Head to the Southwest tonight with these incredible Creamy Chicken Enchiladas! Cheesy and delicious, they are so easy that they just might be making a weekly appearance on your dinner table!
Let’s talk about how much my husband loves Mexican food. The guy could eat Mexican, or Mexican-inspired food, every night of the week if I felt inclined to do the same. In the early days of our relationship, before I started cooking for him on a regular basis, it was not uncommon to open his freezer and find multiple varieties of frozen burritos, taquitos, and enchiladas hanging out in there. If our weekly out-to-dinner night always consisted of Mexican, there would be absolutely no complaints from him. Than man loves him some tacos and quesadillas. Who can blame him?
This is not to say that I don’t also love Mexican food; I do! Just….not with quite the same passion and loyalty that JW feels for it. I think that’s why I’m always looking for a way to put a spin on what we typically think of as Mexican cuisine (in the States, anyway). Sometimes you just need a little more than bell peppers and avocado in your life, you know what I mean?
And yes, I know that actual authentic Mexican cuisine is very diverse, fresh, and healthy. And insanely delicious. What I’m referring to here is the Americanized version that we’ve been fed over the years. Tasty? Yes. But to me that version of things gets a little old after a while.
These Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are the perfect compromise in my mind. JW still gets his “Mexican” flavor, and I get a creamy, delicious, slightly different spin on things. If I happen to be making dinner for my little brother, this is the meal he requests. Sour cream, green chiles, chicken, lot of cheese, and spinach combine to make an insanely satisfying meal that everyone loves. And thanks to a rotisserie chicken, they’re super easy, too!!
They also freeze well! Just put everything together, but don’t bake. Cover with foil and freeze! Pull out of the freezer and let defrost, then bake like normal!
Here’s how you make them:
Heat some olive oil in a pan and throw in some sliced (not minced! actual slices here) garlic.
Let those cook for a minute or two until they become fragrant–the point is just to flavor the oil a little-, then remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and throw in your spinach with a touch of salt. Cook the spinach until it’s just starting to wilt, then put it in a strainer in the sink and allow it to drain a little.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, milk, green onions and chiles, cumin, a large handful of cheese, and salt and pepper. In a separate, larger bowl, combine the shredded chicken (if you are using a whole rotisserie chicken, it amounts to a little over half of the meat that’s on the bird) with the drained spinach and about half of the sauce.
Now it’s time to build your enchiladas! I like to start by spraying my glass baking dish with a little non-stick cooking spray, then putting a little bit of the sauce on the bottom to prevent sticking. Fill your taco-sized flour tortilla with about 2 tablespoons-ish of the chicken/spinach/sauce mixture, roll (no need to fold the ends), and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until you can’t fit anymore in the dish/you run out of filling.
Smother the filled tortillas in every last bit of the creamy deliciousness that is the sauce. Then top that with the rest of the shredded cheese. Hello, beautiful. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts and becomes bubbly. If you want, you can top with some more green onion and cilantro. En. Joy.
Looking for more Mexican-ish yumminess in your life? Here are a couple of our other favorites:
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
- 2 Cups Shredded Chicken
- 4 Cups Fresh Spinach
- 1 Clove Garlic, Sliced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 16 oz. Sour Cream
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 4 oz. Can Diced Green Chiles Drained
- 2 Thinly Sliced Green Onions
- 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
- 8-9 Taco Sized Flour Tortillas
- Diced Cilantro and Green Onion For Garnish, Optional
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the sliced garlic. Cook until fragrant, then remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the spinach to the oil with a pinch of salt and cook until just wilted. Remove the spinach to a strainer and allow to drain.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, green onions, green chiles, a handful of shredded cheese, and the cumin and salt.
- In a separate, larger bowl, combine the chicken, drained spinach, and about half of the sauce.
- Spray the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, and spread about a tablespoon of the sauce mixure in the bottom.
- Fill each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, and place in the glass baking dish seam side down.
- Spread the sauce over the top of the rolled tortillas, then top that with the rest of the shredded cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with sliced green onion and cilantro to serve if desired.