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Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce

These easy chicken enchiladas with white sauce use leftover shredded chicken and a simple homemade white sauce for a quick and easy weeknight dinner your family will love.
 chicken enchiladas with white sauce topped with sour cream on white plate with side of salad greens

When you have a kid that won’t eat anything red, but you love enchiladas, then you have to start getting creative.  Plus, it’s good to mix things up once in a while.  So instead of traditional, go delicious with these Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce.  Not only does this give you the opportunity to have a great way to use up leftover chicken, it also gets you out of your dinner time rut with a simple to make homemade white sauce.

Can you add vegetables to your enchiladas?

Yes! I chose to finely chop jalapeño, onion and garlic to add to my sauce and kept the filling plain with just the seasoned chicken, but you could totally up the filling by adding squash, beans, peppers or any other favorite veggies.

The fun part about enchiladas is that you can hardly go wrong.  As long as you have the basic components including filling, tortillas and sauce!

chicken enchiladas being assembled in casserole dish topped with white sauce

How do you make white sauce for enchiladas?

It can seem intimidating at first to make a sauce from scratch but once you get the hang of it you’ll see it’s quick and easy.

  • Making a sauce like this starts with butter and flour, melt the butter in a saucepan and whisk in flour
  • Depending on the kind of sauce the rest of the ingredients will vary but for this cheese sauce we will add broth and sour cream for a flavorful but still creamy sauce
  • Let everything simmer and thicken before pouring over the enchiladas
  • I wanted to up the flavor here, so I used my mini chopper to make very finely diced veggies to add to my sauce

chicken enchiladas ready to bake in glass casserole dish topped with white shredded cheese

casserole dish with baked chicken enchiladas with white sauce topped with cilantro

Bake with foil on top to get soft melty cheese or no foil for nice browned and crispy cheese depending on preference.  

Be sure you let them cool a bit so that the sauce can thicken a bit more before digging in!

chicken enchiladas with white sauce topped with sour cream on white plate with side of salad greens

Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce

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These easy chicken enchiladas with white sauce use leftover shredded chicken and a simple homemade white sauce for a quick and easy weeknight dinner your family will love.
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeno stem and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound leftover shredded chicken
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Peel onions and garlic and add to mini chopper along with jalapeño and chop until finely diced (or chop finely with knife), set aside
  • Spray 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray
  • In a small bowl mix together chicken, cream cheese and taco seasoning
  • Add about 1/4 cup of filling to each tortilla and roll and place seam side down in casserole dish
  • In saucepan over medium high heat melt butter
  • Whisk flour into melted butter and then very slowly start whisking broth into flour mixture until smooth and fully incorporated 
  • Let simmer for 3-4 minutes until thickened, then remove from heat and stir in sour cream until smooth and add chopped veggies
  • Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with shredded cheese
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted

Notes

Baked covered with foil for melty cheese or uncovered for crispier cheese.
Use a mini chopper to make easy work of finely dicing the veggies

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 336mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 303kcal

chicken enchiladas topped with white sauce cut open with fork

These easy chicken enchiladas with white sauce use leftover shredded chicken and a simple homemade white sauce for a quick and easy weeknight dinner your family will love. #enchiladas #sourcreamsauce

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