Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Insane, that is what your going to think once you try this dish and realize that you have been insane for ever having tried to make another enchilada dish before now. Its not that your past enchilada dishes haven’t been successful, in fact I am sure they have been out right delicious but with all seriousness, this Green Chile Enchilada dish is phenomenal- out of this world amazing and you won’t revert back to any other recipe once you have tried the “real” stuff!

My Green Chile Enchilada’s are a favorite with any palate it comes into contact with. My dad begs me to make it when I go home, my husband craves it every week and our friends (not going to mention the Potter’s) are always up for a helping of these enchiladas when the need arises. They are so flavorful and rich, with the perfection combination of ingredients that you can’t help leave the table with complete satisfaction. Green chiles are a favorite here in this house and I am not sure if I have ever made a mexican dish that doesn’t incoropreate green chiles of some kind hence my green chile taco pie, or my green chile cornbread, or my — well you get the picture.

Green Chiles are the ultimate addition to Tex-Mex dishes because they bring the heat without bringing the “heat” if you know what I mean. They have the perfect proportion of sweet and heat and go so well with chicken that it is a down-right shame not to merry the two for the perfect enchildada dish of all time. Now, I know what you are thinking, “Have you lost your mind”. Do you really have enough guts to say that these are the best enchiladas ever?” Answer: Yes! I have lost my mind when it comes to cooking and Yes I realize the statement I am making is pretty ballsy but I stand by my word and so will you once you get in that kitchen of yours and give these babies a try.

Why Green Chile? Most people see enchildads with a red sauce but I like the taste of a smooth green chile sauce with added heat from additional jalapenos. It presents a nice smooth and creamy texture that is out of the norm for most people and Serve with a side of my spicy avocado hummus and tortilla chips these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are a quick and easy meal to prepare for your family any day of the week.

By all means if you can get your hands on some flavorful fresh green chiles (I didn;t have any at the time) make up your own batch of Green Chile Sauce flavored with garlic and lime.


Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas


1 whole rotassarie chicken, skin removed and cut into small pieces

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

3 TBSP chopped cilantro (you can use less here if you do not like that much cilantro or you can replace the cilantro with parsley)

3 TBSP butter

1 can green chiles

1 28 ounce can of green enchilada sauce

16 ounces of pepper jack cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp salt and pepper each

1 tsp roasted cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

20 flour tortillas


Heat butter in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add chiles, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken, remaining seasonings, sour cream, half of the green enchilada sauce (so roughly 13-14 ounces) and 8 ounces of the shredded cheese. Cook, stirring frequently for another 10 minutes on medium low. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Divide the chicken mixture by the spoonfuls equally among tortillas. Wrap tortillas around the filling and transfer, seam-side down, to a 9- by 13-in. baking dish. Top each with the remaining enchilada sauce and shredded cheese and bake at 350 covered for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is nice and golden.



  1. Joanne

    I’ve only ever done red chile enchiladas before but after reading this, I’m pretty sure my life will feel incomplete until I’ve tasted these! They look so good!

  2. Maris (In Good Taste)

    I will take your word for it! These look incredible and I am amking thme this week!

  3. Angie Ward

    Oh yum! I will be trying these soon!

  4. Alexis @ There She Goes

    ENCHILDADASSSS! these look like the way to anyone’s heart πŸ™‚

  5. lindsay

    girl you know i love me some chicken enchiladas! i can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. Three-Cookies

    Reading about it is making me salivate. I only recently tried enchilada for the first time, I think it was authentic and amazing!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Just once! OMG~ girl we got to get more enchiladas in that kitchen of yours! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe!

  7. chef_d

    This looks delicious! I love cilantro and I love chili! And I think I’m going to love your green chili enchiladas!

  8. Erica

    How perfect do these look? Your pictures are just awesome. I always use red sauce- I definitely need to switch it up. The man is loving heat more and more these days, so I know he’d be all about these!

  9. Khara

    How does everything you make look SO good?! I thought of you today as I was flipping through my new cookbook. I really do need to get cooking more, well, at least more variety. So, basically, I totally need to be more like you!

  10. Mary

    These look SO amazing – lovely flavors and fantastic photographs – I want to jump in and eat them!

  11. kitchen flavours

    This looks delicious! I have never tried enchiladas before and these are just mouth-watering! I need to find the enchilada sauce! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Greg

    Those look amazing and I love how easily they come together. Mexican food is so satisfying.

  13. Maureen

    I haven’t had an enchilada since I left the US, how bad is that? I have no excuse for not making them now! I love Mexican food and your photos are so good.

  14. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Well, LUCKY ME! I have never even TRIED to make enchilada’s before, so I don’t know any different! Now? I just need to figure out what cumin is!

  15. Marguerite

    These enchiladas look scrumptious and I think that I will try them for dinner tonight! Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Enchiladas are one of my favorite dishes to make and eat (as I’ve shared here before), and green chile are my favorite type! I don’t make them very often because my kids are not at the point in which they recognize the deliciousness of an enchilada (YET), but why don’t I just make them for Ryan and I???

    Too good not to enjoy on a weekly basis, or at least monthly!

    I can’t wait for our peppers/chilies to get here!!

  17. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    I really want to master in cooking oven baked meals and Enchiladas is one of them. As kids get older I think oven baked food is the way to go – large portion and leave it in the oven and let it cooked! Thanks for sharing this dish, Jessica. πŸ™‚

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Yes! they are so easy to put together early in the morning or even the day before and cook at a moment’s notice! Heaven I tell you!

  18. Shawn

    Those enchiladas look incredible! I’ll probably make them Friday…if I can wait that long πŸ™‚

  19. Foodness Gracious

    They look outrageously awesome! Definetely one for the book…
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Maria

    I make a similar enchilada based on a recipe from marathon runner Deena Kastor and love it. Once I made it, I was hooked with green chile. Yours look so cheesy and delicious…and it is lunch time so now I am hungry! πŸ™‚

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      I have heard that recipe is the bomb! I need to try it too but I got to say this one definitely gives her a run for her money! LOL!

  21. Caroline

    Enchiladas are one of my favorites; well, let’s be honest, Mexican food in general is my weakness. These look and sound delicious!!

  22. anne

    I am sooooo printing this out right now!! anne

  23. Alli

    Just printed these out. If they are that good I have to try them!

  24. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Friend, these look fantastic! I am a huge enchilada fan, though I’ve only made them with red sauce, not green. I will absolutely try this version – my husband will be so happy πŸ™‚

  25. yummychunklet

    This recipe is starred for this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    This is one of those meals where you know you have to make rightthisminute! It looks awesome! Love enchiladas. πŸ™‚

  27. Kacy

    YAY!!! I got a shout out!!! Seriously people these taste like a small slice of heaven!!! They are WONDERFUL!!!! Just like the cook! Great, now I’m starving!!!

  28. Biz

    I much prefer green chile enchiladas to red sauce ones – this one looks delicious!

  29. Jackie

    Wow, those enchiladas are just mouth-watering from the look of your fantastic pictures of the enchiladas! I’ll make sure that I try out this delicious recipe and share it with my family tonight! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  30. Veronica's Kitchen

    My cousin just come back from the US trip and she has this photo of enchiladas which is not as good as yours. I wish I could take a fork and take a piece from it. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Ruth

    They look wonderful

  32. Shea

    Mmmm, these enchiladas look amazing! My husband is going to be begging me to make these–he loves enchiladas more than anyone I’ve ever met! Lucky for me, I love them too πŸ™‚

  33. JANE

    Your photos are so wonderful along with the recipes you share. Do you have a sauce you make from scratch too for this one, or do you think canned sauce is just as good? Thanks for another great one. Kids and grandchildren would like this too.

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Jane! I do have a recipe from scratch, I will email it to you here in a bit. I have to admit though, the canned version is almost just as good if not better. It is hard to replicate it by doing it yourself but there is a slight more freshness about the sauce. Either way it is good though! Just do what you have time to do!

  34. Rachel

    Oh yes I did. I just added this to my recipe box because I love, love, LOVE green chile sauce. This looks and sounds amazing and I cannot wait to try it!


  35. val

    It’s 2am in the morning and I’m convinced that I will be needing this for breakfast!! Enchiladas have never looked so good.

  36. SharleneT.

    I have got to try these. Could I pre-fix the ingredients and put the whole together, later, and then bake? Would love to use for a solar demonsration, but I’m really short on time available. SO yummy! Thanks for sharing. Come visit when you can.

  37. thatssoron

    wow wee… I must try this!

  38. Candace

    I wholeheartedly agree! I lived in Albuquerque for 3 1/2 years and one taste of the green stuff and it was all over for me. There is just no other enchilada that will do. I sure wish I had some yummy Hatch green chile right now. They look absolutely delicious, Jessica. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  39. Linda

    Mmmm… heat without the heat! I like that as many times my guests want the flavor and not so much the spicy hot as I do! Definitely going to try this out!

  40. Kelli

    Mexican and Im always game so this Ive got to make. Looks delish! Keep on rocking those great recipes bc Im going to keep on using them.

  41. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    I love enchiladas! Yours look so tasty!

  42. Patty

    These look delicious, and I am planning to try them soon…one question: in your first photo, it looks like you kept the seeds in your green pepper? I have always “discarded seeds,” according to directions! Do they add flavor?

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Patty, you can do it either way, I find leaving a few of the seeds doesn’t hurt anything and just adds an extra bit of heat. Oh but please note I don’t use all the seeds just some of them! Hope you enjoy this! It is fantastic and thanks for stopping by!

  43. Kristy

    These sound phenomenal! I love enchiladas and green chiles. I’m not sure why I’ve never combined the two. Brilliant!

  44. gopika

    I love enchiladaas πŸ˜€ Yours looks yumm

  45. Kristin

    I’ve never met a chicken enchilada I didn’t love! YUM!

  46. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    These enchiladas look so good! I love the green sauce even more than the red when chicken and sour cream are involved. Yum! πŸ™‚

  47. daphne

    I love chilli ANYTHING! Mexican food is something I have not explore in my kitchen too often- might be on our menu next week!

  48. The Slow Roasted Italian

    I have to admit that I have lived in the SW for 13 years and I have just learned to love Mexican flavors in the last few. Honestly as an Italian, I think the spiciest thing in our cabinet was oregano.

    With my palate and taste buds evolving, I have such an appreciating for the spicy flavor. Not, heat for the sake of making it hot. But true flavor. I am finally getting around to trying to make these creations. Yours sound absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

  49. Sawsan@chef in diguise

    Don’t you just love mexican food…
    It is super easy and LOADED with flavor..
    Your creation looks amazing

  50. Lynn

    This is the first recipe of yours that I have tried, and it was awesome! I was looking for a Green Chili Chicken Enchilada recipe, and found your site. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thanks for sharing your passion.

  51. Lou-Lou (Kacy's mom)

    They are just as good as Kacy said!! Love the recipe!

  52. Kim

    I made these this weekend for a movie marathon that I was having with a few girlfriends and they were delicious!

    I did use the smallest flour tortillas I could find and ended up only having 6 of them fit into my 9×13 dish. I think I may have made them more hardy because we each only had 1 so there were plenty of leftovers and they still tasted great the next day!

    I love these and have added them to my list of favorites!!

  53. Judy

    These are the best enchiladas I have ever tasted, my whole family loves them. We make them ever chance we get. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  54. Poli

    I made these enchiladas for dinner last night, and they were terrific!

  55. cindy

    What size can of green chilies?

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