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White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole is full of diced, cooked chicken, black beans, cheese and diced green chilies. With layers of flour tortillas, this creamy casserole is so hearty and filling.

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

What’s To Love About White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • It has all the flavor of creamy chicken enchiladas, but is much easier to assemble.
  • A combination of cream cheese and sour cream makes this casserole ultra creamy and rich.
  • The layers of flour tortillas in this recipe make it similar to a Mexican Lasagna. I think of this as the mexican version of Creamy Chicken Lasagna.
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This casserole is so hearty and filling you really only need to serve it with a simple green salad. I also really love serving Mexican Casseroles like this one on top of a bed of finely shredded iceberg lettuce. I’m crazy about the crispy, cool crunch of a little lettuce in every bite.

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole with sliced avocado

Make It Spicier

If you use Pepper Jack cheese, there will be a little heat to this recipe. If you want more spice, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce or 2 teaspoons of Cholulu Hot Sauce.

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe Tips

You can assemble this casserole in the morning or the night before so all you have to do is pop it in the oven.

I like to use rotisserie chicken for ease and convenience, but any cooked chicken will do.

If you don’t like beans, leave them out or substitute with a drained can of corn.

I love adding toppings to Mexcian recipes. Try adding cilantro, diced avocado, black olives, and pickled jalapeno slices.

How To Store and Freeze

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days and reheated in a microwave.

You can freeze this easy chicken casserole either before baking or after baking. If freezing after baking, let it cool completely first. When you are ready to serve it, thaw it in the refrigerator ovenight and then bake in a 350 degree oven until hot all the way through.

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole is full of diced, cooked chicken, black beans, cheese and diced green chilies. With layers of flour tortillas, this creamy casserole is so hearty and filling.

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese
  • sliced green onion and chopped cilantro, optional
  • 10 medium-size flour tortillas, cut in half


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeno and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
    Add flour and cook and stir for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
    Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, salt, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, and green chiles.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken, green onion, and black beans.
  • Arrange 1/3 of the tortillas in the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Overlapping as needed.
  • Spread half the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas. Pour 1/3 of the sauce evenly over the chicken and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese.
  • Repeat another layer of tortillas, chicken, sauce, and cheese, (using half the remaining tortillas, sauce, and cheese and all the remaining chicken mixture.)
  • Top off with remaining tortillas, sauce and cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Garnish with green onion and cilantro if desired.


Calories: 439kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: enchilada casserole

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9 thoughts on “White Chicken Enchilada Casserole”

  1. This came very close to a white chicken enchilada that my Latina daughter-in-law made. I think the only thing I will change the next time I make this is to use corn tortillas. The flour tortillas had a doughy texture I wasn’t fond of. I think the corn tortilla has more flavor. I found it easier just to row each tortilla up separately. It seems to be that using either tortilla is authentic.. It’s just a matter of Preference.

  2. 4.5 Stars. Very easy to fix. I used corn tortillas and substituted Adobo pepper seasoning for the oregano to give the sauce a smokier flavor. My only disappointment is the sauce wasn’t quite enough for the casserole. I will add 3 cups chicken broth next time to be sure there’s plenty of sauce.

    1. I agree. Because of your review, I made extra sauce but in the end I didn’t need it bc I decided to make rolled enchiladas that meant I didn’t need as much sauce.

  3. We thought this was delicious! I must admit I had my doubts when making it since the chicken mixture was basically dry (with only beans and green chiles added) and I couldn’t spread the sauce evenly over it without mixing it all up, but I added much more cheese than called for, and in the end, it all melted well. Definitely one I’ll be making again!

  4. It was so flavorful, creamy and delicious! Not hard to make at all. I’ve never made homemade white sauce for enchiladas, but I will use this recipe again. Thank you. I had to use minced dried onion as I didn’t have a fresh onion. It was still tasty.

  5. I enjoyed this! I meant to add corn as suggested by other viewers, but I forgot. I also wish I could’ve added the beans, but my son has an aversion to them. I added a little less of all the fattening ingredients, but it was still rich and delicious!

  6. I am so glad I chose to make this. It was absolutely delicious! I did add the corn, black beans & green onions & happy I did. The sauce has so much flavor & everyone loved it & it was well worth the work. Thank you for coming up with such a great recipe 😋

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