Easy Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro!  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Enchilada Suizas gets quarantined with Tortilla Soup and…BANG…you’ve got my Easy Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup! 

This recipe is creamy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy.   But yet, surprisingly light because it’s in a soup form vs. a heavy enchilada.  The green chiles give so much tangy and subtle spicy backdrop.  Then the other smokey seasonings along with scallions and cilantro bring depth and enchilada flare.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup, but give you that traditional enchilada corn flavor.  Then top with cheese, sour scallions, cilantro and it’s an enchilada party!  

While I give you the steps to cook the chicken in this recipe, this soup is a fantastic way to use leftover chicken if you have it too!  Click here to get 30 More Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot with ladle scooping. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Suizas means Swiss in spanish, so Enchilada Suizas just means Swiss-style enchiladas. The recipe originated when Swiss immigrants moved to Mexico, where they started dairies to produce cream and cheese.  They brought their cooking style with them and created their own version of Enchiladas topped with a milk- or cream-based white sauce.  It’s typically mixed with a salsa verde.

So, I riffed on this to create my Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup!  What makes my soup more Enchiladas vs. a Tortilla Soup is that it has less tomato and more creamy green chili sauce.  If you have even a 10th of my Mexican food obsession, you need to check out these recipes!

Spoon with Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro! It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large pot.  I used my dutch oven, but any large pot or dutch oven will be great.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP

We’re all extremely busy, so here are the steps you can prepare in the day(s) ahead and store in the fridge until ready to cook… (Full recipe below!)

For this recipe, you can make the entire soup ahead and reheat it!  But if you’re looking to split up some of the prep, here are the steps you can do ahead.

Slice the scallions. Chop the cilantro. Mince the garlic. Slice the tortillas into thin strips using a knife or cooking shears.  Depending on how many tortillas you want, you can add more.  I start with 2 tortillas that are about 6″ diameter.  But you can definitely add up to 4 for a more hearty soup.

Cutting corn tortillas for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

COOK YOUR CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP!

Add 5 cups of chicken broth to a large pot and bring up to a boil and then add the chicken, making sure that it is immersed in the broth.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Chicken boiling for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

When the chicken is done, remove it from the broth and set aside to cool enough to shred. When the chicken has cooled, shred it into bite-size pieces with your fingers or two forks.

Shredded chicken for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
Set the chicken to the side for now.  To the same broth, add the salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic, cilantro and scallions.

Cilantro added to broth for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

To a small mixing bowl or measuring cup, add 1/2 cup cold milk and 3 tbsp cornstarch. Whisk together until dissolved. Then slowly whisk into the soup and bring back to a simmer as it starts to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.

Cornstarch in milk for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Adding slurry to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Add the green chilis, tortilla strips, and the shredded Chicken. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Chicken and tortillas added to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

That’s it! This soup can be made up to 5 days in advance stored in the fridge or can be frozen and stored in the freezer for a few months. Serve, garnish with favorite toppings and Enjoy!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro! It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

30-Minute Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup is based on my favorite Enchiladas Suizas. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy, but surprisingly light because it's in a soup form vs. a heavy enchilada.  The green chiles give a tangy and subtle spicy backdrop and the smokey seasonings bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup, but give you that traditional enchilada corn flavor.  Then top with cheese, sour scallions, cilantro and it's an enchilada party!  #enchiladas #easydinner #healthydinner #familydinner #tortillasoup #easysoups

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chicken Enchiladas, chicken soup, enchiladas, enchiladas suizas, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Scallions
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Green Chilis
  • 4 Corn Tortillas, 6"
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro

Toppings (Optional)

  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Corn Tortilla Chips crushed for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Scallions

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Slice the scallions. Chop the cilantro. Mince the garlic. Slice the tortillas into thin strips.

    Cutting corn tortillas for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Cook

  1. Add 5 cups of chicken broth to a large pot and bring up to a boil and then add the chicken, making sure that it is immersed in the broth. Bring back to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

    Chicken boiling for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  2. When the chicken is done, remove it from the broth and set aside to cool enough to shred. When the chicken has cooled, shred it into bite-size pieces with your fingers or two forks. Set the chicken aside.

    Shredded chicken for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  3. To the same broth, add the salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic, cilantro and scallions.

    Cilantro added to broth for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  4. To a small mixing bowl or measuring cup, add 1/2 cup cold milk and 3 tbsp cornstarch. Whisk together until dissolved. Then slowly whisk into the soup and bring back to a simmer as it starts to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.

    Adding slurry to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  5. Add the green chilis, tortilla strips, and the shredded Chicken. Bring back to a boil, stirring as the soup thickens, then cook for another 5 minutes.

    Chicken and tortillas added to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  6. That's it! This soup can be made up to 5 days in advance stored in the fridge or can be frozen and stored in the freezer for a few months.

    Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  7. Serve, garnish with favorite toppings and Enjoy!

    Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro! It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

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