Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with sour cream are simple and tasty! With 10 minutes prep, these are a weeknight staple.
Enchiladas have become a monthly staple and whether you are making green, red or casserole versions – you can never go wrong making these for dinner.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas!!
My family has made enchiladas for as long as I can remember (our favs include these: Green Chili Enchiladas or even these Red Cheese Enchiladas).
Recently, we had a friend show us how to make another version for Creamy enchiladas using sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and cream cheese. We were hesitant to try them, but they were delicious!
We know these aren’t necessarily authentic Mexican food, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be good! These creamy chicken enchiladas have become a classic at our house now.
Flour Tortillas vs Corn Tortillas
I think the main difference between these sour cream enchiladas and our classic chicken enchilada recipe is the flour tortilla (we use corn tortillas in the classic recipe).
The flour tortillas have a different texture, making them so soft and so creamy. Another reason I like to use flour tortillas is that they don’t fall apart as easy as corn tortillas tend to do when you roll them up.
We have a recipe for homemade flour tortillas, and I highly recommend trying it! It’s easier than you think, and so much tastier than store bought.
How to Make Sour Cream Enchiladas
WHITE ENCHILADA SAUCE. This recipe is so creamy due to the sauce being made from a can of cream of chicken, sour cream and cream cheese.
Start by mixing together your sour cream, cream cheese, green chiles, and cream of chicken. Remove about ⅓ of the mixture (save it for topping), and add your shredded chicken to the remaining 2/3 of the sauce and stir.
PREP. Use cooking spray to coat a 9×13 baking dish, and spread a tiny bit of your mixture on the bottom.
ROLL. Create the enchiladas by putting a large spoonful, plus a generous amount of cheese inside each tortilla. Roll them up and place in the pan (you might have to place most horizontally and a few vertically to make them all fit). Also, place seam side down so that they don’t unroll at all.
BAKE. Once the pan is full, pour the ⅓ of mixture you saved over the top of the rolled enchiladas, sprinkle on some more shredded cheese, and bake at 350, covered with foil, for an hour. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
As always, recipes can be altered to your liking. Here are substitution ideas and tips for these creamy chicken enchiladas:
- Use corn tortillas for this recipe, but we prefer flour tortillas for this version.
- Use other cream of soups in this recipe if you don’t have cream of chicken.
- Trade out sour cream for plain greek yogurt and you can definitely do the same in this recipe. Just switch out an equal amount of sour cream for the yogurt.
- Try a different type of cheese like cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, queso blanco, or a spicier pepper jack cheese are great options because these all melt easily and taste great in enchiladas.
Pan. We baked this in a glass casserole dish. If you choose to bake them in a metal pan, then keep on eye on them as they may cook a little faster.
Extra spice. If you like your enchiladas a little spicy, you can get the spicy green chilis instead or you can add chopped jalapeños to the mixture.
Chicken. On those busy days if you don’t have enough time to cook the chicken then you can use rotisserie chicken or canned chicken. I would only do this if you can’t cook your own because I personally think this recipe has much more flavor from home cooked chicken.
Soggy enchiladas. To keep your enchiladas from becoming soggy be sure that you drain the can of green chilis as adding extra liquid can create a mushy dish. Also, be sure that you remove the foil during the last 15 minutes of baking. This will help extra moisture to release from the dish and crisp up the top.
Making Ahead & Storing
MAKING AHEAD OF TIME: We do it all the time! Just make the enchiladas as instructed and cover with foil or saran wrap and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours in advance. Also, not putting the mixture on top until right before they are baked will help the tortillas from getting soggy.
FREEZING: This recipe makes a full 9×13 tray, with extra left over. I like to fill a small rectangle foil tray with the uncooked leftovers, cover tightly with tinfoil, and toss it in the freezer to be used at a later time.
You can give it as a meal for someone in need or just use as a last minute dinner idea!
When you’re ready to cook them, you can either let them thaw in the fridge overnight and bake for 25 minutes, or put them straight into the oven and bake for 30 minutes covered with foil, plus an additional 10-15 minutes uncovered until they are cooked through.
REHEATING: If stored properly, enchiladas can last in the fridge for up to 4 days. We usually just reheat them in the microwave, but you can reheat on low heat in the oven.
what to serve with these enchiladas
We have so many favorite sides to go with these enchiladas, but some of our favorites include:
For more of our favorite Mexican recipes, try:
- Chicken Tacos
- Beef Empanadas
- Pico De Gallo
- Mexican Lasagna
- Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos
- Salsa Chicken
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Recipe
- 12 soft taco flour tortillas
- 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- 2 cans cream of chicken
- 2 cans diced green chili’s
- 1 pint sour cream
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 4 cups colby jack cheese grated
- In a large bowl, mix cream of chicken, green chili’s (I prefer to blend mine before adding), sour cream, and cream cheese until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove about ⅓ of your mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Add your shredded chicken to remaining mixture.
- Spray a 9×13 tray and also spread a little bit of your green chili mixture on the bottom. Place a large spoonful of the chicken mixture in a tortilla and add a generous amount of cheese. Roll up and place in your pan. I can usually fit two rows of 6, horizontally in the pan. When the pan is full, top with plain soup mixture and cheese.
- Cover with foil and cook at 350 for an hour. About 15 min before you take your pan out, remove the tin foil.
My mother has always made this recipe and we all love it. The only difference is she didn’t use cream cheese. I’m making it now and I certainly will use the cream cheese Yum! I wonder how it would be with several very thinly diced scallions/green onions?
I’m sure it would be delicious!! You’ll have to let us know how you enjoy the recipe!
I’m sorry but these were terrible! Way too much sour and cream cheese. I didn’t expect traditional enchiladas but I will go back to my original recipe. I normally like this web site but we threw these out.
I’m sorry but these were horrible. I served this to my family and no one finished them. I wasnt expecting traditional enchiladas but these just didn’t taste good. Way too much sour cream and cream cheese! They were creamy nothingness. I will go back to my original enchiladas. They were on the verge of making me ill. I will say however that I have followed this site and found good recipes so I will continue to do so!!
I made these enchiladas for the first time a month or so ago and I’m making them again tonight! These are so amazing. My husband said they were the best enchiladas he’s ever had. I can’t wait to devour them again! I seriously love all of your recipes!! Especially your desserts because I love to bake, but now I’m starting to see that you have lots of great dinner recipes as well.
This was wonderful in spite of the fact that I did so many things wrong. I had to use half cream of mushroom soup, forgot to drain green chilies, and put cheese in with filling instead of on top. And cheese was hard cheese which is sharper that other cheeses.. so I put slices of pizza cheese on top. Since I live along, I divided and froze for many more meals. Excellent.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the enchiladas. And that’s a great idea to divide and freeze for later! Thanks for sharing what you did.
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