Big-Batch Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

Chicken Enchiladas Verde
Photo: Hans Gissinger
Hands On Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
16 serves


  • 8 pounds bone-in chicken breasts (about 10)

  • 4 16-ounce jars mild salsa verde

  • 8 cups fresh cilantro sprigs (from 2 bunches)

  • 2 16-ounce containers sour cream (about 4 cups)

  • 2 16-ounce packages frozen corn, thawed

  • 2 pounds Muenster or Monterey Jack cheese, grated (8 cups)

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 32 6-inch flour tortillas


  1. Place the chicken in a large pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked through 25 to 35 minutes; remove from pot and let cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Divide the chicken meat between 2 large bowls.

  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, working in batches, puree the salsa, cilantro, and 2 cups of sour cream until smooth; transfer to a medium saucepan as you work. Simmer the sauce until slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes; stir in the remaining 2 cups of sour cream.

  3. To each bowl of chicken, add 1 package of corn, 1 cup of the sauce, 2 cups of cheese, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

  4. Spread 1 cup of the remaining sauce in each of four 9-by-13-inch baking dishes (4 cups total). Roll the chicken mixture in the tortillas (about ½ cup per tortilla) and place seam-side down in the dishes (8 rolls per dish). Top each dish of enchiladas with 1 cup each of the remaining sauce and cheese.

  5. To eat tonight: Bake the enchiladas at 400° F until bubbling and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. To freeze and cook later: Freeze the unbaked enchiladas, tightly sealed, for up to 3 months. To cook, thaw the enchiladas and bake, uncovered, at 400° F until heated through, bubbling, and beginning to brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

36g Fat
54g Carbs
55g Protein
Nutrition Facts
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 182mg 61%
Sodium 1390mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 55g
Calcium 547mg 42%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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