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Easy Chicken Chilaquiles

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles.  Cheesy and bursting with flavour! 

Hi friends!  I’m so happy to have you here today!  Have I got the most delicious recipe for you too!  Easy Chicken Chilaquiles…a simple and tasty dinner that I just know you and your family will love.  Ours was devoured in silence with no leftovers…I mean, you can’t really go wrong with tortilla chips, salsa and cheese can you?!

Now just to back up a little, I have been a brand ambassador for Old El Paso for the last 3 months, so I’ve been able to try out some fantastic Old El Paso products, and make some delicious meals!  For the first part of this campaign, I put together a round up of home made Mexican foods from my blog, and on my second post I shared a Mexican feast with home made recipes for Refried Beans, Salsa Verde and Green Chili & Cilantro Rice.

For this months challenge I was asked to visit a local cantina and order a delicious meal.  I know, hard right?  😉  Then I had to recreate that meal at home.  I have to say, this challenge was the best!  On a beautiful Saturday evening, my family and I headed to Salt & Pepper here in Calgary and enjoyed a Mexican dinner!  We ordered fancy drinks, yummy appetizers and fresh & delicious meals!

I ordered the Chicken Chilaquiles and loved them, so I decided to try to make this meal at home.  And am I ever glad I did, because this is the easiest dinner ever.  So simple to put together and a BIG time crowd pleaser!

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles {A Pretty Life}

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles.  Cheesy and bursting with flavour!

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles {A Pretty Life}

 Um.  Yum.

(side note…sorry this photo is a little blurry…what can I say?  we were hangry.  momma was being all annoying and taking pictures at dinner time while everyone had to wait and drool)



Chicken Chilaquiles

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles.  Cheesy and bursting with flavour!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts halves (shredded (see notes))
  • 1 1/2 cups Old El Paso salsa
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Jalepeno cheddar)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the salsa and chicken broth then bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the pre-cooked, shredded chicken and simmer until the chicken is warmed through.
  4. Add the sour cream to the salsa/chicken mixture and combine.
  5. In a baking dish (in 2 layers), layer 1/2 of the tortilla chips, 1/2 of the chicken mixture, 1/2 of the cilantro and 1/2 of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve!


I like to use the chicken breasts of a pre-cooked chicken from the deli section of the grocery store. These chickens are cooked to perfection and make the most delicious shredded chicken. Not to mention this is so much easier!

Recipe slightly adapted from Savour Fare

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles {A Pretty Life}

Serve with extra salsa, sour cream and a side salad!  Enjoy!

Have a delicious day!


Thank you so much to Mom Central Canada and Old El Paso for allowing this post to happen!  I enjoyed this campaign so much!

Disclosure:  I am participating as a brand ambassador in the Old El Paso Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills, and received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. As always the opinions on this blog are my own.  I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious Mexican meal!  Ole!

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    Tara @ Suburble
    October 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    This looks so delicious, Jo-Anna! I’ve never had chilaquiles before – but they look heavenly! Pinning!

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      October 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Thanks Tara! I’d never had them before either, but we will be having them again that’s for sure! SO good!

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    October 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Look delicious Jo-Anna… kids would love this! 🙂

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      October 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Thanks Liz! This is definitely a kid pleaser!

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    October 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I had some cooked chicken and was wondering what to make- we love Mexican so I am making this for dinner tonight Jo-Anna! Thanks, you always come through for us!

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    Lori mc
    October 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    You bet I will be making this Halloween night, sounds delish and I know the kids will eat it!! Thanks for sharing!

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    October 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    If this is anything like your meatloaf I know I’m in for a treat!

    Pinned for dinner!

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    October 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Your meal looks professional! Just wondering – do the tortillas stay crunchy or soften up? Definitely on my list to try!

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      November 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Thanks Dani! The chips are mostly softened as they soak up the sauce, but some of them near the top under the cheese are kind of crunchy! I wasn’t sure about the whole soft chip thing, but I really, really liked this dish!

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    Angela @ Life in Velvet
    November 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    These look fantastic. I just pinned! I love finding manageable recipes for weeknights, and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jan B.
    February 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Just made this. We loved it. It was very flavourful, easy to make and could easily be adjusted to make a larger casserole.
    This dish is going into my recipe collection!

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      February 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for letting me know!

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    March 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    AMAZING! This is my husbands favorite dish when we go out to Mexican so I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did.
    He loved it more than the ones he gets from Mexican, I loved it & my family loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

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      March 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Yay!! I love to hear comments like this! It’s one of our favourites too!

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    July 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Thank you for sharing I made this tonight added onions and peppers to it really good. My kids and husband asked for seconds so no leftover tonight. This recipe is a keeper

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    November 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Wow! Not only was this recipe easy and allowed me the chance to use leftover chicken, my husband loved it! I usually fail at attempts to recreate food his mom made him growing up in mexico. But thanks to you and this amazing recipe it was a success!

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    March 27, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    I made this the other night, and everyone loved it! It is now in my dinner menu rotation.

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