Mama’s Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

So a little background history- my mom is not a cook and never really cooked at home when we were growing up. It was so strange because the other night I went over to her house for dinner and what a surprise… she had cooked! I’m not going to lie, I was kind of hesitant to try what she had made but when she pulled these Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas out of the oven I wanted to dig right in! If you are a fan of enchiladas this is a must try recipe- the moist chicken with the gooey cheese oozing throughout and my favorite- the jalapenos on top made it a dish I must share. These enchiladas are so creamy and flavorful, you would never believe how easy they are to make! And a bonus with this¬†recipe is you have a few cups of leftover tender chicken which left me only one thing to do- make chicken salad! I love dishes that serve for multiple recipes, they make cooking more fun as I get to explore what I can create with my leftovers. Now I know my mom’s little secret and I can’t wait to try what else she whips up for me!

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Mama’s Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

  • Prep Time: 1h 15m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 1h 45m
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 6-8 enchiladas


  • 1 whole free range chicken (mine was about 4 lbs)
  • 1 pkg sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg monterrey jack cheese
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 jar of pickled jalapenos
  • 1 pkg flour tortillas (I only used 6)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put the chicken in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer (still a light boil) and cover. Cook until the chicken is done; mine took an hour but if you use a larger chicken it will take a little longer. When the chicken is fully cooked, take out of liquid and set aside to cool. Once the chicken is cool, pull apart the meat from the bones and skin and set aside... the chicken should be super tender and easy to pull apart! Reserve the cooking liquid.
  3. To assemble- I create an assembly line on the counter which makes making this dish super easy. First, put some of the cooking liquid on the bottom of your baking dish to make sure the tortillas don\'t stick.
  4. Take a tortilla, dip the center in the cooking liquid to make it more pliable, put about 3 tablespoons of the soup (I diluted mine with some of the cooking liquid) on the bottom of the tortilla and fill with a couple ounces of chicken, some cheddar cheese and Monterrey jack on top. (I used about 2 tablespoons of each cheese but you can put in however much you like!) Fold the filled tortilla and place open side down in the dish so the enchilada stays closed.
  5. Repeat this process with however many tortillas will fit in your baking dish; mine fit 6!
  6. Top the tortillas with a couple spoonfuls of the soup mixture (mine was diluted) then coat with all the sour cream. I swapped half of the sour cream for Greek yogurt which tasted just as good! Top the sour cream with the remaining cheeses, then cover the top with jalapenos, I use a lot!
  7. Bake the enchiladas for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Serve warm!

xo, Rachel

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