Here’s an updated recipe for Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with Poblano Sauce (AKA White Chicken Enchiladas) a cozy, comforting meal that is full of delicious flavor!  Feel free to swap out roasted cauliflower for the chicken. Vegetarian adaptable! (updated recipe) 

white chicken enchiladas (creamy chicken enchiladas with green chilies )

If you are in the mood for something cozy, comforting and delicious…. this recipe for Creamy Chicken Enchiladas is to die for!  What makes the recipe, is the incredible sauce which can be made with either roasted poblanos- or if in a hurry, a small can of green chilies. Either way, you will looooooooooove this!
The enchilada fillings can be made two ways:  with chicken as the filling, or with roasted cauliflower as the filling. I love them both equally.
Lime zest, melty cheese, corn, fresh cilantro, cumin and coriander give the filling a nice burst of flavor, and these could easily be made gluten-free (see recipe below).

Roasted Poblano Enchiladas with Caulifower! | Video

The secret to this sauce is from fire-roasting poblano peppers, which is easier than it seems. But if in a hurry, use store-bought green chilies, in a can! Just as good! 

How to roast Poblano Peppers! 

Roasting poblanos (or any pepper) can be done a couple of different ways.
  1. On the Stovetop: If you have a gas stovetop, place directly over a medium-low flame, turning often, for about 5 minutes until blistered and blackened. The easiest, fastest way.
  2. Broiled In the oven: turning until they blister, about 10- 15 minutes.  If you don’t have a broil setting, you can still roast in a very hot oven, but it will take a little longer for the skins to blister.
Once the poblanos are charred, place them in a bowl with a towel to cover, so they continue steaming and cooking through. Let them cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Rinse under water to remove all the charred skin, core and seeds. Finely dice them.
To save a step, you can use canned green chiles instead. They will still taste good, but these fresh poblanos incorporated into the sauce actually make me swoon, they are that good!
Today I made half the enchiladas vegetarian using roasted cauliflower. The other half was made with shredded chicken. Here is the roasted cauliflower filling….seasoned with salt, pepper, cumin and coriander.
Feel free to play around with the filling if you like by adding corn, sautéed mushrooms, black beans, onions, or spinach.  Basically, you’ll need about 3-4  cups filling, to make 6-8 enchiladas. 

If making this with chicken, use leftover rotisserie chicken, baked chicken breast, shredded chicken, or even this chicken carnitas recipe.

Of course, you can make homemade tortillas from scratch!

You may need to warm the tortillas to make them pliable.  Fill each with 1/2 cup filling.
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Add queso fresco cheese or grated mozzerella.
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For this recipe, I used 8-inch tortillas that were half corn/half flour.

Roll them up and place seam side down in a greased  9×13 baking dish, coated with 2/3 cup creamy poblano sauce.

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I usually can fit 6-7 enchiladas, but if you make them very tight, you can fit 8.

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Cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
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TIP: If you have a mixed household where some are vegetarian and some are meat-eaters, you can serve up the enchiladas in individual baking dishes like this.
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Bake 20-25 minutes covered with foil, then uncovered for 10-15 minutes.
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Sprinkle with cilantro and scallions.
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When they come out, these Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas will be beautifully golden and fragrant!
And the lime zest inside tantalizes the taste buds.
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What to serve with Enchiladas:

I hope you like these creamy white chicken enchiladas….it’s an older recipe on the blog, but I’ve fiddled with it over the years and did some updating. I think it’s pretty tasty!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Poblano Sauce- an easy, delicious comfort food meal. These creamy chicken enchiladas will not disappoint! #whitechickenenchiladas #chickenenchiladas #creamychickenenchiladas #enchiladas #comfortfood

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with Poblano Sauce (or Cauliflower)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 35 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 enchiladas 1x
  • Category: Main, vegetarian
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican,
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas (AKA White Chicken Enchiladas) with Creamy Poblano Sauce! Vegetarian adaptable! Sub roasted cauliflower for the chicken! See notes.


Ingredients

Scale

Filling ingredients:

  •  3 cups cooked shredded chicken – see notes (or sub 3 cups roasted cauliflower – see notes)
  • 12 cups corn – fresh or frozen, or sub spinach, sauteed bell pepper, mushroom or onion
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

Poblano Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh poblano chili roasted, peeled and finely chopped (use half)  or sub-4-ounce can green chilies (use half)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 shallot, chopped (or half an onion, finely diced)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth or stock (or veggie broth)
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Enchilada Ingredients:


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Make the Filling: Prepare chicken (or cauliflower/spinach) see notes, and place in a bowl. Add corn. Mix with cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, scallions, fresh cilantro and lime zest. Set aside.
  3. Roast the poblano (or use canned green chilies) directly over a gas flame (or on a baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler) turning regularly, until the skins have blackened and blistered. Place in a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let cool. Under running water rub off the blackened skin, carefully tear open and pull out the seed pod and stem and rinse all the seeds away. Dice finely.  (If pressed for time, you can skip this step entirely by substituting 1 small can of green chiles)
  4. Make the sauce: In a medium pot, over medium heat 2 T oil or butter and saute shallot until golden and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Add 2 T flour, and toast, stirring 2-3 minutes on med-low heat. Whisk in 1 1/4 cups broth. Stir in the sour cream, and whisk until smooth. If using canned chilies, add 1/2 the can now, along with coriander, salt and pepper. Save the remaining chilies and add to the filling. Alternatively, if using the poblano, add a cautious 1/3 of the diced poblanos to start, tasting for heat. (Most are mild, but some, very occasionally are hot!) Then, according to your heat tolerance, add the remaining poblanos to taste. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Add some to the filling if you  want.
  5. Assemble: Grease one 9 x 13-inch pan. Place 2/3 cup Poblano Cream Sauce in the bottom of the  baking dish, just enough to lightly coat the bottom. If your tortillas are not soft and pliable, which is often the case with 100 % corn tortillas, lightly toast over a gas flame on the stovetop, or place them in a microwave covered for a few seconds, or spread on a sheet pan and place in a warm oven for a few minutes,  or quickly pan-sear.  
  6. Assemble: Add 2-3 tablespoons cheese to the center of the tortilla add about 1/2-3/4 cup filling and roll them up. Place them seam-side down in the pan on top of the sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top.  Add more cheese if you like.
  7. Cover with foil, place in a 400 F oven  for 20-25 minutes.   Remove foil. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro and scallions.

Notes

Use leftover rotisserie chicken, or make this simple baked chicken and shred, or this Chicken Carnitas recipe.

If subbing cauliflower/spinach: Preheat oven to 425 F. Chop one head of cauliflower into very small bite-size pieces, toss with olive oil to coat, and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander and toss to coat well. Roast on a parchment-lined sheet pan until tender, and edges are slightly crispy. Wilt Spinach: Heat a little olive oil in a skillet, saute 1/2 cup diced onion until tender, add 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach and stir or toss until spinach is just barely wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the cauliflower and spinach in a bowl, mix in cilantro, scallions and lime zest. Add corn if you like, and taste for salt and pepper, adjusting. Use this to stuff the enchiladas.

If making ahead, either bake and reheat, or assemble ahead, leaving the sauce off the top until baking time.

Cotija cheese, a Mexican style cheese is much saltier than queso fresco, so make sure to use queso fresco, not cotija….the packages look similar, but there is a big difference.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: one enchilada - chicken and cheese
  • Calories: 309
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 1591 mg
  • Fat: 9.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 22.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.6 mg

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  1. I made this with canned green chilies and it is delicious. The sauce is rich and the chicken mixture is perfect. I used WW flour tortillas and they didn’t hold up to well, but delicious nonetheless. Everything I have made from Sylvia is excellent, we’ll balanced and very flavorful

  2. We love this recipe. We are dairy-free by necessity and I have found that Kite Hill brand almond milk cream cheese (we like the chive flavor) works well for a replacement on the sour cream. It’s nice and thick, unlike many vegan sour cream options.

  3. I made this recipe as a test. EVERY recipe I’ve tried of your becomes an instant HIT in our house! I really don’t like enchiladas so I decided to try making yours as a “test”.
    WELL, this recipe is AMAZING. My family LOVES the enchiladas and I have a new favourite! Thank you for your tried and tested recipes. It’s saves me so much time!

  4. Incredible! The whole family loved it and kept on eating even though we weren’t hungry anymore. It’s THAT good! I followed the vegetarian version: used cauliflower, added black beans, fresh corn. I subbed green chiles for the poblano peppers; yogurt for creme fraiche as well. Thanks for this AMAZING recipe that will now enter our regular rotation.

  5. This recipe is a keeper! I used cauliflower, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, and roasted corn. Served them with extra cilantro and a squeeze of lime. I’m looking forward to the leftovers!

  6. Does this recipe freeze well? If you assemble with the sauce and freeze, then defrost later and cook?

    1. Hi Michelle, I have not tried freezing this, but my guess is that it would freeze ok?

  7. This was easily my favorite recipe of 2020. The roasted poblanos take this dish to the next level. The creamy white sauce is so easy to make and extra flavorful. I had to trade out the flour for gluten-free flour, but it worked great.

  8. Ooh, these were delicious! Another great recipe from your blog – I’ve made so many and they’ve all been fantastic. I cooked up some veggies and mixed them with black beans and cheese and rolled all that up in tortillas. The sauce is out of this world – I used diced green chiles and pickled jalapeños since I didn’t have a poblano on hand. So good- a keeper for sure!

  9. This recipe is amazing!! First recipe I’ve tried from this site and it’s instantly in the rotation! Our toddler loved it as well! I was planning to use a chicken/cauli mix, but ended up having enough chicken. We are trying to eat less meat, so next time I will definitely do the mix. We baked the chicken using the recipe she has linked with the Mexican spices and made with her cilantro lime rice. All so good!

  10. Made the cauliflower version. Added corn, spinach, mushrooms and red pepper. Forgot to put the cheese inside the enchiladas but it was still delicious. My husband and I ,both, loved them. Will make again.

  11. I am in the process of making this & everything tastes great so far so I’m confident that once it is all done it will be fantastic. I’m wondering if you can clarify the sauce recipe in regards to the 1 1/4c broth. The instructions state to add 1/4c. but does not address the remainder 1 c. I’m assuming that it should read, add 1/4c at a time, stirring until thick between each 1/4 c. Then add the sour cream (I’m using greek yogurt). My sauce is pretty runny before baking, but when I added the remainder of the broth, after adding the sour cream, I realized that something wasn’t right because the sauce then became very runny.

    1. So when I read the instructions, it reads to add 1 1/4 cups broth and 3/4 sour cream. It should be slightly runny and you should have about 2 cups sauce. Is that what you see?

  12. So delicious!!! I didn’t have time to wrap and roll, so I made layers. Hope the enchilada police don’t read this! Thanks for another great recipe. So yummy!

  13. I just recently found your website and I am so glad! I fancy myself a home chef but as a working mom I always find myself looking for inspiration. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from your website and it is amazing! Everybody is happy! Thank you for your delicious, veg-based, adaptable recipes. You are so talented! I love how you provide countless ways to customize every recipe. It gets all the gears turning and also makes eating healthy an easy option. Where can I buy your cookbook?

  14. Made the white enchiladas tonight for dinner and it was amazingly delicious.
    Thanks you for making dinner so exciting . Cauliflower I love it.

  15. Dude…. we tried your polenta lasagna last night with a pinot noir and felt like we were in Europe. Best lasagna I’ve ever had and there were no friggin noodles or meat in it!! Tonight I cooked your white “chicken” enchiladas but went the roasted cauliflower route as my doctor as asked me to reduce my intake of animal protein. You are blowing our minds over here, another out of the park home run!!! It came out PERFECT!!! The filling was so friggin delicious and the tortillas were perfectly crunchy on top. I used queso fresco for the filling and some spare shredded mozzarella on the top. So glad you warned about the poblano. Our family has sensitive stomachs so I tasted the poblano before i added it to the sauce, it was the hottest poblano in history! I minced up like a teaspoon of it for the sauce and discarded the rest. Best enchilidas I have EVER had restaurant or otherwise. Who are you? Angel? Wizard? What form of witchcraft is this? Where do we send donations? lol… THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!!!!!!!

    1. LOL 😂 thanks for making me laugh tonight. So happy you are liking the recipes. Really appreciate your comments. I’m jealous of your “surfing Family”- I’ve been trying to learn here in Santa Barbara. At 52, it’s not easy. Wished I would have learned as a kid. 🙂 Anyways, thanks and Cheers.

  16. Can’t wait to try this recipe tonight! Looks awesome. Will be making 1/2 with chicken and 1/2 with cauliflower for our mixed vegetarian house.

    Quick question – is the 375 calorie count per enchilada or something like per 2 enchilada serving?

    Thanks in advance!

  17. Delicious but my enchiladas sauce was runny, even after cooking – made the tortillas soggy. Any suggestions to thicken it?

  18. Just made this tonight! The creamy poblano sauce was excellent! I went with the cauliflower filling and it did just the trick. I might spice it up a little more next time, I wonder why some poblanos are spicier than others?

    1. Thanks, glad it worked for you! 🙌 Yes, not sure why but every once in a while you get some hot ones. 🙂

  19. I made this with two poblanos and put them both in with the sauce mixture, then I put the sauce mixture in a blender. So creamy and delish! We also had some leftover pulled pork and used pork in the enchiladas. They were delish!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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