Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

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Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas are loaded with juicy marinated chicken, smothered in creamy enchilada sauce and topped with lots of melted cheese. Mouthwatering and gorgeous, this dish is always a crowd pleaser!

close up of honey lime chicken enchiladas

Honey Lime Enchiladas

This Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas recipe is one of the most requested meals at my house. The kids love that the chicken is slightly sweet and not too spicy, and my husband loves the creamy enchilada sauce. Personally, I’m all about the cheese! Grab a block of Monterrey Jack and get shredding, because the more cheese, the better. Plus, it is easy to make ahead of time, so it’s one of my favorite meals to share with new friends or neighbors. There’s something in this enchilada dish for everyone!

Suggestions for this Recipe

  • Which tortillas are best for enchiladas? A big part of it comes down to personal preference. Traditional enchiladas are made with corn tortillas, either white or yellow. They have more flavor with a more firm and chewy texture. Flour tortillas are softer, more pliable, with a slightly sweet flavor. We love the flour tortillas for this chicken enchilada recipe because they’re larger and can hold more of the delicious filling.
  • To make this recipe for your gluten-free friends and family, opt for corn tortillas and look for a GF enchilada sauce. Several brands make them, so just check labels at the grocery store.
  • There’s nothing I love more than honey lime enchiladas for lunch the next day. They reheat beautifully and taste delicious! They’ll stay nice and fresh in the fridge for up to three days.
  • This enchilada casserole makes a perfect freezer meal. There are a couple of ways to do this. Freeze the marinated meat, then use that to create your fresh enchiladas the day of. Or you can assemble whole casserole then freeze, making sure it’s covered well. If you go this route, use corn tortillas rather than flour, as flour could get soggy during the freezing and reheating process. These enchiladas will keep for up to a month in the freezer. A perfect dish to take to neighbors and friends!

What to Serve with Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Pair this sweet and savory dish with a simple green salad and a few of these delicious sides and you’ve got a real feast!

More Enchilada Recipes

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close up of honey lime chicken enchiladas

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

5 from 3 votes
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas are loaded with juicy marinated chicken, smothered in creamy enchilada sauce and topped with lots of melted cheese. Mouthwatering and gorgeous, this dish is always a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 10

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Saute onion in a little butter until it becomes transparent and soft.
  • In a crock pot* add chicken, chicken broth, sauteed onion, chili powder, garlic, and salt & pepper. Cook on low for about 8 hours (or high for 3-4) adding more broth if needed (you don’t want it to cook out completely). 
  • Drain out some of the juices (but not all of it… keep about ¼ c.) and add honey and lime. Place seasoned, shredded chicken in a Ziploc bag and seal tightly, pressing out as much air as you can. 
  • Marinate at least 30-40 minutes or up to an hour.
  • While chicken is marinating spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray, then pour about ½ cup of enchilada sauce over the bottom. Fill tortillas with chicken mixture and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. 
  • Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with heavy cream. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese.  
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top. Serve hot and top with your favorite enchilada toppings.
  • *If you don’t have a crock-pot, just boil chicken in the same ingredients in a large pot with a little extra chicken broth until cooked through and can shred.

Notes

Variation for Creamy Honey Lime Enchiladas:
While chicken is marinating, mix enchilada sauce, 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 ½ cups sour cream, and 2 additional tablespoons of lime juice and honey in a bowl.   Pour ½ cup of creamy enchilada sauce mixture in the bottom of the 9×13 pan.  Spread 2 tablespoons of creamy enchilada sauce mixture evenly over each tortilla before filling with chicken and cheese.   

Nutrition Information

Calories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 21gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 749mgPotassium: 276mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1074IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 375mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I actually really enjoyed the combination of honey and green enchilada sauce! Thank you for a winning recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Any thoughts on freezing this unbaked? I know some recipes say not to freeze milk but since the cream is combined with enchilada sauce I’m thinking it may stabilize the cream a little better.

  3. SO YUMMY! 🙂 Made these a couple nights ago and they are just delicious. Family said they had to go into our regular enchiladas rotation. Thanks for the GREAT recipe! It will be made often 🙂

  4. Sorry to bug you again but do you see any issue with me marinating it in the fridge for a day? That should only intensify the flavor, am I right?

  5. @Trimble- TECHNICALLY you aren't ever supposed to put chicken in the crockpot unless it is thawed.. but I have put it in frozen before and it turns out fine. I usually like to just rinse it with water before putting it in to get rid of the ice chunks.

  6. I'm currently making these, and they smell delicious. I just put them in the fridge to marinade. Can't wait to eat them for dinner tonight. Love you blog!

  7. I'm currently making these, and they smell delicious. I just put them in the fridge to marinade. Can't wait to eat them for dinner tonight. Love you blog!

  8. Made these tonight for dinner. They were very yummy. I think when I make them next time I am cutting back a little on the honey and bumping up the spices. Thanks for another yummy recipe.

  9. Holy cow! I made these tonight for dinner and they were great! At first I was a little scared, honey and lime with the green enchilada sauce worried me, I'll be honest. But I tried them anyway because I'm pretty much a fan of anything enchilada. They were so great! I'll definitely be making them again!

  10. @ Em–

    Thank you so much! I am so happy to hear you like them (and your husband too)! The chicken is so good just by itself, try it on salad (like Bajio's honey-lime chicken salad) or with tacos. It is so versatile!

  11. Amazing!!! Made these today, not only does the house smell amazing while the chicken is in the crockpot, but they smell even better after you have fully finished and pull them out of the oven. My husband took one bite and said this is going on the you must make more often list. I usually like to play around with recipes, not follow it exactly, but these are perfect just the way they are with no changes needed.

  12. Made these and LOVED them (like everything I've ever made from your blog)! A nice change from cream of chicken or red sauce enchiladas. Thanks, you rock!

  13. These look so good. I am going to try them very soon. Have you picked a winner yet for your books, and if not do you know when you are picking? Thanks for all the hard work you put into your blog!