Creamy Chicken Enchiladas!

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Creamy chicken enchiladas – my favorite meal! Warm, gooey, and oh-so-delicious! A comforting dinner for chilly nights!

When the weather gets cooler, it’s the perfect time to turn on the oven and bake something delicious – and these more than fit the bill! Delicious, warm, and cheesy – it’s one of the most perfect family meals.

(And let’s be honest, I’ll turn on the oven in the heat of summer for these, too!)

Creamy chicken enchiladas - my favorite meal! Warm, gooey, and oh-so-delicious! A comforting dinner for chilly nights!
I’ll be honest, I’m a little apprehensive to find out the calories in these – but hey, it’s helping keep me warm right? Plus, I always eat a nice big salad with them.
Or, do as I do and pretend it’s your birthday and that for dinner, calories don’t count!
Creamy chicken enchiladas - my favorite meal! Warm, gooey, and oh-so-delicious! A comforting dinner for chilly nights!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 4oz can diced chile
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup salsa (fresh is best)
  • 4 large chicken breast
  • 1 8oz can of el pato
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 8 flour tortillas

Directions:

1. Place 4 pieces of chicken in a crock pot on high with your favorite spices and 1/8 cup water. Cook for 5 hours. Then remove chicken from pot and shred. You could also use a rotisserie chicken.
2. In a frying pan melt butter and saute the onions and green chilies. Over medium heat mix in cream cheese, 1/2 cup Mexican style shredded cheese and salsa. Once the cheese is melted, mix in the shredded chicken.
3. Place about 3 Tb. of the chicken filling in a flour tortilla. Then roll it up like an enchilada and place in a 9x13 pan.
4. Mix together El Pato Sauce and heavy whipping cream. Then pour the sauce over the enchiladas. Cover with remaining shredded cheese and place foil over pan. Bake at 350 for 20 min. Then bake 10 more minutes uncovered. Take it out when it's nice and bubbly!

Creamy chicken enchiladas - my favorite meal! Warm, gooey, and oh-so-delicious! A comforting dinner for chilly nights!
Don’t these enchiladas look amazing! If you think this recipe looks delicious, you’ll like these too!

Post originally published October 12, 2010; republished with new images December 6, 2015. Below is an original photo from the original publish date.

Creamy chicken enchiladas - my favorite meal! Warm, gooey, and oh-so-delicious! A comforting dinner for chilly nights!

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Comments

  1. Kyle & Michelle posted on October 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm (#
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    sounds so so soooo delicous! i will definitely be making them!

  2. House of Smith's posted on October 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm (#
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    Okay… so LITERALLY I just had to take a hard swallow because I was salivating over this picture.
    LOL.
    Just needed to comment and tell you that. ha!
    YUMMMM!
    ~Shelley

  3. Mindy posted on October 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm (#
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    ohmygosh YUM. I love that you used flour tortillas. I am not a big fan of corn tortillas unless they are crispy, like on a taco or tostada. I am definitely trying this recipe and I'll report back. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Denissa posted on October 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm (#
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    I WILL be making those this week, thank you very much!! :)

  5. Braden and Whitney posted on October 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm (#
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    Yumm! This inspired me to make enchiladas for dinner tonight! I especially love the 'footnote', "These enchiladas probably have a lot of calories, but just pretend it's your birthday and enjoy them!"

    I SOOO pretended it was my birthday! :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. jamie allen posted on October 13, 2010 at 9:11 am (#
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    This recipe looks so great! I have a question though, is the "cream," (that you say to mix with the El Pato sauce,) sour cream, heavy whipping cream or cream cheese?
    I plan on making this TO-NIGHT!! Yum!!!

  7. Wander posted on October 13, 2010 at 11:14 am (#
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    YUMWOW!
    I'll be cooking these soon!

  8. bookaddict4real posted on October 14, 2010 at 5:02 am (#
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    Wow those enchiladas look good if
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  9. AtOneWithHim posted on October 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm (#
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    my tummy is grumbling. those look amazing.

  10. Pile o' Craft posted on October 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm (#
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    These look so good! I literally just discovered that such a thing as creamy white sauce enchiladas exist in this world, and I can't wait to try this recipe out. Cream cheese? Genius!

  11. Bishop Fam! posted on October 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm (#
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    I love your recipe. Enchiladas are my "go-to" meal and your recipe is a-mazing. Can't wait to try it out.

    This is the first time I have been to your blog and it is sooo cute. Thanks for all the great ideas.

    Halsey

    http://www.spunkyjunky.blogspot.com/

  12. Jess posted on October 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm (#
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    That look very yummy I can't wait to make it and try it
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. Amy @ Chicy-Creations posted on October 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm (#
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    Yum Yum! I made chicken enchiladas last night, but they weren't creamy! Got to try this recipe next time.

  14. Ann @ makethebestofthings posted on October 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm (#
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    Oh yum! Have to try this and soon!

  15. Country Gal posted on October 19, 2010 at 11:09 am (#
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    My friend brings a similar dish to church potlucks and family loves it! Now I don't have to wait to enjoy it – I can make it myself! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Nichole Carter posted on October 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm (#
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    I have leftover chicken from a slow cooker chicken taco recipe that I was thinking could be turned into enchiladas thanks for the idea! Found you at Tasty Tuesday, would love if you could stop by at some point.

    Nichole @
    carterfamilytable.blogspot.com

  17. Nichole Carter posted on October 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm (#
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    P.S. by the way I am now following!

  18. Kendall posted on June 30, 2011 at 1:33 am (#
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    i have every intention of making this for my boyfriend on sat for our 3 year anniversary. :) but i have a question:

    do you think it would be okay to make it ahead of time and freeze it? or make it earlier in the day and let it chill in the refrigerator before baking it?

    i’m trying to use my time as efficiently as i can!

    thanks!
    thekcexperience.blogspot.com

  19. Rochelle posted on July 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm (#
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    Made these for dinner last night and they were delicious! My 3 children (5, 3.5, 2) devoured them and for them that’s a miracle! My husband wants me to make them all the time. I think we will! Who cares if they aren’t the healthiest, they are delicious and my children are eating them! They’ll finally get some meat in them!

  20. KellyJae posted on March 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm (#
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    What’s “el pato”?

    • Jamielyn posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:41 am (#
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      Hi Kelly! It’s a hot sauce (not too hot though) found near the enchilada sauce. You could also substitue any red enchilada sauce. :)

  21. Grace posted on May 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm (#
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    This looks delicious, and I would love to try it. One of the ingredients listed is Mexican cream cheese. I have never seen this in my grocery store. Is there a brand name I should look for?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm (#
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      Hi Grace! Sorry, that should have read ‘Mexican style shredded cheese.’ It’s updated now. :)

      • Grace posted on May 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm (#
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        Thank you for your quick response.

  22. Rigi posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm (#
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    These were so good. Made them tonight and it was a wonderful meal. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. tish posted on July 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm (#
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    i love this recipe! i made this 3 times already. My family loves it. I cooked for a family of 6 so I doubled this recipe. I will be cooking this again not only for my family but inviting a friend over to try it. yum yum

    • Jamielyn posted on July 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm (#
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      I’m glad your family loves it, mine does too! It is such a simple but delicious meal! :)

      • Tish posted on October 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm (#
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        my family and i are still loving this. I am making it tonight but I just want to ask if you could add flour tortilla’s to the ingredient list. Every time i view this & shop for what I need, I forget the tortilla’s. Thanks again for sharing.

      • Jamielyn posted on October 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm (#
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        Yes I will definitely do that! I’m sorry it was missing, thank you for letting me know! :) I’m glad your family loves the recipe.

  24. Tiffany posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm (#
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    Hi. I would like to try this but I’ve never heard of pato sauce. What is that? Thanks

    • Jamielyn posted on August 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm (#
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      Hi Tiffany! It is a brand of mexican style tomato sauce! :)