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I’ve been making Creamy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas for our family and friends for more than two decades. They are as beloved now as the very first time I served them.
Because they are so loved, I try to always keep their simple ingredients on hand.
Prepping a quick batch of creamy chicken enchilada components and storing them in the fridge means we are mere minutes from delicious lunches and dinners, for however many are needed.
Any time of year, busy schedules make sour cream chicken enchiladas the perfect quick and easy solution to what’s for lunch or dinner. This creamy chicken enchilada recipe will become one of your family favorites, too.
The delicious chicken enchiladas are so simple; if your child is old enough to use the microwave, they can make creamy sour cream chicken enchiladas all on their own from the prepped ingredients in your fridge.
A Note About Pre-Cooked Chicken
I’m going to share my favorite way of having the most flavorful chicken available for this recipe. However, I realize you may need an option that will work for you immediately, so let me begin with this assurance.
Any leftover chicken or even rotisserie chicken from the store will work beautifully in this Sour Cream Enchiladas recipe.
For stress-free and easy preparations, I always have
or Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts recipes made ahead and ready to use in all my recipes. Perfect Baked Chicken Breasts
I love knowing my fridge and freezer are stocked with pre-cooked chicken for busy nights and easy recipes like Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. And it’s what makes this meal in minutes possible.
For a more spicy punch, I have also used leftover
in these sour cream chicken enchiladas with great success. Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken
Pre-Cooked Chicken, shredded or chopped:
Cream of Chicken Soup
Cheddar Cheese, freshly grated (Colby Jack is good, too.)
Flour Tortillas (burrito size)
How to Make Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Cook and chop or shred the chicken breasts. If you’re using a rotisserie chicken, shred all the meat from the bones. If you’re using pre-cooked and frozen chicken, be sure to completely thaw it before assembling the enchiladas. Place the chopped or shredded chicken in a large
. *storage bowl with a lid Mince the jalapeno. Increase or decrease the jalapeno according to your family’s personal tastes and heat tolerance. You can remove all the seeds and veins for a mildly spicy sauce or leave anywhere from a few to a lot, according to your heat preference. I leave the seeds in for our family.
Be sure to use common sense safety measures when handling hot peppers.
Mix up the sauce in another storage bowl with a lid. Stir together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and minced jalapeno. This creamy sauce is part of the comfort-food factor in this delicious dish.
Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds to make them pliable and easy to roll without tearing.
Lay out the tortillas, one at a time, on a plate and add a strip of shredded chicken down the center.
Add sauce across the top of the chicken and then a layer of shredded Cheddar.
Roll the tortilla by first folding in the sides and then rolling from one end to the other. Place the enchilada seam-side down on the plate. Spread the top of the tortilla with additional sauce and another sprinkle of cheddar.
Microwave the creamy chicken enchilada for about 2 minutes on full power. Every microwave is slightly different, so adjust 30 seconds less or more based on your own.
The happy result will have your entire family running to the table! Enjoy!
Alternative Cooking Method
It’s possible to roll all the enchiladas and place them in a well-greased 9×13 pan. Be sure to spread at least 2 cups of sauce across the bottom of the pan before adding the rolled enchiladas.
Once they’re all in the pan, top them with more sauce and shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake the creamy chicken enchiladas at 350° for 20 -30 minutes. This method allows you to have all the enchiladas done at one time.
Decide what works best for your own family and the event where you’re serving them.
You’re going to love these enchiladas, whether you’re making a single serving or a spread for guests! I can’t wait for you to give them a try!
What to Serve with Sour Cream Enchiladas
Our favorite dishes with Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are simple and provide textural and flavor balance that is perfect for these creamy, delicious pillows of chicken goodness.
Try serving Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with any of our scrumptious
. And here are our personal favorite sides to serve with them. Salad Recipes
The Recipe Print
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Creamy, cheesy pillows of chicken-y goodness! This is one of our family’s all-time comfort food favorites and you can have one hot on a plate in 5 minutes!
6– 7 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( 4– 5 lbs), cooked and shredded or chopped
2 (26 oz) cans cream of chicken soup, (those are the family-size cans)
5 cups sour cream
3– 4 large jalapenos, minced with most seeds and veins removed
16 burrito-size flour tortillas
1 pound Cheddar Cheese (Colby-Jack works well, too.), (Grate it fresh. It makes such a difference!)
Cook and shred the chicken. Place in a large bowl with a lid that can be stored in the fridge.
Stir together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and minced jalapenos to make the sauce, in a separate bowl with a lid.
To assemble the creamy chicken enchiladas place a tortilla on a dinner plate.
Place shredded chicken down the center of the tortilla in a line. How much will depend on the size of the appetite you’re cooking for. I would say typically 1/2 cup shredded chicken is about right.
Spread sauce over the top of the chicken and then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Again, the amounts are dependent on the person, but I would suggest starting with 1/4 cup of sauce and enough cheese to cover that.
Roll the tortilla by first folding in the sides and then rolling from one end to the other. Place the enchilada seam-side down on the plate.
Spread the top of the tortilla with additional sauce and another sprinkle of cheddar.
Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes on full power. Cooking times may vary slightly microwave to microwave, so use the time that works best on yours.
When the cheese is melted and the sauce bubbly, the enchilada is ready.
It’s possible to roll all the enchiladas and place them in a well-greased 9×13 pan. Be sure to spread at least 2 cups of sauce across the bottom of the pan before adding the rolled enchiladas. Once they’re all in the pan, top them with more sauce and shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake the creamy chicken enchiladas at 350° for 20 -30 minutes, until they are heated through and the cheese has melted. This method allows you to have all the enchiladas done for serving all at one time.
Prep Time: 3 min Cook Time: 2 min Category: Main Dish, Entree, Chicken Method: Microwave Cuisine: Mexican/American