Recipe: Chicken and Kale Enchilada Casserole

A few nights ago, I made this delicious chicken and kale enchilada casserole. Reader Erin O. sent me a link {Thanks Erin}.  Not only was it a snap to make, the Handsome Husband even raved about it!  And he’s Irish… so the only thing he ever raves about are potatoes and cabbage. Ha Ha Ha.

Seriously, if you find yourself with some fresh kale, or a neighbor ties a sack of it to your door… Make this for dinner!

Ingredients {adapted from this epicurious recipe}

1/2  pound Kale, rinsed well and drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound chicken, cooked and chopped
vegetable oil for frying the tortillas
6 whole wheat tortillas {I used Mission Artisan tortillas}
16 oz can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, pureed
1  cup grated Monterey Jack (about 6 ounces)


Over medium heat, saute the kale in olive oil for about a minute.  Add the minced garlic and cook until the kale has wilted {about 1 more minute}

Grease a baking dish with olive oil and pour just enough tomato sauce to coat the bottom of the dish. Cover with a single layer of tortillas.  Add 1/3 of kale, chicken, a little tomato sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

Repeat: Cover with a single layer of tortillas.  Add 1/3 of kale, chicken, a little tomato sauce and sprinkle with cheese, two more times for a total of 3 layers.  Add the remaining cheese to the top and bake, covered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove cover and bake 5 more minutes or until the cheese has slightly browned and is bubbling.

Cool slightly and serve with a side of Spanish rice or a small salad.

Looking for more delicious casserole recipes?  Check out The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever By Beatrice Ojakangas on

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  1. Woodrow says

    WOW!! Home Run!! My wife and I have been trying to incorporate more healthy foods in our daily diets. This is a perfect replacement for our regular Mexican food night. It was easy to make and tasted soooo good! This will be a regular dish on our menu now. Thank You so much for the recipe!

  2. Jessica says

    Frying the tortillas is mentioned in the ingredients, but not the directions (unless I missed something). The original recipe calls for frying the corn tortillas, but since you used wheat tortillas, did you still fry them?

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