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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

My daughter, Lisa Sand, brought 10 pans of these yummy chicken enchiladas to my wedding reception and they were the biggest hit of all the food. So many guests wanted the recipe, we sent it out with our Christmas cards. —Pat Coffee, Kingston, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 20 flour tortillas (6 inches), room temperature
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, water, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in chicken.
  • 2. Place 1/4 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. In a large bowl, combine soup, sour cream, milk and chilies; pour over enchiladas.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 651 calories, 38g fat (18g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 1392mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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rhoadeoii User ID: 8319118 272376
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2017

"easy! My family loved this. FYI, The recipe makes two 9x13 servings."

MariannesRecipes User ID: 3408484 268752
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2017

"Hands down the best enchiladas ever! We were in heaven when I made these, now my go to "company meal", love this!"

jones2888 User ID: 8906843 264165
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2017

"Ok I made this 2 days ago. You have 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, 2 cups of sour cream, and one cup of milk - a pretty large amount of liquid. These were very very delicious but I couldn't use them the next day. The liquid soaked into the tortilla and they just disintegrated and made a huge globby mess. My advice is to eat it all, or halve the recipe. It will not hold up to reheating. :-("

Michelle User ID: 9056893 263246
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"It's a keeper! My family really liked this:) I halved the recipe (I was only making it for three people and I wasn't sure if it would hold up for the next day). It made seven tortillas and cost around $10 to make. I didn't tweak this recipe much. I did season the chicken with salt and pepper while cooking it. For the sauce that goes into the chicken, I did not have onion powder so I used 2 teaspoons of the Cumin instead of one. The sauce that goes over the top is quite a lot. Even halving it, i only used about half of that sauce. I took the half can of the remaining rotel tomatoes and chilies drained it and topped it when finished cooking along with chopped cilantro. I've shyed away from making enchiladas because in the past I've made them and they were soggy. However this recipe the bottoms were nice and firm. Follow the directions and DO NOT put sauce on the bottom of the pan, I was debating whether or not and definitely glad I didn't. Can't wait to make again! As the other reviewers stated it does taste like restaurant quality. Very delicious!"

lamonli User ID: 8259881 257100
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"This was terrible! I halved the recipe so maybe that was it but lord it was bad! The soup and cream cheese was not a good idea..."

Mammaw08 User ID: 6496711 254559
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"This recipe is absolutely delicious!! I made them earlier this week and my grandson loved them, too. Leftovers are even better. Will definitely include this recipe in my favorites. Thank you for posting."

kiki61 User ID: 5785048 242451
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Restaurant flavor at home! So easy, it's a keeper!"

ChickenEnchiladas User ID: 8418626 228074
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

"Ok, so... I just made an account so I could write a review on these. Yeah... that's how good these are. And that was 2 years ago! Sadly, I haven't made them since then. I made them for my CNA class of about 10 (me being a student) at the end of the course for a little potluck that we had after our clinicals were over. Everyone LOVED them and at least one of those people wasn't too fond of enchiladas. My instructor even took some home for dinner!! I lost the recipe a few weeks after that and am so glad I was able to find it so easily today!! I will be making a pan of these for the office staff at my workplace, a whopping 4 people, and a few friends that I have mentioned these to in the past. I have no doubt that they will be a big hit once again!"

gembirdd User ID: 5806657 218841
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Made 4 extra pans to freeze for later. We went through all but 1 in 2 weeks. They are terrific!"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 218273
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"My wife's not much of a Mexican food fan, even though it's one of my favorites, but she liked this for a change so that's always a plus. It was pretty easy to make too. All you need is some tortilla chips and homemade salsa to go along with it!"

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 142824
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"This is sooooo good."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 111188
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"Tastes like a Mexican restaurant right in your home."

RNati User ID: 7978455 208045
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"I made it for my Bunco. Everyone loved it!"

Regina625 User ID: 7943845 142823
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"Family loves it! I add a little spinach to the chicken filling!"

awall46 User ID: 2184499 142822
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"Loved it!"

BruceAndSuz User ID: 6292797 91497
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"My family loves this dish, I've made it several times now. Having 2 pans of it helps too since we have a big family & I usually have to double or triple recipes. Thank you for submitting this recipe, Suz"

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 164185
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"Wow!! This will be made again! Not the healthiest meal so it'll be saved for splurge days. The cream cheese chicken filling makes this superior. I love the cumin!"

GoVikes28 User ID: 7368436 91998
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"My family loves this recipe! I have been making it for years and added it to the Family Reunion cook book!"

wnsumner User ID: 2137765 159465
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Me and my family LOVED these!! Very good, very creamy. I make them a lot!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 157373
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"Really good!"

Sunnseagirl User ID: 7433685 64216
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"I have been making this for over 30 years and it is the only thing my grown children ask me to make but can I make a few suggestions? 1/4 cup butter or margarine with 1/4 cup chopped onions with a few pecan pieces sautéed until onions are opaque into the chicken mixture. In addition add a little jalapeño juice. In the sour cream mixture add some jalapeños and 1 tablespoon of milk. The jalapeños give it a little kick and the pecans and sautéed onions bring out the cumin in the chicken. I always add a bit more cumin. For the cheese add two kinds.. Mild cheddar and jack. Let me know how it goes ;-)"

stone481064 User ID: 2583157 159463
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Love this recipe! So happy it did not have the traditional enchilada red sauce. I have made this several times and there are never any leftovers."

tourmaline57 User ID: 7137470 141517
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"I would in the future just dress the finished bake with some finely minced parsley.Just for color. Perfect for groups."

tourmaline57 User ID: 7137470 142821
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Just a note aside ,those that are reducing fat content?There is a reduced fat cream of chicken soup by Campbelle that is great.I however make this just as Pat suggests,so delicious,I don't want to change it at all."

tourmaline57 User ID: 7137470 156467
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Without question superb.easy to make(I use rotisserie chicken from the supermarket)Foolproof and everyone loves it.Plan on making it for my daughter's baby shower this month.Thank you Pat,this one is a keeper!"

krazykrisy User ID: 4475315 157371
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"I have made this recipe several times now and love, love, love it. Makes great leftovers."

TheBroozer User ID: 5671126 111187
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"Fantastic recipe, make it all the time. The only I do different is add more chicken to tortilla than what it calls for."

cea267 User ID: 1848598 159461
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"I skinnied this down with low fat cream cheese, low fat sour cream, 1% milk and 2% cheese. Just as delishious! I've also tried it with a bed of 4 cups cooked brown rice, instead of tortillas and got raves.! Thanks Pat for such a tasty and adaptable recipe!!"

Sheriff8688 User ID: 7224837 111101
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"This recipee was absolutely amazing! My family loved this and they all want the recipee. I do have to say this was very easy to make, you could probably even use a whole chicken that is already baked from walmart that only costs $5.00- I hope everyone enjoys this as much as we did.- Liz"

LittleBeeMe User ID: 6547879 164184
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"I make chicken enchiladas with a recipe very similar to this, and my family loves them. My oldest son doesn't like creamy foods, so I do not use the sauce made with the soup and sour cream. Instead, I use a large can of prepared red enchilada sauce. I put the can of diced green chiles in with the chicken filling. About twice a month I cook an entire bag of frozen chicken breasts in my slow cooker. I shred the cooked chicken and freeze it in 3 cup portions for recipes that call for cooked chicken. It's a real time saver."

cookieladyangel User ID: 245594 164183
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Since there is only two of us -- I made half the recipe. Also since I don't like hot spicy food -- I didn't put the green chilies in. I had leftover cooked chopped turkey in the freezer so used that instead of chicken & added 1/2 cup chopped green pepper to the meat mixture. We did like it & will make again. My husband thought since I didn't put the green chilies in that I should have used 1 Tablespoon (or 2 T for a full recipe) instead of teaspoon to give it more flavor. The soup mixture was just the right amount and was a great meal along with the rice-a-roni with leeks that my husband made. Two per person is the right amount so we have leftovers even with doing half the recipe."

Jenn-Jenn User ID: 7154292 159460
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"Great meal using recipes already in the house."

anitan User ID: 2500758 208044
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I make this recipe regularly and my family loves it! I use low fat cream cheese and fat free sour cream, and you can't tell the difference. I usually freeze one pan to use later, and it freezes really well. Delicious!"

donnal777 User ID: 2577514 111099
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"This is a great recipe for anyone who has a fussy eater in the family. Mine is my husband, who does not like Mexican food! I made it once or twice and now he asks me to make it every couple of weeks. I changed it a little by using cream of celery or Golden Mushroom soup in place of the cream of chicken. I also cut the recipe in halfwhen it was just the two of us."

maggiewilliams User ID: 4398956 91695
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I made this last night and my 9 year old asked me to add it to our meal rotation, he NEVER asks for something over again! I did make a few changes because it would have been way too much for my family. I added half a package (4 ounces) of cream cheese to 2 cups of cooked, chopped chicken with some taco seasoning and a little water. Then I stuffed 6 smaller tortillas and placed them in the dish. I mixed about 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1 can of cream of chicken, about a 1/3 of a cup of 1% milk and 1 small can of green chilie's together. Poured the mixture over the tortilla's and baked for 30 minutes on 350. Then added some cheese and put it back in for 10. I think I'm going to try to make these into a freezer meal so that I can pop a dish out and have it ready for dinner that night. Great family recipe, thanks for sharing!"

Tattersb User ID: 6296554 111097
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"I've tried several different chicken enchilada recipes, but I always come back to this one."

seattlemom User ID: 7140277 82003
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"Ok, the base line for this recipe is good although it was too creamy. I would cut back on the soup and sour cream. a light layer would be better. Also, there is little flavor so I doctored it up a bit. I added black beans, corn, fresh cilantro and pico de gallo to the chicken mixture the second time I made it and it was much better. the recipe as it is is too creamy and bland."

natibreed User ID: 1252188 141367
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012


amandal589 User ID: 6779586 141362
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"I absolutely love this recipe, my kids did too and the hubby. Its great, I added some more veggies to the meat mixture just because I love my veggies in any meal I can get them in. I am making this again tonight for dinner. Thanks so much for the recipe I think best part about this recipe is that it dont need enchilada sauce."

kimovitt User ID: 5476745 111096
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I"ve made this with my kids...they loved it. The second time we made it we added Mexican style corn and white rice in with the chicken was even better :)"

kitchenmouseof5 User ID: 3358765 208043
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"We love this recipe. I have to half it for a family of 4. Its a lot of sauce but I load it with lots of cheese. This family loves a lot of cheese. Even my picky girls love it. I give this 10 stars!!"

SouthernSweetheart23 User ID: 5838167 157367
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"Its good, needs a little bit of tweakin though. Needed a little something more"

WilliamsD17 User ID: 5458545 111027
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"This made an incredible dinner dish . . . and I got rave reviews from everyone on it . . . even the picky picky eaters liked it!!!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 71133
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"We are vegetarian, so I used our "veggie" chicken and some rice. This is a very easy and flavorful recipe!"

jenniferlynn776 User ID: 2781900 141516
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"I've made this several times. My family LOVES it...I agree there is alot of sauce but I use only what I need. I once made these for a friend and she came back and asked me if she could pay me to make them for a luncheon she was having at work. I also had to send out copies of the recipe. Definately a huge hit."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 159009
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Maybe ekatiakarpova forgot to put the cheese on it. Mine looked just like the picture and it was delicious and so easy to make. My other half loved it and so did I. We will definitely have this again."

VStarVickie User ID: 3816597 208042
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011 Edited Jun. 6, 2016

"These are so good, every time I make them, I can't believe they I made them. Have shared your recipe with family and friends, someone always asks. Thank you, we LOVE it. Amazinging recipe, don't change anything ??"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 159008
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"The photo has not that sause that this recipe calls."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 159007
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Too much sauce and it is very thick and has very strong cream of chicken taste"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 142820
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Too much sauce. The sauce is heavy and creamy. And it has strong cream of chicken taste."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 71131
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Too much sause. The sauce is very heavy, creamy and fat. It has very strong cream of chicken taste. I wished it has another sause but the chicken is very good. I would not like to cook this recipe again."

jenny.nanette User ID: 6222259 208041
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"So simple and yummy! My husband and boys loved it! Will definately make this again!!"

tkwill User ID: 2956609 156460
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"This was very easy to make and the whole family LOVED it. I will make it again."

Dederbee User ID: 2496336 141344
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"I have made this a handful of times. Even my husband who is not to thrilled about chicken loves it."

kmjohnson2005 User ID: 1801354 159005
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"My family & friends love this recipe! Very easy & delicious!"

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 91997
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Awesome recipe. I split it in half for my family, it divides perfectly. This is even great warmed up for leftovers the next day!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 82002
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"Great and simple recipe. This made a ton of enchiladas and even with my family of 5 big eaters we still have plenty left over. I may halve the sauce recipe next time because they are absolutely oozing with sauce! Not a bad thing, just a lot of sauce. Next time I make this, I may freeze half of the recipe for a meal later on. Really delicious!"

VStarVickie User ID: 3816597 91671
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011 Edited Jun. 6, 2016

"These are so good, every time I make them, I can't believe they I made them. Have shared your recipe with family and friends, someone always asks. Thank you, we LOVE it. Amazinging recipe, don't change anything ??"

5xamom User ID: 787516 142819
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"My family of seven loved this!! None left over! However, it only made 16, not 20 and I halved the soup mixture for the topping. A new family favorite! Thanks!!"

sonia1209 User ID: 4036480 156446
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"OMGGG so gooooood! I"m a 29 year old Mexican woman from South Texas and used to discriminate against any type of enchilada that was rolled ina flour tortilla (we only use corn) so I was very skeptical about this recipe. I'm so in love with these enchiladas, I don't even miss the corn tortillas! So rich and creamy and cheeeesy and ohhhh soooo good. Even just as yummy the next day in the microwave (I just reheated some from last night and inhaled them!)..OK, just a few notes: I only used one can of mild rotel, drained. I didn't use the 2 cans of green chillies (I have 3 small children & they aren't keen on spice). Second, I only used one 13x9 pan, so I rolled about 11 enchiladas (9 side by side and 2 of them I had to fit above those 9 longways)..I used all of the chicken filling in the 11 tortillas but was left with quite a bit of the sauce. Oh and I always use lots of cheese for the topping, I never follow the recipe on cheese because we loooove cheese. You won't regret making these babies!!"

PNehring User ID: 5496276 159459
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"Best Recipe ever! Everyone loves this....This will be a regular in our home."

parksville User ID: 1598935 91494
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"Fabulous recipe! They are very filling so portioned it down for two people (2 meals). Used an 8 x 8 dish, 6 - 6" tortillas, halved everything else except green chilies (used full can), "shredded" the chicken instead of cubed (our preference), added a can of well drained Rotel as suggested below. At first we thought half the sauce was a lot for an 8 x 8, but it was perfect b/c it's so tasty! Will definitely make these again and increase the portions depending on the size of dish used."

chynadoll625 User ID: 5293812 91669
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"The cream sauce itself is abosolutley fabulous! SO DELISH!"

theresa.butler User ID: 5236735 82001
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"Excellent recipe. Did not substitute any of the ingredients. Just added green onions and black olives on top!"

hegeberg User ID: 2576981 164179
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"I have made this several times and everyone in my family loves it. Even my 4 yr old son said "Really good mom!!" I love it left over just as much as I do fresh out of the oven."

melissa.shilling User ID: 1763302 141514
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"LOVED these. A huge hit with all my fam. I did add some of the soup mix, and cheddar cheese to the chicken mix. And served with salsa on the side. YUM YUM I can not wait to make again."

robnliesh User ID: 2712455 91995
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"Awesome!! However, I added rotel because some of the reviews said it wasn't very spicy...that made it WAY TOO spicy for my children. I WILL be making these again, but without the rotel!! We loved them!!"

marysanderson User ID: 4335785 159457
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"This was a very good recipe and both my husband and daughter thought it was delicious. I did add sauteed onions and spinach to 5 of them and sauteed onions and green peppers to the other 5. I also served them topped with salsa. They were fantastic! When my husband says he'd like to have something again, I know it's a winner."

colleyho User ID: 359762 141337
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2009

"I tried this recipe today and my husband & I enjoyed it very much. I didn't have canned chilies, so I substituted 3 whole seeded fresh jalapenos from my garden and it worked well. This recipe is a keeper and I will make it again. It is now highlighted in my 2009 annual. Thanks for a good recipe."

larain User ID: 3096196 141334
Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"I agree! This is a "keeper" at my house!"

rmjjjamadori User ID: 1039593 164178
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"This makes for a very delicious meal that my husband and 3 boys love. easy to make and so yummy. I top mine off with chopped lettuce, tomatoes & olives to make up for the needed extra veggies and color."

gretch727 User ID: 1148027 157366
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

"I agree with the other comments! This is a great recipe only thing that I added was I put a fresh green bell pepper in the chicken mixture and made it that more yummy!"

Ms. Lynda User ID: 1432523 164176
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"This is such an awesome recipe!! We had out of towm family for an evening and I wanted something new to make. So I was going through my new book and I came across this recipe. Well, I am watching my calories and fat intake, so this was a perfect recipe to substitute. I used whole wheat tortillas, low fat sour cream & cream cheese, fat free soup, and reduced fat cheese, and it was fabulous.. No one even kenw it was low fat and much lower calorie!! Thank you for the recipe!!

Ms. Lynda"

gorbster18 User ID: 2818152 82000
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"I love this recipe! I made it for cinco de mayo for my family and they loved it! I topped it off with chopped tomato on top!"

soccergirl User ID: 1614350 141510
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2009

"I made this last night for dinner and it turned out GREAT!!! I will be making this again and again!"

bhatcher User ID: 2078952 91926
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2008

"Re: Creamy chicken Enchiladas

I love this recipe. I have made this several times. Freezes well. I made this for a planning day for 12 teachers at my school. They thought I had ordered it from a mexican restaurant. I topped it with shredded lettuce and chopped black olives. Served it with Spanish rice and refried beans. It was a hit. Thanks for the great recipe. Great for people that don't like too much spice.
B from Tennessee"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 159003
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I halved all of the ingredients and baked the enchiladas in an 8" square pan. We thought they were very good. I'd have upped the spiciness a bit if it weren't for a certain somewhat picky ten-year-old in this household. Overall, this is a good recipe and one I will make again."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 157363
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2008

"This did not make enough filling for 20 tortillas. It wasn't even enough for 10. My suggestion would be to double the filling amount. Overall these were decent, but I don't think I would make again as I have other enchilada recipes I like much better."

Bradkatieknott User ID: 3148124 81994
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"I have taken this to my in-laws and to friends for dinner - and everyone has seconds! (OR THIRDS) Very easy, nutritous, and delicious. I use fat free ingredients but it is good either way."

mlittle209 User ID: 3009215 71125
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2008

"Whoo Hoo Baby! These are soooo good! My husband also said these were the best meal I had ever cooked!"

nmendenhall User ID: 2831555 159001
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2008

"My husband said it was the best meal I had ever cooked!!! I think it was too. I cook every night and I usually try to cook new things and this is so far the best I have been ranting and raving about them!!!!! Great job!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 158946
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2008

"The cumin was good in them, but it needed some veggies. We added 6 chopped green onions and half the cheese to the chicken mixture and after cooking, topped the enchilladas with fresh diced tomatoes. We also added about 2 cups of sauces to the chicken mixture to get the right consistency. These were comprable to my mother-in-law's recipe, which is hard to beat."

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