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!
Honey Lime Enchiladas
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!
- Grilled Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob
- Easy Restaurant Style Mexican Rice
- Mexican Street Corn Cups (Disney Copycat)
- Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice and Beans
- Cheater Restaurant Style Refried Beans
More Enchilada Recipes
We love our enchiladas around here! Try a few of our favorites:
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Spinach Enchiladas
- Easy Cheesy Enchiladas
- Kate’s Enchiladas From Scratch
- Thai Chicken Enchiladas
How to Make Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
- 1 small onion peeled and diced (use a sweet onion if you can find it)
- 3 chicken breast halves
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced (2-3 cloves)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 6 tablespoon honey
- 5 tablespoon lime juice (1 large lime)
- 8-10 flour tortillas or corn if you prefer
- 1 pound Monterey jack cheese shredded
- 16 ounces green enchilada sauce (we like Las Palmas brand, but any brand is great)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
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 1/4 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 9x13 pan with cooking spray, then pour about 1/2 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.