Chicken Enchilada Air Fryer
Quick recipe to use shredded chicken or pork leftovers, wrapped up in tortillas covered with enchilada sauce and topped with cheese. Air fryer is easy way to quickly cook enchiladas.
Servings Prep Time
8Servings 10Minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
8Servings 10Minutes
Cook Time
Filling Enchilada Tortillas
Assembling Enchiladas
Garnishing Enchiladas
Chicken Enchilada Filling
  1. Trim chicken breasts with knife, removing excess fat and cartilage.
  2. Season each chicken breast with Mexican Seasoning, sprinkling well on both sides of each breast.
  3. Place seasoned chicken breasts into cast-iron braising pan or skillet. Add enough water to come half way up on chicken breasts. Then sprinkling aromatics (onions, garlic) overall chicken.
  4. Cover braising pan with lid, I like glass lids then you can see how cooking process is coming along. The goal is to simmer 200 to 210 degrees, just below boiling point 212 degrees. Simmer for about 90 minutes.
  5. Remove cooking lid and check the internal temperature 170 to 190 degrees. This depends on sizes of chicken breasts. Try not to get internal temperature over 190 degrees. Cool chicken breasts in the cooking liquid.
  6. Place just the cooked chicken breasts into stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until nicely shredded. Note you can use two large forks and manually shredded chicken, this technique is quick and easy.
  7. Sauté your choice of aromatics, (onions, peppers, garlic and chilies). Cook the aromatics until tender and translucent.
  8. Combine together the cheeses, aromatics and shredded chicken. Add so extra Mexican Seasoning to taste. Note if you’re using large chicken breasts this should be enough to fill 12 + tortillas.
Enchilada assembly
  1. Coat each tortilla by dipping the tortilla into warm enchilada sauce. Place onto plate for easy filling. This keep messy sauce getting everywhere.
  2. Add enough filling to each tortilla. Roll tortilla up and place in air fryer. Note don’t be tempered to put extra enchilada sauce over enchiladas in air fryer, this will cause the enchiladas to get very brown and possibly burn.
  3. Set air fryer to 350 degrees and timer to 10 minutes. Check half way into cooking progress see how browning. Adjust time accordingly.
Plating ideas
  1. Place some hot enchilada sauce onto plate first. Then add accompaniment like Mexican Rice. Next carefully lift enchiladas out of air fryer basket on top of rice. Spoon extra enchilada sauce over enchiladas. Top with cheeses and herbs. Enjoy
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