Chicken Enchiladas Recipe | PBS Food

These chicken enchiladas make a meal suitable for the whole family.


Prep time: 20 Minutes

Total time: 50 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4



  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper finely chopped (remove seeds for milder flavor if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes in purée
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 12 ounces shredded cooked chicken (skin removed)
  • 12 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 loosely packed cups)
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños minced (optional)
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for serving (optional)


  1. Make the sauce: In a medium saucepan, warm oil over medium low heat. Add onion, garlic, jalapeño, and chili powder. Cook until onions are translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, crushing tomatoes lightly with the back of a spoon. Cook until tomatoes are tender and sauce is slightly chunky, 15 to 20 minutes. Add lime juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°. Make the enchiladas: In a medium skillet over medium high heat, warm tortillas, 10 to 15 seconds per side. Working with one tortilla at a time, top with 2 ounces of chicken, 1 ounce of cheese, and pickled jalapeños, if using; roll tightly. Place enchiladas, seam-side down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  4. Pour sauce over tortillas, and top with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese has melted, 5 to 7 minutes. If desired, place under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes for a crispier top. Serve with sour cream and fresh cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Info

Per serving: 667 calories; 36.3 grams fat; 48.7 grams protein; 37.3 grams carbohydrates; 6.4 grams fiber
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