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These delectable, comforting Cheesy Chicken Enchildas made 4 college boys very happy!

Perfect to share with hungry kids who were no longer eating dorm food on campus, with new moms or families in need, or just for your own family, these Easy Chicken Enchiladas will be a hit!

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas in a Pyrex casserole dish

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

We were well into September and finally made plans to take Nick and his college roomies out for dinner.  When Nick ordered a $44 steak, I started to wonder if this dinner bill would break the bank! I guess only my son had the nerve to order the most expensive item on the menu…whew. Those boys can eat! Besides dinner out, I brought two batches of cookies and dinner for another night.

I knew some prime rib had been dropped off along with a couple lasagnas (I think the moms are spoiling these guys!). I decided to make a batch of Enchiladas de Polio y Queso or Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas…after all, Nick is a Spanish minor. Full of sauced up chicken and cheese, these were perfect for the ravenous teens. The unbaked enchiladas topped with a thick layer of shredded cheese convinced me to make a second batch for us at home.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas on a white dinner plate with cilantro and grape tomatoes

Tips for Making Easy Chicken Enchiladas

This Chicken Enchiladas Casserole isn’t much more difficult than those recipes using canned soup, but a heck of a lot better! Here are some tips to help you make perfect Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas.

  • The shredded chicken can come from a rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken or freshly poached or roasted chicken from your kitchen.
  • If you want spicy enchiladas, add a minced jalapeno when you saute the onions and bell pepper.
  • I usually buy whole wheat tortillas for me and flour tortillas for my husband. Feel free to use your favorite kind and brand that are 6 inches in diameter.
  • Add your favorite cheeses to this recipe. I love Monterey jack, but cheddar or a Mexican cheese mixture works well, too. PRO-Tip: I like to grate my own cheese as that always melts better than the packaged shredded cheeses.
  • If you’re nervous about making the white sauce, don’t be! Just make sure to whisk constantly (I prefer a flat whisk for this job) so it doesn’t develop lumps.
  • PRO-Tip: I also love using Wondra Flour, made by Gold Medal. It’s a granular flour that’s perfect for cream sauces and gravy as it doesn’t get lumpy like regular flour.
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas in a white casserole dish with a garnish of cilantro

More Tex-Mex Recipes You’ll Love:

This Spicy Mexican Corn Salad would be the perfect side with these enchiladas. And on a cold winter’s night or game day, this Black Bean Chili can’t be beat! Or for lighter fare, this Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette is a wonderful meatless meal. Add chicken or shrimp for a heartier version.

Irresistible, Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas from scratch!

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

A cheesy, delectable Tex-Mex casserole that will have you coming back for seconds!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 5 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (red or green, I used red)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 can (4 ounces) green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 12 6-inch flour tortillas


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  2. Cook onions and bell pepper in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Combine with chicken and green chilies. Set aside.
  3. In the same pan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, blend in flour, seasonings and salt. Whisk in broth, cook and whisk until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in sour cream, ½ cup cheese and ½ cup sauce into chicken mixture. Spoon some of the sauce into bottom of prepared pan. Spoon chicken mixture into the center of each tortilla and roll. Place in pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas.Pour over remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 enchiladas

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 766Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1416mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 32g


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63 comments on “Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas”

  1. I love enchiladas and their ooey, gooey, cheese-y goodness! I wuz an English major:@) The cheese sounds great but isn’t available in my area, good luck to everyone else!

  2. I love enchiladas not only because they’re perfect for a weeknight meal but it’s such a fun word to say 🙂 So cool that your son is majoring in Spanish! My husband speaks it and I’m so jealous of him, especially since we both work in the restaurant industry- it’s invaluable there.
    I’m excited to check out this cheese! Cheese is my one true love, and I love finding new brands and types. Fingers crossed on this giveaway.

  3. Ooo! Loooove enchiladas! I’m a cheese addict and these are the perfect carrying device for the cheesy goodness.

  4. looks lovely .. will have to try….

  5. looks lovely .. will have to try….
    Wish the cheese was sold in NJ or even closer than NYC …. 🙁

  6. Yum! We usually have to go out to a mediocre Mexican restaurant to get our fix on things like enchiladas. I’ll have to try to make my own!

  7. Yum, we love making enchiladas twice a month and these cheesy enchiladas look absolutely incredible and mouthwatering! Love how much cheesy goodness is in here and the sauce sounds fantastic!:)

  8. I love chicken enchiladas and you’ve just reminded me it’s time to make them again soon!

  9. My mouth is watering – that looks soooo good!

  10. These look so good and cheesy!

  11. We ran into the same problem taking Tommy and his roommates out! This will definitely make it into the rotation of meals sent over!

  12. You’re giving me more reasons to be glad that I have a daughter! Of course, she’s so active she’s eating us out of house and home too. The enchiladas look amazing, Liz.

  13. Liz, these cheesy chicken enchiladas looks o wonderful – the perfect family meal. I am sure that my kids would adore eating these for dinner. A fabulous recipe, dear Liz!

  14. Looks delicious! Pinning these for later! (Ps. I think I would’ve had to take them all to Taco Bell instead!!)

  15. My kids and I love chicken enchiladas! You are such a great mom delivering food to your son. The kids always appreciate the taste from home and will love to go home for mom’s meal. After living away from home for many years, I still miss mom’s home cook and enjoy it once a year when we visit. This is a wonderful home cook recipe to keep!

  16. Not sure what I would bake. The hubs has a habit on snacking everything up before I can use it!

  17. I shudder every time we take Archie and his mates out for dinner. As you say, they sure can eat and they have no concept of trying to keep it a moderately priced event, instead, doing things like ordering a $44.00 steak. I do hope they cooked it to his liking! I’d definitely be cooking these enchiladas instead of taking them out! xx

  18. these enchiladas look wonderful Lizzy!!

  19. Bless you, bless you, Liz for advocating for nonGMO! Yay!

    Thank you, too, for the enchilada recipe. My goodness, I’d definitely be making a second batch, too.


  20. I would make these enchiladas, I’ve had a taste for them lately. In my wellness class we’ve been talking about GMO’s and I will share this with my students. Mighty tasty giveaway!!

  21. When my mom was sick and I was taking care of her my co-workers went in on a week’s worth of (catered) freezer meals for my family. One of the dishes was chicken enchiladas and they were delicious. I’ve been wanting to make some ever since, but didn’t have a good recipe. No more excuses for me! I will add the ingredients I don’t have to my grocery list. Yum!

  22. Love cheese in all its form – especially enchiladas!!

  23. My mouth is literally watering. I love that! I had a less than satisfying meal today…must be why. 😛

  24. Hi Lizzy,
    Catching up on my reading and your enchiladas look delicious. Pinning.

  25. I haven’t had enchiladas in ages!

  26. My favorite enchiladas are cheese. My second favorite is chicken and cheese. And then there is grilled cheese. I could keep going, but suffice to say, I could just eat the cheese!

  27. We love enchiladas at my house and smothered with cheese you just can’t go wrong. These look terrific. I’m sure they wouldn’t last long at our house.

  28. I would make beer cheese soup.

  29. These enchiladas look so good – I want to rip into them myself.

  30. Oh mine, these enchiladas look so delicious! What a perfect weeknight meal! I want this for my dinner tonight!

  31. Mmm gooey delicious enchiladas for the win 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. My mouth is watering…Liz. These enchiladas look so delicious!

  33. John’s son used to do the same thing. We went to England to visit him and invited several of his mates to join us for dinner. When he ordered the most expensive thing on the menu, they all did too! I nearly fainted when I saw the bill.

    I would prefer your cheesy enchiladas.

  34. Those guys are spoiled indeed! That brings many sweet memories of my mom’s care packages when I was that age. I would have loved receiving rock frozen enchiladas to bake and share with my roommates.

    No Rumiano cheese around my neck of the woods… sounds like their products are wonderful.

  35. Mac in cheese for sure! Although I bet this would taste great in tacos or other cheesy dish.

  36. Now your son sounds like my cousin who devoured a rabbit, a plate of ribs and vension all by himself. ^.^ He sopped ordering quantities like that since he has to earn his own money now. =P Your enchiladas look like the perfect dinner idea, thanks for sharing Liz!

  37. I would just eat the cheese.

  38. Mmmm I’d probs make some grilled cheese!

    and these enchiladas look awesome (and your son sounds like my little brother…he would totally order the most expensive thing lol)

  39. Looks so delicious!!! We just love Mexican dishes!

  40. looks lovely .. I love enchiladas

  41. Probably some mac-n-cheese! Fall comfort food 🙂

  42. I’m going to check out Rumiano and get some cheese. I haven’t made enchiladas yet this year but I’ve been craving them in a bad way. I’d love some good Rumiano cheese to make these chicken enchiladas.

  43. Oh cheese must be my favourite food!! Especially in a cheese souffle. I haven’t made one for years! I will have to make these!!

  44. I would probably end up eating the whole block on its own but if I managed to have any left I would also make enchiladas!! 🙂

  45. I would make Chile Rellenos

  46. Grilled cheese sandwich with Monterey Jack, crab meat and fresh spinach.

  47. I can imagine your boys went crazy over these Liz, it seems like Mexican is always a hit!

  48. Cheesy Enchiladas, my favorite!

  49. Ah great, those enchiladas look really great. That is the sort of dish I appreciate. Something like that started my interest in cooking anyway.

  50. Oh yes, boys can eat. Now, this cheesy bake will make some teens happy and it’s easy.
    I just had some teens on Friday, and I felt that I was cooking and baking the whole day to satisfy these teens..

  51. I love enchiladas so much, they’re my quick dinner when I have leftover rotisserie chicken. They look golden and yummy Liz! That 44 steak reminded me of my and my friends, we all ate those things when family invited us out to dinner!

  52. Oh yea – this is my kind of meal! Cheesy and delicious enchiladas! You’re killing me here Liz. 🙂

  53. Nothing like cheesy enchiladas – it’s like chicken soup for me! These look so good – just love ’em!

  54. I would make yummy pizza with GMO free mozzarella!

  55. I’d make mac and cheese! Or cheesy biscuits 🙂

  56. Do you think I could use slow cooker’d pork roast instead of chicken?

  57. These sound perfect for us!

  58. We are CRAZY for enchiladas in this house. We had to give this version a try and we were not disappointed! Yum!

  59. I know just what you mean about boys’ bottomless pits! I think this enchilada casserole should work at filling them up. I love Mexican and this is right up my alley. Also love that there is no processed soup involved. Can’t wait to try it.

  60. Thankfully, I had everything needed to make this! It was an easy dinner that did not disappoint!

  61. These enchiladas are excellent! So cheesy and creamy. Absolutely perfect!

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