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!

Chicken & Cheese Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be these incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadillas!  They are my latest obsession, with  crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor.  I filled these with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.  The result?  An irresistible new dinner or appetizer idea…maybe breakfast, a mid-morning snack, dessert 🙄…I’m just sayin’.    

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream.  They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor.  They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious.  It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea.  #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

It Just Tastes Damn Good!

This past Spring I received my certification in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell.  Since then, I have made sure to share the health benefits for each of my recipes.  Well, I will tell you that corn definitely has health benefits, including fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins.  But, let’s be real here.  No one eats Quesadillas for the health benefits!  Not even if they are made with corn tortillas.

So, these guys are just damn good.  That’s why you should make them 🙂

If you’re like me, Mexican Food is a guilty pleasure and it’s hard to stop at just one dish.  So, if you now have a hankering for more, check out these recipes!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CHICKEN CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS

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) Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

To start, determine what you want to fill your quesadillas with.  My kids really love Chicken and Cheese, so I went basic.  However, you can get creative or healthier by adding grilled zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers, steak, the list goes on!  In a pinch, I’ve been known to add frozen-then-cooked chicken fingers!

You can also use pre-cooked chicken from your store, whether that is rotisserie, grilled, or roasted.  If it’s pre-cooked, just be sure to shred it and then mix a little of the seasonings with it (Chili Powder & Cumin).

Ok, so up to 5 days in advance, you can roast or grill your chicken!

Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on the chicken and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes (Or Grill it for 5-6 minutes on each side) until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it with 2 forks or with fingers. 

Chicken cooked and shredded for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Shred the cheese using the large hole side of your grater.  I really like to grate my own cheese because the pre-shredded cheese often has fillers in it to preserve and prevent it from melding together.  TIP: You can shred a bunch of cheese and FREEZE IT!  That way you always have it on hand for recipes where you will be melting it anyway!  Get more Freezer Hacks Here

Shredding Pepper Jack Cheese on a grater for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

 

COOK YOUR CHICKEN CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS

For a faster cooking process, preheat 1-2 large griddles or 2 large skillets. This way, you can get 3-4 (or more) quesadillas cooking at the same time.  Otherwise, you will just need to cook in batches, which is completely fine and uses less pans, but will take longer.

Lay out 8 tortillas on a flat surface (sheet pans, cutting board, plastic wrap, clean counter). Over each of the 8 tortillas, sprinkle a layer of PepperJack cheese. Then add shredded chicken. Last, sprinkle more Pepper Jack and a little Cheddar. Then top with the second tortilla.

Hand sprinkling cheese on tortillas for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

3 Tortillas assembled for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

To the preheated pans, brush on Olive Oil to the bottom and then immediately add a Quesadilla carefully transferring it from the flat surface to the pan using a large spatula. Cover the quesadilla(s) with a pan lid or aluminum foil so that the cheese starts to melt. Let cook for 3-4 minutes.

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla cooking in skillet. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla cooking in skillet covered. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

When you can see that the cheese has melted, using the large spatula, carefully flip each Quesadilla so that the other side can crisp up and the cheese can finish melting. (If you have to cook these in several batches, keep them in a 300F degree oven on a sheet pan or aluminum foil to stay warm and melty.)

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas cooked and cut on a sheet pan. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

When they are all cooked, Cut them into four triangles each, serve with your favorite toppings like salsa, sour cream, or guacamole, and enjoy! 

😍 Carrie

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be these incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadillas!  With crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor, they will become your new obsession.  I filled these with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.  The result?  An irresistible new dinner or appetizer idea.  #quesadillas #mexicanfood #tacos #enchiladas #familydinner #easydinner #busymom #chicken

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner, enchiladas, gluten free, Quesadillas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
If Cooking in 4 batches add 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Round Quesadillas
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 Corn Tortillas
  • 16 oz Chicken Breast
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on the chicken and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes (Or Grill it for 5-6 minutes on each side) until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it with 2 forks or with fingers.

    Chicken cooked and shredded for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  3. Shred the pepper jack and cheddar cheese using the large hole side of a Grater.  

    Shredding Pepper Jack Cheese on a grater for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Make your Quesadillas!

  1. For faster cooking, preheat 1-2 large griddles or as many skillets as you can fit.  This way, you can get 3-4 (or more) quesadillas cooking at the same time.

  2. Lay out 8 tortillas on a flat surface (sheet pans, cutting board, plastic wrap, clean counter).  Over each of the 8 tortillas, sprinkle a layer of PepperJack cheese.  Then add shredded chicken.  Last, sprinkle more Pepper Jack and a little Cheddar.  Then top with the second tortilla.

    Hand sprinkling cheese on tortillas for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  3. To the preheated pans, brush on Olive Oil to the bottom and then immediately add a Quesadilla carefully transferring it from the flat surface to the pan using a large spatula.  Cover the quesadilla(s) with a pan lid or aluminum foil so that the cheese starts to melt.  Let cook for 3-4 minutes.

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla cooking in skillet covered. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  4. When you can see that the cheese has melted, using the large spatula, carefully flip each Quesadilla so that the other side can crisp up and the cheese can finish melting (just 1-2 minutes).  (If you have to cook these in several batches, keep them in a 300F degree oven on a sheet pan or aluminum foil to stay warm and melty.)

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas cooked and cut on a sheet pan. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  5. When they are all cooked, Cut them into four triangles each, serve, and enjoy!  

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Recipe Notes

The recipe includes 8 round quesadillas, yielding 4 triangles each. 

  • As an appetizer, it has 16 servings of 2 triangles per serving
  • As a main dish,  it can serve 4-6 people