We have the easiest Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Recipe packed with chicken, cheese and an amazing sour cream sauce. These are the best Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and they get even better the next day and freeze great.

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas in a Baking pan topped with melted cheese and fresh cilantro.

The Best Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas:

Many of you have asked for my sour cream enchilada recipe and here it is. I know that you will LOVE the recipe that our family calls the BEST Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas.

I have been making these for years… literally years and it just gets better and better every time. Plus, make sure you make a double batch. These freeze great and actually taste better when you eat them the next day for lunch.

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas in a Baking pan topped with melted cheese and fresh cilantro.

Equipment Needed:

Here is what you’ll need in your kitchen to make these easy chicken enchiladas at home.

  • 9X13 Baking Pan
  • Large Skillet – I used a cast iron skillet but any would work great.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas in a Baking pan topped with melted cheese and fresh cilantro.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded
  • Onion
  • Rotel (or green chilies)
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning (or half packet if using store bought)
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Sour Cream
  • Milk
  • Shredded cheese (any kind will do but we love Monterey jack cheese)
  • Tortillas (corn tortillas or flour tortillas)

How to make Shredded Chicken Enchiladas:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a skillet, brown the chopped onions until soft.
The onions being browned in a cast iron skillet.
  • Add in the shredded chicken, taco seasoning, Rotel, and half the can of cream of chicken soup.
The chicken, taco seasoning, Rotel and half of the cream of chicken soup added to the pan and stirred in.
  • Cook over medium high heat until mixed thoroughly and heated through.
  • Spoon the chicken mixture evenly into the tortillas. I heat the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds to make them more pliable.
The chicken mixture placed on the center of a flour tortilla.
  • Roll and place in a 9×13 baking dish with the seam side down.
  • Continue to do this until your pan is full.
The tortillas rolled around the chicken mixture and placed in a baking pan.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining cream of chicken soup, sour cream and milk in a bowl until combined. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of chicken broth to thin the sauce out.
The sour cream sauce being mixed together in a small bowl.
  • Pour mixture over your rolled tortillas. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese on top.
The sour cream sauce poured on top of the enchiladas topped with the shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until heated through.
  • Serve with your favorite side dishes.

How to easily make cooked chicken:

You do need cooked chicken for this recipe. If you don’t have any on hand, here are my favorite ways to make cooked chicken.

Use leftover chicken!

The great thing about this recipe is that it can easily be made with leftover chicken. Whether it is grilled, baked, or broiled chicken you can use it to make this casserole. Another shortcut for this recipe is using rotisserie chicken or canned chicken.

We normally will use chicken breast but chicken thighs work great too. When I am meal planning for the week, I will prepare chicken in the crock pot. Then I will shred it for multiple meals for the week.

The best way to shred the chicken:

I use a hand mixer to shred the chicken faster. It is so easy and one of my best time saving kitchen tips!

If you are not shredding your chicken this way, you are missing out. It can be done in a fraction of the time by doing it by hand. Plus, I love the texture of the chicken when you use the hand mixer.

How to Make Sour Cream Sauce:

Sour Cream sauce is very easy to make. Generally, it’s sour cream mixed with cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt.

However, for this recipe, I cheat a little bit and mix the sour cream with the cream of chicken soup. I think it makes the sauce creamier and add the same delicious filling that is in the enchiladas as well.

I hope you try out this new way of making sour cream sauce and let me know what you think.

What to serve with Chicken enchiladas

For more easy side dishes for enchiladas check out What to Serve with Enchiladas.

Close up of sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas in a Baking pan topped with melted cheese and fresh cilantro.

How to Store:

Refrigerate any leftover enchiladas in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and then they are ready to enjoy.

How to freeze Chicken enchiladas:

I always make a second pan of these Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas to put in the freezer. It doesn’t take any longer to make two pans and we have dinner for another night.

I use the disposable pans for the one I am freezing.  It helps so much on those busy nights. To freeze, prepare the enchiladas based on the recipe up to the baking instructions in the disposable pan. Then cover and freeze for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to enjoy these enchiladas, thaw the pan out overnight in the refrigerator. Then bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes until the enchiladas are heated through and the cheese is melted.

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas in a Baking pan topped with melted cheese and fresh cilantro

Variation Ideas:

  • Use a rotisserie chicken to save even more time.
  • You can add in black beans or pinto beans to the chicken mixture.
  • Try it with ground beef instead of chicken.
  • Instead of Rotel, you can use use salsa, diced tomatoes, salsa verde or green chiles.
  • I made these enchiladas with flour tortillas but you can make this recipe with yellow corn or white corn tortillas instead.
  • Use your favorite type of shredded cheese in this recipe. I used a Colby and Monterey Jack blend but cheddar cheese would be delicious on these enchiladas too.

It is sure to be a family favorite after the very first time you make this recipe! My family loves this easy recipe and ask for it all the time.

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The best Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

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We have the easiest Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Recipe packed with chicken, cheese and an amazing sour cream sauce. These are the best Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and they get even better the next day and freeze great.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American, Mexican
Course Main
Calories 143
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 boneless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 can of rotel
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning or half packet
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8 oz container of sour cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • handful of shredded cheese any kind will do!
  • 8-10 to tortillas

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a skillet, brown the onions until soft.
  • Add in the shredded chicken, taco seasoning, rotel, and HALF the can of cream of chicken soup.
  • Cook over low heat until mixed thoroughly.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the tortillas.
  • Roll and place in a 9×13 pan with the seam side down.
  • Continue to do this until your pan is full.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining cream of chicken soup, sour cream and milk in a bowl until combined.
  • Pour mixture over your rolled tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese
  • Bake for 20 minutes until heated through.

Recipe Notes

Serve with your favorite side dishes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 143kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 7g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 108mg, Potassium 163mg, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 300IU, Vitamin C 0.9mg, Calcium 78mg, Iron 0.4mg

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  1. A HUGE hit for dinner last night. Everyone loved them and said they were better than the restaurants’. I made double the recipe so there were extras to be frozen. I made them exactly as the recipe stated. I also made the rice and it too was a hit.. Thanks

  2. I made these but am not going to cook and serve for 6 hours. Should I put the sauce on now or wait until I put in oven? Concerned about the sauce making it soggy if I put it on ahead of time. Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    A family favorite! Delicious and easy! We also tried it out with pork leftovers and it turned out also!

  4. My son loved these will make again. Used salsa verde instead of rotel. Also shredded my own Monterey Jack cheese.

  5. 5 stars
    These enchiladas are great! To make them even quicker and easier, I use a rotisserie chicken. And these are great reheated for lunch the next day too!

  6. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I did substitute the Rotel for a can of green chilis and mixed pepper Jack and shredded provolone cheeses for the topping.

  7. My whole big family love these times. Even the two who hate sour cream love them!!!

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