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Gluten-free chicken enchiladas being scooped up off a plate to be eaten.

Easy Gluten-free Chicken Enchiladas

Sara Vaughn
Turn up the heat on dinner tonight with the best gluten-free chicken enchiladas the whole family will love!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 384 kcal


For the gluten-free enchiladas

  • 1-2 Pounds Chicken Breasts
  • 8 Gluten-free Tortillas of Choice
  • 3 C Shredded Cheese of Choice

For the gluten-free enchilada sauce

  • 2 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 1 Small Jalapeno Optional, for extra heat.
  • 28 Ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 6 Ounces Tomato Paste
  • ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 ½ Cups Chicken Broth or Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • Teaspoons Cumin
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder.
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Optional, for extra heat.
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Corn Starch You can also use arrowroot starch.


Make the gluten-free enchilada sauce.

  • Add the avocado oil and onion to a large stockpot over medium heat. Allow it to cook until the onions have softened and started to soften. If you are using fresh garlic or jalapeno, add it once the onions have started to soften.
    2 Tablespoon Avocado Oil, 1 Small Onion, 2-3 Cloves Garlic, 1 Small Jalapeno
  • Add in the remaining spices, tomato paste, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chicken stock and bring it to a simmer.
    28 Ounces Tomato Sauce, 6 Ounces Tomato Paste, ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 ½ Cups Chicken Broth or Stock, 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder, 1½ Teaspoons Cumin, 2-3 Cloves Garlic, ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano, 1 Teaspoon Cayenne, 2 Teaspoons Salt, 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes.

Cook and shred the chicken.

  • Once your enchilada sauce has simmered, add the chicken.
    1-2 Pounds Chicken Breasts
  • Let the chicken cook in the sauce for about 20 minutes or until it is done.
  • Remove the chicken from the sauce and shred it.
  • With the chicken removed, it's time to thicken your enchilada sauce. To do this, combine the corn starch and a little bit of the sauce together until a paste is formed. Add this paste to the sauce. Let the sauce simmer a little bit longer to thicken before assembling your enchiladas.
    ¼ Cup Corn Starch
  • Assemble your gluten-free chicken enchiladas.
  • Warm your tortillas and shred the cheese as needed.
    8 Gluten-free Tortillas
  • Pour a little bit of the red enchilada sauce into a shallow dish.
  • Dredge your gluten-free tortillas into the enchilada sauce, coating both sides.
  • Add some of the shredded chicken along the center of the tortilla.
  • Top the chicken with some cheese.
    3 C Shredded Cheese
  • Carefully roll the tortillas to close the enchiladas.

Bake and enjoy your gluten-free enchiladas.

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add a little bit of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of a baking dish.
  • As you stuff your gluten-free tortillas with the chicken and cheese, roll them up and place them seam side down into the baking dish.
  • Continue until all tortillas have been filled and the baking dish is full.
  • Top the enchiladas with more gluten-free enchilada sauce.
  • Then top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake the enchiladas in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until the centers are heated through, and the cheese is melted.
  • Allow the enchiladas to cool slightly and enjoy!


Tricks to make gluten-free enchiladas even easier.
  • Warm the Tortillas - This doesn't take long. Cover the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave them for about thirty seconds. Keep them covered until you are ready to stuff them.
  • Shredding the Chicken - Okay, this trick is my favorite for not only this recipe but a lot. Don't take forever shredding chicken with a fork. If you have a stand mixer, toss the chicken into the bowl with the paddle attachment. Beat the chicken on medium until it is completely shredded.
Can you make these enchiladas with rotisserie chicken?
Absolutely, you can make these gluten-free enchiladas even easier but using already cooked rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken.
To do so, follow these steps.
  1. Make the sauce and thicken it right away.
  2. Shred the rotisserie chicken - Trust me, still use the stand mixer to do this.
  3. Assemble and bake your enchiladas.
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