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Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This Mexican inspired Chicken Enchilada Recipe is absolutely the BEST! Enchiladas are easier than you think – flour tortillas filled with chicken in the most delicious homemade enchilada sauce, loaded with cheese.

This is a great make-ahead meal and is especially good topped with Pico De Gallo!

Chicken enchiladas in a casserole dish topped with sour cream, tomatoes and avocado slices with a napkin on the side of the dish.

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Chicken Enchilada Recipe:

Chicken Enchiladas are a classic Mexican dish. Not only are the enchiladas easy to make, but they are so filling and loved by kids and adults alike. Enchiladas are essentially tortillas filled with chicken and smothered in a creamy homemade enchilada sauce and cheese.

Just like our Mexican Pulled Pork Carnitas, this enchilada recipe is sure to become a new favorite.

Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our EASY Chicken Enchiladas!

Three chiccken enchiladas on a plate topped with sour cream, avocados, tomatoes and jalapenos with a fork.

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas:

  • Cook chicken – and shred chicken with two forks. Save time by using leftover cooked chicken (like our Instant Pot Whole Chicken) or even a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
  • Prepare enchilada sauce – In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, add sour cream, enchilada sauce, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, green chilis, and beat until combined.
  • Prepare the filling – Divide this sauce into two bowls, about ⅔ of the sauce mixture in bowl one and ⅓ of the mixture into a second bowl. Add the cooked chicken into the first bowl with 2 cups of shredded cheese.
  • To Assemble Enchiladas – Take the cheesy chicken filling from bowl 1 and place it into the center of each tortilla.
  • Arrange Enchiladas – Tightly roll up the tortilla and place seam-side-down into a 9”x13” baking dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Pour the reserved ⅓ part sauce over all of the tortillas and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese (you can add more cheese if you like a lot of cheese).
  • Bake –  Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese bubbles and begins to turn a golden brown.

NOTE: Use your favorite cheese. Mexican, Four Cheese or Colby Jack will all work great in this recipe.

Detailed step-by-step photo collage how to make the filling for chicken enchiladas and how to assemble them into a casserole dish.

What to Serve with Chicken Enchiladas:

Though you can serve the enchiladas just as they come out of the oven, you can also add personalized toppings. Here are some of the most popular toppings to serve with enchiladas:

Can I Prepare Enchiladas in Advance?

Yes! These enchiladas are great to prepare in advance. Prepare the recipe per instructions (don’t bake), cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. NOTE: Since the ingredients will all be cold, add an additional 5 minutes baking time to the dish when covered with foil.

8 chicken enchiladas arranged in a casserole drizzled with sour cream and topped with avocado, fresh tomatoes and cilantro.

I hope these homemade enchiladas become a family favorite. We especially love that you can add the toppings buffet style and allow the family members to each add their favorite toppings.

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The BEST Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Chicken enchiladas in casserole dish

Recipe for homemade Chicken Enchiladas. Tortillas filled with chicken in a creamy and cheesy enchilada. This Mexican-inspired dish is perfect for make-ahead meals.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$16
Keyword: chicken enchiladas, enchiladas
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course
Calories: 375 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 flour tortillas 10-inch burrito size
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • 3 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 4.5 oz diced green chilis with their juice
  • 20 oz mild red enchilada sauce (We used 2 - 10oz cans)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt divided
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese divided (Mexican, Four Cheese or Colby Jack)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Shred pre-cooked chicken or cook your own: Add chicken to a saucepan, completely cover with water and season with 1 tsp salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Shred the chicken with two forks and set aside.

  2. In a bowl beat the cream cheese. Add the sour cream, green chilis, enchiladas sauce, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika; beat until combined.

  3. Divide the mixture into two bowls, add 2/3 of the sauce into a large bowl. Set aside remaining 1/3 of the sauce for the top.

  4. Add the shredded chicken with 2 cups cheese to the first bowl with 2/3 of the sauce. Mix with a spatula to combine.

  5. Generously add chicken filling to the center of each tortilla and roll up tortillas tightly. Arrange the tortillas in a 9x13 casserole dish.

  6. Pour the reserved 1/3 of sauce over the tortillas and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese (add more cheese if desired).

  7. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 400˚F for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1606mg70%
Potassium 440mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1000IU20%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 242mg24%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Patty Poston
    August 8, 2020

    Can you use rotisserie chicken for this recipe? Or does it change the flavor too much?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2020

      Hi Patty! I haven’t tested this with rotisserie but I bet that would work great! If you do experiment I would love to know how you like that!

      Reply

  • Robyn
    July 29, 2020

    Yet another fantastic dish Natasha ! My whole family loved it. It was so easy to throw together and yet is company worthy! Thanks so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 29, 2020

      You’re welcome, Robyn! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • David Wuebben
    July 9, 2020

    Followed the recipe pretty much

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 9, 2020

      Good, how did it go?

      Reply

  • Gloria Rankin
    June 16, 2020

    We prefer green enchilada sauce. Will that work?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 16, 2020

      Hi Gloria! That should work!

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      • Gloria Rankin
        July 7, 2020

        I made this with green sauce and it was fantastic, Did not change anything except the sauce. Do you have a ground beef enchilada recipe?

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        • Natasha
          July 7, 2020

          I don’t have one but that sounds really good!

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        • Patricia
          July 25, 2020

          use this recipe, but switch out one pound of ground beef for the chicken….also, I prefer corn tortillas for enchiladas.

          Reply

  • Dorothy Wintschel
    June 11, 2020

    you have so many ads on your page that your videos won’t play. too much of a drain. I’d love to watch your videos so is there somewhere else they are posted?

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  • Veronica Parnitski
    June 10, 2020

    We made the enchiladas last night and they were great! Thank you for an easy, fantastic recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 10, 2020

      You’re welcome and thanks for sharing your good feedback with us, Veronica!

      Reply

  • Amelia Schanmier
    June 9, 2020

    Natasha, I have made most of your recipes! Your avocado salads are amazing! Your thanksgiving turkey was wonderful! Your lasagna, chicken Parmesan, meatballs! I can keep listening them! All your recipes are easy and tasty! Most of time I have all the ingredients in my pantry! Thank your for all!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 9, 2020

      Wow, that is awesome, Amelia. I’m so happy that you loved these recipes that you tried! Thank you so much for your excellent feedback, I appreciate you sharing it with us here.

      Reply

  • Janice Barbeau
    June 3, 2020

    I made the chicken enchiladas tonight for dinner, they were a great success, we really enjoyed them. I never took a picture, we are always in too much of a rush to eat.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 3, 2020

      No worries, Janice. Your great feedback is already appreciated thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Christy
    June 2, 2020

    My family loved this tonight!! Only change I made was omitting the salt & using light sour cream. I sprayed the pan with cooking spray so each enchilada lifted right out. Also it’s easy to trim the ends of the tortillas so they fit. Sliced avocados, tomatoes and cilantro on top and it was delicious! Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 3, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Christy and for giving this recipe an awesome feedback!

      Reply

  • Irina
    May 29, 2020

    This is so easy and so good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Irina!

      Reply

  • Elena
    May 27, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I am cooking your recipe “chicken enchiladas” tomorrow, I will use my home made enchilada sauce instead.
    I try as much as I can to use fresh ingredients.
    Otherwise your recipes are always a winner!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2020

      That’s so awesome Elena! I would love to know how it turns out!

      Reply

  • Inna
    May 23, 2020

    Do they end up tasting pretty spicy? Just wondering if those sauces spice it up alot since few people in my family just dont like spicy food.

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  • Joann pitman
    May 20, 2020

    I don’t tweet so I can’t send a picture. I’m sure it is delicious. All of Natasha’s recipes are.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you!

      Reply

  • Liz L
    May 20, 2020

    Hi Natasha! I’m making this dish tonight. I’m switching it up a little by cooking chicken in canned enchilada sauce. After removing chicken I’m adding cream cheese to warm sauce. Also using black beans to chicken mixture. I’ve never had this dish with cream cheese and I’m looking forward to this addition. Thanks for all your fantastic recipes!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2020

      That sounds delicious! I hope you love this recipe and thank you SO MUCH for sharing that with us

      Reply

  • Sue
    May 17, 2020

    Made this tonight. Could have been better. Wasted too much time trying to fit a rolled 10” burrito into a 9” wide pan. After watching several tube videos I decided the best solution was to fold the corners in when the rolling starts. Also 1) does the pan need buttered before the enchiladas go in? My enchiladas did stick in several places. I used nonstick aluminum foil so no problem with the cheese sticking. 2) put in 3 oz cream cheese out of an 8 oz box? Seems odd. Was that a typo? Flavor was great though, will make this again with changes, the burrito rolling thing for sure.

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    • Natasha
      May 18, 2020

      Hi Sue thanks for sharing the tip about folding the edges. You could also use an 8″ if you prefer.

      Reply

  • Rachel Marr
    May 12, 2020

    I usually prefer green enchilada sauce. Would that pair well opposed to red?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2020

      Hello Rachel, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise but I imagine that should work well too. Please share with us how you liked it if you give it a try!

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  • Natasha
    May 11, 2020

    how can i substitute enchilada sauce? don’t have that on hand

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2020

      Hello Natasha! I haven’t tried other ingredients to substitute the enchilada sauce but here’s my recipe for it. Prepare enchilada sauce – In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, add sour cream, enchilada sauce, 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, green chilis, and beat until combined.

      Reply

  • Jodi
    May 7, 2020

    Could you use ground beef instead?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 7, 2020

      Hello Jodi, I haven’t tried this with ground beef to advise. You might want to check out our Ground Beef Tacos recipe instead.

      Reply

  • Brigitte
    May 6, 2020

    This was delicious! Easy and warmed up well! Can’t wait to make it again for my friends.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 6, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Brigitte!

      Reply

  • Cindy
    May 6, 2020

    Made this for Cinco de Mayo and it was so good! My husband loved it and up to now hasn’t liked too many Mexican dishes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 6, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Jordan
    May 5, 2020

    Hi Natasha

    Just wondering what the white sauce is from the picture ? It looks like it’s topped with tomato, avocado and some kind of white sauce.

    Thanks !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 5, 2020

      Hi Jordan, it is this Jalapeno Ranch sauce. We have it linked in the recipe also. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Lee Thayer
    May 5, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I made this exactly as written, one batch with red sauce, and one batch with green sauce (I wanted to test both sauces and some leftovers), and the family loved them! Both kinds of sauce. They said best enchiladas, and chicken, they have ever had. Thank you for another great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 5, 2020

      I love their feedback, thanks for sharing that with us!

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    • Roberta
      May 5, 2020

      I made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious. My husband said they were the best I’ve made. Thank you for all of your great recipes! Can these be frozen after they are baked? Thank you.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 5, 2020

        You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Roberta! I haven’t tried freezing this recipe to advise. If you experiment please let me know how you like it.

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  • Carolyne Metcalf
    May 3, 2020

    You can also make this like a lasagna and use the tortillas as your layers.

    I’m lazy sometimes! 😉

    Can’t wait to try it! 🤤

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    • Natasha
      May 3, 2020

      Hi Carolyne, I haven’t tried that because these are so easy to serve versus cutting the layers, but I have seen people make enchilada ‘lasagnas’ online.

      Reply

  • Cyd
    April 30, 2020

    We love enchiladas in this house and this recipe was such a hit with the creamy filling!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Cyd! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    April 30, 2020

    Absolutely perfect! Easy and delicious which is exactly how every recipe should be!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      I’m so inspired reading your review. Thank you!

      Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    April 30, 2020

    Mexican food is a family favorite. These enchiladas look so good. It’s been awhile since I’ve made them. I’m going to put it on the menu for next week.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      The flavor is amazing! I hope you try this recipe soon!

      Reply

  • Sylvia
    April 30, 2020

    I had put this in as a request and I can’t believe it’s up on your blog. Let me tell you, I’m Mexican and let me tell you, this is delicious! Perfect!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles!

      Reply

  • Bella
    April 28, 2020

    Hiiii, I love your recipes, have tried a few and you never disappoint! I’m from the Caribbean and and I love experimenting! I just came to know about enchiladas and I love them! I never had it with the red sauce only the homemade enchiladas with tomatillos etc. But I’m going to try this and see how it turns out ‘ thank you for sharing and you stay cooking and stay beautiful ♥️

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    • Natasha
      April 28, 2020

      Hi Bella, I hope it becomes a new favorite for you. I’d love to hear more about your homemade tomatillo enchilada sauce. That sounds awesome!

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      • Jessica
        May 8, 2020

        Hello is there anything else you recommend putting inside the enchiladas other then just chicken. Maybe corn or black beans?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          May 8, 2020

          We love this recipe but I think beans or corn will work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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        • Natasha
          May 8, 2020

          Hi Jessica, chicken will give you the most flavor but I think either of those will work or both together for a vegetarian option.

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  • Andrei
    April 28, 2020

    Sorry Natasha but once again this is not the right way to make enchiladas. Let’s start with the sauce. You don’t customize already premade sauce but make it from scratch and for that you’d have to make a special roux (oil and flour), then add chilly and cayenne pepper, then rest ingredients (usually bell peppers, opinion, garlic, few types of tomatoes, tomato juice and paste) you can also add some stock. The sauce also has heavy cumin And coriander spices, which are not mentioned in the recipe.
    Then, if you want more flavorful chicken, you’d want to cook it inside sauce itself in final stages.

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    • Natasha
      April 28, 2020

      Those sound like good ideas for a true homemade sauce without using the shortcut method above. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

    • jennifer lynch
      May 17, 2020

      When someone creates a recipe it’s their version, their probably is 100 different ways to do things, that’s a personal choice, but I think an opinion on taste is more what the viewers are looking for not, a critique whether its your opinion of authentic or not…

      Reply

    • annie
      August 7, 2020

      oh my gosh..leave her alone .. you make your own enchiladas your way. if you don’t like it, don’t make it. Her recipes are the best of the best and she is amazing. Go to another cooking site

      Reply

  • Cathy
    April 28, 2020

    can you use green chili enchilada sauce instead of red

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    • Natasha
      April 28, 2020

      Hi Cathy, that would be a significantly different sauce. I wouldn’t swap it out straight across.

      Reply

  • Olga
    April 28, 2020

    Hello,there.
    Natasha that looks good. Going to try to make it. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. I share your recipes to those people who don’t have a internet & they said they loved your recipes. May God bless you abundantly for working hard on blog to give us these wonderful easy recipes.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 28, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m so inspired and all smiles!

      Reply

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