The BEST Chicken Enchiladas + Meal Gift Idea

My mom acquired this recipe from a family friend after it was brought to us when my brother was born and to say it’s been a time-proven treasure is an understatement. I’ve made it regularly since she passed it down to me – both for my own family gatherings and as a meal delivery for others. It’s far and away the best chicken enchilada I’ve had, but it’s also the ideal candidate for gifting a meal to a friend or family who just had a baby, isn’t feeling well, or just because you love em! It’s got a relatively mild flavor, making it well suited for adults and children alike, and comes together in a snap.

Although the chicken enchiladas are the centerpiece, when delivering it to someone else I also like to round out the meal with the following goodies:

  • A caesar salad complete with lemons, parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing on the side (btw, this dressing is my tried and true favorite)
  • Fresh baked loaf of bread – homemade or from a local bakery
  • Dessert, of course – this recipe for triple tier brownies is my standard and has received rave reviews
  • Fancy drinks – a bottle of wine, 6-pack of beer, or fancy water depending on the taste of your recipient
  • Pans/Tupperware that I don’t expect to be returned (make sure to tell them you don’t want them back)
  • A bouquet of flowers
  • A laundry basket or (if you know the style of the recipients home) a regular basket to corral the goodies 
  • If this happens to be a new baby gift, I always make sure to include something for the new big brother or sister! This can be a coloring book of their favorite character and brand, new crayons, a picture book about becoming a big sister, or a new set of train stickers.

Enjoy and gift away to your lucky friends and family.

Chicken Enchiladas
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
  1. 3 cans cream of chicken with herbs soup
  2. 1 cup sour cream
  3. 1 can diced green chilies
  4. 3 cups diced chicken (cooked -- I use a rotisserie)
  5. 12 10" flour tortillas
  6. 16 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  7. 2 bunches green onions, diced
  1. Combine soup, sour cream, chilies, and chicken in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Fill tortillas with filling, some cheese, and a pinch of diced green onion.
  3. Roll each as a burrito making sure to fold in the ends.
  4. Spread a bit of filling in a 9x13 pan.
  5. Place each enchilada, seam side down, in the pan. Tuck them in tightly.
  6. Cover with remaining filling, cheese, and diced onion.
  7. Cover with foil and cook for 30-45 minutes at 350. Uncover and cook 15-20 minutes longer.
Adapted from Colleen Taylor
Adapted from Colleen Taylor
Mr & Mrs Miller

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