Chicken enchiladas verdes are always a big crowd pleaser. Shredded chicken and vibrant green salsa, smothered in melted cheese, pretty much defines irresistible. But what makes these chicken enchiladas verdes extra special is the homemade roasted tomatillo salsa.
When September rolls around, I brace myself for the back-to-school appetite explosion. Chicken enchiladas verdes are my first line of defense and I can always count on everyone in the family loving them.
Let’s talk about Tomatillos and Salsa Verde
Tomatillos are a thing of beauty. I loved photographing them with their bright green shiny fruits peeking through papery husks. They are sometimes called husk tomatoes or Mexican tomatoes.
Tomatillos are the key ingredient in Mexican green sauces. They’re bright, tart, fruity and tangy and make a delicious salsa verde when you puree them with onions, garlic, jalapeños and cilantro.
I’ve often boiled and pureed tomatillos for salsa verde, but this time I decided to toss them with a little olive oil and roast them first. Wow! Roasting the tomatillos, chilies and onions adds a delicious charred flavor to the salsa!
If you can’t find fresh tomatillos…don’t worry. You can use canned tomatillos. But don’t roast the canned ones. Roast the other vegetables and pop them in the food processor with the canned tomatillos and the rest of the salsa verde ingredients. The salsa will still be delicious!
And if you’re really pressed for time and you want to make this recipe very quick and easy, buy pre-made salsa verde and assemble the whole dish with that.
How to soften corn tortillas
Corn tortillas are often stiff and they break when you try to roll them. There are many methods for softening them. The one I like best is to heat up a skillet and press each tortilla onto the hot surface for about 10 seconds per side. Then stack the warmed tortillas inside a clean dish towel. They’ll be nice and pliable when you roll them up.
The BEST Chicken Enchiladas!
These enchiladas are saucy, cheesy and comforting, with a fresh, vibrant roasted tomatillo salsa that takes this dish to a high level of deliciousness!
An easy way to make delicious chicken enchiladas even better is by adding lots of festive garnishes. I like mine with with sour cream, thinly sliced red onion, and a sprinkling of cilantro. You might also consider a sprinkling of chopped scallions, a dollop of plain yogurt, some guacamole and, for those who like extra heat, sliced jalapeños.
What to serve with chicken enchiladas verdes
If you have extra time, try making this recipe with homemade corn tortillas.
If you like these chicken enchiladas verdes, be sure to give these vegetarian enchiladas a try.
Here’s the Chicken Enchiladas Verdes Recipe. If you make this, I hope you’ll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I’d love to know what you think!Print
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes with homemade roasted tomatillo salsa. An extra special version of a Mexican classic!
- Prep Time: 40 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Main dish
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: Mexican
For The Salsa Verde
- 2 pounds tomatillos, husked and rinsed (10-14, depending on the size) or 3 cups purchased tomatillo salsa or salsa verde
- 1 medium white onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
- 2–3 jalapeño peppers, stem end cut off. If you don’t like a lot of heat, slice them in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds and white pith
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems (remove thick stems), plus more cilantro leaves for garnishing
- I tablespoon finely chopped garlic (2-3 large cloves)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
For The Enchiladas
- 12 6-inch soft corn tortillas (or make your own corn tortillas)
- 3 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken*
- 2 tablespoon sour cream, plus more for garnishing
- 4 ounces Cotija cheese, grated
- 6 ounces grated cheddar cheese
- ½ small red onion, peeled, cut in half through the root and cut crosswise into very thin slices.
- Cilantro leaves
- Sour cream
- Make the salsa verde: Preheat oven to Broil. In a large bowl toss tomatillos, onion and jalapeños with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lay them out on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 7 minutes or until there are some brown spots on the tomatillos. Lower temp to 400F. Turn the tomatillos over with tongs. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the tomatillos are softened. Transfer the roasted vegetables to the bowl of a food processor. Add cilantro, garlic and salt. Pulse several times until you get your preferred consistency. I like my salsa a bit chunky. You should have about 4 cups of salsa.
- Make the Enchiladas Set oven to 350F. Spread 1 cup of salsa into the bottom of a large casserole or baking dish. In a bowl mix shredded chicken with 1 cup of salsa, 2 tablespoons of sour cream, and 4 ounces Cotija cheese. Set aside while you soften the tortillas.
- Soften the tortillas: If your tortillas are soft and pliable you can skip this step. Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet, pressing it against the pan with a spatula, for about 10 seconds per side. Transfer warm tortilla to a clean dish towel and fold towel over it to keep it warm. Repeat with all of the tortillas, continuing to stack them inside the dish towel.
- Roll the Enchiladas: Put ¼ cup of the chicken mixture on one end of a tortilla, roll it up tight and place it seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat with all of the tortillas. Spoon a cup of salsa over the tops of the enchiladas, using the back of a spoon to spread the salsa over all exposed surfaces. Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and enchiladas are heated through.
- Serve with sour cream, red onion, cilantro leaves and remaining salsa
*Suggestions for Shredded Chicken:
- Buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it.
- Check out the method in this post for easy oven-roasted chicken thighs
- Pan-sear 2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts or thighs in a heavy skillet, over medium-low heat, with a little oil, for 6-7 minutes per side, until they are just cooked through. Shred.
This recipe was first published on August 22, 2014. Updated on August 20, 2018. It’s the same delicious recipe with added nutritional information and a few tweaks to the written post.
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