Anytime you need a quick and easy casserole, just reach for this Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas recipe!
Sour cream enchiladas melt into a rich and creamy white sauce that will have everyone asking for seconds! For a fun Mexican buffet dinner, serve chicken enchiladas with sour cream with a tangy Mexican corn salad, some chicken avocado egg rolls and mojito fresh fruit salsa with honey lime crisps on the side. Don’t forget the watermelon sangria!
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
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What Are Sour Cream Enchiladas?
Sour cream chicken enchiladas are seasoned with onions and green chilis, wrapped in flour tortillas, and baked to creamy perfection! We love using rotisserie chicken in this recipe since all you have to do is shred the chicken, assemble, top it with sauce, cheese, and bake!
Ingredients and Variations
Enchiladas are so versatile!
MEAT – Our basic recipe uses pre-cooked chicken, but leftover chicken or even turkey can be used!
TORTILLAS – Flour or corn tortillas will do, but if corn is what’s on hand, soften them in the microwave for about 30 seconds before filling them.
DAIRY – For a lower fat version of the sour cream sauce, use plain Greek yogurt. Even a mixture of mayonnaise and yogurt will do in a pinch!
VARIATIONS – Make an enchilada soup using the same recipe by adding two cans of crushed tomatoes and chicken broth or make a hearty chili by adding black beans and kidney beans!
How To Make Chicken Enchiladas?
The basic steps for perfect enchiladas are super easy! Serve with homemade salsa and/or grilled corn guacamole, and sliced black olives as a garnish.
- Make a roux by mixing flour into melted butter on the stove and cook until the mixture is golden brown.
- Add broth and whisk until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Add sour cream and green chilis and stir until smooth.
- Mix shredded chicken, diced onion and shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Pour some sauce on the bottom of casserole dish and lay chicken rolls tightly together. Top with the remaining sauce and shredded cheese.
- Bake according to recipe below, and cheese is brown and bubbly on the top. Let chicken enchiladas rest about before cutting.
- For perfect enchiladas every time, fill each tortilla roll evenly so the enchiladas cook at the same rate.
- For an extra smooth sauce, pulse it in a blender.
- Store leftovers in a covered container for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
- Reheat portions in the microwave or oven and top with shredded cheese or salsa.
How To Freeze Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- Line a casserole dish with aluminum foil overlapping 6” on each 13” side.
- Prep the enchiladas and place over the aluminum foil, folding over the top.
- Freeze casserole and lift out of the casserole dish. Wrap the casserole with plastic wrap or place in a freezer bag, write the date on the outside.
- Baked or unbaked, enchiladas will keep about 6 to 8 months.
- Let enchiladas thaw in a casserole dish before baking or reheating.
Other Delicious Recipes To Try!
- Crockpot Chicken Tacos – easy weeknight recipe.
- Taco Salad Bowl with Creamy Avocado Dressing – delicious!
- Fajita Pasta – perfectly spicy.
- Chile Relleno Casserole – so tasty.
- Easy Taco Casserole – family favorite.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- 1 rotisserie chicken shredded, or about 2-3 cups of shredded chicken
- 10 flour tortillas
- 1 small onion diced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 4 ounce can green chiles or you can used diced jalapenos but start with just a tiny bit and taste test before adding more
- 16 ounces monterey jack cheese shredded, be sure to buy block cheese and shred it yourself for the best flavor with this recipe
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for about a minute or until golden brown.
- Slowly add chicken broth and whisk until completely smooth. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
- Turn heat to low. Stir in sour cream and green chiles. Pour 1 cup of sauce into a 9x13 baking dish. Reserve remaining sauce.
- In a large bowl combine chicken, onion, and 1 cup of cheese.
- Place ⅓ cup of chicken mixture in the middle of each tortilla, roll up and place on top of sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over the top of the tortillas in the dish. Top with cheese.
- Bake at 350˚F for 20-25 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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My go to recipe for enchiladas! Serving tonight to my Canasta girls! They will cook while we play our first hand♦️♠️♣️❤️
Second time I’ve made these and they are easy and delicious.
Really great recipe – Use yellow corn tortillas instead of flour. They hold up in the sauce better. Flour tortillas yield a gummy texture
Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.my family loved it.will be sharing this recipe with my friends.they will like it.
Not bad. A little bland for my liking. I did use freshly roasted hatch green chiles (that time of year for us). I don’t do onions in my enchiladas so I substituted with roasted hatch chiles. Next time I’ll add a bit of seasoning and tons more chiles. I didn’t think there was enough sauce, but I do prefer smothered enchiladas. Might try corn tortillas as well. My cheese never got browned so I turned on the broiler for a few. Overall, a good recipe. Just adjust to your taste.
Glad you enjoyed it Holly and your substitutions sound delicious!
Hi! Great recipe. But how the heck do you get servings out of the baking dish in one piece? Are the corn tortillas at fault?
I’m gonna make them for dinner tonight
This is my favorite enchilada recipe! I only make it every once in awhile because I’m off the carbs. However, when I do I use a low carb tortilla and I add olives! It’s super good. Thank you for the good eats!
Just wanted you know ow that my family loves this chicken enchiladas. I made it for my daughter to put into the freezer to have after thge baby was born. It was delicious I cooked before we froze it. Made several more times and my family always for this dish!!
So happy to hear that Paula! Thank you for sharing.
I always have a problem getting the Sauce to thicken after I start adding chicken broth
Sorry Melissa, I haven’t had that happen. You could try adding the broth a little more slowly and letting it thicken before adding more broth. Or you could try adding another Tablespoon of butter and another Tablespoon of flour before adding the broth. Hope that helps.
I changed the recipe a little bit but they were fantastic! My boyfriend’s family loved them! I used corn tortillas instead of flour and sautéed the onions before mixing it with the chicken. I added cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, Tony’s, and cayenne to the chicken and added salt, pepper and Tony’s to the sauce as well. I also added queso blanco to the sauce.
Sounds delish Danielle! So glad everyone loves these enchiladas as much as we do!
Very tasty but the bottoms of the shells turn out way too soggy. Maybe time I will just coat with the cheese and leave to sauce off until the end.
So happy to hear you enjoyed the enchiladas Roxy!
My husband claimed these were the best thing I ever cooked for him. I’m vegan so I didn’t taste them but he absolutely loved this recipe. I added refried beans to the tortillas then the chicken mixture on top. His mom loved them too. Great way to use up leftover chicken!
What am I doing wrong that my flour tortillas always come out gummy?
Oh no, that’s not good Cheryl. We have never had that issue so I am not sure what is happening. Are you baking the dish uncovered?
That’s why I don’t like enchiladas made with flour tortillas they are always soggy and to me gross. I use corn tortillas for enchiladas
Either work in this recipe! Enjoy!
I’ve used this recipe plenty of times and everyone loved it but my oven is broken right now so I’m going to try to make this in my pressure cooker. Wish me luck
I just came across this and it sounds so delicious but I have a question. If I decided to use hamb meat instead of chicken would I still need to use the chicken broth? I have a picky eater on my hands and she is not a fan of chicken! Thanks for sharing!
You could use a different broth such as vegetable or beef broth. Enjoy Jennifer!
These were great. The only thing I slightly changed was that I added a little bit of the sauce to the chicken mixture. It made it a bit more cohesive.
So happy you enjoyed it Lynn! That sounds like a delicious change.
Does the sauce not make them soggy? I haven’t tried these yet, but want to but it seems like the sauce would be better poured over afterward?
Hi Marissa, We have only made the recipe as listed. You could try pouring the sauce over afterward but we found baking it in the sauce made the enchiladas gooey, cheesy, and just soft enough.
These were so delicious! I don’t care for raw onion, so I left those out and added chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder to the chicken. I topped these with cilantro and pico and served them with mexican rice and black beans. So good!
Mmmm, that sounds amazing Crissy! Thanks for sharing.
Can these be made and frozen to be baked off later (hoping to make these for a friend who just welcomed baby #2)
We have only tried it as written, but some readers have had success with freezing! Sarah said she froze half (a small pan), let the enchiladas defrost on her counter for an hour and baked them covered at 350°F for 25 mins, and then browned the top. Good luck Hannah and congratulations to your friend! That’s so exciting!
Okay so I actually like the little bit of crunch in the onions… But I know not everyone does. So here’s the modification when I make this for my niece & nephew.
Steam the onions in the microwave. You gotta keep an eye on them and you definitely want to cover your onions with a damp paper towel or napkin.. Do it early enough though so they can cool before you roll.
Great idea Karli. Thank you for sharing!
Per the onions –
I grated the onions with a zester, not only are the onions not really noticed, but the juice adds more flavor…
I made these per the above original recipe but added authentic Spanish rice to to chicken mixture and used smaller flour tortillas!!! Amazing!!! Next time I will try with the corn tortillas as they are my favorite, but wanted to get a feel for the recipes first!!!
That sounds delicious Amber! Glad you enjoyed them!
I definitely recommend sauteing the onions before putting in the oven. As mine were not cooked either. Mine is the crunchy onions, this was a yummy recipe.
That sounds like a great option Sara!
These aren’t enchiladas, they’re burritos. Enchiladas are made with corn tortillas. Burritos are made with flour tortillas. I’ll try it both ways tonight and see which is better. Looks delicious as a burrito!
Sooooo dang yummy! I took a few liberties because I didn’t have those exact ingredients, but I’ll definitely be making these again. Thank you so much!
I am so glad you loved them!
I mixed 4 cups minute rice, 1c. Petite diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1.5 cups chicken broth, 1 can Queso Blanca sauce, .5 can of corn and poured it all into the 9×13 pan. I then prepared the enchiladas as directed and placed them on top of the rice. Than followed the rest of the recipe, And cooked as directed. Easy one dish complete meal.
Sounds yummy Chanin! Thank you for sharing!
These are pretty good but why doesn’t the recipe create so much sauce if we only use one cup?
I’m over here trying to maximize but waste. I understand I am now able to have left over sauce but I don’t need have leftover stuff to make this again.
In step 5, it says to pour remaining sauce over the top of the tortillas in the dish. Hope that helps Alyssa!
I think these are better with the onion sauteed, making it as is, my onions don’t get completely cooked in the oven
That sounds great Mary!
I have this in the oven right now. I had to modify due to what I had on hand… shredded pork roast, turkey stock, banana peppers from the garden, some enchilada seasoning, and sharp cheddar. The picky kids have been sampling as I put it together and are anxious to dig in. So am I!!!
All of that sounds so delicious Andi! Thank you for sharing and enjoy!
Very nice recipe. I will definitely make again with corn tortillas. I love a Lot of the other ideas i am reading as well.
I am looking forward to making them.. But its the recipe makes 10.. I will have to freeze them… What is the best to do this?
Hi Bobbie, we have not tried freezing this recipe but other readers have with success! You can freeze leftovers just make sure they are in an airtight container. Then defrost and reheat until heated through.
This was really, really good and my meat and potatoes 85 year old dad even thought so! I put a couple of tablespoons of diced jalapeños in sauce. Added just a little more zing but not too much for mild eaters.
That’s so great to hear Lesia! Glad your family loved this recipe!
Sauce was excellent, prep time was more than 15 minutes (30 minutes). I used the flour tortillas but I’m thinking next time I might try the corn. The tortillas were a bit gummy and when eating for leftovers they were even more gummy. Will definitely try again though. Thank you.
You’re welcome Shelly! The two tortillas will give different textures.
Any idea if these can be frozen? Either bake and then freeze, or freeze before baking? I’m making some meals ahead of time for someone who is having surgery,
I have only tried it as written, but some readers have had success with freezing. Sarah said she froze half (a small pan), let the enchiladas defrost on her counter for an hour and baked them covered at 350 for 25 mins, and then browned the top. Good luck Mary!
Never frozen a meal before, would you freeze these with the sauce poured on them?
Amanda, these should be fine to freeze fully assembled, sauce and all!
Love this for an easy uncomplicated meal. I add a little fresh salsa on top too. Delish!
What size tortillas?
These are large tortillas
Absolutely our new favorite! I opted for pepper jack cheese instead of the green chiles and Mont jack cheese, as that is what I had on hand. So, so yummy!
Sounds delicious Nancy! Glad you loved it!
This is dinner tonight, but I can’t find an answer to what size tortillas to use?? Since I don’t see a full size picture, I can’t use the 9 x 13 pan and enchilada positions to estimate the size. Anyone remember what they used? I have small and medium….
Needs twice the sauce. Added a block of cream cheese to the sauce, and carmelized onions made it amazing!
Sounds delicious! Gotta try this!!
P.S. I use corn tortillas & it makes it my perfect enchilada
I made this recipe, twice now. It’s delicious! The only thing I do is instead of putting the green chiles in the sour cream sauce, I add to the chicken mix. I also garnish with fresh cilantro after removing from oven, I really love cilantro. It is so amazing. I just really enjoy the taste of the sour cream sauce as is without chilies. Definitely recommend this recipe. So glad I found it.
These were quite wonderful! My husband (who isn’t much of an “eater”) came back for seconds and thirds.
I added a can of black beans and about a cup and a half of frozen sweet corn to the chicken to provide some extra substance and veggies.
I made two half pans of enchiladas and froze the other half for a quick meal another night. When we decided to bake up the frozen half I let the enchiladas defrost on my counter for about an hour and baked them at 350 for about 25 mins covered with foil, and turned it up to broil for a couple mins to brown the top. Delicious!
More like a baked chicken burro (flour tortillas change it) but they look good. Going to ad some strips of green chili, black olives and Cilantro when I make ghee.
Made these tonight, very yummy! Thank you
I’m going to make this as a pasta bake tonight. Hope it works 🙂
My favorite. Can’t wait to try it!
Looks very good
Have you used corn tortillas instead of flour? The sauce sounds delicious.
Can this be frozen and then baked?
Looks so good! Would corn tortillas work?
I made this tonight for dinner and it was wonderful! I had a ‘go to’ recipe for chicken enchiladas that was very time consuming and complicated, and I can happily say that this will be taking the old recipe’s place. This is easy, fairly quick (as long as I can keep the kids out of the roasted chicken), and has a really great flavor! Thank you!!
These were delicious! I added some shredded cheddar to the top before baking..added a little more flavor. Thank you for this recipe.
Made these for dinner tonight and they were amazing. I made them a little healthier by subbing greek yogurt for the sour cream and swiss chard instead of tortillas. Despite making it healthier it was still amazing. I give it an A+ 🙂
Is there anyway to print this recipe? My computer won’t even let me copy the text so that I can print it to keep. Is your page set up to not allow copy/paste?
What size tortillas do you use?
Large tortillas will work for this recipe
These are very Good!
This is really good, I boiled three breasts and shredded it, yum! I also made extra sauce to put on top afterwards,
Made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious. Thank you.