This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe is to die for! Delicious shredded chicken smothered in an utterly creamy sauce made out of sour cream and one more delicious ingredient!
Add a hint of spicy pickled jalapenos to the mix and this dish is guaranteed to become a staple recipe in your house.
You will be surprised what I used for the creamy white sauce!
Not only it is a homemade creamy sauce, but it is also healthy and tastes so much better and lighter than the store-bought brands.
No need to add tons of cream cheese!
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Why It's Yummy
- Easy weeknight meal - Everyone needs a great chicken enchilada casserole recipe up in their sleeve to cook during busy weeknights (Or at least one favorite Mexican food recipe). And I think I decided on mine! You guys, With a thick, rich, and full of flavor sauce, this casserole is a winner chicken dinner!
- It only takes 25-30 minutes!
- No special Enchilada sauce is needed! The best part, you don't need it because this recipe is for easy chicken enchiladas and its made with a 10-minute Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup (can be made ''with gluten'' too!). Homemade and healthy but If you want your dinner even faster, go for the store-bought cream of chicken (not recommended as high in sodium and plenty of other things!).
- No mess and tortilla rolling! Whenever you are craving enchiladas and too lazy to fill and roll all of the tortillas, then this is your quick fix! Instead of the hassle, tortillas are layered between the creamy sauce, chicken, and lots of cheese. Quick, easy and cheesy!
- Cooked Chicken - for a quick solution, start with rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken from last night dinner, or slow cooker chicken with or without spices. If you have more time, boil or bake in the oven boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs. Shred or dice them into small pieces.
- Soft Flour Tortillas - both gluten-free (or non gluten-free popular brands) or corn tortillas. About 4 inch (10cm) diameter. Get mini-size tortillas or cut the desired size yourself from a larger tortilla.
- Amazing Sour Cream Sauce with Homemade Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup - The sauce is made with Gluten Free Cream Of Chicken Soup, BUT it doesn't mean you can't mix things up. Add few tablespoons of Red Enchilada sauce to the mix or use green chili enchilada sauce entirely instead (the last one goes very well with chicken).
- Cheddar Cheese - use a Mexican cheese blend or combine 2-3 cheeses of your choice like Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack cheese for example.
- Salt and pepper - depending on which condensed cream you'll be using, make sure to taste for seasonings during cooking. The store-bought cream of chicken soup is usually very salty, so just be careful.
- Jalapenos - traditionally a white chicken enchilada is made with fresh or pickled green chilies. The flavor is somewhat similar in both of these, so you can easily substitute jalapenos with chilis.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter.
Lay 6 tortillas for the base.
The sauce should be thick but still spreadable between the layers. Depending on the thickness of the cream of chicken soup you might need to add more milk.
Stir with a fork or a whisk to combine.
Spread a chicken layer on top of the tortillas (2 cups), add half of the sauce, and top with half of the cheese blend.
Repeat layers (tortilla, chicken, sauce, cheese).
Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celcius) or until golden brown, cheese is melted, and bubbly.
Add your favorite garnishes, green onions, fresh cilantro and sprinkle a pinch of chipotle chili powder on top (optional but gives a little spicy kick and smoky flavor).
Make it a meal! The creamy chicken enchilada casserole recipe is best enjoyed with a glass of white wine or Margarita cocktail.
The sour cream sauce is not the only great thing in this great weeknight recipe, what makes it special, are the toppings!
Like in the Vegetarian Enchilada recipe, you can use similar topping ideas that will work in most Mexican food and dinner ideas.
- Diced avocados
- Green onion, scallions, chives
- Drizzle with Sour cream or plain greek yogurt (also coconut yogurt will taste delish!)
- Chile con Queso - a cheesy dip that consists of melted cheese and chili peppers. Or try my Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce instead - the best flavor and texture for vegan cheese sauce I've tried so far!
- Avocado crema - mix of avocado, sour cream and lime/lemon juice.
- Hot sauce such as Homemade Buffalo Sauce, if you feeling extra spicy!
- Jalapenos (fresh or marinated/pickled)
- Diced tomatoes
- Cilantro/Coriander chopped or whole leaves or substitute with Parsley
- Lime, lemon wedges
- Black olives (pitted & sliced) - if serving with olives make sure to drain them from water and extra sodium if used by the manufacturer. They are naturally salty and I would use a small amount or use less salt in the casserole.
- Corn (canned or fresh) - Make my Cajun Corn On The Cob with or without the creamy layer and serve with enchilada.
- Cotija cheese or feta cheese
- Pickled cabbage
- Or serve a fresh salad such as Marinated Cucumber, Tomatoes and Onion as a side dish.
Want to make it a full meal? Start your dinner with a little aperitive like this mouthwatering Skinny Watermelon Margarita, Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins or Chocolate Mousse for Dessert and Spicy Watermelon Basil Margaritas (Frozen) for digestive!
Tips and Variations
Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a super easy recipe to make - but I'm going to break it up into a few steps and tips to make the process even easier (and faster.)
There are still plenty of variations when it comes down to making a Mexican chicken casserole:
- When mixing the sauce, I like to add ½ cup of sweet canned or fresh boiled/grilled corn, diced yellow or even green bell pepper, ½ cup of finely sliced (diced) mushrooms (part of your ''5 A Day'' :));
- Cook onion - Add ½ of sweet or white onion (or 2 teaspoon onion powder), diced. If you have more prep time, cook it separately until translucent and transfer it to the sauce mix. Otherwise, just follow the recipe instructions.
- Chicken - substitute with slow cooker pulled beef or cooked ground beef of same amount (4 cups). Have you tried my Beef Enchilada Casserole yet?
- Pickled jalapenos - substitute with 4 ounce can of Green chilis. The flavor for this cheesy chicken enchilada casserole is mildly spicy so that the whole family can enjoy this great recipe.
- Make it hot. Increase the heat level by adding cayenne pepper, chili flakes to taste (mix it with the sauce).
- Traditional enchiladas require reheating the flour tortillas for easier rolling and stretchy texture. This is not needed in here as we are going to cover them with layer and layers of chicken mixture and Cream of Chicken Soup sauce. I highly recommend making a double batch of sauce and making a chicken noodle soup, chicken pasta, mushroom pasta for dinner the next day.
- Make it vegetarian - substitute chicken with canned beans (I like to use at least 2 different beans here such as re dkidney beans and black beans)
- If you find the flavor too creamy or want to try somethign new next time, add some spices! Old El Paso has great pre-mixes available and adding a couple spoonfuls of taco seasoning, fajita chicken mix will give this white chicken enchilada a new spin!
Easy Mexican Style Recipes
If you are a frequent visitor on this site, you've probably noticed that my favorite foods of all time are Mexican recipes and Asian/Indian fusion dishes.
They pack so much flavor and are always nutritious which makes me feel full (without excessive snacking) for long long times. If you're like me, you'll love my other favorite Mexican meals such as Creamy Chicken Tacos, Steak Fajita Tacos, Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas, Creamy Baked Chicken Taquitos, Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili.
Also, at the Yummy Bowl, you'll find plenty of tasty chicken recipes that are very popular as well.
And the best part is that they are very easy to make (like most of my recipes!) and all, are suitable for a total beginner.
Some of the gluten-free trending chicken recipes include Crispy Chicken Wrap Recipe, Creamy Chicken Tacos, Creamy Chicken With Spinach, Bacon And Sundried Tomatoes, Chicken Zucchini Casserole, Thai Red Curry Chicken Noodles, Chicken Enchiladas With White Sauce, and many more.
For more easy gluten free Chicken recipes check out my Chicken recipe index here.
You'll find very easy and popular Mexican style recipes that I have made to my taste and liking below:
For enchiladas and enchilada casserole it is best to use a wide and large baking dish, at least 9 x 13 inches. I like to use a dish with deep edges so I can cover my enchiladas with plenty of creamy sauce.
Theoretically speaking, you can definitely freeze enchilada casserole. But creamy chicken enchilada casserole is not your best candidate here. Sour cream and any creamy sauces have a tendency to separate after thawing and simply don’t have the flavor and texture that they used to have once cooked for the first time. Enchilada casseroles made with red enchilada sauces happen to freeze much better.
You are in luck! This enchilada casserole is made with a delicious creamy base that is completely gluten-free. I used my Gluten-Free Cream Of Chicken Soup and sour cream for the sauce, gluten-free tortillas, and other ingredients that are already naturally gluten-free. When in doubt, always look for the appropriate gluten-free labeling on the package of any product you are buying.
For this particular chicken enchilada casserole, we don’t necessarily need to cover the dish with foil. The casserole will cook rather quickly because we are already using pre-cooked chicken. The only thing that will need to cook through are the tortillas, they will soak up the creamy sauce nicely and become soft. The cheese will melt better and become golden brown if not covered.
I hope you enjoy this easy creamy chicken enchilada casserole recipe, please let me know if you make it!
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- 12 pcs tortillas gluten free or corn
- 4 cups chicken shredded* (about 2 large chicken breasts)
- 2 tablespoon pickled jalapeno
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or about half of a medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup Cream Of Chicken Soup see notes
- 1 cup Mozzarella grated
- 1 cup strong Cheddar cheese* grated
- ½ cup sour cream or yogurt
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder regular or smoked!
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Garnish: diced tomato or pico de gallo, diced avocado, parsley or cilantro leaves, chopped.
- 3 tablespoon or more milk (optional, depending on how thick is the condensed soup you are using)
- Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter.
- Lay 6 tortillas for the base.
- In a larger mixing bowl add sour cream, cream of chicken soup, jalapenos, milk, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper, and paprika. Stir with a fork or a whisk to combine. The sauce should be thick but still spreadable between the layers. Depending on the thickness of the cream of chicken soup you might need to add more milk.
- Spread a chicken layer on top of the tortillas (2 cups), add half of the sauce, and top with half of the cheese blend.
- Repeat the layers (tortilla, chicken, sauce, cheese).
- Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celcius) or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve with plenty of toppings!
- Chicken - rotisserie or slow cooker chicken with some spices will work too here.
- Tortillas - about 10cm diameter. Get mini-size tortillas or cut the desired size yourself out of larger tortillas.
- For a healthier sauce use my Cream Of Chicken Soup recipe
- Cheese - use a Mexican cheese blend or combine 2-3 cheeses of your choice like Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack for example.
- Salt and pepper - depending on which condensed cream you are using you may want to be careful with the amount of extra salt and pepper you’ll be adding. Just add to taste when mixing the sauce.
- Additions & Variations: When mixing the sauce, I like to add ½ cup of sweet canned or ½ cup of fresh corn or diced yellow or even green bell pepper; or ½ cup of finely sliced (diced) mushrooms; or ½ of a whole sweet or white onion (or 2 teaspoon onion powder), diced (cooked prior, but totally optional as you can add it raw to the mix too and it will bake wonderfully!);
- Sauce - the sauce should be thick but not too thick, you may want to thin it with some milk.