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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are an amazing Mexican dinner idea! A perfect recipe to use with leftover and rotisserie chicken mixed with cheeses and green chile, topped with a fresh Hatch roasted pepper enchilada sauce. Gluten free.
End view of two Creamy Chicken Enchiladas on a plate

These Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are a wonderful dinner idea to use up leftover or rotisserie chicken. Mixed with creamy cheese and green chiles, and topped with my popular Hatch Enchilada Sauce, these enchiladas are sure to be a hit!

End view of two Creamy Chicken Enchiladas on a plate

Why You Will Love This Recipe

There is something about Mexican food that is comforting and delicious with lots of flavor.

These enchiladas are made extra creamy by making a cheesy mixture for the inside and are topped with a flavorful and unique roasted pepper sauce.

They are easy to make in advance and are delicious as leftovers!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas after cooking in a blue dish with tomatoes on top

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need for creamy enchiladas:

Chicken – Any plain, neutral, or Mexican flavored chicken works great here, which makes it perfect for using up leftovers. Rotisserie chicken is also a great option!

Equipment

The equipment you need to make the homemade enchiladas includes:

  • 9×13 inch Baking Dish
  • Measuring Cups
  • Medium Bowl
  • Oven

Instruction Overview

This homemade enchilada recipe comes together quickly once you have everything ready to go!

Mix the chicken and filling ingredients together in a bowl.

Put some sauce in the bottom of your baking dish. This prevents sticking and burning, plus more flavor!

Put a little sauce on the tortillas, also for more flavor, and roll up with some filling.

Put the rest of the sauce on top with the rest of the cheese and bake until melted and bubbling.

Serve warm with your favorite sides like Green Chile Mexican Rice and Homemade Refried Black Beans!

Top view of some Creamy Chicken Enchiladas on a plate with the dish next to it

Modifications and Substitutions

This Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce is my absolute favorite sauce to use with this recipe. But you can use any enchilada sauce that you like.

Plain Greek Yogurt or even cream cheese can be used in place of sour cream.

Kim’s Tips

Spreading a little sauce on each side of each tortilla is going to help bring flavor and moisture to the enchiladas. It can be skipped, but I definitely recommend it!

Use tortillas that are fresh! Fresh tortillas are less likely to crack so grab a new package from the store to help with this.

FAQs

Can I substitute cream cheese for sour cream in enchiladas?

Yes! The mixture will be a little thicker but it will work just fine.

How to I keep my enchilada tortillas from cracking?

Use fresh corn tortillas! The dryer they are, the more likely they are to crack and break as you roll them. And the older tortillas are, the dryer they become.

Should you bake enchiladas covered or uncovered?

I bake uncovered so that the top browns up a little.
If you feel it is browning too much, you can add foil on top.

What white cheese is best for enchiladas?

I love pepperjack because it is a great melting white cheese with bits of flavor.
Monterey jack is a great substitute (the same as pepperjack minus the pepper pieces).
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas in a blue dish
Pin of Creamy Chicken Enchiladas on a plate with the serving dish and title at top
End view of two Creamy Chicken Enchiladas on a plate

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are an amazing Mexican dinner idea! A perfect recipe to use with leftover and rotisserie chicken mixed with cheeses and green chile, topped with a fresh Hatch roasted pepper enchilada sauce. Gluten free.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken/Turkey
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 enchiladas
Calories: 313kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In medium bowl, combine the shredded chicken, 1.5 cups of the pepperjack cheese, green chiles, and sour cream. Set aside.
    3 cups shredded chicken, 1 ½ cups sour cream, 3 cups shredded pepperjack cheese, 8 ounces diced green chiles
  • Line the bottom of your baking dish with a little of the enchilada sauce (just enough to coat it) – about 1/3 cup.
    1 ½ cups Hatch Chile Green Enchilada Sauce
  • Lightly brush a tortilla on each side with some of the enchilada sauce.
    12 corn tortillas
  • Scoop about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla, about a third of the way down a tortilla, across the tortilla in a line.
  • Roll the tortilla up and place in the baking dish, seam side down.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas and mixture.
  • Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the rolled enchiladas.
  • Sprinkle the remaining pepperjack cheese across the enchiladas.
  • Bake until the sauce around the edges of the dish is bubbling and the cheese is melted and turning light brown. Approximately 20-25 minutes.

Notes

This recipe will give you approximately 12 enchiladas. If you want to make a larger batch, increase quantities as desired.
Putting a little sauce on the tortilla itself before rolling is optional, but recommended. It brings more flavor and moisture into each enchilada.
Add in your favorite additions like corn, black beans, tomatoes, and more!

Nutrition

Serving: 1enchilada | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg

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By on February 13th, 2023

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5 thoughts on “Creamy Chicken Enchiladas”

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! Such a unique Enchiladas recipe that looks so delicious! A Mexican dish that will be loved by many in an instant! I love the use of leftovers for ingredients! It’s very convenient and Gluten-free.

    Reply
  2. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite dishes I made.
    It is so delicious and easy! I can’t wait to make this again for the weekend.

    Reply

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