Cream Cheese Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Cream Cheese Verde Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe needs to go on your menu this week. It is fairly simple – the only tricky part is warming the tortillas in the skillet while thickening the sauce in a pan. The trickiness is simplified by lining everything up in a row and forming an assembly line. All of that disappears when that first bite passes your lips… the taste far outweighs the tiny bit of trouble ((just you wait and see!!)).

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The entire herd ((except Gracie)) loved the dish. To be honest, I didn’t even offer Gracie a taste — I feared the enchiladas would be too spicy for her little tastebuds so I heated up 2 tortillas and some cheese and let her have 8 quesadilla triangles.

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The boys begged for me to let them have a bowl of the cream cheese verde sauce to eat as dip with tortilla chips. I was so pleased they loved it, I almost caved and let them…but I just couldn’t… I wanted it for MY lunch tomorrow! ((I am bad, I know.)

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Although I am sharing the complete recipe,  I am also going to share a shopping list and a few specific brands I prefer:

Sam’s rotisserie chicken — ((2)) I love the Sam’s chickens, they are far superior to any other I have seen. I used the breast meat for another meal & saved the dark meat, with enchiladas in mind.

Corn tortillas — “Ramirez and Sons Authentic Stone Ground Tortillas”, found at Wright’s IGA off of Porter in Norman. Why this brand?? There are only 3…THREE!! ingredients, 1. wholegrain stoneground corn, 2. water  &  3. trace of lime. It’s as if I slaved away and made them myself, but instead I paid $1.84 for them ((yay)).IMG_7270

Salsa Verde – Herdez brand. I love this brand for similar reasons to the tortillas…very limited ingredient list, tastes homemade and cuts out like 17 steps by buying it pre-made.

Cheese – anything white ((I like pepper jack & sharp white cheddar))

Light cream cheese

Jalapeño, cilantro, garlic, onion & celery

Cream

Chicken broth, low sodium is a must. The chicken broth lightens up this dish without skimping on flavor…traditionally, cream would be the only liquid. This substitution will only be noticed when you zip up your pants ((haha))

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Cream Cheese Verde Chicken Enchiladas
Topped with the perfect verde cream sauce, these enchiladas are stuffed with chopped rotisserie chicken, veggies, Mexican oregano & Hatch green chili powder.
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
50 min
4727 calories
268 g
1253 g
278 g
297 g
144 g
2339 g
4619 g
22 g
0 g
106 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2339g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4727
Calories from Fat 2450
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 278g
428%
Saturated Fat 144g
719%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 24g
Monounsaturated Fat 82g
Cholesterol 1253mg
418%
Sodium 4619mg
192%
Total Carbohydrates 268g
89%
Dietary Fiber 34g
137%
Sugars 22g
Protein 297g
Vitamin A
207%
Vitamin C
75%
Calcium
329%
Iron
116%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Enchilada Filling
  1. 4-5 c cooked chicken, diced ((I used rotisserie))
  2. 1 T cooking oil
  3. 1 c. celery, finely chopped
  4. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  5. 2 T jalapeño, finely chopped (about 1/2 of a medium jalapeño)
  6. 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  7. 1 1/2 T dried oregano
  8. 1 - 2 T green chili powder ((I used mild))
  9. 1/2 c cilantro, chopped (divided)
  10. Dash of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Cream Cheese Verde Sauce
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, softened ((I used 1/3 less fat))
  2. 6 oz chicken broth
  3. 6 oz cream
  4. 6 oz salsa verde ((I used Herdez))
  5. 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
  6. 6 oz shredded sharp cheddar
  7. 3 oz shredded pepper jack
  8. 18 corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Enchilada filling: Add oil to a large braiser over medium heat. Once oil is hot (about 1 minute) sauté onions, celery and jalapeños for 4-5 minutes. Next, add garlic, chicken, oregano and chili powder. Stir to combine, cooking for 5-10 more minutes. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Keep warm on low heat until ready to fill enchiladas.
  3. Sauce: Add cream cheese, broth, cream and salsa verde to a medium pot, stir to combine and bring to a gentle boil. Add half of the shredded cheeses and continue to stir over a gentle boil, allowing it to reduce and thicken. Once sauce has thickened (about 10 minutes), add cilantro and stir to combine. Keep sauce on low heat stirring occasionally while you heat the tortillas in a medium/large skillet.
  4. Follow package instructions to heat tortillas. ((*See note))
  5. As a tortilla is warmed, remove it from the skillet, fill it with about 2 T of chicken mixture, roll up and place in a 9" x 13" baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas have been filled and rolled. Pour sauce over the top of the enchiladas and allow the sauce to ooze down the sides and bottoms of the enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 5-10 minutes. Raise oven temp to broil in order to brown the top of the enchiladas. Keep a close eye on the enchiladas to make sure they don't burn.
Notes
  1. *When heating tortillas, I added a teaspoon of butter to the skillet after every third batch of tortillas. If the tortillas are not completely warmed they will crack and tear easily. So be sure to get them fully warmed.
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calories
4727
fat
278g
protein
297g
carbs
268g
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5 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Verde Chicken Enchiladas”

  • Em: Scott’s brother is coming to town (Mark from California) and I am hosting he and his girlfriend for dinner. I was thinking Mexican and was wondering if your two enchilada recipes (Roasted Potato and Creamy Verde) could be made ahead of time and frozen until I needed to cook them. Thanks! Les.

    • Les – I would sub flour tortillas for the corn if you are going to freeze them. I am afraid the corn won’t hold up to the freezing and baking process. The remaining ingredients and instructions should work perfectly for making ahead and freezing. ((Actually, the corn tortillas may be fine, I just wouldn’t risk it if you are having company & telling them it is my recipe. If you tell them it is your recipe, do whatever you want, hahha!!))

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