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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!

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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Yield: serves 4-6

Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 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

Instructions

  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!

Aimee

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Posted on July 12, 2017

Comments & Reviews

  1. I just made this for dinner tonight. It was simply delicious. Actually, it is addicting. This will be a new dinner favorite in our house. Thank you so much.

  2. I made this tonight for dinner. I only had frozen chicken, so I threw chicken in the crockpot in the morning, and just seasoned it some taco seasoning and added a bit of water and let it cook in the crockpot all day. Then I just shredded the chicken, and added it when the rest was ready. We love cheese in this house, so I think next time I make it, I will add more cheese! Everyone in the house liked it, even my super picky daughter! So simple and easy to make, which is pretty perfect for our ridiculously busy schedule! 

  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. 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!   

    1. Chipotle enchilada sauce sounds amazing…and it would be GREAT in this mac and cheese!!!! ENJOY (and thanks for pinning) 🙂

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