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Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas with a Smoky Chipotle Red Sauce

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

  • Author: Chef Whitney Aronoff
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Easy from scratch chicken, spinach and cheese enchiladas with a smoky chipotle red sauce.




  • 1 14.5-oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 34 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 12 Tbsp honey, maple syrup or agave
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup cassava flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • zest of a lime
  • juice of a lime
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 4 cups of spinach, steamed or blanched
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese, divided
  • fresh cilantro, rough chopped
  • 34 radishes, thinly sliced
  • crumbled queso fresco cheese




  1. Add all ingredients for the sauce to a high speed blender. Blend till smooth. Set aside.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, convection setting.
  2. Add 1/3 of the sauce to the bottom of the baking dish and spread evenly.
  3. Lay out on the kitchen counter top 6 tortillas. Fill evenly with shredded chicken, blanched spinach and half the shredded cheese. Roll and layer side by side in the baking dish.
  4. Top enchiladas with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remainder 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake enchiladas for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Garnish with cilantro, radishes and additional cheese. Serve and enjoy.



  • Be sure to squeeze out excess water from the spinach before adding into enchiladas. 
  • Make this recipe gluten free by using cassava or almond flour tortillas.
  • If making for meal prep, don’t add the sauce on the tortillas until your ready to bake and eat.
  • Enchiladas are delicious with a mix of dark and white meat. Feel free to prepare them with either type of shredded chicken or leftover holiday turkey.

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