Honey-Lemon Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
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Honey-Lemon Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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Honey, lemon and chili flavors blend wonderfully in enchiladas. My family devours this dish, so I also use the chicken filling for soft tacos with toppings. —Kristi Moak, Gilbert, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) green enchilada sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onions and chopped tomatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 enchiladas (calculated without optional toppings) : 349 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 698mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. Add chicken and toss to coat.
  2. Pour 1 can enchilada sauce into a greased microwave-safe 11x7-in. dish. Place 1/4 cup chicken mixture off center on each tortilla. Roll up and place in prepared dish, seam side down. Top with remaining enchilada sauce.
  3. Microwave, covered, on high 11-13 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. If desired, top with green onions and tomatoes. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a full-size 1,100-watt microwave. If your microwave does not accommodate an 11x7-in. dish, bake casserole, covered, in a preheated 400° oven for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese and top as directed.
Originally published as Honey-Lemon Chicken Enchiladas in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p25

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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COZZI User ID: 8405515 266174
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"It's hard to find Mexican food that's not over spicy just savory. I loved this recipe. Mexican flavor that doesn't kill your taste buds. ??"

bakergirl00 User ID: 1291183 266099
Reviewed May. 18, 2017

"Love this recipe & have made it for years. I use the filling for quesadillas also. They are delicious with pepper jack cheese."

Lonipop User ID: 572671 217035
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Outstanding with lime juice! Ridiculously easy. My husband LOVED these. I added a can of black beans to the mixture to make them healthier and more filling. I will definitely make again!"

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 195915
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"My hubby LOVES honey and enjoyed this dish. I'm not sure the recipe goes into the 'keeper' category, but as I've never tasted enchiladas like these, it was great twist on a traditional favorite!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 195912
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"These are not a traditional enchilada but a fun spin with a touch of honey to sweeten things up. Don't be afraid to give them a try. Reduce the honey if you're nervous about the sweet reviews, give the sauce a taste. You can always add more if you like the flavor."

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 195910
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"This was way too sweet for us!! I made it as a casserole, layering the tortillas, chicken, cheese & sauce. With a healthy dose of hot sauce it was good, a nice mix of spicy/sweet."

twodots User ID: 3323335 197701
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"I followed the recipe , but I'll use less honey next time. It was good, though a bit sweet for us."

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 192836
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"I made this as tacos, per the suggestion in the recipe, but the chicken filling was oddly sweet and chili powder flavored. My husband and I liked it OK, but the kids turned up their noses at it. Perhaps it would have been better as enchiladas, with the green salsa to further complement the flavors?"

Wordenluck User ID: 7948373 124473
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"Excellent recipe! I used a rotisserie chicken and did not have garlic powder, but used a tsp of onion power. I used the juice from one lime. Outstanding! A new favorite!"

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