These Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas are Patrick’s #1 FAVORITE ENCHILADAS!
This Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas are a tantalizing combination of robust seasonings, tender chicken and sweet and tangy heat infused and smothered with Pepper Jack cheese. They are my most requested recipe and about to become YOUR most requested easy chicken enchilada recipe! This chicken enchiladas recipe can be prepped in the morning and baked at night, made in mass quantities, and/or frozen for later. They also make terrific leftovers – even with eggs for breakfast!Happy Memorial Day Weekend! This Memorial Day, Patrick and I also celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary! I won’t get too mushy and gushy, because you can read all of that in “Our Love Story,” but I have to say, I am more madly in love with my husband than ever before – especially after this crazy last year (I’m still updating my Next Chapters) starting with finding out I would need a kidney transplant (January 2013), almost going into a diabetic coma and Patrick saving my life (April 2013), Patrick rushing me to the hospital for appendicitis (June 2013), my mom being disqualified as my kidney donor (July 2013), supporting me through my iron infusions, no energy, and crazy swollen legs and feet (because my kidneys weren’t flushing out the fluid) – so swollen I could no longer wear jeans and only wear 1 of my MANY pairs of shoes that still fit (summer – October 2013), and finally through my kidney transplant and recovery (October 2013).All the craziness reminds me of the line in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when Maria is pinching herself that she and Ian are getting married and she jokes that any day he’s going to say, ” Yeah, right, you’re so not worth this.”I don’t know how I got so lucky for him to think I am worth this – but I will take it! And treat him right with the BEST Chicken Enchiladas on the planet!
EASY CHICKEN ENCHILADASI am A HUGE chicken enchiladas fan – because practically everything tastes better in a tortilla smothered with cheese and sauce! I’ve shared Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas,Barbacoa Beef Enchiladas,Sweet Chili Chicken Enchiladas, Creamy Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas and Breakfast Ham and Cheese Enchiladas – but this Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas recipe is still our go-to favorite and Patrick’s #1 favorite…EVER!!! So, I thought it fitting I share Patrick’s favorite food while I celebrate my marriage to my favorite man!These easy chicken enchiladas are made with:
- salsa verde
- flour tortillas
- pepper jack cheese
- Monterrey jack cheese
- lime juice
Is Salsa Verde the same as green enchilada sauce?For this recipe you will want a jar of salsa verde or homemade salsa verde- which is NOT the same as green enchilada sauce.
- Salsa verde: is typically made of roasted tomatillos, serrano or jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, lime juice and cilantro. The ingredients are blended together to create a smooth salsa and left RAW.
- Green enchilada sauce: contains all of the same ingredients with the addition of flour and chicken broth to create a roux. The sauce is simmered until thickened which mellows the punch of the ingredient.
How Spicy are these Easy Chicken Enchiladas?
Make Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Rotisserie Chicken!You can use your own shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken for this easy chicken enchilada recipe. I love using rotisserie chicken because it is lightly seasoned and juicy. You will need about 3 ½ cups shredded chicken for this recipe.
How to make your Own Shredded ChickenWhile I love rotisserie chicken, I often don’t have one – or a whole, uneaten one on hand, so I usually make my own shredded chicken for chicken enchiladas. It is super easy and all you need is chicken and chicken broth!
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add one-pound chicken breasts pounded thin (2-3 breasts) and cook 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown on one side.
- Flip chicken and add 2 cups chicken broth. Cover and reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, then flip chicken over and continue to cook 5-10 minutes or until chicken is tender enough to shred. You may need to add more chicken broth if it is already absorbed when you flip your chicken over. You may substitute the chicken broth with water, but chicken broth will infuse your chicken with more flavor.
- Remove chicken from skillet and let rest 5 minutes before shredding.
How to Make EASY Chicken EnchiladasTo make these the BEST chicken enchiladas, the flavors don’t just “sit” on the chicken, they penetrate the chicken! By soaking the shredded chicken for just 10 minutes in a bath of honey, lime, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, chipotle powder, garlic, etc., plain chicken transforms into out of this world chicken.While your chicken is “marinating,” lightly toast your tortillas. This step is optional but we highly prefer the texture of toasted tortillas. They still soften in the chicken enchiladas, but they don’t become mushy.Now, all that’ts left to do is assemble the easy chicken enchiladas by topping each tortilla with pepper jack cheese, optional 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese then rolling up and smothering salsa verde and more cheese.Then sit back and relax while the honey, lime, salsa verde, cheesy chicken deliciousness bubbles into golden cheesy bliss.
How Long to bake Enchiladas?Bake chicken enchilada at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the enchiladas are bubbling. You can broil the top until the cheese is golden in spots, but take care not to broil for too long or the cheese won’t be as gooey – and we all want GOOEY cheese!
Helpful Tips to make Chicken Enchiladas
- Use jarred mild salsa verde as opposed to canned green enchilada sauce. They are similar but not the same.
- You can use flour or corn tortillas. If you use corn tortillas, just be aware they tend to fall apart more easily. You will need to microwave the corn tortillas before using: working in batches, place 6 tortillas on a microwave safe plate, cover with a moist paper towel and microwave 40 to 50 seconds so they are warm and pliable.
- You can make easy chicken enchiladas in a flash by using rotisserie chicken or making your own shredded chicken in advance and keeping it in the refrigerator or freezing it, then thawing it the night before making chicken enchiladas.
- You can customize your chicken enchiladas with beans (black beans, refried beans, pinto beans), sweet potatoes or rice, spinach, corn or zucchini or any other veggies you like. If you add additional filling ingredients, you will need to use less chicken to keep the correct ratios.
- Toppings! Top chicken enchiladas with all or some of your favorite toppings such as sour cream or Greek yogurt (highly recommend), cilantro, jalapenos, avocados, tomatoes, black olives, etc.
- If you’re not sure how much cayenne pepper and/or chipotle pepper tot add, use less heat and add hot sauce to spice up individual servings.
What to serve with Chicken Enchiladas?These Chicken Enchiladas are steal-the-show fantastic, they don’t need many sides. In fact, we love them just with rice and a big green salad. If you’re looking to get a little more creative, they are also delicious with:
- Cilantro Lime Rice
- Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice
- Restaurant Homemade Salsa
- Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Lime Butter
- Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing
- Perfect Fruit Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing
- Pina Colada Fruit Salad
- homemade Churros!
CAN CHICKEN ENCHILADAS BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?These Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas are a great make-ahead dinner! You can assemble them in the morning and then just bake when you’re ready to eat! Just keep in mind, that the longer the tortillas sit, the softer they become, which doesn’t bother us at all, but I just want you to be aware.To make chicken enchiladas ahead, prepare them according to directions, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.You can bake the enchiladas straight from the refrigerator and increase the baking time by approximately 10 minutes or until they are hot and bubbly and completely heated through.
HOW TO REHEAT CHICKEN ENCHILADAS?You can reheat individual servings of Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas in the microwave until heated through or you can reheat the entire pan in the oven.To reheat enchiladas in the oven, cover pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees F until heated through, approximately 30-35 minutes.
How Long are CHICKEN Enchiladas Good For?Chicken Enchiladas should be covered tightly in plastic wrap or foil and stored in the refrigerator. When stored correctly, these Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas are good for about 5 days.
HOW TO FREEZE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS?While some enchiladas don’t freeze as well due to a cream-based sauce, these Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas freeze great! You can even double the recipe so you can enjoy one casserole now and one later.I like to freeze my chicken enchiladas in a disposable pan for easy cleanup, but any 9×13 pan will also work. To freeze enchiladas:
- Assemble enchiladas up to the point of adding the cheese on top. You can add the cheese, but the cheese will have a better texture if you add it just when you’re ready to bake.
- Wrap the pan tightly in plastic wrap a couple times then then cover with foil. Label and freeze for up to three months.
- When ready to eat, let enchiladas thaw in the fridge overnight.
- Add cheese, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or completely heated through.
- Alternatively, you can bake enchiladas from frozen at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until heated through.
Looking for more Salsa Verde Recipes?
- 3 Ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken
- Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese
- Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
- Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken and Rice Bake
- Salas Verde Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Queso Verde Corn Dip
- Chicken in Coconut Mango Verde Sauce (READERS FAV!)
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