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Green Chicken Enchiladas

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).


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

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

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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



  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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  • Adele Charchuk

    Hi there! First off, I adore all your recipes and content!

    Ok, onto my question…Would using flour tortillas be an ok substitute? And, if so, do I need to make any changes or adjustments to the recipe to accommodate this change?
    Thank you! Look forward to a response! 💕💜💕💜

    Flour tortillas are a very different texture than corn tortillas when baked in enchiladas so swapping them would be entirely your preference. They are a softer, chewier texture. It would be fine to swap in this recipe if you are ok with the change in texture.

  • melissa

    Can you freeze the mixture and use at a later date?

    Should work ok.

  • Devin

    What size corn tortilla works best?

    regular corn tortillas, not the street taco size. Hope you enjoy Devin!

  • Liz

    Have you ever assembled these hours ahead and then cooked them later?

    Sure! It will work great!

  • Dawn

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

    20 ounces should be good!

  • lisa zarnoth

    We loved them!

    Thanks Lisa!

  • Blair Marie

    I made this for a friend who was a new mom of twins. Her and her husband raved about it and asked for the recipe- of course I shared :) Made some extra for myself and my husband and we loved it as well. Easy and delicious.

    Thank you Blair! We are so happy everyone loved it!

  • Myesha

    Made this for dinner tonight and my boyfriend and I loved it. Only used a cup each of mozzarella and Jack cheese in the filling and it was plenty. Also squeezed half a lime in the filling as well. Put it under the broiler for a few at the end to get nice color on the cheese. Also topped with cilantro and green onion! Absolutely delicious!

    Thanks Myesha, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Sandy

    Made this tonight for dinner. Absolutely easy to prepare and was a hit with the family!

    Thank you, that's so great to hear! We are so happy everyone loved it Sandy!

  • Molly Cour

    These were a huge hit!

    Thank you, that's great to hear Molly!