We all love chicken recipes for their ease of preparation and great flavors, our white chicken enchiladas recipe is one of it. You can count on chicken casserole recipes to come together quickly for a hearty meal on a hectic evening.
If your family loves zesty Mexican-style dishes, chicken enchilada recipes like our white chicken enchiladas recipe are sure to be a hit.
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White chicken enchiladas recipe are a fun variation on a beloved classic. Some of my favorite things about this recipe are that it’s:
- Smothered in rich, tangy sauce
- Quick to prepare
- Loaded with cheesy goodness!
Few recipes will delight the whole family quite as much as a chicken enchilada casserole. Saucy, cheesy, and rolled up in fun serving sizes, our white chicken enchiladas recipe are sure to please even picky eaters.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole Ingredient Notes
Diced chiles: Our recipe calls for mild chilies. If your family likes spicy food, you can substitute hotter chilies instead. Another tasty option is fire-roasted chilies. They should be on the shelf near the other canned peppers at your grocery store.
Chicken: You can cook the chicken according to your favorite method, such as roasting or poaching the breasts. If you’re pressed for time, using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from your grocer is a great time-saving shortcut.
Shredded cheese: We love the flavor of Monterey Jack in this dish. It also helps keep the sauce white! If you have a different cheese on hand, or you have trouble finding Monterey Jack, feel free to substitute your favorite shredded cheese in this recipe.
Sour cream: We strongly recommend using full-fat sour cream in white chicken enchiladas recipe. It’s an important factor in the richness of the sauce. Also, low-fat sour cream tends to separate and get runny when heated. You might end up with gloppy enchiladas!
Green onions: Don’t have any green onions? A sprinkle of chopped cilantro on top will add a bright flavor, too.
Tortillas: The recipe calls for using flour tortillas, but if you prefer, you can switch them with corn tortillas. I used fajita sized tortillas.
Seasoning: I didn’t need to add any salt or pepper to this recipe. The chicken broth I used was very flavorful and had a lot of salt already in it. The chicken was also well seasoned and obviously, the cheese had a good amount of salt.
Chicken Enchiladas With White Sauce Storing Tips
If you have leftover enchiladas, store them in lidded glass or plastic container to keep them from drying out.
Can You Freeze This?
Sour cream can tend to get runny and/or chunky in the freezer. Freezing them will change the texture of the sauce.
We suggest freezing the stuffed and rolled enchiladas without the sauce. Then make the white sauce on the day you plan to reheat and eat them.
Make Ahead Tips
If you meal prep at the beginning of the week, these white chicken enchiladas recipe can easily be prepared several days in advance. Store the stuffed and rolled enchiladas in a covered baking dish. Keep the white sauce separate until you plan to cook the enchiladas. This will cut down on soggy tortillas.
If you’re making the sauce in advance, it may get a bit too thick when it’s cooled and reheated. This is easy to fix. Add whole milk or chicken stock, one tablespoon at a time, during reheating to achieve your desired thickness. Be sure to stir or whisk thoroughly to maintain the creaminess of the sauce.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
The FDA suggests storing cooked foods in the fridge for 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
One of the best things about enchiladas is that they’re so adaptable. It’s easy to swap out ingredients you have in the pantry or fridge. And it’s no problem to make substitutions based on your family’s preferences. Enchiladas might just be the perfect casserole!
What Other Cheesy Enchiladas I Can Try?
For a meal with a decadent filling, try our cream cheese chicken enchiladas. For a more traditional variation, cheesy chicken enchiladas are always a family favorite.
What Can I Substitute For Tortillas?
Try something new on Taco Tuesday! Chicken taco casserole combines favorite flavors in an easy-to-prepare dish. For a special treat for the kids, chicken tater tot casserole is quick to make and fun to eat.
Can I Use Rice Instead Of Tortillas?
Chicken and rice are one of the ultimate comfort food combos. Try our chicken and rice casserole when cooler weather rolls around. What’s better than chicken and rice? Cheesy chicken and rice casserole, of course!
What Other Creamy Casserole Recipes I Can Try?
Sometimes you just crave something creamy. Creamy chicken enchiladas are the perfect dinner. Sour cream chicken enchiladas are another great choice when you’re dreaming of that silky, smooth sauce.
What Other Mexican Casserole Dishes I Can Try?
So many of us love the zesty flavors of Mexican-inspired cuisine. Our Mexican chicken casserole is sure to please your whole crew. Chicken tortilla casserole is another proven winner if you’re looking for a tasty casserole for dinner.
White Chicken Enchiladas
- 8-10 small flour tortillas
- 3 cups cooked chicken shredded or chopped
- 3 cups Monterey jack cheese shredded-divided
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 (4-ounce can) diced green chilies mild
- 2-3 tablespoons green onions sliced
- Spray a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine chicken and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese. Fill tortillas with this mixture and roll each one up then place seam side down in the prepared pan.
- Melt the butter in a skillet. Sprinkle flour over melted butter and whisk to combine. Cook for 1 minute to remove the flour taste. Remove the skillet from heat and whisk in broth. Place back on the heat and cook until the mixture has thickened and is bubbly. Cool sauce for 3-5 minutes. (Don't skip this step- if the sauce is too hot and you add the sour cream it will curdle it-yuck!) Add sour cream and chilies and stir until sauce is smooth and sour cream is completely dissolved.
- Pour sauce over enchiladas and add remaining cheese over top. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until enchiladas are heated through and sauce is bubbly. Turn on the broiler and broil until the top is nicely golden. Top with chopped green onions and serve.
Chicken casserole dishes are a perennial favorite because they’re easy, delicious, and budget-friendly. If you enjoy our white chicken enchiladas recipe, give these other recipes a try:
- Cheesy Chicken Casserole
- Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
- Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
- Dorito Chicken Casserole
White chicken enchiladas recipe are an easy option to make hungry mouths happy. This Mexican-style casserole is fun to make (have your kids roll the tortillas!) and tastes amazing. Creamy sauce, chicken and cheese come together in no time to make an unforgettable dinner.
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