Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese! These enchiladas are a family fav!

We frequently make these enchiladas when we have company over for dinner, because everyone loves them! We always serve them with mexican rice, homemade salsa, and some tacos for an all out Mexican dinner!

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas in a 9x13 pan

Easy green chile chicken enchiladas

Did you know I’m half Mexican?

Because of that I’ve learned how to make so many Mexican recipes, one of those being today’s Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (we obviously love enchiladas and have versions for Red Cheese Enchiladas and Beef Enchiladas as well).

Not only are enchiladas so easy but they are so good and are a hit at any function! I also like that they are easy to make in mass quantities and super freezer friendly.

This recipe only calls for a few ingredients, including:

  • corn tortillas
  • shredded chicken
  • sour cream
  • green chiles/chilis
  • cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • enchilada sauce (Las Palmas Mild Green Chili Sauce is our favorite, but we also love homemade!)

I usually have all these ingredients on hand so we make them quite often. I love giving these enchiladas (frozen) to new moms so they have a simple and delicious dinner for their families. 😉

Ingredients for chicken enchilada recipe

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas:

Making this chicken enchilada recipe is simple! Just follow these simple steps to make this easy, cheesy dinner recipe!

CHICKEN MIX. Combine the chicken, cheese, green chiles, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

TORTILLAS. Bring enchilada sauce to a boil and then remove from heat. Dip each tortilla into heated sauce for a few seconds to soften (if your tortillas are falling apart during this step, then your tortillas are super cheap and should probably be microwaved instead to soften).

FILL. Place the softened tortilla in the baking dish and spoon ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture and 2 tablespoons of sour cream down the center (NOTE: The squeeze sour cream packages work great for this!)

ROLL + BAKE. Roll up the tortilla and make sure it’s seam-side down in the baking dish. T

BAKE. Top with shredded cheese and bake for about 20 minutes.

This easy chicken enchilada recipe makes 4 servings, but we usually double it to feed a larger crowd and use a 9×13 pan. 😉

Dipping corn tortilla in enchilada sauce

Making Ahead + STORING

MAKE AHEAD. 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. If you want these to be even better, we suggest taking the excess sauce and placing in an air-tight container and pouring this on and along with the cheese before storing.

FREEZE. We LOVE to freeze these enchiladas and save for later. In fact, we often double the batch and then eat one and freeze the rest for another night. To freeze these, we suggest making them in a disposable pan, covering tightly with foil and placing in a freezer-safe bag. When done this way, they can last in the freezer for several month.

To cook, we let the enchiladas thaw in the fridge over night and cook for about 25 minutes.

REHEAT. If stored properly, enchiladas can last in the fridge for up to 4 days. We typically reheat them in the microwave, but you can also reheat on a low heat in the oven.

How to make chicken enchiladas by adding chicken filling and sour cream to a corn tortilla

more Tips + Tricks

Substitutions: Swap the corn tortillas with similarly sized flour tortillas. You do not need to dip flour tortillas in sauce before rolling. Substitute the sour cream for your favorite plain yogurt.

Additions: Add olives, diced onions, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, salsa, chili peppers, black beans, corn

Chicken: Use canned chicken or a rotisserie chicken and shred with fork. Another idea is to keep shredded chicken in the freezer to use in your favorite recipes.

Cheese: Using a different cheese blend can certainly change up the flavor. Try a mexican blend, grated marble colby jack, or a cheddar and pepper jack blend,  

Softening the tortilla without dipping or frying: warm tortillas up the microwave or on a pan in the oven. When they are just warm keep them wrapped in a thick kitchen towel or a tortilla warmer.

Seven chicken enchiladas in a baking dish

What to serve with chicken enchiladas?

The Mexican side dish options are endless!

These are some of our go-to’s

In general, we like to have lots of side options but preferably made by different cooking methods. If the oven is used baking these enchiladas, then we make a side that can done in the slow cooker or on the stove.

Keep that in mind when decided what you want to serve with these enchiladas. 😉

Adding shredded cheese on top of green chile chicken enchiladas

FOR A 9×13 PAN…

Want to make this in a bigger pan? No sweat!

Here is what you’ll need…

  • 3-4 cups shredded chicken
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 – 28 oz. Can Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
  • 12-15 corn tortillas
  • 1 – 2 cans 4.5 oz. chopped green chiles
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups sour cream
  • salt and pepper

Enchiladas are the best!! We’ve made several versions before, but for a standard chicken enchilada recipe, this is our go-to.

We also have a more American version with flour tortillas that you can check out HERE.

Two homemade Green chile chicken chicken enchiladas served on a white plate

For more enchiladaS, check out:

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Recipe

4.94 from 244 votes
One of our favorite Mexican dishes – Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe!! Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 588 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 c chicken cooked and shredded
  • 2 c Colby jack cheese shredded
  • 19 oz. Las Palmas green chile enchilada sauce
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • 4.5 oz can chopped green chiles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine chicken, 1 cup cheese, green chiles, salt and pepper.
  • In a small skillet, bring enchilada sauce to boil. Remove from heat.
  • Dip each tortilla into heated sauce for a few seconds to soften.
  • Spoon ⅓ cup of chicken mixture and 2 tablespoons sour cream down center for each tortilla (I usually put the sour cream in a sandwich bag and cut the bottom tip which makes it easier to squirt right down the center)
  • Roll the tortilla and place seam-side down in 8×8 (or 9×9) inch baking dish.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas. Pour remaining heated enchilada sauce over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  • Bake 20 minutes at 350.

Video

Notes

FOR A 9×13 PAN… INGREDIENTS:
  • 3 – 4 CUPS CHICKEN
  • 3 CUPS MONTEREY JACK CHEESE
  • 1 – 28 OZ. CAN LAS PALMAS GREEN CHILE ENCHILADA SAUCE
  • 12-15 CORN TORTILLAS
  • 1 – 2 CANS 4.5 OZ. CHOPPED GREEN CHILES
  • 1 ½ – 2 CUPS SOUR CREAM
  • SALT & PEPPER

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  1. I love this recipe! I had never put the sour cream inside an enchilada like that and it’s a real game changer. Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. Yes, you definitely can! We LOVE to freeze these enchiladas and save for later. In fact, we often double the batch and then eat one and freeze the rest for another night. To freeze these, we suggest making them in a disposable pan, covering tightly with foil and placing in a freezer-safe bag. When done this way, they can last in the freezer for several months.

      To cook, we let the enchiladas thaw in the fridge over night and cook for about 25 minutes.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely the easiest way! Love the dipping of the tortillas before, warming them up in microwave has never been the best. I went ahead and mixed the sour cream with the chicken mixture to keep it easy. Also went half and half on green and red sauce cuz I like the spice! Glad I found you!

    1. You can! Either one works, just depends on what type of tortilla you prefer. If you use flour, you do not need to the tortillas in sauce before rolling.

  3. Having lived in California for over 20 years I had many Mexican friends and their moms taught me to do authentic cooking. One thing you do not put in yours that I kind of miss on the inside with the chicken is sliced black olives and green onions. Which also go on the top before you put it in to bake. They usually Lightly fry their corn tortillas to soften them but I really do like heating the enchilada sauce in softening and that way much better.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was probably the best green chile chicken enchiladas I’ve ever had! Will be making it again in the future! Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    I left out the sour cream, just trying to watch some calories, and it was still decadent and delicious. Big family hit and so easy to prepare. Leftovers a equally as good, too.

      1. 5 stars
        I work as a cook at the local American Legion. I tripled this recipe and made it as a special recently.I sold out in just over an hour with rave reviews. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I work as a cook at the local American Legion. I tripled this recipe and made it as a special recently.I sold out in just over an hour with rave reviews. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Made it a few times now. I use flour tortillas. I have had it come perfect but also once it came out where the tortilla gets just a little mushy/soggy. If you’ve had this happen do I just need less enchilada sauce? Or maybe bake them for just a bit longer? Thanks it’s so delicious

    1. It could result in having too much sauce. You could also potentially fry the tortillas before filling. That can also help with soggy enchiladas. But I’d try maybe a little less sauce and see if that helps!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious results using this recipe. The instructions are very helpful and thorough. The option of using lower fat sour cream or cheeses, works well if necessary. Simply delicious ! 😋

    1. Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe and the instructions. Thanks so much for the feedback!

  9. How would you go about re-heating these the same day if they are frozen? Would like to know if these could be a last minute meal from the freezer instead of having to thaw overnight.

    1. You can try baking from frozen, but there might be more water content than desired. Typically, we thaw these overnight and then bake as the recipe directs. That’s yields the best results when heating up the enchiladas after frozen.

  10. 5 stars
    Make your own sauce…make a rue, add 2 tablespoons ground coriander. Add 2 cups chicken broth all at once. Cook until bubbly, stirring constantly. Cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat,add two cups shredded Monterey jack cheese and one cup sour cream.. you’re welcome.

  11. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

    1. Love using rotisserie chicken in this recipe too! So glad to hear you all enjoyed the enchiladas.

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