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Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas

With this deliciously easy Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas recipe, you make the chicken and the enchiladas in the air fryer. No separate pan needed!

AN ENTIRE MEAL MADE IN THE AIR FRYER!

What I really love about this recipe is that the whole meal is made in the air fryer. You not only cook the enchiladas in the air fryer but you cook the chicken as well! My family loves enchiladas and this is the perfect amount for my smaller family. If you have larger family, you can easily double this recipe! If you are looking for a new and fun recipe to make in your air fryer then you should give this Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas recipe a try!

angled overhead shot of 5 fully cooked chicken enchiladas in the air fryer basket.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I have to use taco seasoning?

No. You can use your favorite seasoning. If you want to try your hand at making your own homemade taco seasoning, I have a recipe here. Fajita seasoning works well here too.

Can I use corn tortillas?

Yes. Most corn tortillas are slightly smaller than the size of the flour ones I used here so you may be able to get a couple extra made.

Why do you suggest using olive oil and olive oil nonstick cooking spray?

When air frying, it’s important to pay attention to what oils you are using. Many oils can really gunk up your air fryer basket and make it sticky – even after washing. I have found that olive oil and olive oil sprays keep this from happening.

Can I use green enchilada sauce?

Absolutely! That works well here too.

What size air fryer are you using?

For all of my air fryer recipes I share on my site, I am using a 5 quart air fryer. If you have one that is larger, smaller, wider, etc. – you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly to your air fryer. Unfortunately it is impossible for me to test and know how every air fryer out there works so you will need to use your best judgement.

What if I don’t like black beans?

You can just leave them out. Or substitute with another bean you like. Pinto beans are another one I really love.

fully cooked chicken enchiladas shown in an air fryer basket.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • taco seasoning 
  • flour tortillas
  • black beans (optional)
  • red enchilada sauce 
  • colby jack cheese
  • optional toppings: sliced tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, guacamole, cilantro
flour tortillas, chicken breast, taco seasoning, enchiladas sauce, black beans and Colby Jack cheese.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER CHICKEN ENCHILADAS:

Slice each chicken breast to make 4 chicken breasts (like butterflying a chicken). This will help them cook more evenly. To do this: Place one hand on top of the chicken to hold it in place (being careful of your knife), slice the chicken breast horizontally, cutting all the way through the other side.  If they are thicker than ¼ inch, then flatten them down with a rolling pin or with a flat meat tenderizer. Drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and then season all sides with the taco seasoning. Rub the seasoning in to make sure they are fully coated. 

two large chicken breasts sliced in half and seasoned with taco seasoning.

Spray a 5-quart air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray (even though the chicken breasts have oil on them, this is just an extra layer to make sure they don’t stick.) The air fryer does not need to be preheated for this recipe. Place the seasoned chicken in the air fryer and cook at 370F degrees for 6 minutes. Flip the chicken once that time has passed and bake for an additional 6 minutes.

placing seasoned chicken breasts into an air fryer basket.

Air fryer times can vary. Chicken breasts should reach an internal temperature of 165f degrees when done.

fully cooked chicken breasts shown in an air fryer basket.

Remove the chicken from the air fryer and allow it to sit on a cutting board for a few minutes while you prepare the air fryer basket. Line the bottom and halfway up all of the sides of the air fryer basket with nonstick aluminum foil (or you can spray the aluminum foil with nonstick spray.) Set aside. Slice all the chicken breasts into strips. 

sliced chicken breasts shown on a wooden cutting board.

Spread about 2 tablespoons of the enchilada sauce on each tortilla.

enchilada sauce spread on flour tortilla.

Layer on top of each tortilla some of the sliced chicken down the center. 

sliced chicken placed in the center of the flour tortilla.

On top of the chicken, add some black beans.

black beans layered on top of the chicken on the tortilla.

Finally, top with some shredded cheese. 

shredded Colby Jack cheese on top of black beans.

Roll up all the filled tortillas and lay them side by side against each other in the prepared air fryer basket. 

rolled up tortillas lined up and placed on the aluminum foil in the air fryer basket.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce evenly over the tortillas and evenly sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese. Note: Use as little or as much of the enchilada sauce as you would like. 

enchilada sauce and shredded cheese spread on top of rolled up flour tortillas.

Air Fry at 350F degrees for about 10 minutes (air fryer times may vary so keep an eye on the enchiladas so that they do not burn.) The air fryer does not need to be preheated first. 

fully cooked chicken enchiladas shown in air fryer basket.

Serve with your favorite toppings.

a spatula lifting up one of the chicken enchiladas out of the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas recipe.

Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas

With this deliciously easy Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas recipe, you make the chicken and the enchiladas in the air fryer. No separate pan needed!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ounce packet taco seasoning 
  • 5 flour tortillas (soft taco size)
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained (optional)
  • 28 ounce can red enchilada sauce 
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided use (1 cup to be used for the filling and 1 cup will be used for the topping) 
  • Optional toppings: sliced tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, guacamole, cilantro

Instructions

  • Slice each chicken breast to make 4 chicken breasts (like butterflying a chicken). This will help them cook more evenly.
  • To do this: Place one hand on top of the chicken to hold it in place (being careful of your knife), slice the chicken breast horizontally, cutting all the way through the other side. If they are thicker than ¼ inch, then flatten them down with a rolling pin or with a flat meat tenderizer.
  • Drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and then season all sides with the taco seasoning. Rub the seasoning in to make sure they are fully coated. 
  • Spray a 5-quart air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray (even though the chicken breasts have oil on them, this is just an extra layer to make sure they don’t stick.) The air fryer does not need to be preheated for this recipe. 
  • Place the seasoned chicken in the air fryer and cook at 370F degrees for 6 minutes. Flip the chicken once that time has passed and bake for an additional 6 minutes. Air fryer times can vary. Chicken breasts should reach an internal temperature of 165F degrees when done.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and allow it to sit on a cutting board for a few minutes while you prepare the air fryer basket. Line the bottom and halfway up all of the sides of the air fryer basket with nonstick aluminum foil (or you can spray the aluminum foil with nonstick spray.) Set aside. Slice all  the chicken breasts into strips. 
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of the enchilada sauce on each tortilla.
  • Layer on top of each tortilla some of the sliced chicken down the center. On top of the chicken, add some black beans. Finally, top with some shredded cheese. 
  • Roll up all the filled tortillas and lay them side by side against each other in the prepared air fryer basket. 
  • Pour the remaining enchilada sauce evenly over the tortillas and evenly sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese. Note: Use as little or as much of the enchilada sauce as you would like. 
  • Air Fry at 350F degrees for about 10 minutes (air fryer times may vary so keep an eye on the enchiladas so that they do not burn.) The air fryer does not need to be preheated first. 
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 2753mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 13g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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