Johnny Jalapeno's Chicken Enchiladas With Cilantro

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Sittin around the campfire one night, RickyMac of the McDaniel gang told us a story of how one day Johnny went down to the swimmin hole and was having fun all day swingin from the rope tree into the water, cowboy boots and all!. Well, that last dip he come up from the water with the strangest look on his face. He yelled "There's a snake in my boot!" He jumped outta them boots and took off runnin like a chicken. He run so fast, he run right through a field of cilantro. When he came into a clearing, feeling safe at last, he stopped, looked down at his feet, and said "Look!, I got Cilan-toes! Hence: This Chicken with Cilan-toes recipe was born!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. FILLING: Heat butter and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken, garlic, jalapenos, and green onion. Sprinkle with cumin, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until heated thru.
  3. Add the cream cheese, stirring to incorporate until melted. Stir in sour cream, season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. ENCHILADAS: To each tortilla, place some of the chicken mixture, then sprinkle with some Mexican cheese blend (about 2 Tbsp inside each enchilada). Roll up and place seam side down into the baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. To the skillet the chicken mixture was in (no need to wash the pan first), combine the enchilada sauce, picante sauce, and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer then pour over top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle with cilantro followed with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 40 minutes until heated thru.
  6. Let rest 5-10 minutes to set. Serve with a dollop of additional sour cream if desired.
Most Helpful

This was very enjoyable and nice that it came together quickly. I liked the zing from the extra jalapeno, which added to the already-spicy sauce I used made us reach for the beers! It was a little too creamy for me - I might reduce the cream cheese/sour cream just a bit next time, but overall very satisfying.

duonyte October 26, 2011

Great tasting enchiladas. My favorite herb cilantro added just the right flavor for this dish. I think 30 minutes may be enough cooking time if your oven temp is accurate.

rjoyce1 October 24, 2011

DS made these, one pan with jalapenos and one pan without for the sensitive-tongued one in our family. The family chowed down on the zippy ones, which are absolutely delicious, creamy in the middle, fork-soft and cheesy. Made for PRMR and thoroughly enjoyed.

Lavender Lynn August 13, 2011