Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce Recipe - these cheesy chicken enchiladas with green chiles and white cheese sauce are a quick and easy dinner recipe idea perfect for the whole family. A traditional green chile chicken enchiladas recipe smothered in ooey-gooey melty cheese sauce! Our family loves these, and it's a great freezer meal too!
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Recipe with White Sauce
We have a local Mexican Restaurant that has the most amazing food. The best part about their dishes is the awesome white cheese sauce! In an effort to replicate the deliciousness, I came up with this Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Recipe with white cheesy sauce. Because everything is better with loads of cheese, right?! It turned out fantastic, so I wanted to share!
This Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe is packed full of delicious flavor and lots and lots of cheese. The cheese sauce for the green chile chicken enchiladas is made with no flour and real cheese, so you'll get to taste every morsel of that creamy, cheesy goodness. I like to use two different cheese in this green chile chicken enchiladas recipe. I'll generally use cheddar or some sort of "Jack" cheese (like Monterey Jack or Colby Jack) in the actual green chile chicken enchiladas. Then for the cheesy white sauce, I'll use a softer white cheese, like mozzarella or Chihuahua cheese.
To make these green chile chicken enchiladas even quicker, you can use a cooked rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken from a different dish. I personally like to buy boneless skinless chicken breasts in bulk when they're on sale, then cook a bunch of it and freeze it for when I want to use it for quick recipes like these green chile chicken enchiladas.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Recipe with White Cheese Sauce
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce
For the Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas:
- 1 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 4 oz can chopped green chiles
- 1 package of taco seasoning or see the ingredients below to make your own homemade taco seasoning for this dish
- 2 ½ cups pre-cooked chicken chopped or shredded (about 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts)
- ½ medium onion finely chopped
- 6 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
- 10-12 medium tortillas
- *Optional* - 1 10 ounce can red enchilada sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
For the cheese sauce:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 can evaporated milk or 1 ½ c half & half or heavy whipping cream. NOT regular milk, which will be too thin
- 2 cups shredded white cheese such as mozzarella or Chihuahua
- 1 4 oz can green chiles
- In a large bowl, place cream of chicken soup, sour cream, green chiles, and seasonings. Mix together until combined.
- Add the chicken, onion, cilantro, and cheese to your bowl, and stir again to combine.
- Fill tortillas with chicken mix. Roll up and place in a greased 9"x13" baking dish. You should have 8-12 enchiladas, depending on what size tortilla you used. I used 8" tortillas.
- If you're using the enchilada sauce, pour over the green chile chicken enchiladas now.
- Bake in a 350° oven for about 15-25 minutes, or until heated through.
- For the cheese sauce: While the green chile chicken enchiladas are baking, melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Add evaporated milk. Heat mixture, but don't bring to a boil. When your evaporated milk is warm-hot, add your shredded cheese, a half cup at a time. Stir until cheese is melted and combined. Repeat until all of the cheese is used. You should be stirring constantly during this time. Add your can of green chiles. Stir and remove from heat. (Using block cheese that you shredded yourself will work MUCH better than buying pre-shredded cheese. Store bought pre-shredded cheese is coated in starch to prevent sticking, which causes the cheese to be a little less cooperative in this process)
- Pour your cheese sauce over your baked green chile chicken enchiladas.
- Serve warm with additional toppings such as salsa, sour cream, or pico de gallo.
Did you like this Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe? Find more on my Dinner Ideas and Salads & Side Dishes boards on Pinterest!
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Tom holaday says
how many chihuahuas does it take to milk out 1 cup of cheese?
Devin Russell says
Made this recipe, 86’d the chilies. It was fantastic and made enough for leftovers!! Will make again. I love your page!
Thank you so much 🙂 and I'm so glad you liked it!
What size can of evaporate milk??
Just your average 12 ounce can.
My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.
Kimberly Wiggins says
Turned out way better than I expected! So delicious!! Family loved it too.
Diane Eelkema says
I had trouble deciphering the amounts.
It reads 1.2 10 ounce…. Or
1.2 4 oz can …..
So then in the taco seasoning where it reads
2.4 teaspoons does that mean 4 1/2 teaspoons?
It sounds like you changed the number of servings in the slider bar above the recipe. Everything is in even, typical amounts in the original written recipe. This is an older recipe of mine, so it needs a little editing, but for the cans, I'm just telling you how big of a can I'm talking about so 1 (10 ounce) can, 1 (4 ounce) can, etc. For the taco seasoning, it reads like this:
▢2 teaspoons chili powder
▢1 teaspoon cumin
▢1 teaspoon paprika
▢½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
▢½ teaspoon garlic powder
Check the servings bar (it should be set at 5), because none of them say 2.4 or 1.2 or anything like that
Great recipe, have made it a couple of times now with a few tweaks. I use pepper jack cheese inside with the chicken, i season the chic thighs my way and grill. If you can get Hatch chilies in a jar even better but rare. And for the sauce, I've made great queso and the cheese trick for that is actually sliced white American ( i use bongards) and when I was in TX. I used half American and half Mexican melting cheese. For alil added kick, before I put the enchiladas in to bake, i sprinkle pickled jalapeno on top. Yummo! Thought I'd share my twist on it. Enjoy!
Your version sounds amazing! Thanks for the suggestions!