Chicken Enchilada Mole Casserole is an easy to make dinner, with layers of corn tortillas, chicken breast strips, enchilada and mole sauce, onions and cheese, and is ready in 35 minutes!Chicken Enchilada Mole Casserole is an easy to make dinner, with layers of corn tortillas, chicken breast strips, enchilada and mole sauce, onions and cheese, and is ready in 35 minutes!

Ever have one of those days where you know you need to fix something for dinner, but don’t have a clue what that will be?  That is how I came up with this simple layered chicken enchilada casserole!

I used my recipe for Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole as inspiration (which uses a creamy green sauce), and I started pulling things out of the refrigerator and pantry and then just started cooking!

I gathered two leftover grilled chicken breasts, some homemade red enchilada sauce (it was in our freezer, but I thawed it out!), a jar of mole sauce (check out this link to find out what is in this traditional Mexican sauce), onion, a few tortillas and some Mexican blend cheese and got busy creating this easy casserole dish that serves 6.

By the way… don’t worry about using homemade enchilada sauce… a large (28 oz.) can will do just fine… and mole sauce? You can pretty much find small 8.25 oz. jars of it in almost every grocery store in the Mexican Foods section. Mole sauce adds a rich depth of flavor to standard enchilada sauce and partners very well in this recipe.

So… How Do I Make This Chicken Enchilada Casserole?

It’s easy. You will just be creating a layer of ingredients, then repeating the layers, etc.  Start by thinly slicing two grilled chicken breasts (I used leftovers). A quick and easy substitution would be to use two rotisserie chicken breasts, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

Slicing chicken breast for enchilada casserole

Mix enchilada sauce and mole sauce in pan. Stir until blended, then cook on low heat for 5 minutes. This allows the flavors to come together a bit! (Note: I used homemade enchilada sauce, so your version may look slightly different)

Cooking enchilada and mole sauces for casserole

Spray an 8×8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Rip two tortillas into large pieces and layer the bottom of the dish, trying to cover as much as possible.

Torn tortillas are layered into casserole dish

Spread 1/3 of the sauce over the tortilla pieces, spreading to cover.

Enchilada/mole sauce is spread over tortillas

Cover the sauce with 1/2 of the chicken slices, 1/2 of the chopped onions and top them with 1/3 of the grated Mexican cheese blend.

Chicken, onions and cheese layered onto enchilada casserole

Repeat another layer in the same order:  2 torn tortillas, 1/3 of the sauce, remaining 1/2 of the chicken and onions, then top this second layer with 1/3 of the grated Mexican blend cheese.

For the final layer, simply add the remaining two torn tortilla pieces, top with remaining sauce, then top it all off with the remaining grated cheese.

Chicken enchilada mole casserole is ready to bake

Bake the casserole (uncovered) in a 350° F. preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (mine was done in 20). The cheese and sauce should be bubbly when done. Remove chicken enchilada casserole from oven to a wire rack.

Chicken enchilada casserole, hot from the oven

Let the casserole rest for a  minute or two to let the cheese firm up, so it will be easier to slice.

Melted cheese on top of chicken enchilada casserole

Slice the casserole into 6 pieces, and transfer to plates. Serve each piece with a dollop of sour cream and a cilantro leaf garnish, if desired.

Chicken Enchilada Mole Casserole on a plate, with sour cream and cilantro garnish

And that’s how this casserole came to be made and eaten at our house!  Hope you will give it a try! Since this yummy casserole can be on the table in about 35 minutes, it’s a great meal for busy weeknights!

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Chicken Enchilada Mole Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Chicken Enchilada Mole Casserole is an easy to make dinner, with layers of corn tortillas, chicken breast strips, enchilada and mole sauce, onions and cheese, and is ready in 35 minutes!
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken enchilada mole casserole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 499 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 28 ounces Red enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mole sauce (found in Mexican food sections of grocery store)
  • 2 chicken breasts (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup white onion , finely chopped
  • 2 cups Mexican 4 blend cheese (or combo of cheddar/jack)
  • 4 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 cilantro leaves (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Thinly slice two grilled chicken breasts for the casserole. A quick and easy substitution would be to use two rotisserie chicken breasts, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix enchilada sauce and mole sauce in pan. Stir until blended, then cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Rip two tortillas into large pieces and layer the bottom of the dish, trying to cover as much as possible. Spread 1/3 of sauce over the tortilla pieces. Cover sauce with 1/2 of the chicken, 1/2 of the onions and top them with 1/3 of the grated Mexican cheese blend. Repeat another layer in the same order:  2 torn tortillas, 1/3 of the sauce, remaining 1/2 of the chicken and onions, then top this second layer with 1/3 of the grated Mexican blend cheese. For the final layer, add remaining two torn tortilla pieces, cover with remaining sauce, then top it all off with the remaining grated cheese.

  5. Bake the casserole (uncovered) in a 350° F. preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (mine was done in 20). The cheese and sauce should be bubbly when done. Remove chicken enchilada casserole from oven to a wire rack. Let the casserole rest for a  minute or two to let the cheese firm up, so it will be easier to slice.

  6. Slice the casserole into 6 pieces, and transfer to plates. Serve each piece with a dollop of sour cream and a cilantro leaf garnish, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Enchilada Mole Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 1474mg64%
Potassium 274mg8%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1445IU29%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 336mg34%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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