Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas Bowl

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Slow cooker chicken enchilada bowl

Something that is so wonderful about Mexican food is how healthy it actually is! This slow cooker chicken enchiladas bowl has all the enchilada flavor you know! But its healthy! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Healthy chicken enchiladas may sounds like an oxymoron to you but hear me out.

Its all about the flavor! The spices! and the toppings! This healthy crockpot recipe has it all!

You may be familiar with chicken enchilada casserole, with the mushy tortilla…this freezer enchilada recipe elevates that dish like crazy!

If you love it in tortillas then use fresh one day of and smother it in sauce, if you love the flavor then enjoy over rice or cauliflower rice!

Clean eating, heart healthy enchiladas, packed with the flavor that you love!

Something else that is so wonderful about this slow cooker recipe is that it can easily be preservative free if you use very simple pantry ingredients to blend up your own enchilada sauce (see recipe for directions).

This healthy enchilada chicken freezer meal is bursting with all the Mexican flavors you know and love!

Making food that is fast and easy is so important because you don’t have time to cook every night. Kids are hanging on your legs (or climbing into the dishwasher…) while you attempt to keep the whole house clean much less cooking healthy meals.

But freezer meals will change everything and make life a little easier and more relaxing.

If you want more healthy freezer meals that will take you less then 10 minutes to prep each then check out this post!

When you feel good about your daily lifestyle you feel good about you. 

Why you will love this Healthy Enchilada Chicken Bowl

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Are chicken enchilada bowls healthy?

Yes! This slow cooker chicken enchiladas bowl is made with whole healthy ingredients. No sugar! Only natural sweeteners like raw honey which makes this a great healthy recipe you will want to enjoy over and over again!
 
Not to mention a traditional enchilada may have tortillas and cheese which can raise your fat, sugar, and preservative count in the dish all omitted by making it a bowl! (psst….you can always use this recipe as a filling for traditional cheese chicken enchiladas or top off your bowl with cheese 🤫).
 

Ingredients you will need for this healthy slow cooker chicken enchiladas.

  • chicken breasts (or chicken thighs)
  • yellow onion
  • diced green chilies
  • enchilada sauce
  • black beans

Optional: Homemade Enchilada Sauce Ingredients

  • diced tomatoes
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • onion powder
  • cloves garlic (or garlic powder)
  • paprika
  • salt
  • black pepper 

Do I have to make my own Enchilada Sauce?

 
No way! If you want to purchase enchilada sauce for this recipe feel free to! Buy your favorite enchilada sauce and pour it into the slow cooker for this recipe!
 
I love to make my own sauces at home because I can control the flavor and ingredients. Eating clean is a goal for our family and sauces often time contain preservatives and additives.
 

How to make the enchilada sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. 
 

How to make this slow cooker chicken enchiladas?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 
 
 
 

 

What cut of chicken can I use?

Chicken breasts are the best for this recipe but you can also use chicken thighs. If you use chicken thighs then cook closer to 5 hours and be sure to check for doneness if completely frozen. 
 

What to serve with this slow cooker shredded enchilada chicken recipe?

Serve with some fruit, a side of guac or salsa…with chips of course! You could also do some street corn or even a mint watermelon salad. 
 

How to store this healthy enchilada chicken recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas? 👇 

Healthy Enchilada Chicken Freezer Meal

Enjoy this healthy enchilada chicken freezer meal! Its an easy freezer meal you can put together in minutes is a great healthy crockpot recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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Servings: 8 Adults
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken breasts (or chicken thighs, no skin)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 oz diced gren chilies
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce (or make your own healthy enchilada sauce below!)
  • 14.5 oz can black beans

Homemade Healthy Enchilada Sauce (Blend together):

  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients (except black beans) into slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours.
  • Stir in can black beans with 30 minutes cook time remaining.
  • Shred chicken breasts and stir into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, in tortillas or on chips!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients (except black beans) to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 4 hours, 4-5 hours if frozen.
  • Stir in can black beans with 30 minutes cook time remaining.
  • Shred chicken breasts and stir into sauce in slow cooker.
  • Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, in tortillas or on chips!

Notes

  • May top with favorite taco toppings! (cheese, guacomole, salsa, etc...)
  • May also use as a filling for traditional style enchiladas. (wrap in tortillas, set in baking pan, top with leftover sauce, bake in 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 min) 
  • Make it pretty: Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge. 

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Depending on the cut of chicken you use chicken can take anywhere from 4-6 hours on low in the slow cooker. If my meat is frozen I tend to add an extra 30 minutes to be sure chicken is done. Chicken breasts will take closer to 4 hours where chicken thighs are closer to 6 hours. 

Homemade ones are! This enchilada sauce is full of flavor and has non of the bad stuff in it! Y0u will be so surprised at how easy it is to use staple ingredients to make the best sauces of your life. 

Each serving is 1 1/2 cups of shredded chicken at about 366kcal per serving. 

This is assuming you make the homemade enchilada sauce and will adjust slightly if store-bought sauce is purchased depending on the sauce.

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

This recipe is SOO SIMPLE! Throw it all into a freezer bag to be dumped into a slow cooker and move on. Use the recipe directions above for details and follow along. 

Yes. It is totally fine to stack chicken just be sure that the amount of meat is appropriate for the size of your slow cooker. 

Not at all. You can purchase some tortillas of your dietary preference but this recipe is amazing over rice or on its own and does not need any tortilla. 

Absolutely! This recipe is designed to be frozen and then cooked so no prep work needs to be done day of!

Yes the leftover will do well in the freezer. Try freezing individual portions and thaw out for an easy healthy enchilada chicken freezer meal!

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