Mouthwatering Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

15 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes

These enchiladas have been a favorite in my family for years. Feel free to change it up a bit by switching from flour to corn tortillas, depending on your mood.


Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa
2 pound tomatillos; husked
2 white onion; peeled, sliced, quartered or whole
8 Garlic
4 jalapenos
4 teaspoons Ground cumin
2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoon Extra-virgin; olive oil
1/2 medium Onion; diced
3 garlic cloves; chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
1/4 cup All-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock; storebought
Chopped; cilantro leaves
3 pounds Chicken; boned, skinless
Freshly; ground black pepper
10 large Flour tortillas
1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese; shredded
2 cups Sour cream
Chopped tomatoes and cilantro leaves
Guacamole,; optional

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For the salsa:

On a baking tray, roast tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapenos for 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the roasted vegetables and any juices on the bottom of the tray to a food processor. Add the cumin, salt, cilantro, and lime juice and pulse mixture until well combined but still chunky. Transfer all but 1 cup of your tomatillo salsa to a serving dish or bowl for later, leaving that last 1 cup in the food processor. Take that last 1 cup of salsa and puree it to a fine enchilada sauce. Set enchilada sauce aside.


Change oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Take 3 pounds of chicken and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until cooked though. Let cool and then shred. Set aside.

Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and caramelized , approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin then cook for a further minute. Sprinkle on the flour and stir to ensure the flour doesn't burn then gradually add the chicken stock to make a veloute. Continue stirring over a low simmer until the flour cooks and the liquid thickens. Turn off the heat, add 1/4 cup of the tomatillo salsa and some additional fresh chopped cilantro and fold in the shredded chicken meat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Turn oven back on & set to 350 degrees F. Begin assembling the dish. Take a large baking dish and smear the bottom with some of the reserved tomatillo salsa. Now take the flour tortillas & put them briefly under the broiler. Using a shallow bowl, coat each tortilla lightly with the reserved salsa mix. Put a scoop of the shredded chicken-enchilada mix on top of the tortilla followed by a sprinkle of the shredded cheese. Fold the tortilla over the filling and roll to enclose it. Place the tortillas in the baking dish and continue to do the same with all the tortillas. Finally pour the reserved enchilada sauce and top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes until bubbly and cracked on top. Garnish with cilantro and tomato.

Serve hot with southwestern Rice, the tomatillo salsa, sour cream and fresh guacamole, if desired.


BigOven Tip: Easily make this ahead of time! The tomatillo salsa and roasted chicken can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

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Great flavor in this dish! I would definitely make this again. My family loved it.
trinityl1016 1y ago

Just made the Roasted tomatillo chile salsa, Yummy. Used just a pinch of salt. Very good we will make this again.
cindylong 2y ago

Delicious! Some of the best Chicken Enchiladas I've ever tasted and not nearly as labor intensive as I had originally thought when I looked at the recipe.
sjthrasher 2y ago

Good recipe, lots of prep work, but great results.
adina1029 2y ago

We bought store bought salsa (not tomatillo) but cooked the rest of the recipe as is. Loved it! We used a food processor to shred the chicken and chop the onions and garlic so that made the process easier. It really turned out wonderful
teresaeason 2y ago

maemike 3y ago

Great flavor although I was worried the green salsa would be too hot without removing the jalapeños seeds. It was hot but everyone liked it. I added canned enchilada sauce to the final dish cause we like our enchiladas really moist.
YoungMD 3y ago

Easy to follow recipe. Lovely dish. Liked by all the family. Will be cooking again soon. Tx for posting.
RachWatch 3y ago

Loved it :) and the Loved the home made sauce . Thanks from Australia
Jemma7774 4y ago

This is amazing stuff! I substituted my home canned tomatillo salsa and made it with corn and flour tortillas. I made it once as a "test run" then served it at a gathering at my house. I put jalepenos, shredded lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes, and sour cream in serving bowls so folks could control their heat level. It was an absolute smash hit. I know that it's not exactly low-cal (LOVE that cheese!) but I'm always looking for unique ways to fix chicken and this was my first year of growing tomatillos so it has worked out perfectly.
luckygreen 4y ago

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