This Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake is a creamy, cheesy twist on the classic meal, using Fritos instead of tortillas. It’s a delicious meal made in just 30 minutes.

A layered chicken enchilada casserole is a favorite family dinner that is so comforting and cozy! Cheese, chicken, and enchilada sauce baked with Fritos is a fun twist on chicken enchiladas.

A serving of chicken enchilada bake on a plate with a fork.

My sister, Nicole, always made me this every time we had a baby shower. It’s her twist on classic chicken enchiladas, using Frito chips instead of traditional flour or corn tortillas. This makes it super easy to assemble! It’s such a quick and delicious recipe.

With back-to-school, dance classes, & sporting events taking up this upcoming month, I needed a few meals I could make, bake, and serve in less than 30 minutes. So here is an easy classic dish with a twist, making it easy for a mom to feed the family on busy nights.

Overall, this is a winner for my whole family. The kids love the creamy cheese and chicken filling! They also love the Fritos and always ask for a few on the side, so they have a few crunchy ones for dipping into the layers.

Recipe Notes

  • This is an easy enchilada bake! I like to make it with boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, but I’ve also skipped that cooking step and made it with shredded rotisserie chicken. It makes it even easier!
  • Please choose your favorite enchilada sauce at the store or try my homemade red enchilada sauce. It works great both ways.
  • I use cheddar cheese and a Mexican cheese blend, so every bite has lots of warm melted cheese. It’s serious comfort food!
  • Of course, we have the Fritos! I love them in this casserole – they add a salty corn tortilla flavor. Some chips soften, and others stay crunchy, so the casserole has a great texture.
Closeup shot of a large spoon scooping some of the enchilada bake.

How do you make Chicken Enchilada Bake?

Preheat your oven.

Cook the chicken and prepare the filling by mixing enchilada sauce, sour cream, cream of chicken, cumin, chili powder, cheese, and chicken.

the chicken enchilada filling being mixed in a bowl.

In a 1-quart casserole dish, spread the corn chips in an even layer.

Add the filling mixture on top of the chips, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

the unbaked casserole.

Bake until the chicken enchilada casserole is warm and bubbly and the cheese is melted.

overhead photo of a baked chicken enchilada casserole.

Topping Ideas

The casserole is delicious, but like traditional enchiladas, we love adding some toppings! Here are a few we love – mix and match your favorites!

  • Chopped lettuce like iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Diced avocado or a scoop of guacamole
  • A dollop of sour cream
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • A squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Sandra’s Tips

  • You can adapt this recipe and use flour or corn tortillas instead of corn chips. Tear or slice the tortillas to fit the pan, then layer them like lasagna with creamy chicken filling.
  • Are you running short on time? Skip cooking the chicken and use a store-bought rotisserie instead. Shred or chop the meat and mix it with the other filling ingredients.
  • You can assemble the bake and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it.
  • We love the leftovers! Store leftover chicken enchilada bakes in the refrigerator for three to four days. Warm it up in the microwave for easy meals.
Overhead shot of a serving of casserole on a black plate with a fork.
close up shot of the top of the casserole.

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 492 kcal
This Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake is a creamy, cheesy twist on the classic meal using Fritos in place of tortillas. A delicious meal made in just 30 minutes.
chicken enchilada bake on a plate.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs or breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 ounces red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 10.25 ounce bag of Fritos chips
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 head of lettuce chopped, for topping
  • 1 roma tomato chopped, for topping


  • In a medium skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil, . Add cubed chicken, season with salt and pepper. Cook until the sides are golden brown and chicken is completely cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl mix together enchilada sauce, sour cream, cream of chicken, cumin, chili powder, 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese, and chicken. Stir together until well combined.
  • In a 1 quart casserole dish, pour Frito chips in the bottom, add chicken mixture on top of the chips, and then sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until warm and bubbly and cheese is melted on top.
Calories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 23gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1177mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1345IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 310mgIron: 1.9mg
chicken enchilada bake on a plate.
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      1. You can easily use another chip of choice, but we in fact love that piece of it. Did you make it or are you just saying too salty before trying it? Just curious.

  1. I never thought about adding the enchilada sauce to this. Great idea! I have to try it.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  2. Og my goodness! This looks incredible!!!! I love enchiladas and this recipe is a winner!! Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Roundup Link Party! ~ Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen

  3. Your Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake looks perfect going into the fall season! Hope you are having a great Labor Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I have a question: which enchilada sauce for beef enchilada bake? Red or Green? I use green for chicken enchiladas, do you use red for beef? Or red for both?

  5. 5 stars
    The Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake was incredibly tasty and so simple to put together. I appreciated that it used ingredients I typically have, making it an easy last-minute dinner option.

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