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Chicken Enchilada Recipe

This creamy chicken enchilada recipe is filled to the brim with fresh-made salsa verde and molten cheese. This might be just the dish to serve on Christmas if you’re looking to kick traditional holiday dishes to the curb this year.

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What are you serving for Christmas dinner? Don’t know yet?

Don’t feel bad, me neither.

Every Christmas we have certain traditions that we follow religiously, and other areas where we fly by the seat of our pants. Like for instance, what we’re eating for Christmas Dinner.

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Some years we sink into family recipes like Chicken Paprikas and Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles. Other years we’ve made cozy dishes like Beef Stroganoff or Trout Schnitzel. We’ve even gone fancy with Perfect Slow Cooker Beef Tenderloin and Pan Seared Duck Breast.

And then, of course, there was the year that we could not agree on what we wanted for Christmas dinner, so we made THREE main dishes and shared them all.

(I think it was Grilled Lobster Tail, Homemade Ravioli, and Thai Fried Rice.)

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But I always like it when we prepare simple comfort food for Christmas. Dishes like homemade calzones or my favorite chicken enchilada recipe, make the occasion seem intimate and warm.

Today’s chicken enchilada recipe is a true family favorite that makes any night feel like a fiesta. These enchiladas are filled with chicken, fresh zippy salsa verde, sour cream, and tons of hot molten cheese.

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I started my chicken enchilada recipe by roasting onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic and tomatillos in my oven until toasty on the outside, but juicy on the inside. You can do this with a regular conventional oven, but I like to use the convection setting on my KitchenAid Oven because it makes the outside of the veggies really crisp, for a smokey roasted flavor.

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Then I put all the veggies in my lovely 16 cup KitchenAid Food Processor with some cumin and cilantro. PS, if you are looking for an amazing food processor, this thing is a beast and I love it!

Puree until mostly smooth, and you’ve got the best fresh-made salsa verde, this side of the Rio Grande.

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Then combine cooked chicken, some of the salsa verde, sour cream and cheese. (I always use leftover chicken or pick up a rotissserie chicken at the grocery store to save time.) Roll the mixture in tortillas and cover with more salsa verde and cheese.

Bake for a few minutes to allow all the cheesy goodness to melt together. Then devour.


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This chicken enchilada recipe would make the perfect centerpiece for a Christmas fiesta this year. You could celebrate the season while sipping margaritas and feasting on latin-inspired favorites. Sounds like my kind of Christmas.

Decision made. Feliz Navidad!

Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Salsa Verde

Yield: 10 enchiladas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 ¼ pounds tomatillos, husked and halved
  • 1 white onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 jalapeños, stems removed
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 6 cups chopped/shredded cooked chicken (1 deli rotisserie chicken, boned and shredded or 4 large leftover grilled chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup sour cream + extra for serving
  • 12 ounces shredded monterey jack or Mexican blend cheese (3 cups)
  • 10 large tortillas
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and avocados for toppings


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  On a rimmed baking sheet, roast the tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapeños for 15-20 minutes, until the tomatillos are bubbling and juicy. Transfer the roasted vegetables and any juices on the bottom of the tray to a food processor. Add the cumin, salt, and cilantro and pulse mixture until well combined but still chunky.
  2. In a large bowl combine and shredded chicken with 1/3 of the fresh salsa verde, 1 cup sour cream, and 2 cups of the cheese.  Mix well, then salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Change the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F and begin assembling the dish. Take a large 9X13 inch baking dish and smear the bottom with some of the reserved salsa verde. Put a scoop of the shredded chicken mixture on top of each tortilla.  Fold the tortillas over the filling and roll like cigars to close. Place the tortillas in the baking dish; you may have to squeeze them in.
  4. Pour the rest of the salsa verde over the enchiladas and top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes until bubbly.  Garnish with cilantro, avocado and tomato.  Top with a scoop of sour cream!

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

More Latin Inspired Dishes

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Skinny Chicken Fajitas – Skinny Taste

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I just really love my KitchenAid appliances and want to share them with you.

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51 Responses to “Chicken Enchilada Recipe”

  1. Nancy Longposted December 18, 2013 at 8:04 am

    sounds great, but why can I not share on FB


    • Sommer — December 18th, 2013 @ 8:15 am

      Hey Nancy, it worked for me. Mind trying again?


      • Nancy Long — December 18th, 2013 @ 8:43 am

        Nope, still can’t I get the little yellow flag, maybe it’s my computer

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted December 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Christmas fiesta? Love it! I think my family would flip out if we switched up the menu, but I love hearing about other people’s tradition, including a tradition of trying something new each year.


  3. Mariaposted December 18, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I am always in the mood for Mexican! Love enchiladas!


  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I crave this type of meal all the time!! Especially in the winter!


  5. Mason Canyonposted December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This looks like a nice twist on a Christmas tradition. Chicken dishes are always good to have on hand.


  6. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I so want these!


  7. Tieghanposted December 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Love some creamy and cheesy enchiladas! These look so good!


  8. Cassieposted December 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

    These look fabulous Sommer!


  9. Mommy Gposted December 18, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Maybe not for Christmas – at least in my family, we’re traditionalists – but perfect for January!



  10. Heather Christoposted December 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    honestly, these look out of this world. Verde enchiladas are my favorite!!


  11. Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted December 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    These enchiladas look delicious and I’m sure they also taste delicious as well! I love making enchiladas because you can make them ahead of time and refrigerate them.


  12. DessertForTwoposted December 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

    So, In Texas, Mexican food is totally appropriate at Christmastime. We always eat tamales on Christmas eve :)


    • Sommer — December 18th, 2013 @ 9:58 am

      I LOVE that! :)


  13. Marian (Sweetopia)posted December 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Oh my! These look absolutely scrumptious! Feliz Navidad to you too!


  14. Ashley M. | Our Full Tableposted December 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    These look so yummy! Enchiladas are one of my all time favorites!


  15. Norma @ Allspice and Nutmegposted December 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This looks so good. Enchiladas are always welcome at our table.


  16. Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

    YUM!!! I’m a huge fan of mexican food and this would totally satisfy my craving!!


  17. Sandy@ReluctantEntertainerposted December 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Sommer, sounds fantastic!


  18. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted December 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Looks like pure comfort food!


  19. Naomiposted December 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This would be great for Christmas Day!


  20. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    These look RIGHT up my alley. And I love the red and green!


  21. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted December 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I know what I am making for dinner tonight!!


  22. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted December 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Kicking traditional holiday food to the curb sounds delightful. Out with the ham, in with the enchiladas. Yum!


  23. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted December 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think we may have to start a new Christmas tradition! Love the sound of this!


  24. Ordinary Jposted December 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’d love to try your Encheladas if only I’m more capable around the kidtchen. I’m sure you already had Christmas Dinner figured out, based on all the beautiful dishes you had made. You serve any dish from your website and Christmas will be just delish!


  25. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I’d completely welcome the sight of this for Christmas dinner, yum!!


  26. Greg Urbanoposted December 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Terrific looking recipe!


  27. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I just found tonight’s dinner – love these!


  28. Alice F.posted December 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    This looks delicious and something I will have to make soon! My husband would no doubt eat this up!


  29. marlaposted December 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Such a great family meal!!


  30. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted December 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

    This looks so good! I think I could just take my fork right to the tray itself!


  31. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted December 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Enchiladas verde are a big favorite in this house, but I’ve never made them from scratch. Saving your recipe to try soon, Sommer! These look incredible!


  32. Shainaposted December 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Salsa verde is my absolute favorite. This looks wonderful. Can I come to Christmas?


    • Sommer — December 20th, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

      Come on, girl. I’ll save a seat for you!


  33. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted December 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    totally amazing looking


  34. Nutmeg Nannyposted December 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my god, these enchiladas look fantastic! Definitely making these soon :)


  35. Lisaposted December 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I made these today, followed your recipe exactly and they were delicious! My husband and kiddies and I loved them. I will definitely make them again soon…can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!


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  37. IrishJennposted February 6, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was really tasty. I made a few changes: store-bought salsa verde instead of homemade (because I am extraordinarily lazy), light sour cream, added beans and hot sauce to the filling, only used 8 oz of cheese, used pepper jack cheese. Will make again. Thanks!


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  43. Mistyposted January 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    This recipe sounds delish! One question though… in your amazing description of how you prepare these you mention roasting onions, peppers, garlic and tomatillos. However, in your list of ingredients and instructions you don’t mention peppers. Was that a typo or do you not add green peppers to your salsa?


    • Sommer — January 11th, 2015 @ 9:49 pm

      Hi Misty, Sorry for the confusion. I was speaking of the jalapeno peppers.


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  45. Lori V.posted March 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome sauce…the smell was absolutely intoxicating! I used two jalapenos and one serrano for the peppers, and used all pepper jack cheese. I used organic corn tortillas and layered the ingredients like a lasagna in a 9×13 baking pan. This was my first attempt at salsa verde enchiladas and I was thrilled with the results. Thank you for a great recipe!


    • Sommer — March 18th, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

      Hi Lori! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks so much for coming back to tell me. :)


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