This delicious and satisfying chicken green enchilada casserole recipe is a great blend of rich and creamy with a little spice to them! These are so simple to make and throw into your Sun Oven.
Living in the Southwest we have a lot of Mexican food options, but it can be filled with less than quality ingredients. Last year when Covid hit and I was unable to frequent my favorite Mexican food restaurants I started creating my own Mexican Food at home and this recipe is one our family favorites. It tastes the most of like restaurant quality.
Anytime you cook at home you are probably going to save money over going to a restaurant or ordering in takeout, but this recipe is a home run because you also save money on electricity by baking in your Sun Oven! This recipe is sure to satisfy your Mexican food craving and leave you feeling full.
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Why Cook in the Sun Oven?
Okay I may be obsessed with the Sun Oven. Its just such a neat tool and cooks food so fabulously. On our little farm we try really hard to use resources wisely. We are not on solar power and I monitor our electric bill closely. Running the oven not only pulls a good amount of electricity, but it heats up the house! In these summer months we try to find alternative ways to cook and having a fire when its 110 plus out is not ideal. The Sun Oven we have is very well made and super simple to use!
How to prepare the Enchiladas
This recipe starts on the stove top with a cast iron skillet. First chop your onion and cooked it in a cast iron skillet with a little butter. Seriously one of my favorite smells to fill the kitchen!
Once the onion becomes translucent add your chicken and seasoning. You can use precooked shredded chicken or boneless skinless chicken breast. If you are using chicken breasts, chop them into strips to cook in your skillet with the onions.
Once your chicken is cooked through chop it into pieces if you are using breasts.
Then add your cream cheese.
Last add your sour cream to your enchilada sauce.
Shred your cheese
Now its time to assemble the casserole in your Sun Oven pot by making layers. I tore up my tortillas for this process.
Starting with a layer of sauce, then tortilla, chicken filling, sauce and cheese – then repeat.
Cook in your Sun Oven for about an hour. Watch to see how your temperature changes as you cook. You might even leave it longer if you want it to be a little more crispy.
How do you cook in the Sun Oven?
We set our oven on a table, but I have seen many people place it right on the ground. We have some severe wind out here so we bolt ours down. Then you open the reflectors, face the oven toward the sun and let the oven preheat to your desired temperature. Its really that simple! I have found that the afternoon sun from 12-2 is the best time for cooking. The evening is much harder to do and keep a consistent hot temperature.
Can I make this recipe in my traditional Oven?
Of course! Simply prepare in the same way but bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes in your traditional oven – I would cook them covered to keep the meal more moist.
Where can I find Organic Enchiladas sauce ?
Finding organic ingredients can be difficult depending where you live. We have many options here, but some items are still hard to find. We are lucky enough to have a sprouts and they offer a store brand of enchilada sauce which is delicious! We have tried both the red and green, the kids like the green better so that is what I mostly use. If you do not have a Sprouts there are a few other options such as Amazon and Azure standard and I have put some links below.
- Sprouts – $3.49
- Azure Standard – about $6 for a jar
- Amazon – packet (but you have to buy several)
Can I substitute to Red Enchiladas sauce?
Of course! This recipe tastes great with either Red or Green sauce. Your can find red organic sauce enchilada sauce on Amazon (you do have to buy a case though). We have made it both ways and enjoyed it.
Where do you buy your cheese?
Azure standard has the BEST or organic raw cheese. We stock up in the cooler months so we can have it mailed directly to our house. Azure standard also offers pick up sights if you want to skip on paying for shipping. Here is a link.
Can I use Non-Organic ingredients to make this recipe?
One thing I love about cooking is that you are in full control! A recipe is just a guide. You can choose to use whatever ingredients you want! If you are on an extreme budge, you may want to use cheaper ingredients, but this will still make a nice meal for your family. If you cant find an ingredient that is organic, try for non GMO or check the ingredient list to see what fits your diet and budget best.
What do I serve with the enchiladas?
This meal can stand on its own for sure! I served it with sour cream and jar salsa for a quick simple summer meal.
Here are some other options-
- This would pair nicely with black beans and/or Spanish style rice
- Also, chips and Pico de gallo or salsa are always a win!
- If you are looking for a vegetable to include a nice side salad or some summer squash would go great with this meal
I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below if you tried this recipe or the Sun Oven. I would love to hear what your thoughts were.
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Have a blessed week !
- 2 cups of cooked chicken
- 5 flour tortillas
- 8 oz of cheddar cheese
- 1 jar of enchilda sauce
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 onion
- 1 TBS butter
- 1/2 TBS garlic powder
- 1/2 TBS onion powder
- 1/2 TBS salt
- 1/2 TBS cumin
- 1/2 TBS chili powder
- Chop onion and cook in a cast iron skillet
- Once the onion is translucent add the chicken to your skillet and add your seasonings
- When the meat is cooked/warmed through add your cream cheese
- In a separate bowl combine the enchilada sauce with the sour cream
- shred the cheese
- cut tortillas into 1 inch pieces
- layer ingredients in sun oven dish, sauce, tortillas, meat filling, sauce cheese - repeat
- Cook covered for 1 hour in a 350 degree Sun Oven
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