This easy sour cream chicken enchilada recipe starts with flour tortillas that are filled with a seasoned shredded chicken mixture, topped with an amazing sour cream sauce, and baked until cheesy and gooey.
White Chicken Enchiladas
I love chicken enchiladas. Whenever we go to On the Border, I like to order the combo that includes chicken enchiladas and chicken tortilla soup. Plus chips and salsa.
You can easily make these sour cream chicken enchiladas at home to feed the whole family. The filled tortillas are topped with a creamy white sauce with green chiles. Served with some rice, they are pure comfort food.
Because you use cooked chicken, it is the best way to use up some leftover chicken and easy enough to make as a great weeknight recipe.
Why you’ll love this easy enchilada recipe
- It’s simple – using rotisserie chicken means you’re just assembling and baking the enchiladas.
- No cream of chicken soup – many enchiladas include “cream of” soup. This one does not.
- It’s cheesy and delicious!
- Family favorite. It’s kid friendly but you can fully omit the chili powder if you’re worried about heat.
Equipment needed to make easy chicken enchiladas
- Mixing Bowl – to combine the chicken mixture.
- 9×13 Baking Dish – I like this one with to save leftovers for the next day.
- Whisk – to make the creamy sauce.
Ingredients for Chicken Enchiladas
Below is a list of ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Flour tortillas – Corn tortillas would be authentic but I use soft flour for a more Tex-Mex feel.
- Chicken – Two cups of cooked shredded chicken breasts. I like to make shredded chicken in the instant pot, or you can shred up a rotisserie chicken, or use leftovers.
- Monterey Jack cheese – I highly recommend shredding your cheese off a block. Pre-shredded cheese is convenient, I get it, but it has non-caking agents on it that prevent it from melting as nicely.
- Butter – To use in the sauce.
- Flour – All purpose white flour.
- Chicken Broth – You can also use chicken stock.
- Sour Cream – The base of the creamy sauce. You could likely use Greek yogurt as well, but I haven’t tested it.
- Green Chiles – Diced green chiles (sometimes also spelled chilies). Usually anaheim or poblano, they are fairly mild.
- Cilantro – Fresh cilantro is best but dried works as well.
- Seasonings – You’ll need onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and chili powder (can be skipped if you don’t like any heat).
How to make easy white chicken enchiladas
- STEP ONE: Make the chicken mixture. To a large bowl, add the cooked, shredded chicken, chili powder, and one cup of cheese. You could also add a can of RoTel to the mixture to add more flavor.
- STEP TWO: Roll the enchiladas. Spoon a scoop of the chicken mixture to the center of a tortilla, fold the edges in, roll it up, and place seam-side down into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish.
How to make Sour Cream Sauce
- STEP ONE: To a medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in the flour. Cook for one minute on medium heat, stirring as it thickens (you’re making a roux). Pour in the broth and whisk until smooth, continuing to heat until thick and bubbly. Then, stir in the sour cream, can of chilies, and seasonings until just combined. Don’t bring to a boil or you’ll curdle the sour cream.
- STEP TWO: Assemble and bake. Pour the sour cream sauce over the rolled enchiladas, top with additional cheese, and bake at 350° for 20 minutes until melty, bubbly, and golden brown.
If you’re serving a smaller group, try my chicken enchiladas for two!
If you want to heat things up a bit, try my salsa verde chicken enchiladas!
What do you serve enchiladas with?
Chicken enchiladas are a meal in themselves but I like to serve them with:
- Cilantro Lime Rice
- Mexican Rice
- Homemade Tortilla Chips
- Blender Salsa
- Mexican Street Corn
- Slow cooker black beans
If you’d like to add a little more to the enchilada filling, a can of RoTel would work really well. The chopped tomatoes add great flavor.
Adding black beans or corn or even rice inside the rolled tortillas would also be delicious.
How to store leftovers
Leftovers should be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze chicken enchiladas?
Yes! Chicken enchiladas freeze really well. Fully assemble them, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then a layer of foil, and store in the freezer for up to three months.
When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, cover with foil, and bake for one hour minutes at 300°, uncover, and bake another 10-15 minutes or until completely heated through.
Can I make a double batch?
Yes! Because these enchiladas freeze so well, you can make a double batch and freeze one to bake at a later time. I like to pick up the aluminum disposable pans from Sam’s Club for easy freezing.
They also make a great dish to take to a family with a new baby or a sick friend. Any time you want to share a dish to be helpful.
White Chicken Enchiladas FAQs
Why are my chicken enchiladas soggy?
Your enchiladas might get soggy if you add too much sauce. You don’t want dry enchiladas, but you also don’t want to drown them.
Should enchiladas be cooked covered or uncovered?
Many enchilada recipes call for the dish to be covered while baking. I leave the foil off when baking mine. The ingredients are already cooked, you’re just heating them through and melting all the cheese.
Are enchiladas better with corn or flour tortillas?
I prefer flour tortillas in this recipe but corn would be more authentic (I am not making any authenticity claims in this recipe!).
If you’d like to use corn tortillas, just make sure you heat them to soften them before you roll and fill the enchiladas.
What kind of cheese do Mexican restaurants use in their enchiladas?
Many Mexican restaurants use Monterey Jack cheese in their enchiladas, which is what we use here. You can also use pepper jack for more heat.
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Originally published February 20, 2012