July 12, 2022

Cheesy Green Chicken Enchiladas

These delicious Cheesy Green Chicken Enchiladas are so good, easy to make, and a delicious way to use leftover chicken. They are the perfect easy weeknight meal that you will love!

Why You’ll Love These Delicious and Cheesy Green Chicken Enchiladas

  • All of the cheesy enchilada goodness – these delicious enchiladas are just full on cheesy goodness. You can’t go wrong.
  • They’re a great way to use leftover chicken – I love using leftover chicken in this recipe! It makes things even quicker and easier.
  • It’s made with simple ingredients – these enchiladas are made with just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry and fridge!

Reader Favorite Enchilada-Inspired Recipes

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Chicken Enchilada Skillet

enchilada ingredients

Enchilada Recipe Ingredients

Shredded Chicken: you’ll need two cups of shredded chicken for these enchiladas. This is a great recipe to make when you have leftover roasted chicken that you want to repurpose.

Greek yogurt: to make a delicious creamy enchilada filling we’re using a little whole milk Greek yogurt.

Cilantro: be sure to use both the stems and the leaves for the best flavor.

Enchilada Sauce: for this recipe we’re using green enchilada sauce. Feel free to grab your favorite brand! Be sure to pay attention to whether or not the enchilada sauce has gluten in it if you are sensitive to that.

Veggies: I love adding some extra veggies to my enchiladas so you’ll sauté a little diced white onion, zucchini, and garlic to add to the filling.

Spices: for this recipe we’re using a combination of cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

Lime Juice: a little fresh lime juice helps to add some delicious flavor to the enchilada filling.

Tortillas: you’ll need 8 flour tortillas for this recipe. I include some tips below if you need to keep this recipe gluten free.

Cheese: for ultimate cheesy goodness we’re using delicious melty Monterey Jack cheese.

sautéed veggies

Ingredient Substitutions and Additions

  • Chicken – if you need to make a vegetarian version of this recipe, you can swap the shredded chicken for one to tow cans of black beans instead. You could also try this Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole if you like!
  • Greek Yogurt – you can swap the plain Greek yogurt for sour cream in the filling if you prefer.
  • Cheese – I love the creamy melty-ness of Monterrey cheese in this recipe, but feel free to use whatever cheese your prefer. Pepper jack cheese would be a delicious addition!
  • Tortillas – if you need to keep this recipe gluten free you can swap the flour tortillas for corn tortillas or your favorite grain free tortillas.
  • Veggies – these enchiladas a pretty forgiving and a great way to use up some extra veggies you may have in the fridge. Bell peppers, mushrooms, and fresh spinach could all work.

filling mixture in bowl

My Favorite Ways to Cook Chicken for Green Chicken Enchiladas

  • Use leftover rotisserie chicken – this is my favorite thing to do when making these enchiladas. Just grab a grocery store rotisserie chicken and pull the meat from the bones for this recipe.
  • Bake in the oven – drizzle a pound and a half of boneless skinless chicken breast with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake on a parchment lined sheet pan for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Once the chicken is fully cooked, use two forks to shred the meat.
  • Use leftover roasted chicken – if I have a little extra time, I love to make my roasted chicken and use any leftovers for this recipe.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

CASSEROLE DISH

LARGE MIXING BOWL

MEASURING CUPS

MEASURING SPOONS

MIXING SPOON

enchilada sauce being poured over enchiladas

How to Make Chicken Enchiladas

Step One: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 9×13 baking dish with avocado spray.

Step Two: Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the avocado oil, diced onion, diced zucchini, and minced garlic. Sauté the garlic, onion, and zucchini in avocado oil until tender. Set aside.

Step Three: Add the shredded chicken, Greek yogurt, cheese, cilantro, enchilada sauce, cumin, oregano, lime juice, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is well combined.

Step Four: Pour 1/3 a cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Next, microwave the flour tortillas for 30 seconds to 1 minute, flipping halfway through, until warm and pliable. Next, pour 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce on a large plate. One at a time, gently dip a tortilla in the enchilada sauce until lightly coated on both sides. Scoop around 1/3 a cup of the filling into the tortilla and then gently roll up and place in the baking dish, seam side down. Repeat the process until all 8 enchiladas have been made.

Step Five: Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and then top with the remaining shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

Step Six: Bake the enchiladas at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown and bubbly. Garnish with cilantro, diced red onion, sliced jalapeño, and lime wedges before serving. You could also add a drizzle of Greek yogurt or sour cream that has been thinned with lime juice if you like. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • For the best results, I highly recommend shredding your own cheese instead of buying a pre-shredded bag. Pre-shredded cheese often contains stabilizers and doesn’t melt as nicely as blocks of cheese that are hand shredded. To make things easier and save time, you can use a food processor to grate your own cheese.
  • Be sure to let the enchiladas rest for a few minutes before serving. This will ensure that they hold together a bit better when serving.
  • If you want the cheese on top of the enchiladas to be a bit more brown, feel free to place them under the broiler for a minute or so before removing from the oven.

Can I Prep This Recipe in Advance?

Yes! If you like you can prepare these enchiladas up to a day in advance. Just assemble everything and then cover tightly with foil before placing in the fridge.

When you are ready to bake the casserole, remove it from the fridge and place on the counter for 20 minutes and allow it to come to room temperature before baking.

Delicious Recipes to Serve on the Side

CILANTRO LIME COCONUT RICE

HERBED BROWN BUTTER CHEDDAR CORNBREAD

DELICIOUS MEXICAN STREET CORN SALAD

QUICK PICKLED ONIONS

AVOCADO CORN SALSA

FRIED PLANTAINS WITH CINNAMON AND SEA SALT

GLUTEN FREE HONEY CORNBREAD

PICO DE GALLO

My Favorite Toppings

There are so many ways you can top these enchiladas once they are out of the oven and they are all delicious.

Here are a few of my favorite topping ideas: 

  • sliced avocado
  • chopped cilantro
  • salsa verde or your favorite salsa of choice
  • diced red onion
  • fresh limes
  • sliced jalapeno peppers

chicken enchiladas

How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat

Store: You can store any leftover enchiladas, tightly covered, in the fridge for up to three to four days.

Freeze: to freeze the enchiladas first let them come to a complete cool. Then transfer them to a freezer safe container. The enchiladas will be good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheat: to reheat the enchiladas from frozen you can remove them from the freezer and place in the fridge to thaw completely and then reheat in the microwave or in a 350 degree oven.

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Sheet Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls

Roasted Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos

I hope you give these Chicken Enchiladas a try! They are so easy to make and delicious! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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Chicken Enchiladas

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Enchiladas

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 1/3 cups green enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 9×13 baking dish with avocado spray.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the avocado oil, diced onion, diced zucchini, and minced garlic. Sauté the garlic, onion, and zucchini in avocado oil until tender. Set aside.
  3. Make the Filling: Add the shredded chicken, Greek yogurt, cheese, cilantro, enchilada sauce, cumin, oregano, lime juice, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is well combined.
  4. Assemble the Enchiladas: Pour 1/3 a cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Next,microwave the flour tortillas for 30 seconds to 1 minute, flipping halfway through, until warm and pliable. Next, pour 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce on a large plate. One at a time, gently dip a tortilla in the enchilada sauce until lightly coated on both sides. Scoop around 1/3 a cup of the filling into the tortilla and then gently roll up and place in the baking dish, seam side down. Repeat the process until all 8 enchiladas have been made.
  5. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and then top with the remaining shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
  6. Bake the enchiladas at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown and bubbly. Garnish with cilantro, diced red onion, sliced jalapeño, and lime wedges before serving. You could also add a drizzle of Greek yogurt or sour cream that has been thinned with lime juice if you like. Enjoy!

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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Eat Love Eat

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    6 comments
  1. This tasted like some of my favorite restaurant quality enchiladas (maybe even better)! I am so glad I found this recipe, this will definitely find its way into my rotation!

  2. Know this is a chicken recipe, but we made it tonight with leftover carnitas and it was AWESOME! We enjoy more spice so used pepper jack and are so excited to have more in the fridge. Great recipe! Thank you!

    • well that sounds delicious!! so glad y’all loved the recipe, Betsy! such a creative way to use those leftover carnitas!

  3. Do you have a favorite green salsa? This looks so delicious!! Don’t want to mess it up with a so-so one 🙂

  4. This was really excellent. This is our new favorite enchiladas recipe. Thank you!

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