30 Minute Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas in 30 minutes? Yes, it’s possible and this recipe is going to be a family favorite in no time at all.

Gooey cheese, spicy green chile, and hearty chunks of chicken come together to make this easy dinner.

30 Minute Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

This simple recipe for Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas is cheesy, spicy, and well-loved by my family.

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I’ve been making 30-Minute “casserole style” Enchiladas for so long, I can’t recall the last time I rolled or stacked a batch of enchiladas in a more traditional recipe.

You can have these Green Chile Enchiladas on the table in less time than it would take to pick up take-out. I promise they’ll taste better than anything you can buy.

How To Make Enchiladas

I alternate making enchiladas with red chile or green chile enchilada sauce, depending on my mood as I’m cooking most of the time. However, I can’t deny that I choose green chile at least 90% of the time.

One of my boys prefers red chile though, so every so often a batch of red enchiladas will make it’s way to our table.

You can also make them “Christmas-style” – and use a combination of both sauces for the layers, similar to the way the flavors are combined in this Mexican Lasagna.

We are rarely patient enough to wait for a pan of enchiladas to cool enough to slice pretty, so we typically eat our enchiladas with a pile of crunchy tortilla chips as a hot and cheesy “dip.”

If your preference is sliceable enchiladas, let them cool 15-20 minutes prior to serving. If you haven’t eaten a plate of gooey enchiladas alongside a pile of crunchy chips, then you are missing out.

Try it once and I’m willing to bet you’ll never choose “sliceable” enchiladas again.

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

My favorite tips for these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are illustrated in this video. I slice the tortillas into wedges before layering them into the dish.

This makes each serving easier to eat, with a great balance of flavors and textures in each bite, and it prevents any giant chunks of tortilla from making their way to your fork.

For an awesome slow-cooker variation on an enchilada dinner, check out this Crock Pot Mexican Casserole. All the southwestern flavors we love in a simple slow cooker dinner.

Enchilada Recipes

For more great enchilada recipes, save these recipes for Breakfast Enchiladas and Cheesy Chicken White Bean Enchiladas. Green Chile Chicken Chowder is great white bean and chicken soup.

Check out these Steak Fajita Enchiladas by Aggie’s Kitchen and our BBQ Chicken Enchiladas too. 

This Ground Turkey (low carb) Enchilada Casserole by Kalyn’s Kitchen and these Enchiladas Suizas by A Zesty Bite also look delicious. 

My kids love it when I make these Pulled Pork Red Chile Enchiladas when I use leftover pulled pork to make this recipe.

These enchiladas can be made in almost any 1 ½ quart oven safe dish. The smaller and taller the dish, the longer the enchiladas will take to bake.

A larger (9×13 style) dish will work as well, just watch the time more closely and don’t overcook the shallower enchiladas.

Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, or Mexican blend shredded cheeses all work well in enchiladas. I tend to use whichever varieties I have on hand. A blend of Pepper Jack and Cheddar is my favorite combination.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, ½ cup of chile sauce, cumin, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add the chicken, beans, and green chile. Stir to combine.
  2. Pour about ¼ cup of the green chile sauce into the bottom of a 9-inch baking dish. Place a layer of tortillas wedges across the green chile sauce and then scoop about ½ of the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle with 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese.
  3. Layer with tortillas, top with the remaining chicken mixture and sprinkle with another 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese. Layer once more with tortillas and pour the remaining 1 ¼ cup of chile sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle generously with the remaining 2-3 cups of cheese.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, until the edges are bubbling. Remove from the oven and scoop piping hot onto plates or let cool for 15-20 minutes for a prettier slice of enchiladas. Serve with tortillas chips.

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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are a family favorite!

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas in just 30 minutes!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups red or green chile enchilada sauce homemade or store-bought, divided
  • cup sour cream
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups cooked chicken shredded or chopped bite-size
  • 14 ounces can pinto or black beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounces chopped green chile frozen is fine
  • 5 white corn tortillas cut into 6 pie-shaped wedges
  • 5-6 cups shredded cheese see cook’s note, divided
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped (optional, for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, ½ cup of chile sauce, cumin, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add the chicken, beans, and green chile. Stir to combine.
  • Pour about ¼ cup of the green chile sauce into the bottom of a 9-inch baking dish. Place a layer of tortillas wedges across the green chile sauce and then scoop about ½ of the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle with 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese.
  • Layer with tortillas, top with the remaining chicken mixture, and sprinkle with another 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese. Layer once more with tortillas and pour the remaining 1 ¼ cup of chile sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle generously with the remaining 2-3 cups of cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the edges are bubbling. Remove from the oven and scoop piping hot onto plates or let cool for 15-20 minutes for a prettier slice of enchiladas. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Notes

These enchiladas can be made in almost any 1 ½ quart oven safe dish. The smaller and taller the dish, the longer the enchiladas will take to bake. A larger (9×13 style) dish will work as well, just watch the time more closely and don’t overcook the shallower enchiladas.
Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, or Mexican blend shredded cheeses all work well in enchiladas. I tend to use whichever varieties I have on hand. A blend of Pepper Jack and Cheddar is my favorite combination.

Nutrition

Calories: 591kcal · Carbohydrates: 27g · Protein: 43g · Fat: 33g · Saturated Fat: 16g · Cholesterol: 133mg · Sodium: 1498mg · Potassium: 574mg · Fiber: 7g · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 935IU · Vitamin C: 26mg · Calcium: 564mg · Iron: 4mg
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{originally published 1/28/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 4/20/21}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • Mary says

      The heat can vary for each chile. Sometimes the red is more mild and other times the green. When you're in a restaurant, you can usually ask the server which chile is hotter that day. If you purchase a canned or frozen chile, the heat level will be marked. As long as you purchase a "mild" variety, you shouldn't have any trouble with it.

  1. Martha says

    Where do you buy green chili sauce? I live in South Carolina and can’t get fresh green chili, so I order it from one of the farms in Hatch New Mexico. Yummm!5 stars

  2. Zara Pyatt says

    Made it – perfect combination of flavors. Yum recipe. I saw this yesterday and decided to make for dinner last night. Already had enchilada sauce and cheese (used pepper jack and mexican blend). I like using both red and green together. It was a huge hit, We couldn’t stop eating it. And yes, we ate it with chips, is there another way??!! I made mine without the chicken (trying for more meatless dishes) Perfect recipe. I added a little more green chiles, sour cream and black beans. But used all the same ingredients, minus chicken. keeper for sure. As a transplanted Arizona girl, enjoyed it.5 stars

  3. Eva says

    Thank You so much for this recipie !! We had family over , I made this Amazingly, Yummy stuff we ate it as a dip. Thank you again !!5 stars

  4. Dana says

    This looks amazing. I will be making this weekend. However, I have a question in regards to your chicken preference. I want to try it with thighs. If so, do you suggest boneless or skinless? Also, do you boil the chicken before or cook overnight in a crock pot?

    I’ve made enchiladas lots of time, but use chicken breast or ground meat.

    I love enchiladas. 🙂5 stars

  5. Dana says

    This looks amazing. I will be making this weekend. However, I have a question in regards to your chicken preference. I want to try it with thighs. If so, do you suggest boneless or skinless? Also, do you boil the chicken before or cook overnight in a crock pot?

    I’ve made enchiladas lots of time, but use chicken breast or ground meat.

    I love enchiladas. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    • Mary says

      The enchiladas can be made with any kind of cooked chicken. Boiled, crock-pot, rotisserie, leftover grilled chicken, basically anything goes, so pick whichever chicken is easiest for you. For me, I typically either toss boneless skinless thighs in the crockpot or I buy a rotisserie chicken. Enjoy!5 stars