Favorite Chicken Enchiladas

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
40 mins

This is my mother's recipe and was one of our family favorites growing up. It is now one of my family's favorites. I frequently serve these enchiladas for company and social events and they are always a huge hit. They are mild flavored enchiladas in a white sauce. I serve them with sour cream and green or red chili sauce for anyone that wants a spicier flavor. I frequently substitute 4-5 chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken - they cook faster and are easier to work with. (you need to yield 4-5 cups shredded chicken). To save time, cook the chicken ahead of time and refrigerate it so that it's cooled and ready to go when you put the casserole together.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Boil whole chicken in a large pot of water until cooked through (approx. 30 minutes). Remove from pot, cool and shred into small bite-size pieces. I frequently substitute boneless skinless chicken breasts (they cook faster and are easier to work with-boil chicken breast for approx 20 mins) - you'll need about 4-5 breasts (you want to yield about 4-5 cups).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, diced green chilies (do not drain), mushrooms (drained), olives (drained), and dried onions.
  3. In a 9x13 pan sprayed with no-stick spray, layer as follows:.
  4. Layer 1: layer the bottom of the pan with a single layer of tortillas. Tip: I fold and tear the tortillas in 1/2 so that they fit in the pan better. I also dip the tortillas into my soup mixture and coat them with sauce, skimming off the excess with my fingers. A thin layer of sauce on both sides of your tortillas will keep them soft while baking so that they do not dry out and become hard and chewy.
  5. Layer 2: Spoon 1/2 of the soup mixture over the tortillas and spread to cover.
  6. Layer 3: 1/2 of the shredded chicken pieces.
  7. Layer 4: 1/2 of the cheddar cheese.
  8. Repeat layers 1-4 above (still coat your second layer of tortillas with the soup mixture).
  9. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven 35-45 minutes, until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.
  10. Serve with sour cream and green or red chili sauce, if desired.