Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese

This easy, stove top Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor! The perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

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This easy, stove top Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor! The perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

I am all about quick and easy dinner recipes. More often than not I have ideas of making enchiladas, or lasagna, or fish tacos…but then my afternoon gets busy and before I know it my family is hungry for dinner!

Say hello to your new best friend. Easy and versatile, you’ll love this Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese recipe! From start to finish you can be enjoying dinner in under 30 minutes! Use a rotisserie chicken or left over shredded (or diced) chicken to make this even quicker! While you’re making the sauce, you can have your pasta cooking!

This easy, stove top Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor! The perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

We serve our mac and cheese as a meal (it does have meat in it)! Add in a big salad and some crunchy french bread and you can thank me later for this super family friendly dish.

I use pasta shells, but seriously, any kind of pasta will work in this dish. Elbow noodles, rotini, you get the point! As for cheese, I love using colby-jack blend. However, feel free to use your favorite…are you a sharp cheddar fan? Love beef…you’re in luck! I’ve got a Beef Enchilada Mac and Cheese that you’ll enjoy as well!

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This easy, stove top Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor! The perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

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Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

This easy, stove top Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor! The perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (10 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups colby jack cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. In a large pot (or saucepan), heat cream, enchilada sauce, cumin and salt on medium heat. Whisking often, heat until mixture just begins to bubble.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and add in cheese. Stir until smooth. Mix in the cooked chicken and the cooked noodles.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy immediately!

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This easy, stove top Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and packed with flavor! The perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

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7 comments on “Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese”

  1. Weeknight dinners like this make me so happy!!!  My whole family would gobble this right up.  I was wondering how you incorporated the “enchilada” factor since the picture looks mac n’cheesey rather than enchilada saucy.  But when I read the recipe, I was doubly loving it because we always have some frozen chipotle enchilada sauce on-hand that I make for another dish but we always end up with wildly too much.  I think the flavors in that would go quite well with these flavors.  And gosh, you are reminding me that I need to always stick an extra chicken breast in the oven every time, so that I have one on hand for dishes like this! This whole thing looks great!  I’m pinning it to make for when the weather cools off a bit!   

  2. Great video! So easy, so cheesy. I love how simple this is, but still full of flavor.

  3. great recipe, thank you, love that you add chicken to this to make it a full meal! Red enchilada sauce, I get it makes sense for a quick weeknight dinner

  4. This is fusion food at its cheesiest and gooey-est best. Looks totally delicious! 

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