Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

One of our favorite Mexican dishes – Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe!! Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese!

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 dish

Easy 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 are also good to make and freeze for later.

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. 😉

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas - process pics

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).

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. 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. 😉

pouring enchilada sauce overGreen Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Making Ahead + STORING green chile enchiladas

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.

 

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.

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

Easy green chicken enchiladas in a casserole dish topped with cilantro

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.

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

4.95 from 192 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! The whole family loves these easy chicken enchiladas!
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

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 8x8 (or 9x9) 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.

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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 1/2 – 2 CUPS SOUR CREAM
  • SALT & PEPPER

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  1. 5 stars
    These are so good! A crowd pleaser and it makes a lot. I think we should make this part of our holiday celebration, too.

  2. Christmas Dinner just double checking if i missed something…green chiles. Doh! I’ll use a touch of jalapenos. Also I am using a fajita mix with turkey breast. It is soooo tasty. Thank you for being here.
    Merry Christmas

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous!! I tweaked it just a bit for extra flavor by sprinkling raw chicken breasts w/homemade taco seasoning prior to cooking, also added a couple handfuls of diced onions sautéed with 2 garlic cloves to the chicken mixture. The chicken was so good, my teen daughter & I had to stop ourselves from “taste testing.” We still had a lot of mixture left (3 lg shredded breasts equaled to 9 generously filled, burrito size enchiladas in a 9×13). Here’s where I think I messed up…I only had flour tortillas on hand—knowing they have a tendency to get soggy, I pan fried them bubbly golden brown on both sides w/slightly crisp edges, did not dip, filled as instructed, a little green chili sauce on the bottom of the pan & topped the rolled beauties with the remaining sauce & cheese before baking. Despite the extra effort, the enchiladas turned out quite gooey for our liking. Regardless, we picked our way through, still eating all the yummy goodness within. I will definitely make the recipe again! Next time I won’t substitute the corn tortillas & (for personal preference) plan to go easy on the sauce. Don’t get me wrong, the Las Palmas sauce is certainly delicious, I may just use it differently—possibly add a little to the chicken mixture before rolling & drizzle the warm sauce over individual servings after baking (???) Overall, the recipe is a keeper—quick, flavorful & easy! Absolutely 5 stars. I’ll be making it again very soon!

    1. Thank you for sharing that! I am glad you did experimenting, that’s how we learn what we like or not like.

  4. 3 stars
    Have made this a couple of times. It’s delicious, but i mix the sour cream and half the sauce into the chicken mixture. I also don’t boil the mixture… no need to get one more pan dirty! Going to try a free more spices, my husband likes them a little more spicy. E we prefer the flour tortillas and they come out perfect. Not gooey at all as others have mentioned.

      1. Going to make this tonight! Question..is there a reason you do the sour cream separately? Could I mix it all together?

        1. Yes you could definitely mix the sour cream together with the chicken mix. It’s just personal preference. Maybe try it both ways and see which one you like better. 🙂

    1. I love doubling recipes! It saves so much time – especially on busy nights! Glad you enjoyed them!

  5. Is there any reason that I couldn’t heat the tortillas quickly in hot oil before dipping them in the sauce? I plan on making them the night before and thought they might hold up better.

    1. Yes you sure can! Dipping the tortillas in oil helps to keep them from breaking up. The only difference is that if you dip them in the oil, less of the enchilada sauce will soak into the tortillas when you cook them. Hope this helps!

  6. 5 stars
    I made a veganized version of this, and it was amazing. I did add some seasoning to my “chicken”, some black olives, and baked it just a wee bit longer because I think the vegan cheese needed to melt more. Thank you, we’re definitely keeping this recipe

  7. 5 stars
    I made a veganized version this tonight. I did add a bit of my own seasoning to the “chicken” mix and baked it longer to melt the vegan cheese more. It’s amazing, loads of flavor and super easy. We had it with a side of lime cilantro rice. Thank you for the excellent recipe

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe twice now , my family ate every single one of them . I sautéed a yellow onion added the diced green chiles mixed the sour cream chicken and cheese all together . Then I dipped the tortillas in green Chile sauce spread thin layer of Philly cream cheese then added the chicken mixture . So moist and delicious 😋

    1. Thanks so much for sharing what you did. That all sounds so delicious and I’m so happy you enjoyed them! 🙂

  9. 4 stars
    Great “base” recipe. Used Mexican cheese and medium Rotel (chiles and tomatoes) with chicken, cannelloni beans (what had in pantry) along with enchilada sauce for stuffing in flour tortillas. Baked in enchilada sauce without cheese on top for 1/2 hour, upped oven temp to 450 and put cheese on top and baked for 10 more minutes or so. Yum!

    1. All of those additions and suggestions sound amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m glad it turned out so delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    This is our go-to enchilada recipe since we can’t have tomatoes. Made this several times it’s great every time. We got fancy this time and piled them all atop Mexican rice!

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