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white chicken enchiladas


white chicken enchiladas  I  frozen pizza, again?

This is one of the first recipes I tried after joining Pinterest over a year ago. It is an easy recipe with big results. I have made it several times since then and always receive compliments.
white chicken enchiladas  I  frozen pizza, again?

(This photo shows the sauce really well. Look at all those yummy green chilis!)

The original recipe is pretty tasty, but I wasn’t quite satisfied with it. So I experimented several times, adding various spices, and finally stumbled upon my favorite version when we had company over for dinner a few weeks ago. Instead of adding spices to the sauce, I added peppers and onions to the filling and substituted pepper jack for monterey jack. They both really helped fill out the flavor of the dish.

white chicken enchiladas  I  frozen pizza, again?

White Chicken Enchiladas
adapted from the kitchen of: Joyful Momma’s Kitchen

Prep Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3-5

10 flour tortillas
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
2 ½ cups (or an 8 oz block) pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 (1 lb) bag frozen pepper stir fry, thawed (I only used about ¾ of the bag)
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 oz) can green chilis

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Combine chicken, pepper stir fry, and 1 ½ cups of cheese in a medium bowl. Roll the mixture in tortillas and place in casserole dish. (I suggest being conservative when filling the tortillas to make sure each gets enough. Then if you have any leftover you can add it to the least filled tortillas.)

In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter, whisk in flour, and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Continue heating the mixture until thick and bubbly, stirring often to prevent burning.

Stir in sour cream and chilis. Do NOT bring to a boil (no curdled sour cream).

Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. (After I pour the sauce on the enchiladas I spoon some of it over any parts of the tortilla that do not have sauce of them, usually the ends. This helps the tortillas not dry out in the oven.)

Bake approximately 20-22 minutes, and then under high broil for 3 minutes to brown cheese.

(Side Note: If you are baking something else after this do not forget to turn the oven back to bake after the enchiladas are done. That is how I ruined the dessert for the evening.)


  • The green chilis in the sauce do not make the sauce spicy at all; they only add flavor.
  • Pepper Jack cheese is spicy; however, when I used it in this dish I did not detect any spice/heat at all. I think the sour cream balances out the heat. (If it helps, I am a mild to medium heat kind of girl.)
  • In case your store doesn’t carry “pepper stir fry” all it consists of is red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and onion.



kitchen tip: how not to ruin your dessert


This past Thursday night Russell and I invited a couple from our church over for dinner.  I planned to keep things simple and easy to reduce stress on myself – I’d serve chips and salsa as an appetizer, chicken enchiladas for dinner (a dish that I’ve made several times before), and a green salad as a side. I chose as dessert a recipe that I had not made before but wasn’t complicated. I started cooking early in the afternoon to allow plenty of time to get everything done. I timed the enchiladas to be done just as we were finishing the chips and salsa, and while we were eating dinner I’d put dessert in the oven. The best part was that dinner and dessert both required a 350° oven, so I wouldn’t even have to wait for the temperature to change before swapping them out.  

 So, our guests arrive on time, and we munch on chips and salsa for a few minutes. I offer them a tour of the house, and just as we are heading back to the kitchen the timer dings to signal that the enchiladas are done. I swap out the dessert dish for the dinner pan and reset the timer. Halfway through dinner I hear sizzling coming from the oven and decide to investigate. I turn on the oven light to see a very black dessert. I quickly open the oven and pull it out. It is then that I realize that instead of baking my dessert at a nice 350° I had been broiling it and turning it into charcoal. In stressful situations (company coming over, playing hostess, trying to get dinner done at the right time) my mind sometimes gets very flustered and doesn’t remember important things such as switching the oven back to 
350° after broiling the cheese on top of the enchiladas. So dessert was ruined and I had to throw the whole thing out. The one good thing I can take away from this, though, is that I have been married for 1 year 4 ½ months and this is the first dish that I have just completely ruined, and it wasn’t even the main dish. I’d call that a success!


And now, the evidence:

the top

burned dessert top  I  frozen pizza, again?

the bottom

burned dessert bottom  I frozen pizza, again?


Now I just need to figure out how to remove the burned stuff from the rim and handles of the glass baking pan. Any advice from more experienced cooks would be greatly appreciated!

Oh, and I will post that chicken enchilada recipe soon. It is easy and delicious!
**UPDATE: The chicken enchilada recipe is now posted! You can find it here.**