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Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas. Chicken seasoned with smoky chipotle peppers, enchilada sauce, and cream are mixed together to create a creamy, saucy chicken enchilada. Top with tortillas and cheese before oven-baking. The most delicious smells await you as you pull this out of the oven. Serve topped with slices of avocado, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. That touch of cream makes all the difference – a delicious twist on classic enchiladas!

Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas |

Thursday night Mexican food – yum! Even though I’ve been sharing a lot of Asian-inspired/influenced recipes lately, I’ve still been cooking plenty of Mexican dishes too! Tacos are always on rotation, and we all love my tortilla soup.

But I don’t share all of the recipes I create; only the ones that taste so delicious—and this saucy skillet dish tastes so delicious!

It was a dish I didn’t think I would share, but when it turned out to be not only simple but yummy, too, I knew it was something I needed to recreate for the site.

Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas |

Sometimes, my very best dishes are the ones I create without much thought, and usually on busy nights.

A little of this and a little of that is the secret to some of the best recipes!

I wanted to make enchiladas, but I didn’t want to go through all the effort of rolling the chicken up in tortillas and then snuggling them in enchilada sauce. Instead, I skipped the rolling all together and layered everything in a skillet, then baked!

The sauce was creamy, the chicken was perfect, and the tortillas and cheese on top really made this so delish. As you can guess, my family loves this recipe.

Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas |

These are the details

Step 1: cook the chicken

This really is so straightforward. In an oven-safe skillet mix chopped onions with chicken breasts. Then season the chicken with smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Next, add some chipotle chiles in adobo; I use at least three chiles, but make sure to use them to your taste. You don’t want the sauce to be too spicy or not spicy enough!

Pour over a can of diced green chiles and red enchilada sauce. Simmer the chicken in the sauce until it is fully cooked and shreds easily.

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Step 2: shred the chicken

Using two forks, shred the chicken directly in the sauce. This takes a bit of time, so I either keep the skillet on LOW heat or turn the heat off altogether.

Step 3: mix in the cream

Place the skillet back over medium heat and add a cup of cream. You can also use whole milk, but for a perfectly creamy sauce, I recommend using cream. Canned coconut milk also works well.

Simmer a few minutes to thicken the sauce, then mix in some fresh cilantro.

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Step 4: top, bake, and serve

Snuggle a few tortillas on top of the saucy chicken, then add some cheese and bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts.

You can serve this topped with fresh slices of avocado, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, and fresh cilantro. Green onions and limes are great too!

Nothing fancy to it, but of course, delicious!

Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas |

Looking for other Mexican-inspired recipes? Here are a few…

Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Fried Avocado

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Lastly, if you make this Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Skillet Creamy Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 432 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
    2. In a large oven-safe skillet, combine the chicken, onion, paprika, and garlic powder, then season with salt. Add the chipotle and diced green chiles. Pour over the enchilada sauce, plus 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
    3. Shred the chicken in the sauce using two forks. Add the cream and yogurt (if using). Continue cooking over medium heat until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro.
    4. Arrange the tortillas on top of the chicken. Top with cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.
    5. Serve the enchiladas warm, topped with fresh lime juice, avocado, Greek yogurt, and cilantro.
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  1. 2 stars
    Flavor was great but do not recommend as a young family dish. Way too spicy for young kids. Also it was very soupy. Felt like I could cut the liquid in half.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this dish!! I made this recipe last evening and it is packed with so much flavor. My husband said it tasted like restaurant-quality food. I can’t wait to make this recipe again. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  3. 5 stars
    The flavor of this dish was wonderful and I’ll definitely make it again. It was really soupy so next time I will add more chicken and less liquid. Otherwise, it’s a keeper!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this with ground beef and added a bell pepper and a zucchini for more veggies. I didn’t add the water and only added about 1/3 cup of low fat milk based on other comments. It was soo good!!! My husband and I both loved!! It was super spicy just as a warning but we both love spice so it wasn’t an issue for us.

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Happy Monday! I appreciate you trying this recipe and your comment, I’m so glad it turned out well for you! xT

    1. Hey Sharon,
      I used heavy cream in this recipe! Let me know if you give this a try, I hope you love it! xT

    1. Love to hear this, Gina!! Thanks so much for trying this dish and your comment! Have a great weekend! xT

  5. 5 stars
    So easy and yummy! I added corn because we had some in the cabinet. To make it even faster next time, I might put the chicken in the crockpot.

    1. Thanks so much Emily!! I appreciate you trying this recipe and your feedback, so glad it was enjoyed! xT

  6. Great flavor! Like other readers it was soupy w/out the addition of water. Not sure if that’s product of needing to simmer on low longer or have it sit with cream addition longer.

    1. Hey Laura,
      Happy Friday!! I am so glad to hear this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for trying it and your comment:) I would let it simmer linger next time! xT

      1. 3 stars
        I wish I’d come to the comments first. This was enchilada soup. Don’t get me wrong, it was tasty. I’m glad I made a side of rice, so that I could serve this recipe over it. If I was making this again, I would definitely omit the water altogether, and only add 1/2 cup cream. Maybe even only 8-10 oz of enchilada sauce. I would also do traditional rolled enchiladas, because the tortillas are just mush and it’s impossible to cut in to servings.

        1. Hi Heather,
          Thanks for trying this dish and sharing your feedback! So sorry to hear it was so liquidy for you. Let me know if you make any changes that work better next time! xx

  7. 5 stars
    This was a very creative way of making enchiladas, and it was delicious! I deviated from the directions a bit, sauteeing the onions in oliveoil before putting everything else in the pan, and based on several comments about it being “soupy,” omitted the water and used only a half cup of cream. The hardest part was trying to figure out how many liquid ounces of enchilada sauce to use, since from what I can find here, it comes only in 10 oz and 19 oz (net weight) cans. After much calculation, I settled on 10 liquid ounces, which it turns out was perfect. Anther one that I’ll be making again!

    1. Hey Helen,
      I appreciate you making this dish and sharing your comment! I’m so glad it turned out nicely for you:) Thanks for the notes on the liquid! xT

  8. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe, I used coconut cream. It turned out perfect and was absolutely delicious. To make it a little less spicy for the kids, you could easily leave out the chipotle. I will for sure make this again!

    1. Thanks so much Melessa!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out nicely for you, thanks for making it! xT

  9. 5 stars
    These Enchiladas are great. A very quick meal. Follow the recipe for great results. This dish only served 4 at my house, not 6.

    1. Hey Hilary,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this dish and your comment, so glad to hear your family enjoyed this! xT

  10. 5 stars
    I love all your recipes….but this is now one of my very favorites!!! I made it exactly as called for but added 3 extra tortillas. And I used chicken tenders so I left them chunked in good bite-sized pieces. I used 3 chipotle’s which was spicy but the cream toned it down perfectly. Best part was I had all the ingredients on hand. Way easier than traditional enchiladas & so much better! Thanks for another great one.

    1. Yay!! Thanks so much Susan:) I am thrilled to hear that this dish was enjoyed, thanks for making it! xT

  11. 4 stars
    I made the recipe as written using whole milk. The result had the consistency of a soup so I cooked it down for another 40 minutes but it did no thicken enough. We ate it with tortilla chips as more of a dip than an entree. The flavor was delicious. If I make it again, I would add a cup of rice to take up more of the liquid.

    1. Hi Angela,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Sorry to hear it was so liquidy for you! xx

  12. 4 stars
    The flavor was great but it was so soupy. (Liquid) Next time I would use less liquid. I even left out the 1/2 c of water. I did use green enchilada sauce instead of red. And I used coconut milk and dairy free cheese

    1. Hi Kimm,
      Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your feedback, so sorry it turned out soupy for you! I have never worked with dairy free cheese so maybe that contributed a bit? Let me know if you make it another try:) xT