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Zippy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Zippy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Leftover chicken gets an awesome makeover in this rich and creamy casserole. This colorful dish is loaded with flavor. It's a nice change of pace from beef enchiladas. —Julie Moutray, Wichita, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 to 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • Shredded lettuce, optional


  • 1. Spread about 2 tablespoons of beans on each tortilla. Combine soup and sour cream; stir in chicken. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup down the center of each tortilla; top with 1 tablespoon cheese.
  • 2. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over top; sprinkle with the onions, olives and remaining cheese.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until heated through. Just before serving, sprinkle lettuce around enchiladas if desired.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 487 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 1001mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein.

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alice User ID: 7919663 271648
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2017

"I don't understand why some people feel they need to scrutinize everything! If you don't like the recipe, then don't make it!"

daylilydiva User ID: 9044875 271438
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2017

"Steven972 -

I think you meant 'adobo' sauce, not 'adobe'"

sderf13 User ID: 2893582 271431
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2017

"Why did you stop using option to cut the recipe in 1/2 1/3 etc. thanks"

paulseth User ID: 790831 271420
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2017

"Call these what you want, but don't call them enchiladas. If made with flour tortillas, they are burritos. I live in Northern New Mexico among the best Mexican cooks in the country."

I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 271415
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2017

"Scratch enchilada sauce is easy and more authentic. It can be frozen very successfully. The canned stuff uses tomatoes whereas tradtional does not.

Canned cream soup has no place in Mexican cooking, in my opinion.
The thing that really made me not love this recipe are the canned refried beans. Refried beans are sometimes used on Tex-Mex enchiladas montada but they are definitely not for traditional Mexican cooks.
Corn tortillas are traditional and flour are Tex-Mex.
We do use black olives but no onions (personal preference). I never use garlic but I use chopped onion in my enchilada sauce. The rest is secret.
So, if you plan on using beans, use pinto beans and soak them overnight. Cook them for awhile then pour off the water and put in fresh. Cook them until they are done. I add onions, chicken broth, oregano and cumin. Small amounts. Then blend and cook to make sure everything is combined well and the onions are done. Be careful if they are hot, they can cause burns because the mashed beans stick to the skin.
Our family is traditional for Mexican cooking although we live in Texas. We don't care for Tex-Mex food so we look for the more traditional restaurants when we go out."

Al User ID: 9119723 271414
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2017

"Tried this today it's wonder"

Amy User ID: 5385696 271411
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2017

"Canned cream soup? I'll pass."

dgstone User ID: 1257747 271400
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2017

"Enchiladas are made with corn tortillas, not flour. They get soggy and don't have same flavor. Plus cream of chicken soup shouldn't be an ingredient."

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 254770
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"Did not like it, not enough flavor."

TeresaWitt User ID: 4117537 254116
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"This was bland. Probably will not make this again."

flyingfells User ID: 989046 244775
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"In appropriately named Zippy. easy to prepare but quite bland. I think they need a little zip!!"

nickywilde User ID: 8646186 238929
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"This recipe is delicious! Best enchiladas ever! Only thing I did different was use a 10 inch flour tortilla with a 6 inch corn tortilla on top of the flour one then put the filling on the corn tort and roll both up together, gave it awesome flavor with both because I don't like flour torts only!"

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 237821
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"This was pretty good."

travel6188 User ID: 7806379 228614
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"Condensed cream of chicken in enchiladas - you have got to be kidding! Who does that?"

steven972 User ID: 7362714 228548
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2015

"instead of the canned refried beans I use a can of pinto beans, black peppercorn milled to taste, 1/8 tsp seasoned salt (option) a few shakes of adobe and soft boiled the beans, added a little chopped onion towards the end and continued boiling till the right a amount of liquid is left, put heated beans in a bowl and used the potatoes masher to crush them down. I use a twist motion as I mash them. A whole lot better than the can type, Tastes almost as as good as what my grandma made. I make those beans to make bean burritos. My wife who is German loves them and we have them when I make breakfast for supper."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 227099
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"Tasty for one time. But I don`t want to cook again because it is bland inside."

marinerpat User ID: 7735419 226937
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"Very good, but made a 9 x 13 pan plus an 8 x 8. And I needed to add more enchilada sauce."

AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 225726
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"This was yummy! I bought corn tortillas before thoroughly reading the recipe, so they sort of disintegrated on the bottom, but were still great. Also, I prefer to mix a 6-oz container of plain Greek yogurt with 2 oz milk in place of sour cream. I will add chopped green chilies next time."

AninaDiener User ID: 7694813 225534
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2015

"This was a winner with our family. Works great for leftover chicken and is a delicious way to hide refried beans! Even the pickiest eater at our table loved it!"

Hayrene User ID: 404887 217037
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Substituted homemade salsa with chilies and added some chipotle chicken; delicious. The chopped lettuce was a great addition; I served it on the side with fresh chopped avocado."

mabelle2681 User ID: 6954844 22298
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"I have made this a couple times and it's very good. I usually shred my chicken and then add some chopped onions and a can of green chilies to the chicken. I also use the green enchilada sauce, but that's just personal preference."

tazmotor User ID: 1775737 28044
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Thumbs up from my husband. I did add about half of an envelope of burrito seasoning to the refried beans and 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion to the chicken mixture.. That really gave a nice flavor boost."

Nadji User ID: 7506735 48487
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"My family loved this! I made it with fat free cheddar cheese and reduced fat sour cream so it was healthy as well as delicious. Thank you."

lnkdicson User ID: 7540030 202672
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"This was REALLY good and creamy. I love chicken so using it to make these was better and I think healthier than beef."

mmcarlisle User ID: 7385610 28097
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"This recipe was super yummy!! I added a few spices to the chicken (as it seems like many others did too) but otherwise followed this recipe exactly. My husband loved it! We will definitely make this again."

[email protected] User ID: 5326454 46308
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I have made this several times. I recently tried it with shredded beef and we didn't love it. I think I will just stick with the chicken next time!"

angiedust User ID: 6409050 23661
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"I have made this recipe multiple times and we all love it! Like others, I made a few changes, used green chilis but added some jalapenos and used the spicy kind of refried beans. Delicious and easy!"

jknight0012 User ID: 2594888 17113
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"This is goooood! easy to make and delicious. Would be a good one to take to a potluck. Next time, I will try to lighten it up by using less cream cheese."

Mackie812 User ID: 7084330 46307
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"This was my first time making chicken enchiladas and this recipe deserves all 5 stars! Excellent & satifying! To save time I used a roast chicken from the grocery store but followed all the other instructions. Fantastic-will definitely make this again!!!"

ldiener User ID: 4555857 46305
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I have made this recipe twice and each time they love it. I'm going to make it again for tomorrow's family lunch. Yummy!!"

KPeralta User ID: 5188496 28096
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"I removed the olives and it was good."

ksb223 User ID: 1270993 27833
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"Yummy! easy to sub ingredients to match my family's preferences. I put green olives and jalapeños on my side and green peppers on my husband's side. Leftovers are delicious."

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 22297
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"I add cumin and a can of green chilies. Fabulous!!"

so_Md_gal User ID: 6891178 59664
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"This is a simple recipe to make. I loved it. I used a full can of chilies. Gave it a little more spice. This is a great meal for a family..TRY THIS ONE !!!!"

so_Md_gal User ID: 6891178 48485
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"This is a simple recipe to make. I loved it. This is a great meal for a family..TRY THIS ONE !!!!"

minmom User ID: 5872938 23322
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"This is like an old stand by now! I use fat free cream of chicken suop and low fat sour cream,that way my Father-in-law can enjoy them. So easy to put together for company!"

Mayzr97 User ID: 1597480 59448
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"This has become a family favorite. It is convenient to take out to the field as it really doesn't require additional toppings."

cfishell User ID: 6597551 22284
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012

"Fantastic recipe! I added guacamoli on top with the lettuce. Much better than a burrito. Yum!"

sunshinennevada User ID: 4160055 17112
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"Everyone raves about these enchiladas."

Lasalle User ID: 1902788 23658
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"I love this recipe. I have given this recipe to many family and friends."

NMBERG User ID: 3494600 47251
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"This recipe was great! Will definitely make this again. Very easy and quick to make."

redisaid User ID: 5654969 23321
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Making this for friends over Christmas and making it again tonight for my husband. This was so easy to make, very flavorful. You could add whatever spices you like as well. Delicious!"

Shanna_Day User ID: 5783538 27832
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Definite family pleaser, everyone loved it, even my 4 year old"

Jazkabor User ID: 5751794 50867
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"I added some green chilis to the sauce since my family won't eat any raw onions. And added some spice. My whole family loved this!!! Making it again now. Though since my little fryers don't give enough meat I will use half the chicken and sub the other half with quinoa. : )"

Jazkabor User ID: 5751794 22043
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Reading reviews I added 1/2 t of adobo, 1/2 t of cumin, and 3 t of green chiles to the chicken mix. YUMMY!"

lorchen User ID: 3739277 23655
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Vey easy and delicious. I will definitely make this again!"

daylilly48 User ID: 5007320 46289
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"our whole family just love's this recipe !! so easy and with ingredients that we always have on hand !! excellent for a fast and satisfying dish :)"

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 202671
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"These were great! I made a few substitutions though. I used corn tortillas after reading some of the reviews. I used fat free soup and added a little cumin, chili powder, oregano and paprika. I also had to sub black beans (mashed) instead of refried because I didn't realize I was out of them. I added a can of green chilies to the beans too to stretch out the beans. We got 19 enchiladas using the corn tortillas. I will definitely make this again, family loved it."

SplCst80 User ID: 3541819 52646
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"This was a fun and easy recipe to make. It was the best enchilada recipe I have made to date."

tomswit User ID: 494802 48483
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"This is OUTSTANDING!!!!! A couple things I changed to REALLY put it over the TOP. I used the refried beans/ green chilies. I also doubled this recipe. I made 1 pan with flour tortillas and one with corn tortillas. I thought the corn was much better. It had that nice Mexican flavor. And another thing I did to knock this recipe out of the ball park is- when you combine the soup and sour cream. Add some Adobo seasoning and some Cumin. You WILL NOT be disappointed. I would suggest since your making this dish, double it. bake one and freeze one. Also pick up a extra can or 2 of Enchilada Sauce. I added 1 more can to each pan for more sauce. Enjoy, Tom Swit"

jhystead User ID: 5469409 50865
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"Was so delicious! I added a little bit of the enchilada sauce to the soup/sour cream/chicken mixture and instead of refried beans, I put a small amount of mild taco sauce on the tortilla before the chicken soup mixture. I woke up already thinking about having some of the leftovers for lunch."

Mrs Always Wright User ID: 5580344 81706
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"SOOO great. Perfect! My husband said they were better than his mothers!!!"

cody3366 User ID: 5528327 46263
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"This was really easy to make and fun to serve my family. Good taste - Hubby who is hard to please liked it and would like me to make it again."

cssleeve User ID: 5505674 52366
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Very good and easy. I used canned enchilada sauce and chicken breast cooked and shredded the day before in the crock pot. Very good."

tomswit User ID: 494802 52645
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"I made it 2 ways. 1 dish with flour tortillas and 1 with corn tortillas. The chicken mixture was a little bland. So I added 1tea of Cumin and 1tea of Adobo seasoning to the chicken mixture. WOW!!! What a difference. It was xlent and I preferred the corn tortillas. I WILL make this again."

Mendez84 User ID: 4570115 81660
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"Fantastic flavor. I loved these."

Lainyluvsya User ID: 4836193 22042
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I made this when I was in a major time crunch and it turned out D-licious! I didn't have time to cook up a chicken breast so I bought a rotisserie chicken from the deli and shredded it up ;) the whole family loved it."

jessica47630 User ID: 4966839 23654
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"This recipe was loved by all in my family (husband and 3 daughters under 6 years of age). I did not use the olives or lettuce. Since I am a vegetarian, I made mine without the chicken mixture and it was very delicious! I have already shared this recipes with others and can't wait to make it again."

brookedrum User ID: 4935489 59447
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"I make this a lot! I dont use olives or enchilada sauce. I mix a jar of salsa with the cream of chicken and the sour cream. Then pour the leftover mixture on top. AWESOME!"

navymh User ID: 1655987 28095
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"AWSOME I too have made this countless times, with a few varyations. Depending on what I have on hand. My son has been in the Navy for 3 years now and ask me to tell him how to make them. They where a big hit for some of the crew on the Corpus Cristie. GO NAVY"

Llessur User ID: 3012135 28092
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"Very good enchiladas. The only changes I made was adding cheddar cheese to the inside of each enchilada. Warm up's were excellent. We served them with spanish rice and sour cream."

nvthiele User ID: 30753 52644
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"this has become a family favorite. I add diced chilies and have used both red and green enchilada sauce with success."

apjohnson User ID: 3325890 46208
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"Awesome. Wonderful flavor, easy prep. I used corn tortillas instead of flour...frying each one for 30 sec each side to soften. I will make this recipe again for sure!"

catloverr2003 User ID: 2258650 52643
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2008

"LOL I got the green enchilada sauce too by mistake. Unlike with say meatloaf, I'm looking for one enchilada recipe to be my standby. This was very very satisfying. Maybe it's just me, but I could actually stand to have more "zip." Perhaps a can of chopped green chiles and maybe some cumin in the filling. I had a green salad with (spicy) cumin vinaigrette as a side and was very happy."

Julie Davidson User ID: 3099472 50815
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2008

"I make a similar recipe only I saute mushrooms/onions and put them in the recipe."

deltatoolgirl User ID: 1215550 17108
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2008

"I accidentally bought the green chile enchilada sauce and it turned out fantastic!"

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