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!

Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Taquitos for Valentines Day anyone?  I mean, what says I love you more than giving someone a delicious, crispy taquito?  This Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  Roll and bake and you can make a ton in a short amount of time.  They are great for family dinner, a party, or just to say…I love you, my little taquito!

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Easy Make-Ahead Dinner, Snack, Appetizer

One of the reasons this Chicken Taquitos Recipe is so fantastic, is because it’s so versatile and convenient.  You can make 2 dozen of these little babies ahead and freeze them before baking and then pull them out a few at a time to bake for an afterschool snack or easy dinner!  Or make them ahead for a party.  Another great make ahead dinner/snack/app is my Hanky Panky Cheesy Meat Canapes.  

The other great thing about these Taquitos?  They keep my obsession with Mexican food alive and kicking!  Woo Hoo!  Here are some of my favorite easy Mexican Dinner Recipes.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot to make the chicken mixture.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CHICKEN TAQUITOS RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Prep-ahead for the Chicken Taquitos recipe is great because you can do it all but bake.  You can roast the chicken, shred the chicken, mix the filling mixture, and roll the taquitos.  You will then either need to immediately bake them or freeze them.

For roasting the chicken, its very simply rubbing each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

For the filling, place the shredded chicken in the pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine and simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

Shredded Chicken in pot for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Turn off the heat.  Rather than dirty another bowl, I simply mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Now the assembly! 

For the corn tortillas, you can use either white or yellow corn 5 or 6 inch in diameter.

You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling on the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

Filling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on an oiled sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

BAKE YOUR CHICKEN TAQUITOS

Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.  Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, tacos, taquitos
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 Taquitos
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Roasted Chicken

  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder

Taquitos

  • 24 5-6" Corn Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Scallions

Toppings

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 4 oz Cotija Cheese optional)

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Coat bottom of a sheet pan with olive oil. For easy clean up and to use the same sheet pan for the taquitos, line the pan with aluminum foil before adding the oil and roasting the chicken on that, then tossing it when done.

  2. Rub each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

    Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  3. Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

    Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  4. Place the shredded chicken in a medium-size pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine, then bring to a light simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

    Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  5. Turn off the heat.  Mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

    Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  6. You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

    Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  7. Coat the bottom of the large sheet pan with olive oil.

  8. Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling near the top of the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

    Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  9. If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on the sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

    Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  10. At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

Bake your Taquitos

  1. Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.

  2. Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

    Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  3. While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

  4. Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. Enjoy!

    Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Recipe Notes

  1. To make this recipe even easier, you can use 2 tbsp of your favorite Taco Seasoning in place of the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder.  
  2. You may need toothpicks to secure the taquitos so they do not unravel prior to baking.