Creamy Chicken and Green Chili Enchiladas

by jerseygirl on December 1, 2008 · 64 comments

I know I haven’t posted in a few days and I am blaming it all on Facebook. I can only feed my computer addiction so much and I spent some considerable time on Facebook this weekend. Very bad habit I know. Anyway, I have been stumped while trying to come up with new dinners lately. I’m not sure why but every time I look in my freezer, I can’t think of anything that good to make. Today I stopped at Trader Joe’s and when I saw the salsa verde, it hit me like a light bulb.

About a week ago, Amy from Dinners for a Year and Beyond had this easy, quick enchilada recipe that I have been wanting to try. I tried it tonight and it was outstanding. My husband said he could eat them three times a week. He loved them so much that he is massaging my shoulders while I write this post. You should try them if you want a massage. I mean from your significant other, not my husband. So thanks Amy for the great recipe!

I made very minor changes by using corn tortillas, light sour cream and light Mexican blend cheese rather than sharp cheddar. This lightened the recipe a little but you wouldn’t even know it. I am looking forward to the upcoming posts on Dinners for a Year and Beyond as Amy is doing the 12 dinners of Christmas. She is always cooking up something good.

Come back later this week for another giveaway!

Creamy Chicken and Green Chili Enchiladas
(makes 12 enchiladas)

4 bone-in chicken breasts or purchased already cooked rotisserie chicken
olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1/3 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup salsa verde (I recommend Trader Joe’s or Goya brands)
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
12 6-inch corn tortillas
3 cups shredded light Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Place chicken on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 40 – 50 minutes or until the internal temperature is about 170 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Set aside. Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan to medium high and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the onions. Saute for 8 – 10 minutes or until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cumin and saute for an additional minute. Stir in the flour until blended and cook for a minute. Slowly pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 – 4 minutes or until thickened. Add the salsa verde, sour cream, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Season the creamy green chili sauce with salt and pepper. Add about 1 cup of the creamy green chili sauce to the shredded chicken and stir to combine.To assemble enchiladas get a large baking dish ans spray with cooking spray. Dip a tortilla into the creamy green chili sauce and put it on a cutting board. (You can also put tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds to make them easier to work with.) Put a big scoop of the chicken mixture in the center, sprinkle with a little of the cheese, and roll up the tortilla to enclose the filling. Place the enchilada in the baking dish. Continue to fill all of the tortillas and put them in the baking dish. Pour the remaining creamy green chili sauce over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for about 20 – 25 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is melted. Serve hot with sour cream.

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Aggie December 1, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Mmmmm….this looks good. I haven’t enchiladas in a while, I LOVE salsa verde.

I too have a Facebook addiction (as you know!), and a blog addiction…it’s just too much sometimes! 🙂


Chef E December 2, 2008 at 12:18 am

Ditto there aggie, this one is a favorite of mine!


ConversationsWithACupcake December 2, 2008 at 12:45 am

Oh. Yumma Yumma Yummarousky.
Something about Mexican always gets me. 🙂

And…about the computer habit. I feel your addiction. I tell ya. There is not. enough. time. in the day!


Sharon December 2, 2008 at 1:31 am

I have some leftover cornbread that would be tasty with these enchiladas! Facebook is another addiction of mine as well!


Cathy December 2, 2008 at 2:47 am

Facebook is killing me, too! It’s gotten a little better than it was when I first joined a few weeks ago, but it’s still pretty bad. Between that and this blogging thing — well, my hubs keeps telling me that I better not sign up for one of those virtual life games! I clearly have that kind of addictive computer personalities. Your enchiladas look amazing. I can’t get enough Tex Mex around here, and I will definitely be giving this one a try!


Emily December 2, 2008 at 3:04 am

You’ve been Facebookin’ lately, have you? Me too.

This sounds delicious.


Emily December 2, 2008 at 3:42 am

Lisa, Lisa, Lisa! You are a life saver! I am making this for dinner tomorrow! I pulled out my sour cream, tortillas, and verde and was scratching my head . . . until now! Looks good! I can’t wait to try it! (Brain power to get us through finals!)


natalia December 2, 2008 at 4:16 am

That’s why I don’t even want to know what Facebook is ! This is a wonderful recipe !


MrOrph December 2, 2008 at 5:47 am

We eat a lot of Mexican dishes here and enchiladas is one of my favorites. I would have blogged my pulled pork enchiladas that I made last month but the red sauce was way too hot. My wife could eat it but it was just too much for me.


Culinarywannabe December 2, 2008 at 7:16 am

I love how cheesy and gooey these look! That’s the kind of meal you want to come home to after a long day.


EAT! December 2, 2008 at 7:49 am

Hey Lisa –

I am so glad your family liked the recipe. The Husband could eat these 3 days a week too!! The spicier the better.

I also like the recipe with corn tortillas. Try it with a side of black beans mixed a small can of diced chilis.


Debbie December 2, 2008 at 8:14 am

Oh does that look good. I have chicken thawing in the fridge right now. I’m constantly changing my mind as to what to make after I see all these great recipes….!!!!! Was going to make a chicken marsala but now I want this!!!


Katherine Aucoin December 2, 2008 at 8:45 am

Those enchiladas look like the ticket and are a family favorite. I haven’t made them in a while.


ttfn300 December 2, 2008 at 8:59 am

haha, if this got you massages, i’m in 😉


Allie December 2, 2008 at 9:26 am

I’ve been craving a good enchilada dinner!


Bunny December 2, 2008 at 9:40 am

What to have for dinner…ugh! Sometimes I just hate to think about it cause I feel like I make the same thing over and over again! But this looks great and different , thanks Lisa!


Anne December 2, 2008 at 9:53 am

Those look great- I love anything with green chilies. Great modifications to the recipe, too. (And yeah, I’ve spent more than my share of time on facebook too…)


Stacey Snacks December 2, 2008 at 9:55 am

Lisa, can you believe I have never had an enchilada?
This sounds simple, I think the husband would enjoy.


RutgersGirl December 2, 2008 at 10:15 am

These look great! Thanks for the dinner idea. I will make some Mexican rice with veggies and dinner is served!


Maria December 2, 2008 at 10:18 am

I love enchiladas!! The green chili sauce is the best!


Kirsten December 2, 2008 at 10:23 am

Yum, I love enchiladas. Those look fantastic!


Trying to Stay Calm! December 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

I’m new here, what a great blog 🙂 ♥ Hugs!


kat December 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

Those sound so good, I think I may have to add them to my menu


Mary December 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

What a great recipe. I’ll be trying this one really soon.


nicole December 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I make something like this. They are good and yours looks good.


Rosie December 2, 2008 at 12:39 pm

This really sounds so good Lisa. I adore enchiladas and salsa my kind of food 🙂

Rosie x


Pam December 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Don’t you just love Trader Joe’s…that salsa verde is outstanding.

The enchiladas look amazing – I think I’ll be making a batch soon.


Meg December 2, 2008 at 1:37 pm

I love green chili! These look amazing. My husband would love these.


That Girl December 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I use the TJ’s salsa verde for my enchiladas too!


HoneyB December 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Yumm. Mexican food is one of my favorites but Grumpy is a party pooper and complains every time I make it.


Leslie December 2, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I have been in a dinner rut as well. I think Thanksgiving wore me out!!


Robin Sue December 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I saw this at Amy’s too and I need to make this soon! I did not buy the recommended brand of verde sauce and the one I got is super too hot!


Beth December 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I want a massage – shame hubby is away in Edinburgh for work for a few days. Perhaps I will make this when he gets home!!! It sounds fabulous


Dawn December 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm

I love that Trader Joe’s is selling more and more pre-made sauces and stuff.
This is definitely a comfort food. Love this!


Janine December 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I love enchiladas! These look great,think I need to put them on my next meal plan.


The Blonde Duck December 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Awesome! I can always use a new enchilada recipe!

I stay off facebook and myspace. Don’t want hs people finding me.


biz319 December 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Love this recipe – I hope to make it soon!


Erica December 2, 2008 at 11:27 pm

mmm This looks nice! I love enchiladas but sometimes don’t like all the sauce! This looks like a nice variation! How yummy!


Bridgett December 3, 2008 at 2:17 am

I am with your hubby, I could easily eat these 3 times a week. They look delicious.


Lori December 3, 2008 at 4:59 am

Mmm, this sounds like a winner – I definitely have to try it soon!


Lisa magicsprinkles December 3, 2008 at 9:42 am

Man, if enchiladas are all it took for me to get my DH to rub my shoulders, I’d make them every day! As for the computer addiction, I feel your pain. My arse is spreading from sitting on it all day in front of the screen. I need to get a life.


Jeena December 3, 2008 at 9:48 am

Yum this sounds so tasty, what great ingredients. 🙂


SusanD December 3, 2008 at 7:03 pm

This looks great! I’m not ready for FaceBook yet, I just figured out how to post a comment!


Katrina December 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Love homemade enchiladas, they are so much better than buying the frozen ones in the store! Looks great, Lisa. What day can you make dinner? 😉


Liz December 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I have one word and one word only: YUM. This looks awesome. Did your kids like it as much as your hubby?

As for Facebook, I’ve been using it to reunite with old camp and high school friends. My bigger addiction, however, is Twitter. Although it’s kind of fun in a sadistic sort of way, it’s a real time suck!! If you’re on it, follow me at @lizweiss.


Patsyk December 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Yep, facebook is my other computer addiction… I have to make sure I blog before I log in over there!

Love this recipe and trader joes!


Kristen December 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm

That looks delicious. I love enchiladas and this looks like such a delicious twist on them!


nicole December 4, 2008 at 12:17 am

Check my blog out for your award. 🙂


priscilla December 4, 2008 at 12:25 am

i am going to try these for sure. they look so good. and that is so neat, your daughter and i looked alike as babies. i’ve never gotten that before!


Amy December 4, 2008 at 10:42 am

Yum! We love all things Mexican around here!!


Maria December 4, 2008 at 11:01 am

Mmmmmmm Lisa, this is my idea of comfort food!



Yasmeen December 4, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Winter warming chicken and chili enchiladas,luv it!


Jerri - Simply Sweet Home December 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Wow! These look delicious. I must try this recipe!


Jan December 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I fear we all have our on-line addictions, so I had better stay well clear of Facebook.

The enchiladas look and sound delish, and I could use a massage after today’s Christmas
shopping. 🙂


Shaheen December 7, 2008 at 7:34 am

I love Mexican food and the creamy chicken and chilli enchiladas sound like something I’m going to love.


Kevin December 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Those sound tasty. It has been too long since I last made enchiladas.


Tracy December 15, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Yum! I love Mexican food!


Liz December 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I made this recipe over the weekend … we’re still eating leftovers. I actually turned it into a casserole. So yummy and both boys really liked it. I’ll post my version to Meal Makeover Moms soon!


Yum Yucky September 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

Oh oh. This looks like something I need to sink my greedy teeth into. I hitting the print button on this baby!


Barbara Bakes September 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

Sounds great! I bet it smells fantastic as it's baking!


Barbara Bakes November 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I made these last night and my husband must have told me ten times how much he loved them! Thanks!


Anonymous January 15, 2010 at 8:44 am

I made these last night for my boyfriend, with just a few modifications like using whole wheat flour and whole grain tortillas. One word…AMAZING!! I'm completely obsessed with salsa verde so this dish totally fit the bill. Thanks so much! This one will go down in the favorites we make all the time 🙂


Suzanne January 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I'll take a whole pan-full! YUM! I believe this will be coming up in my kitchen double soon. Excellent!


SMITH BITES January 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm

i used to make these all. the. time. gooey, cheesy comfort in a pan!!


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