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Microwave Chicken Enchiladas

by Stephanie

Got a craving for Mexican food, but don’t want to make a big meal? Make just one serving of chicken enchiladas easily in the microwave!  You can use pantry staples like canned chicken and cream of chicken soup. 

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These enchiladas are truly the EASIEST Chicken Enchiladas you’ll ever make.  You can substitute things if you need to.  And the best part? You can cook them in less than 3 minutes in the microwave! 

What kind of substitutions can you make with these Chicken Enchiladas?

I love a recipe where I can change things up, and it still tastes yummy. 

In this recipe you can switch out the canned chicken for a freshly shredded chicken breast or leftover rotisserie chicken, maybe leftover shredded fried chicken from a take out meal.  You can even use canned turkey or tuna.  You can also switch out the sour cream for Greek yogurt or even regular plain yogurt if that’s what you have on hand. 

How do you cook Chicken Enchiladas in the Microwave? 

It’s pretty easy.  You need a dish that’s microwave safe that can hold your enchiladas.  It could be a bowl or even plate if needed.  You also will need to cover the dish because in my experience as the chicken enchiladas are heating up, the chicken likes to explode all over the microwave.  

It’s best to cover them.  I usually wrap the dish in plastic wrap.  It allows the enchiladas to steam while cooking, so the tortillas or the sauce don’t dry themselves out. You could also wrap them in parchment paper or wax paper or even just slide them into a ziplock bag – just something to contain splatters. 

How do you make Microwave Chicken Enchiladas?

First of all, if you are new to making enchiladas, please do not make enchiladas with flour tortillas.  I have seen this trend, and it’s not good.  Flour tortillas get slimy when used for enchiladas.  The texture is just gross. 

Corn tortillas stay nice and firm.  I recommend ONLY using corn tortillas for any kind of enchilada – cheese, beef, chicken, whatever.  But, I understand if flour is all that you’ve got right now. 

Ingredients to make Microwave Chicken Enchiladas

There are only two things that need to be precooked ahead of time:

#1 The chicken, like from a can or leftovers from chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken, etc.  There’s no raw chicken in chicken enchiladas.  

#2 The tortillas should be warmed up right when you’re ready to use them.  Traditionally tortillas are warmed up in oil in a skillet, but that takes too long for me.  And, I find it unnecessary.  I wrap 10 corn tortillas in paper towels and heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds.  This steams them so they are pliable and don’t tear when you’re rolling them into enchiladas. 

How to make Microwave Chicken Enchiladas

Other than those things, you don’t need to prebake anything.  I’ve seen people with recipes who make you bake the enchiladas before adding the sauce.  You don’t need to heat up the chicken mixture or the sauce mixture.  

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Microwave Chicken Enchiladas
Yield: 3-4 enchiladas

Microwave Chicken Enchiladas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 5 oz canned chicken, drained, rinsed, and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1 tablespoon salsa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese - (jack, cheddar or both)
  • 3-4 corn tortillas


Use a microwave-safe dish.

Steam the tortillas for 30 seconds wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave.

Drain the chicken and rinse it in water. Shred the chicken into small pieces.

In a cereal-size bowl combine chicken, 1/2 the can of the cream of chicken soup, the salsa, and 1/2 the cheese.

In another bowl combine the rest of the cream of chicken soup, the sour cream, and the milk.

Add a spoonful of sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread it all over.

Spread about 1-2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture in a tortilla. Roll it up, and place it seam side down in the dish. Do this for the rest of the enchiladas.

Pour the sauce over all the enchiladas so that every tortilla is covered.

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.

Cover the dish with plastic wrap or wax paper.

Microwave the dish on high for 2.5 minutes.

Top with chopped onions if you have them.

Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1607mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 29g

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