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Green Chicken Enchiladas

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 542
homemade green chicken enchiladas in a casserole dish made with chicken, cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Creamy, cheesy, and so very easy—these comforting chicken enchiladas are slathered in tangy green enchilada sauce and are everything you’re craving today (and, let’s be honest, every day).

The Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe Ever.

Gooey, melty mozzarella and Jack cheese, taco-seasoned shredded chicken, sour cream and corn tortillas, all slathered in mildly tangy green enchilada sauce and baked until your house smells like your favorite Mexican restaurant (in the very best way). Oh yes, this is the chicken enchilada recipe you’ve been looking for.

cheese, chicken, sour cream, green enchilada sauce, taco seasoning and cilantro in bowls for green chicken enchiladas
shredded chicken, shredded cheese, taco seasoning and sour cream in a bowl to make enchilada filling
shredded chicken, shredded cheese, taco seasoning and sour cream being stirred in a bowl to make enchilada filling
corn tortillas being dipped in green enchilada sauce in a skillet

How To Make Chicken Enchiladas

Our easy green chicken enchilada recipe is weeknight ready and all but guaranteed to please everyone from starving spouses to picky toddlers. Here’s how to make these simple sour cream chicken enchiladas:

  1. Season some shredded chicken—if you’re like us and usually have some cooked chicken in the fridge, use that! If not, you can use the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
  2. Toss the chicken with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and mozzarella—these mild, milky cheeses melt like no other, and meld beautifully with this enchilada recipe’s sour cream-based filling.
  3. Warm the tortillas and give them a dip in some green enchilada sauce (from a can—this recipe is all about ease) before you fill and bake them.
  4. Fill, roll and arrange the tortillas in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour green enchilada sauce over the whole gorgeous mess, top with a little more cheese, and bake until bubbly. Since the chicken is cooked, all the bake needs to do is help the whole thing cohere—once the cheese is really melted and bubbling, your green enchiladas are done!
a corn tortilla dipped in green enchilada sauce on a plate with chicken enchilada mixture on top
rolled green chicken enchiladas lined up in a casserole dish
rolled green chicken enchiladas lined up in a casserole dish topped with green enchilada sauce
rolled green chicken enchiladas lined up in a casserole dish topped with green enchilada sauce and shredded cheese

What To Serve with Chicken Enchiladas

Clearly, these creamy chicken enchiladas can stand alone, as they have all of the most important food groups covered: cheese, chicken, more cheese and sour cream. But, a lot of delicious things go with chicken enchiladas, too—they’re a great excuse to whip up a big batch of our perfect guacamole! Or, if you feel like this meal could use some veggies (it could), this crunchy, easy cabbage pico de gallo would make a terrific counterpoint to these cheesy chicken enchiladas. Or, throw caution to the wind and fry up some homemade corn tortilla chips to serve with the enchiladas—they’d be perfect for scooping up the cheesy green sauce at the bottom of the baking dish.

homemade green chicken enchiladas filled with chicken, cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning

Tools You’ll Need:

Shredded chicken enchiladas are just a few tools away! Nothing fancy—all you’ll need for this quick and easy enchilada recipe is:

homemade green chicken enchiladas in a casserole dish made with chicken, cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning
homemade green chicken enchiladas in a casserole dish made with chicken, cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning

They’re the Best Enchiladas Ever—Right?

Not to brag, but actually we’re fully bragging. Our white chicken enchilada recipe is so good, right? We hope you felt like your version of these chicken enchiladas was brag-worthy, too! Snap a photo of your finished enchiladas and maybe even a video of the lucky people you fed them to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can see! Happy eating!

Green Chicken Enchiladas

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 542

Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, 2 cups of the mozzarella and 2 cups of the Monterey jack cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper or tea towel and microwaves for 1 minute.
  4. In a skillet, warm the enchilada sauce. Working with one tortilla at a time, dip it in the enchilada sauce until lightly coated. Scoop ⅓ cup of the enchilada filling into the tortilla and roll tightly. arrange (see side down) in a 9X13 baking dish and repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the prepared enchiladas followed by the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, until cheese is bubbling.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories542
  • Protein34 g
  • Carbohydrates13 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol139 mg
  • sodium1310 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Green Chicken Enchiladas

Questions & Reviews

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  • Dawn

    I need to make with ground turkey for my parents, any suggestions on how much turkey

    20 ounces should be good!

  • Holly

    Have you ever made these ahead and frozen them?

    No, but should work fine! You can freeze before baking then fully thaw then bake!

  • Stormy

    What can be done to lower the sodium content? It's way too high.

    If you are making the taco seasoning use less salt or low sodium salt. Also you can check labels and make sure the enchilada sauce you are choosing has the lowest sodium content available.

  • Lindsay

    Can I use sautéed chicken bites instead? Not a huge fan of shredded/boiled chicken

    Sure!

  • Carmella Sayer

    Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream

    Should work fine! Hope you enjoy Carmella.

  • Molly Cour

    These were a huge hit!

    Thank you, that's great to hear Molly!

  • Kerry Johnson

    Fantastic dish!! Made it for the family for daughters birthday dinner, everyone gave rave reviews!! Definitely making this again. I made my own scratch green enchilada sauce, tasty, tasty dish

    Thanks you Kerry, so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

  • Coco

    Deeeeelicious! And so easy to make. My bf loved them.
    I used Trader Joe’s hatch valley salsa & salsa verde for sauce.
    Will sauté onions, mushrooms and maybe zucchini next time and add in when filling the tortillas.

    Thanks Coco, so happy you loved them!

  • Maureen Fitzgerald

    This is SO delicious! And easy! Tastes as good as a restaurant. Thank you!

    Thanks Maureen, so happy you loved them!

  • Rachael

    I made these with leftover thanksgiving turkey and they were incredible.

    I used half the cheese and they turned out amazing. My boyfriend gives them a 10/10!

    Thanks Rachael, so glad you both loved them!