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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas {No Soup Recipe}

Posted by  ·  January 14, 2018  ·  Last Updated: May 13, 2019

These chicken enchiladas are a simple dinner that is always a hit. You may think you have this recipe or at least a similar one, but this recipe is a bonus because it is not made with cream of chicken soup and it tastes so much better.

Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

What ingredients are in creamy chicken enchiladas?

I think the secret is the creamy white enchilada sauce! It is the perfect mix of sour cream, jack cheeses, chicken broth, and diced green chiles. If you prefer a red sauce try these easy enchiladas.

Although canned soup offers convenience, it also comes with a lot of sodium and other highly processed ingredients that you may not want to add to your cooking.  With this simple recipe, you won’t lose convenience and the taste will certainly win you over!  You most definitely won’t miss the sodium and the recipe can be whipped up in minutes!

You have to try it for yourself and let me know.  This dish is a real crowd pleaser.

How do you make chicken enchiladas?

First cook chicken breasts. If you have an Instant Pot you can cook the chicken in 10 minutes and then shred it with an electric hand mixer right in the Instant Pot. This is a huge time saver that really gets this recipe moving. If time is not an issue you could also cook the chicken in a slow cooker.

Mix together the shredded chicken and cheese. Evenly place chicken mixture (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) on each tortilla. Place seam side down in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

I have flour tortillas listed in the recipe because that is how my family likes it. I actually prefer corn tortillas in these enchiladas. Please feel free to use what you prefer. Cheddar cheese can also be substituted for the Monterey Jack or Colby Jack blend.

How do you make white sauce for chicken enchiladas?

Creamy enchiladas or also called enchiladas suizas are topped with a white, milk or cream-based sauce, such as béchamel. You make this white sauce by melting butter in a saucepan, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in sour cream and chilies.  Do not bring to boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

If your family loves Mexican food give this enchilada recipe! If you want to make cheesy chicken enchiladas, just double the cheese in the recipe.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas made with a rich creamy sauce that doesn't use canned soup!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken, easy dinner recipes, enchiladas, no soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 430 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 10 - 8 inch flour tortillas
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds  chicken , cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Colby Jack blend
  • 1/4 cup   butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 - 15 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  2. Place oil in a pan and cook chicken, onion and garlic.  Shred chicken.  Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Evenly place chicken mixture on tortillas. Roll tortillas and place in pan.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in sour cream and chilies.  Do not bring to boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake 20-25 mins until bubbly and golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Potassium 397mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 17.5%
Vitamin C 4.6%
Calcium 32.6%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The chicken enchiladas go nicely with Spanish rice, pressure cooker Mexican rice (omit the beans if you like) or a simple seasoned black beans.    An appetizer of tortilla chips and salsa will make you feel as if you are in a restaurant without having to pay the big ticket at the end of the meal! And, the chips are a great way to scoop up any extra rice and/or beans!

Easy Seasoned Black Beans

Be sure to season with salt and pepper. This is a great side that can be made in less than 15 minutes.

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Easy Seasoned Black Beans

Easy side dish recipe!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beans, easy recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 28 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1/2 onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1 Jalapeño chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Monterey Jack cheese or Colby jack cheese (optional)


  1. Place 1 Tablespoon of oil in a hot skillet.  Add the onion, jalapeño and garlic.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium.  Add the cumin and two cans of black beans.  I prefer to drain and rinse the black beans.  This requires a little extra olive oil and/or adding 2 TBS of water to keep the beans moist.  You can also just add the can of beans without draining. Stir frequently until the bean mixture is heated all the way through.  Serve on plate next to the creamy chicken enchiladas!  You can add a scoop of cheese to the top of the beans if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Seasoned Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 28 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 4.6%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These chicken enchiladas are the perfect baked dish for family dinners or to deliver to a friend recovering from surgery, a new mom, or any potluck!  Comfort food for sure! Make a copy of the recipe–you will be asked!  Don’t miss my creamy chicken and rice casserole recipe, also made without soup!  Need an easy dessert to finish up the meal?  You will love this simple and delicious Toll House Cookie Pie recipe. It is the best!

Dinner Time

If you are sticking with a Latin-American cuisine theme, the creamy chicken enchiladas also pair well with a margarita!  Here is a recipe for The Best Margarita.

Dinner time is such a great time to get the whole family in one place.  With busy lives, it is nice to sit down to a home-cooked meal that doesn’t take all day to prepare.  This simple creamy chicken enchilada dish is one that even picky eaters seem to enjoy.

When we have the whole family sitting around the dinner table, we sometimes treat our kids with their own non-alcoholic mango margarita.  It is a big hit and a lot of fun to make–and drink!  Simply mix 1 cup of frozen mango chunks with 1/2 can of lemon-lime soda and 1 TBS of sugar.  Fill the blender with ice and mix until smooth.  You can add more ice or soda for the perfect consistency.  You can even dip a glass in a little soda and add a sugar rim before adding the frozen drink!  The drink brings a smile to their faces and sets a great mood to hear all of the stories from their day’s adventures.

Don’t forget to keep the dinner conversation flowing with this fun would you rather game or try telling a few kids jokes to get everyone laughing!  These after-school questions are also good for dinner time.

Do you ever have measurement questions while you are cooking? Download and print out this cute cooking conversion chart! You will always know how many cups in a quart!

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  1. George
    Monday, January 14th, 2019
    This is one of our family’s favorite meals!
  2. Jo-Ann
    Monday, September 19th, 2016
    Thanks so much for this!! I've been looking so long for a recipe like this that doesn't use canned condensed soup!
  3. Jade
    Thursday, July 21st, 2016
    Do you have the recipe for the rice in this picture? Thank you, Jade
    • Cindy
      Thursday, October 12th, 2017
      Actually the rice in the picture was from a mix found in the Latin section of my grocery.
  4. Caroline
    Thursday, July 21st, 2016
    Hi this looks lovely but I am in the uk so could you tell me what is a can of chicken broth as you say there's no canned soup but over here chicken broth is soup?
    • Cindy
      Thursday, October 12th, 2017
      Hi Caroline, chicken broth is also known as chicken stock.
    • Cindy
      Monday, January 14th, 2019
      Caroline, yes it is canned but it is chicken stock.
  5. Sharon
    Thursday, June 30th, 2016
    How long do the chicken and onions cook for?
    • Cindy
      Thursday, October 12th, 2017
      Sharon, cook the onion along with the chicken. The onions will become translucent and slightly golden.
  6. Christina
    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
    Has anyone tried this with corn tortillas?
    • Cindy
      Thursday, October 12th, 2017
      Christine, I want to try it with corn tortillas.... my personal fave! Sadly, my family prefers flour tortillas.
  7. Danielle
    Sunday, February 28th, 2016
    Where does the garlic go? My guess is when you cook the chicken and onions.
    • Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
      Yes Danielle, sorry for the omission.
  8. Monday, February 22nd, 2016
    Looks delicious - pinned!
  9. Sunday, February 21st, 2016
    I am adding this to my next week's menu, right now. This sounds delicious, and it is something my whole family will eat!