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2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew on red napkin with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Prepped Freezer Meals: Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew

This Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew is a Prepped Freezer Meal recipe and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for spice, cumin, garlic and lots of tortilla chips that melt down and thicken this delicious stew.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, chicken soup, chipotle, enchiladas, freezer meal, tortillas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Thaw overnight 8 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

For Freezer Bag

  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Onion, diced You can use shallots as well
  • 1 cup Carrots, dices
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Whole
  • 1 tbls Adobo Sauce from the Chipotle Peppers
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbls Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Corn Tortilla Chips, crushed Save some in the pantry for garnish
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

Add to Slow Cooker while cooking

  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese for slow cooker + garnish
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced for slow cooker + garnish
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped for slow cooker
  • 1/4 cup Corn Tortilla Chips, crushed for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream for garnish

Instructions

Prepped Freezer Meal Bag or Glass Container

  1. Cut your chicken breasts into small bite-size pieces and add to the freezer bag.

    Cut chicken in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  2. Peel and dice the onions or shallots and add to the bag.

    Add Onions to cut chicken in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  3. Peel and dice the carrots and add to the bag.

    Diced onions and carrots in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  4. Remove 2 Chipotle Peppers from the Adobo sauce and dice into small pieces on cutting board.  Add to the freezer bag with the chicken.  Measure out a tablespoon of the Adobo Sauce from the can and add that to the freezer bag too.

    2 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on cutting board next to can for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  5. Next add the cumin, salt, and minced garlic to the bag.  Then add the crushed tortilla chips.

    Crushed tortilla chips added to freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  6. Add broth to the freezer bag right over the chips.

    Chicken Broth pouring over crushed tortilla chips in a freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  7. Seal the bag tight and then lightly press flat and store in freezer.  You can freeze on a sheet pan and then once frozen store standing up vertically or horizontally.  You can store it for up to 3 months in the freezer.

    All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Thaw & Cook Your Freezer Meal

  1. The morning of the day before you are cooking your freezer meal, transfer the freezer bag from the freezer to the fridge.  That way, you have all day and night to thaw the ingredients safely.  I like to put the frozen bag on a towel on a sheet pan in the fridge for the thawing process to prevent any ice melting on shelves. 

  2. The morning before you will eat this for dinner, pour the ingredients from the bag to the slow cooker. Mix and then cover and set timer for 4 hours high up to 8 hours low depending on your schedule.  
  3. Once the slow cooker moves to the KEEP WARM setting, you can add in the scallions and cheese and mix in. 

    Shredded cheese and scallions added to slow cooker to this Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  4. NOTE: If your stew has become too thick and you want to loosen it, just add a little bit of chicken broth and stir until you get your desired thickness.  If you don't have extra broth, you can add a little water with a pinch of salt to taste.

  5. Add the fresh cilantro to the slow cooker and stir in.

    Fresh Cilantro added to slow cooker to this Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  6. Serve in bowls and garnish with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, scallions, and more shredded cheese.  Enjoy!

    2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew on red napkin with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you would rather cook this on the stove, I would bring it to a boil and then bring down to a simmer for an hour in a soup pot.  You could also cook this in the oven 375 F in a casserole dish for 1 hour or until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce is thickened.