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Chicken Enchilada Pizza

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Chicken Enchilada Pizza has all the great flavors of your favorite enchiladas on top of a pizza! It is the perfect way to switch up pizza night, and it is packed with flavor!!

A rectangle pizza topped with lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, and sour cream.

What you need to make Chicken Enchilada Pizza:

  • pizza dough – homemade or purchased from a local pizza parlor.
  • enchilada sauce – homemade or store-bought.
  • shredded chicken – this is a great way to use leftover rotisserie chicken.
  • shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and olives to garnish.
A round pizza topped with lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, and sour cream.

Warning: This is not a happy, fun post…..this is my life. Feel free to skip straight to the Chicken Enchilada Pizza recipe at the bottom!

I got married 24 years ago on Labor Day. As most of you already know, the sweet loving man that I married…no longer exists. He has been replaced by a cruel, passive aggressive,  narcissist that enjoys tormenting me. Yes, he plays his games just to see me cry. He may have walked out on his family 5 1/2 months ago, but is not out of my life yet. I was a stay at home mom for the past 23 years, so I obviously have no outside income or career skills to fall back on. I am still financially dependent on him, which is what he wanted. He controls everything. Lesson #1, don’t ever put yourself in that position.

The day I got married, it was for life…or so I thought. My plan was to grow old with this person. Watch our children grow up and have children of their own. The whole Disney pixie dust covered dream, has turned into a Grimm’s fairy tale. Every decision that I made, was based on the best interests of the family. He works 60+ hour weeks with travel to other countries, so me having a career and leaving our children to raise themselves was not an option. He went back to school and earned two masters degrees, while I raised the kids…for our future.

I received a text from him on Monday…Labor Day! He wanted to get together that night and discuss the finances, for the 7th time…ON LABOR DAY! Not on Saturday when he was here putting stuff in the garage. Not on Sunday, he chose Labor Day. I completely lost it!!! Thank God for my friend Michelle!! She called me first thing in the morning, and we ended up talking on the phone for 4 hours as she helped me figure out what to do next. Lesson #2, have a stash of posts ready to go when you are not emotionally able to deal with reality.

I have to accept the fact that when I move back to California or wherever I end up  (I ended up in Arizona), I have no idea when I will see my kids again. Alex will still be in Iowa, and Cassi will be down in Florida going to school. The life that I planned and worked so hard to achieve, is gone and I have to put on my big girl panties and start a new life for myself. Lesson #3, never be fooled again.

Update: Alex moved to Arizona 2 months after I did, bought a house, and is now married. Cassi is still down in Florida, has graduated from college and just got married!

A rectangle pizza topped with lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, and sour cream.

What does this have to do with Chicken Enchilada Pizza? Comfort food. Quick, easy to make, comfort food. When I am upset or stressed out, I bake.

When you think about it, this Chicken Enchilada Pizza is the perfect meal. It has your bread, protein, dairy, fruit and vegetables all covered!! lol

How to make a Chicken Enchilada Pizza:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If using a pizza stone, place it in the cold oven and allow it to heat for one hour.

Mix the chicken with 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce.

Shredded chicken mixed with enchilada sauce in a bowl.

Divide pizza dough in half. Roll one half out on a well floured work surface. Place dough on a cornmeal or parchment paper lined peel if using a pizza stone.

Pizza dough spread out over parchment paper on a pizza peel.

Spread about 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce over pizza dough.

Enchilada sauce spread over the pizza crust.

Spread half of the chicken mixture over the pizza crust.

A rectangle pizza topped with enchilada sauce and shredded chicken,

Sprinkle half of the grated cheese over the top of the pizza.

Raw pizza dough topped with enchilada sauce, chicken, and shredded cheese.

Slide pizza onto hot pizza stone (if using) or onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

While pizza is baking, mix the guacamole with milk to thin.

Guacamole and milk mixed together in a small bowl.

Remove pizza from oven.

Pizza topped with enchilada sauce, chicken, and melted cheese.

Top pizza with lettuce, tomato, sliced olives.

Pizza topped with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.

Drizzle the guacamole sauce and sour cream/Greek yogurt over the top of the pizza and garnish with chopped cilantro.

A rectangle pizza topped with lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, and sour cream cut into squares.

Repeat the process for the second pizza.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Each oven is different so cooking times may vary!
  • If you do not like guacamole substitute sliced avocado.
  • You can drizzle the guacamole sauce with a spoon or pour the mixture into a small zipper bag and snip off the corner.
  • I drizzled my sour cream (Greek yogurt) with a zipper bag as well.
  • Homemade Pizza Dough is easy to make and works perfectly every time.
  • I used my Easy Enchilada Sauce on these pizzas.
  • This Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken recipe is awesome, and also make great leftovers.

Additional Pizza recipes:

Tools used to make this pizza:

***Major Update***It has been 5 years since I originally wrote this post, and I decided to leave it exactly the way I wrote it. I could have deleted it and started over with a completely different story about my favorite pizza, but who would that help? I want anyone reading this post that is going through a similar situation to know that you are NOT alone. You WILL get through it!

Not only did I survive, but I am thriving in my new life. I just bought my own home in September, something that I did not think was possible 5 years ago. Yes, 5 years and 13 days after I wrote this post I closed on my very own house! 🙂 I get to make my own decisions now, and paint the walls any color that I want!!

The world did not come to an end, it just changed. 🙂

Enjoy!!

Chicken Enchilada Pizza is the perfect meal! Bread, protein, fruits, dairy and vegetables are all covered. cookingwithcurls.com

Chicken Enchilada Pizza

Chicken Enchilada Pizza has all the great flavors of your favorite enchiladas on top of a pizza! It is the perfect way to switch up pizza night, and it is packed with flavor!!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza, recipe, chicken, enchilada, guacamole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Second Pizza: 22 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 605kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Pizza Stone

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pizza dough (one recipe, or store bought)
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce (approximate amount)
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great)
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 0.5 cup guacamole
  • .25 cup milk (to thin the guacamole)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 0.5 cup sliced olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 0.5 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If using a pizza stone, place it in the cold oven and allow it to heat for one hour.
  • Mix the chicken with 1/4 cup enchilada sauce, just enough to coat.
  • Divide pizza dough in half. Roll one half out on a well floured work surface. Place dough on a cornmeal or parchment paper lined peel if using a pizza stone.
  • Spread about 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce over pizza dough.
  • Spread half of the chicken mixture over the pizza crust.
  • Sprinkle half of the grated cheese over the top of the pizza
  • Slide pizza onto hot pizza stone (if using) or onto a baking sheet and bake for 7 – 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • While pizza is baking, mix the guacamole with milk to thin. 
  • Remove pizza from oven and drizzle with guacamole mixture and sour cream/Greek yogurt.
  • Top pizza with lettuce, tomato, sliced olives and chopped cilantro.
  • Repeat the process for the second pizza.

Notes

  • Each oven is different so cooking times may vary!
  • If you do not like guacamole substitute sliced avocado.
  • You can drizzle the guacamole sauce with a spoon or pour the mixture into a small zipper bag and snip off the corner.
  • I drizzled my sour cream (Greek yogurt) with a zipper bag as well.
  • Homemade Pizza Dough is easy to make and works perfectly every time.
  • I used my Easy Enchilada Sauce on these pizzas.
  • This Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken recipe is awesome, and also make great leftovers.

Nutrition

Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1463mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 4.4mg

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33 Comments

  1. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Lisa!
    I was wondering where you were.
    I’m so sorry that you’re having to deal with so much right now. I hope that you continue to find happiness in cooking, posting, and your blogging community.
    I’ll keep you in my prayers, and know that you’ll find success in whatever you do!
    Wishing you happiness . . . always,
    Suzanne

  2. So sorry to hear that you are having problems. Just remember you did nothing wrong. As women we want our love ones to be happy , to live their dreams. Sometime we put our dreams on hold to help them and we do it out of love. Men sometimes don’t see the effort we put in just so they can reach their dreams. They think she’s a wife and mother that’s what she’s suppose to do. LOL they see young career woman and think she’s so independent so fascinating that’s what I need and want, BUT remember the grass is always greener until you have to cut it. My father was like that. He cheated and lived his life like he was the only important person. 1st wife, 2nd wife and kids just had to deal. He dead knowing his young girlfriend stole 20,000 out of his acct. and stole anything of value in the house. He cried remembering how he was taken care of by his wife and how he abused her . Karma is a B**** . Don’t feel bad about the good you did. Just pray for him and wish him well and start your new life. I will pray for you and your family. God Bless

  3. Oh hun. My sister went through that with a VERY YOUNG daughter. My niece was not quite 2 at the time. She literally had NOTHING. No bank account, no money, no car. He barely let her keep the clothes on her back.

    Take all the time you need!! We’ll be here when you’re ready to return to blogging. *hugs*

  4. Lisa….as difficult as this may be right now, I hope you can find some comfort in the fact that many people love you and are wishing you happiness, peace and joy for the future (I’m one of them!) It is SO hard to see the sunlight when it seems as though only darkness is around us, though I know in my heart you will find the sun again. Sending you lots of hugs and love!

  5. Sending you a big hug Lisa. I was married to the same sort of man for 13 years. Thank God I got out when I did. It took some time but when I was ready to open my heart I found my one true last love, Mr. B. Along with my hugs, I’m sending prayers and positive vibes your way!

  6. I’m a daughter of a narcissist Mother, according to my therapist, so I can understand how difficult it is to deal with that kind of person. I’m sorry to hear about your troubles and wishing you the best moving forward. This pizza sounds so comforting and it looks delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh sweetie… I am so sorry things are so rough right now. When things seem like they are at their lowest. I always like to remind myself that everything can only go up from there. I will be thinking of you…

    On a yummier note, your pizza looks AMAZING! 🙂

  8. I am so sorry for everything you are dealing with right now, Lisa! I know you are at a low point, but please don’t tell yourself you may never see your kids again! They are grown and you seem very close to both of them. I’m sure you will always be close even if there is physical distance between you. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you get back on your feet, especially if you end up anywhere near the Bay Area!

    This pizza looks delicious. You can sure take some mean pictures and create a wonderful recipe even when times are tough!

  9. I am sorry to read about the pain you are going through. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if all you can see right now is a tiny pin dot of light. Look for it…it’s there, and it will grow brighter. Good people always win in the end, and you WILL come out a victor!

  10. I’m so terribly sorry, but do understand. Been there done that got the scars to prove it.
    You will survive, you have us. Your friends,fans and followers. We as bloggers support one another.
    Also, schedule guest posters. If all you can do is get on and copy/paste. you’re done.
    If you need me, call. Seriously. I get where you’re at.
    I’d say more but someone…might read it.

  11. Lisa, I am so sorry to hear that. I use to work with a narcissist boss and it is very very hard. Especially to decipher the truth. I will definitely be praying for you. For peace, clarity, joy, comfort, and wisdom as you move forward.

  12. Lisa, this post makes me so sad for you!! I wish I could give you a big hug. Over the last few months I’ve gotten to know you — I know you’re smart, kind and good person. Don’t let some jerk ever tell you that you’re not.

  13. Lisa,
    I am so sorry for what you are going through. Just know that while this might seem like a bad time, it can only get better from here. I think the fact that you got out of a bad relationship, even though it was hard, is a really good starting point and things will start to look up. Your pizza looks delicious, I think it would be a great comfort food!

  14. Lisa- I’m so sorry to hear about what you’re going through, but let me tell you- you have courage and you have guts to openly share your pain with us in your blogging community. We’re all a family and have your back. Stay strong sister!

  15. Lisa,
    Sorry you are going through this. The 6th was my 26th anniversary and its now been over a year since I started seeking a divorce. Boy! Yours and mine could get together and compare notes now how to mess us over. Keep hanging in there and life post-him will happen.
    Hugs!

  16. So sorry for what you are going through. The pizza does look fabulous and I appreciate you taking the time to link up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday.

  17. So sorry for what you’re going through. 🙁 That pizza looks amazing, maybe food could be your fall back? Forge on, create a life around what you’re clearly skilled at! God knows, I’d be eating at that restaurant! 🙂 *transatlantic hugs and well wishes* Also, thank you for being one of the few genuine bloggers, not afraid to have posts that aren’t all glitz and glamor with nothing out of place. Blogging can feel like high school sometimes with EVERYONE having everything meticulously in place and not even a crumb in their photos. You’re down to earth and that shows through your blog (in general) and your spirit. 🙂 Thanks for being you and for being a blogger I look up to!

  18. Oh my …. when I saw this pizza the other day on FB, I hopped over here and pinned it and never actually read your post figuring I’d come back by when I had more time. I can’t say that I know exactly what you’re going through – but I did have a failed marriage similar to you – my ex-husband was an (I’ll let you fill in the blank with whatever word you can think of) …… I learned many lessons from that experience – some of them you mentioned in your post. I know it is hard for you right now …. and I know the road will be a long one filled with many uncertainties. Seriously, as cliche as it sounds, one day you will look back and see just how strong you are – and how much better off you will be with out him. I know we have never met in person, but you have a wonderful and giving spirit – it truly will be his loss – not yours. If you ever need to talk, hit me up – message me if you want my number – seriously. I’ll be praying for you and everything you are going through. {hugs my friend}

    1. And then I forgot to tell you that I’m featuring your yummy pizza at tomorrow’s All My Bloggy Friends …. Idk what I’d do if my head wasn’t attached to my shoulders some days! 😉

  19. Lisa I am so sorry to hear your story. I always say fight for marriage and family, but when it comes down to it, it takes both parties, and when one is unwilling and hurtful with no remorse, it’s time to move on. I hope you can find some peace soon.
    Thank you for sharing this comfort food with us. It looks absolutely delicious. I’m adding it to our weekly pizza night menu.

  20. Oh, Lisa, I can’t even imagine! I know there isn’t anything that I can say to make this better for you, but you have to know that your blogging friends are here for you! Comfort food is a small start, by all means! This does look fabulous, it actually combines two of my favorite foods, pizza and Mexican food. I’ll be thinking about you! xoxo PS you’re one of my features at this week’s Wednesday Whatsits party.

  21. Just found you through “Loves Bakes Good Cakes” on FB. I am addicted to Enchilada sauce, cannot get enough of it. Why did I never think to do this before? I could do this on Bagels (when I’m too lazy to make or buy the dough)
    Thinking of you and I can’t imagine what you must be going though. Thoughts and prayers wrapped in a big hug to you. You CAN and WILL overcome this. My very dear friend quoted me when I had a shoddy phase a few years back…. “All is good in the end, if it’s not good, it’s not the end.” it’s not her original quote, not sure where it’s from, but it helped me out A LOT and I always think of it when things get uber-crapped.
    Blessings to you!

  22. G’day! Looks delicious Lisa! Love the step by step! Could go for some right now!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Recipes that tell a Story

  23. The pizza looks incredible. I don’t know why I missed your story before – probably because I have not been looking at other blogs like I would like to since I went back to school this past August. I am so sorry for what you are going through! My ex is similar, so if you ever want to talk, send me a message. And, thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

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