enchilada sauce you prefer?

    • Tracy

      I waffle back and forth between Las Palmas and Rosarita. It’s sometimes priced dependent for me!

  • Victoria

    YUMMMMM!!!! Enchiladas any way are allllways a good choice!!! I am curious about the enchilada sauce too. I’ve been making my own for years and I’m pretty happy with it, but I’ve always wondered which canned can is best!

  • Riddhima Nair

    It looks so amazing, thanks for sharing.

  • Katha

    Thanky fpr the great recipe! I tried it at once. Though I had to cook my own enchilada sauce and refried beans (since they’re hard to come by in Germany) and cooked and shredded chicken breast.
    Thus it wasn’t so fast to make. But nonetheless it was great! My husband couln’t stop eating. And we had the leftovers the next day and for lunch. So yummie. 🙂

  • Camille

    This looks phenomenal, and I’m about to put it in the oven, but big question: What temperature should the oven be at?

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