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Jun 14

Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake

Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake

This Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake is like a cross between flavorful enchiladas, a hearty casserole, and an artfully layered lasagna (with tortillas in place of pasta). The flavors and textures are fantastic. I love the sweet kernels of corn with the zippy enchilada sauce and between the chicken, tortillas and two kinds of beans, this casserole is super filling. Plus, it’s easy to make and you don’t have to roll any enchiladas – bonus!

Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake

If you love Mexican flavors and you are looking for a meaty, cheesy, saucy casserole that will fill you up and satisfy your cravings, this Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake is for you. Plus, it’s only 339 calories or 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving – no one will ever guess it’s light! This is a great dish to serve the whole family or to make for guests, because it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake

Looking for more lightened up Mexican comfort food flavors? Check out the Mexican category in my recipe index for recipes like Spicy Beef Taquitos, Mexi Meatloaf Muffins, Cheesy Taco Pasta, Beef Enchilada Quinoa Bake, Mexican Lasagna Roll-Ups, Shredded Mexican Chicken, Fiesta Hummus, Spicy Taco Gnocchi Skillet, Cheesy Amazing Mexi Rice, Chicken Tamale Bake and many more!

Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake

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Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake

Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 (10 oz) cans red enchilada sauce, divided
  • 9 (6 inch) yellow corn tortillas (I use Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas)
  • 1 (16 oz) can fat free refried beans
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into small bite-sized pieces (about ½”)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup drained and rinsed canned black beans
  • ¾ cup frozen corn kernels
  • 6 oz 50% light sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I used Cabot)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Drizzle about 1/3 cup of the enchilada sauce across the bottom of the dish and spread around with the back of a spoon to lightly coat the bottom of the dish. Arrange 4 ½ of the tortillas across the bottom of the dish to cover the majority of the space (my arrangement is pictured above). Use a spatula to spread the refried beans evenly across the tortillas, forming an even layer across the whole dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or saute pan, bring the oil to medium heat. Add the chopped chicken and diced onion and stir to coat in the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are softened (6-10 minutes). Drain the liquid from the pan if necessary. Add all the remaining enchilada sauce, the black beans and the corn and stir together. Remove from heat.
  3. Spoon about half of the chicken and sauce mixture evenly across the top of the refried bean layer in the casserole dish. Sprinkle about half of the cheddar cheese evenly across as well. Arrange the remaining 4 ½ tortillas in a similar style to step 1 (I did the same but flipped the layout so any small missing spots from layer 1 would be covered and vice versa). Spoon the remaining chicken and sauce mixture evenly across the newly laid tortillas. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces and serve.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
5 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on, a serving was 8 SP on the previous program

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

Nutrition Information per serving:
339 calories, 32 g carbs, 6 g sugars, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 31 g protein, 6 g fiber (from

an Emily Bites Original


26 Responses to “Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake”

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    Kerri — June 20, 2016 @ 1:31 pm

    This was great!

    • Sue replied: — November 30th, 2016 @ 7:59 pm


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    Jennifer Glenn — June 30, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    Delicious! Husband loved it too. Next time I will use 1 can mild enchilada sauce and 1 can hot enchilada sauce. I was conservative and used 2 cans of mild.

    • Emily Bites replied: — July 1st, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

      I’m glad it was a hit!

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    Anne — July 3, 2016 @ 11:25 pm

    This was very good, but it was lacking something….maybe some jalapenos? or something to spice it up. Great basic recipe, but I would recommend adding some more spice to jazz it up a bit!

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    Kim — August 2, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    Does this freeze well?

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    Debbie — August 30, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

    Recipe was followed exactly, but his was completely flavorless and mushy. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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    Christina A — October 18, 2016 @ 1:15 am

    Looked exactly like the picture. My SO and I liked it. My 6 yr old said it was spicy despite the fact that I used mild enchilada sauce lol.

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    Kristen — October 19, 2016 @ 9:49 am

    This was SO yummy! Both of my boys LOVED it! Thank you!!!!!

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    Chelsea — October 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

    I made this last night with some left over grilled fajita chicken and it was so good! I did modify my recipe a bit because I didn’t need to go to the store so I cooked rice instead of the tortillas and I used a can of petite diced tomatoes to carry over the additional can of enchilada sauce I didn’t have on hand. SO Good!!! With some light sour cream and fresh avocado on top it was a family hit!

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    Maria — January 29, 2017 @ 7:43 pm

    This recipe rocks 🙂 I made it tonight and it is delicious. Has anyone tried freezing the extra servings? I don’t think i’ll be able to finish it all this week and want to freeze a few of the servings for next week.

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    Birdlady — February 16, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

    This recipe is soooo yummy. I couldn’t stop at one serving the 1st night. I ate 2 servings. I was glad I had extra points so I could.

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    Wendi — March 28, 2017 @ 10:41 pm

    Omg so good

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    Eugenia San — March 31, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

    Wow, went to a WW meeting today and a friend passed me your info. I’ve been on for hours. You rock! BETTER than skinny taste and others. Been there – done that. Your recipes are new and refreshing!

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    Hannah Giselbach — May 5, 2017 @ 12:55 am

    Does this freeze well? Anyone know?

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    Jami — May 11, 2017 @ 9:31 am

    I made this for dinner last night and OMG, SO good! This is definitely a MUST try!

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    ROBIN — May 17, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. While visiting my family I printed a few of your recipes. This one was made for a family event. Everyone loved it! The recipe is now a keeper for family get togethers. I did cheat a little. I went to Costco and got their package of cooked rotisserie chicken (all white meat) and used that instead of cooking the chicken. It was delicious! THANK YOU!

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    Kathye — May 23, 2017 @ 10:36 am

    This recipe is wonderful. I have re-joined WW and my husband does the cooking. We both love this recipe and because of great ideas like this we have both lost over 10 pounds each so far. We love this recipe because it gives us a week’s worth of delicious meals and the flavor is wonderful.

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    Darlene — September 4, 2017 @ 6:41 pm

    Made this tonight – using medium enchilada sauce so it would a little spicy and a mix of fat free amd reduced fat shredded cheese (because that’s what we had in the fridge!) and it’s a keeper! My husband usually hates refried beans but they really add to the taste of this meal! Thanks Emily!!

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    Tara — October 9, 2017 @ 11:32 am

    I really don’t like refried beans. What could I use in place of them?

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    Michelle — October 17, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

    I’m making this recipe tonight. I too used pre-cooked chicken because I really hate cooking chicken at home. For anyone who shops at Wegmans, they sell grilled lemon chicken breasts in the prepared foods area and it is so delicious. It’s pricier than cooking yourself but I trust that my recipe will come out tasting better because of it (fingers crossed)! Assuming you have to cook this uncovered since there wasn’t an instruction to cover it up? I’m worried it will get a little dry but I wanted to follow the recipe to a t because I am definitely no chef!

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 18th, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

      I always cook it uncovered 🙂

      I hope you love it!

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    Ashley — December 10, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    If you substitute the chicken with ground turkey is this recipe still 5 SP with the new Freestyle program? I think that chicken and turkey are both 0 points with the new Freestyle program?

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    Amy St. Peter — February 14, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

    Has anyone had any success freezing this recipe?


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    Stephanie — April 10, 2018 @ 9:23 pm

    I used 1 lb. ground chicken and added canned green chiles. Turned out awesome. Thanks so much!!

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    Megan — April 25, 2018 @ 3:14 pm

    My husband and I absolutely loved this! We subbed shrimp for the chicken, and it was fantastic! One of the best dishes I’ve made. My husband couldn’t stop raving about it, and that says a lot coming from him. Thank you thank you thank you!

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