These delicious Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are a staple at our house. We have them for dinner at least once a month. It is also one of my favorite go-to recipes when company is coming over.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
I serve these Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas with our Mexican Rice, our Restaurant Style Refried Beans, and our Best Guacamole Ever. Everyone LOVES this meal! It tastes better than eating out and much less expensive. These Chicken Enchiladas are really easy to throw together when the chicken is prepared ahead of time.
Best Way to Prep Shredded Chicken
My favorite method for preparing shredded chicken is in the slow cooker. Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker, cover with water and some salt and whatever seasonings you like (if I’m preparing chicken for enchiladas or tacos I like to add some hot sauce or salsa). Slow cook on high for 3 – 3 1/2 hours or on low for 6 – 7 hours. The chicken comes out tender every time and is easy to shred with two forks.
If you are short on time, the chicken can also be cooked on the stove top. Place chicken breasts in a saucepan, cover with water and a dash of salt, bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Either method for cooking the chicken works great in this recipe. Make sure you save the chicken broth to make our Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup to use for the sauce in this recipe. This recipe makes 8 enchiladas.
Keep Chicken From Getting Dry
When cooking chicken breasts, one of the big concerns is cooking it through without drying it out. Because chicken has very little connective tissue, which means chick breasts can be cooked quickly. No need to cook slow for long periods of time to break down the connective tissue found in other meats. There is also very little fat in chicken breasts. That may be good for healthy eating, but it can be challenging because it means the meat dries out easily if cooked too long. The key is to keep the cooking time from running long. As mentioned above, stovetop cooking will only take around 15 minutes. In the crockpot, keep it on low if you’re going to be away from the kitchen for several hours.
How To Make Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- 8 flour tortillas
- 4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded (see recipe description for cooking methods)
- 2 cups shredded cheese divided (Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, or Fiesta blend)
- 15 oz green enchilada sauce (1 can)
- 14 oz condensed cream of chicken soup 1 can, or our homemade version
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup salsa
- Topping suggestions: Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, sliced olives, guacamole, sour cream, salsa
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spread 2/3 cup of green enchilada sauce evenly on the bottom of the dish.
- In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, 1 cup of cheese, remaining enchilada sauce, condensed cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and salsa.
- Fill the 8 tortillas with the chicken filling, leaving about 1 cup of the filling to spread on top. Fold the ends of the tortilla in and roll up the enchilada. Place the enchiladas in the 9x13 pan (I usually have a row of 6 going lengthwise with 2 additional enchiladas on the side).
- Spread the remaining 1 cup filling on top of the enchiladas.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove enchiladas from the oven and sprinkle the top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.
- Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Serve enchiladas with your favorite toppings.
- 9x13 inch pan