Easy Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

These green chicken enchiladas are so simple to make. With salsa verde, chicken, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro, they are a tasty, quick, and easy dinner. Jump to the Chicken Enchiladas Recipe or watch our quick video below to see how we make it.

Watch us make the recipe

How to make the easiest salsa verde enchiladas

I love enchiladas with red sauce, but my favorite way to make chicken enchiladas is with salsa verde. Salsa verde is a green salsa made from tomatillos, garlic, onion, and peppers. It’s absolutely delicious. You can make salsa verde yourself (here’s our easy recipe) or you buy it at the grocery store. I especially love using the Hatch brand when I don’t have homemade on hand. If you’re in the mood for red chicken enchiladas, use our homemade enchilada sauce instead. Here’s our recipe for red chili chicken enchiladas.

What you’ll need:

These simple enchiladas are spicy, creamy, and cheesy. Our recipe below serves 4, but you can easily double or even triple it for a crowd. I do this when attending family potlucks all the time. These are always a hit.

  • Salsa verde which is also called tomatillo salsa. As I mentioned above, you can buy this at the store or make your own.
  • Cooked and shredded chicken. Store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken works perfectly. I also love making big batches of shredded chicken for dinners throughout the week. Here’s our recipe for tender shredded chicken if you want to do the same.
  • Garlic adds extra flavor and spice.
  • Sour cream and shredded cheese. The sour cream makes the green sauce for the enchiladas extra creamy and the cheese melts in the oven.
  • Fresh cilantro adds an extra pop of color and freshness.
  • Corn or flour tortillas. Corn are more traditional, but flour works, too. We used flour tortillas in the video.
Creamy green enchiladas

Making salsa verde enchilada sauce

This creamy green enchilada sauce could not be simpler. Here’s the simple steps I follow to make it:

Step 1: Warm garlic in a little oil and stir in salsa verde. The salsa already has garlic added, but I love the extra spice from the extra garlic.

Step 2: Stir in sour cream and fresh cilantro to the salsa. It’s the sour cream that makes the sauce so creamy.

Step 3: Stir in shredded chicken and a handful of cheese. By adding the chicken to the warm sauce, it gets a head start on warming up. The chicken absorbs so much flavor. I could just stop here and eat the whole skillet!

Creamy green enchilada sauce with chicken and cheese
Sour cream makes the green enchilada sauce creamy. The shredded chicken absorbs so much flavor!

Step 4: Fill tortillas with the chicken and sauce and roll up. So the sauce stays inside the tortillas, place the enchiladas seam-side down into a baking dish.

Step 5: Spread the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with cheese. I bake them in the oven until the cheese has melted and the sauce is nice and bubbly.

Assembling the enchiladas
After spreading extra sauce over the top of the enchiladas, I bake until the sauce is hot and bubbly.

One note about the tortillas

As I mentioned above, you can use flour or corn tortillas to make these enchiladas. Corn are the more traditional choice, but it depends on what you have on hand and the texture you’d like.

Flour tortillas soften in the oven, while corn tortillas will hold up a bit better. If you use corn tortillas, look for thicker tortillas since they hold up a bit better than thin.

You will need to soften the corn tortillas up a bit before filling and rolling them. Frying them in a little oil softens them and enhances the corn flavor of the tortillas.

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

More recipes using salsa verde

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

  • PREP
  • COOK

These green chicken enchiladas with salsa verde, chicken, sour cream, cheese and cilantro are simple to make. Salsa verde is a green tomatillo salsa made with garlic, onion and peppers. You can make it yourself (see our homemade salsa verde recipe) or buy it from the store. There are some great options. Look for a salsa with medium heat.

Makes 4 Servings

You Will Need

1 teaspoon neutral flavored oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups (16 ounces) salsa verde, store-bought or try our roasted salsa verde recipe

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped, plus more for serving

2 cups shredded cooked chicken, see how we make shredded chicken

1 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese blend

6 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas, see notes


  • Make Sauce
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat then cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the salsa verde and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove skillet from the heat then stir in the sour cream and cilantro. Taste for seasoning, adjusting with salt, pepper or more sour cream if the sauce it too spicy. Set aside about 1 cup of the sauce for assembling the enchiladas.

    • Make Chicken Filling
    • Stir the shredded chicken and half of the cheese into the sauce that has not been set aside.

      • To Finish
      • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish and spread a little reserved sauce on the bottom. Add about 1/3 cup of the chicken filling to the middle of each tortilla and roll into a cylinder. Repeat, lining up tortillas, seam-side down, tightly in the dish. Spread the reserved sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

        Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer, until the cheese is melted. Serve with cilantro on top.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Meatless Version: Swap the chicken for vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, onion, and winter squash. Add them to the creamy sauce cooked, but still with some crunch since they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • Tortillas: Both flour and corn tortillas can be used. Flour tortillas soften much more than corn so it depends on what you have on hand and the final result you are looking for. If you use corn tortillas, look for thicker tortillas since they hold up a bit better than thin. You will need to soften the corn tortillas up a bit before filling and rolling them. Frying them in a little oil softens them and enhances the corn flavor of the tortillas.
  • Make-ahead: As the enchiladas sit, they absorb more and more of the sauce, which can make them softer and a little soggy. I prefer making these the day of and don’t recommend making them ahead of time or freezing them. (That said, I’ve been known to chow down on the leftovers the next day without complaint.)
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 460 / Protein 33 g / Carbohydrate 31 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 7 g / Total Fat 23 g / Saturated Fat 11 g / Cholesterol 113 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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212 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Maurice March 14, 2020, 6:49 pm

    Absolutely delicious!

  • Stephanie February 26, 2020, 12:08 am

    This recipe was absolutely PHENOMENAL! I didn’t change a thing about it. I used chicken breasts, but next time will try it with thighs, as i prefer dark meat. I will definitely be making these again in the very near future, they were a huge hit!

  • Steven February 25, 2020, 10:35 pm

    We enjoyed this recipe. I used 10″ corn tortillas, instead of floured tortillas. Corn tortillas gives recipe more flavor.

  • Amanda February 22, 2020, 11:02 pm

    Made these for a family dinner tonight – they were a hit! Added rice to the mix and also topped with some sliced black olives. My sister can’t have sour cream, so we substituted a can of cream of chicken soup to mix with the salsa verde. She said it was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Michelle Janik February 2, 2020, 7:03 pm

    Delicious! I was going to make my red sauce enchiladas but my local grocery store did not have the ingredients I needed and I just did not want to drive to another location. Do not skip the step of lightly frying the corn tortillas as it does make a difference. My husband and I love spicy food so we added Hatch Chili powder to my homemade salsa verde. Will make this again!

  • Michele January 18, 2020, 3:19 pm

    Used this enchilada recipe last night. Remarkable!! I subbed 1/4 c. of jalapeno cream cheese for half of the sour cream and added some black beans. My husband usually doesn’t like spicier foods – but he loved these!!

  • Kim January 17, 2020, 7:50 am

    Amazingly delicious for such an easy recipe! A keeper for sure! Because of dairy issues with my peeps, I used dairy free sour cream and dairy free Mozzarella…still OUTSTANDING! I topped with black olives and chopped parsley. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • William j simmons December 1, 2019, 4:15 pm

    used left-over turkey from thanksgiving plus black beans green chilies and black olives , fresh tomatoes on top. GREAT ! extra cheese

  • Sue Armstrong November 10, 2019, 8:02 pm

    Delicious! I made it for my sister who had surgery and couldn’t get around easily and for my gluten-free daughter who has two young children. They raved about it! I made it in a layered casserole instead of the regular rolled enchiladas. Easy! I did the chicken in the crockpot and it was simple to shred. The next time I made it, I marinated the chicken (tenderloins) in a packaged sauce and cooked them on a grill to chop up later. I added a can of sliced olives and served with a salad with tomatoes and avocado. So good!

  • Laura October 1, 2019, 7:09 pm

    This is my husbands #1 favorite meal!! I have made this countless times, and shared it so many times. I have used light sour cream, chicken that I shredded from the crockpot, and a little less cheese to fit my macros. I’m making it again tomorrow 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Gabby Alcantara September 19, 2019, 6:57 pm

    DELICIOUS! Wish I could post a pic! Only thing I changed was adding black beans, diced tomatoes, and green chiles. Will make again!

  • Tammy goldenberg August 4, 2019, 1:10 pm

    These were by far the best enchiladas I have ever made.. my kids loved them + their friends loved them. One friend commented they were better than his grandmothers! 5 stars from me!

  • Katy July 31, 2019, 5:38 pm

    I normally don’t leave reviews but I’ve made this at least 10 or 15 times at this point. I’ve made it with corn and flour tortillas, store bought salsa verde and have roasted my own. It honestly doesn’t matter how you make it as long as you keep the alterations to a minimum because this Recipe is literally incredible. My husband and I are obsessed and everyone I’ve ever made it for has only had good things to say! Love how simple it is and served up with Spanish rice and black beans, you can’t beat it!!

  • Janet June 18, 2019, 11:06 am

    Yum – don’t bother with the frying pan. Mix it up in a bowl, assemble and bake

  • Les June 11, 2019, 12:30 am



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