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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas Bowl Freezer Meal

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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 it’s healthy!

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

It’s all about the spices and the toppings! This healthy crockpot chicken enchilada recipe has it all!

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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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You may be familiar with chicken enchilada casserole, with the shy 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, or try this over rice and/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 below recipe for how to make homemade enchilada sauce).

How to make Healthy Enchilada Chicken Freezer Meal recipe!

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. 

Optional: Homemade Enchilada Sauce Ingredients

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

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How to make homemade 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.

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FAQ’s

What should I serve on the side with healthy enchilada chicken?

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.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free if you make homemade enchilada sauce. If you use a store-bought sauce then be sure to purchase gluten-free enchilada sauce.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, for a vegan version of the recipe use your favorite protein substitute or add extra beans.

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 make 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 the 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).

Can I make this recipe nut free?

This recipe is nut-free, be sure to check the enchilada sauce purchased at the store if you do not make your own to ensure completely nut-free.

Can I make this recipe dairy free?

Yes, this recipe is dairy free. Be sure to use dairy-free toppings.

Ingredients you will need for this recipe.

chicken breasts (or chicken thighs)
yellow onion
diced green chilies
enchilada sauce (for homemade check ingredients below recipe card)
black beans 

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.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

This recipe was originally designed as an easy low stress crock pot recipe. But can also be made in the instant pot or even the oven if you do not have one.

Can I use an Instant pot to make enchilada chicken?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last-minute cook then throw everything in the instant pot and adjust the cook time.

Oven cooking directions

Throw everything into a casserole dish, cube your chicken, and bake in the oven at 425 for 40 minutes. Be sure to check the chicken for doneness before serving.

Stovetop cooking directions

This recipe is not intended to be converted to stovetop cooking.

I forgot to thaw my enchilada freezer meal, now what?

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).

How long will this easy enchilada chicken recipe stay good in the freezer? fridge?

This healthy enchilada chicken freezer meal will stay good, prepped in the freezer, for up to 6 months.
After cooking the chicken enchilada bowl will stay good for 3-5 days in the fridge as long as it is stored properly.

How long does chicken take in the crockpot?

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 the chicken is done. Chicken breasts will take closer to 4 hours whereas chicken thighs are closer to 6 hours.

Can you stack chicken in a slow cooker?

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.

Do I have to use tortillas for enchiladas?

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. 

Can you freeze leftover enchiladas?

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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