Amazing Chicken Enchiladas

5 from 2 votes

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These addicting, simple Chicken Enchiladas are filled with chicken, three kinds of cheese, and my secret ingredient, Queso! 

I’m not sure there is a more beloved Mexican recipe my family loves more than these chicken enchiladas. Flour tortillas filled to the brim with roasted chicken, lots of cheese and spices, and then smothered with a sour cream and salsa verde sauce. It is comfort food to the max and never is turned down by anyone.

Chicken Enchiladas

 

Chicken Enchilada Recipe Ingredients

  • For the Tortillas – Use fajita sized kind. I used flour tortillas but if you have a gluten intolerance corn, tortillas are totally yummy too.
  • For the Filling – Chicken (duh), cream cheese, queso, cumin, and salt. Guys, this filling is EVERYTHING! Creamy chicken goodness, with a kick from that cumin and queso.
  • For the Sauce – Salsa verde and sour cream. Feel free to use red enchilada sauce if the green kind isn’t your thing. Either way, it’s going to be tasty.
  • Cheese – Top the whole thing with Mexican cheese to seal in all the flavor. Plus, it’s pretty.

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Chicken Enchilada Recipe Ingredients

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Make the filling. For this specific recipe, stir together roasted shredded chicken, shredded cheese, cream cheese, spices, and queso.
  2. Fill the tortillas. Divide the filling in between your flour tortillas and roll them up tightly.
  3. Make the enchilada sauce. Simply whisk sour cream and salsa verde together until smooth. It’s a great combo.
  4. Fill your pan with enchiladas and cover with sauce.
  5. Top with cheese and bake.
  6. Cool a few minutes before serving.

Chicken Enchiladas Topped with Cheese

Pro tips for making Chicken Enchiladas

  • I used 3 chicken breasts that I roasted myself. After shredding, I had a scant 4 cups. If you wanted to buy a rotisserie chicken and shred that to save time, go right ahead!
  • My queso cheese sauce was pretty pourable coming right out of the fridge, however, if yours is more solid, microwave it briefly with the cream cheese (if that happens to be cold too) to soften them both up.
  • Feel free to use a red enchilada sauce in place of my homemade salsa verde one. Both are delicious!

try these delicious dips alongside the enchiladas:

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Can I freeze this chicken enchilada recipe?

The short answer is yes but the long answer is no. If you want to freeze these enchiladas, be sure to omit the salsa verde and sour cream and freeze plain. Wrap them well and freeze. When you’re ready to bake, remove from the freezer, cover with sauce and extra cheese and bake. I don’t like to freeze dairy products, specifically cream cheese and sour cream because you never know when they will separate. So stay on the safe side and freeze the bare enchiladas on their own.

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5 from 2 votes

Amazing Chicken Enchiladas

These addicting, simple Chicken Enchiladas are filled with chicken, three kinds of cheese and my secret ingredient, Queso! 
servings 7 large enchiladas
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 3 breasts
  • 1 teaspoon fajita seasoning or cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup prepared queso cheese sauce I got mine from Trader Joe's
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 12 oz. shredded Mexican 3-cheese blend divided
  • 7 fajita sized flour tortillas 8 inch size
  • 12 oz. mild salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place chicken breasts over top. Sprinkle both sides with fajita seasoning, salt, pepper and olive oil. Rub spices and oil into meat and bake 35-40 minutes or until completely cooked through. Set aside to cool.
  • Shred chicken*, discarding any extra fat pieces or tough bits. Place into a large bowl. Combine with cream cheese, queso**, cumin, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk salsa verde with sour cream until mostly smooth. Spread about 1/4 cup of sauce across the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  • Fill 7 tortillas evenly with filling, add in about 2 tablespoons of cheese, roll, and place into baking pan. You should use all the chicken filling and 6 oz of cheese.
  • Pour sauce over top of enchiladas and top with remaining 6 oz. cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly. Serve hot.
  • *After my chicken was cooked and shredded, I have a scant 4 cups. If you wanted to buy a rotisserie chicken and shred that to save time, go right ahead!**My queso was pretty pourable coming right out of the fridge, however, if yours is more solid, microwave it briefly with the cream cheese (if its cold too) to soften them both up.

Nutrition

Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 1330mg | Potassium: 581mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1080IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 456mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken dinner, chicken enchilada recipe, chicken enchiladas, mexican, tex mex
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  1. Martha Harrison

    I would like to make this but I do not know about the queso cheese sauce.
    Did you make the sauce or did you buy it at the store.
    I would need to know the recipe for queso cheese sauce if I am to make it.
    Thank you.

    1. Lauren

      I’ve never tried freezing this! If I were to freeze this, I would do it without the sauce, just because I’m a little leery of how that sour cream sauce would bake after being frozen.

  2. Donna Brennan

    So if you use corn tortillas, because of the Gluten thing!!! do you just warm them a little in the microwave? I ask because they usually crack on me! Gotta try this though

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