This Chicken Enchilada Casserole is made with an avocado cream sauce for an easy creamy chicken enchilada casserole that the whole family will love!

Slice of Chicken Enchilada Casserole being pulled out of the pan by a spatula.

Enchilada casseroles are a great way to enjoy the flavors of enchiladas without all the hassle of rolling each individually. Avocado based sauces for enchiladas are all the rage these days because they provide a delicious creamy element that is also good for you. Flavored rice is piled on in there to add texture, filler, and extra flavor. We have used corn tortillas, but you are welcome to substitute flour tortillas.

What if I don’t have pre-cooked chicken?

This recipe calls for pre-cooked shredded chicken. You can use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or pre-shredded chicken from the grocery store. If you don’t have any cooked chicken, simply place chicken in a pot of boiling water and boil until cooked, about 15 minutes. You can do this while your rice cooks. You can add some flavor to the chicken by boiling it in chicken broth, adding a couple cloves of garlic, and make sure your water is at least salted. Once it is cooked, remove from the liquid and chop it up.

Can I use wheat tortillas in Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole?

Absolutely! You can always substitute the corn tortillas in this casserole for wheat tortillas. Make sure to cut them down to size when layering. 

Bird's eye view of Chicken Enchilada Casserole in a cooking dish.

Make Ahead Instructions

This enchilada casserole can easily be made ahead. Assemble and refrigerate before baking, up to 1 day in advance. Be sure to store it covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out. Remove the covering and bake when ready to eat.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat single serving pieces in the microwave in 30-second increments until warmed through. 

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