Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe is layered with your favorite chicken enchilada fillings, and baked up with the most delicious homemade green enchilada sauce.

Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe with Green Enchilada Sauce

Alright, time to put that new green enchilada sauce recipe to use!

So many of you have made and loved my traditional (red) chicken enchilada casserole that I thought it would be fun to try out a verde (green) version this fall.  Similar to the original recipe, I layered it up with lots of corn tortillas, chicken, cheese, beans, and a huge skillet full of veggies.  But this time, I added in lots of poblano peppers and fresh spinach to make it extra verde.  Plus if you look closely, there’s an entire batch of green chile enchilada sauce layered in there as well.  And sure enough, just as I had hoped…

…it was verdelicious. ;)

This recipe also makes a very big batch, which makes this casserole perfect for feeding a crowd, or portioning out for meal planning for the week ahead, or even wrapping up to take to a friend in need — whatever your week may call for.  Enchiladas always have a way of hitting the spot.  So let’s get to it.

Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole Video

Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce Recipe

My Favorite Green Enchilada Sauce:

First, a quick word about this mean green enchilada sauce recipe.

As I shared last Friday, it’s my go-to recipe and a million times better than the stuff in the can.  Plus, it’s easy to make in about 15 minutes.  It’s naturally nice and mild (although it’s easy to make it spicier if you’d like).  It’s made with a canned green chile base (not tomatillos).  And it’s super delicious in this recipe.

That said, I also tried making this recipe with tomatillo salsa verde, which was delicious as well.  So if you’re in a hurry — or if you just really love tomatillos — feel free to opt for homemade or store-bought salsa verde instead.

Ingredients for Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole Ingredients:

The joy of enchilada casseroles is that they are super customizable when it comes to ingredients.  So feel free to sub/add in any of your favorite fillings here.  I like to use:

  • Cooked chicken: Either from baked chicken breasts recipe, or I often just shred a rotisserie chicken.
  • Veggies: The recipe below uses a quick blend of onion, poblano (or green bell) pepper, corn and fresh spinach.  But feel free to add any other favorite veggies to the sauté.
  • Beans: Two cans of your faves.  I used pinto beans for this version.
  • Enchilada sauce: Homemade or store-bought.
  • Corn tortillas: We’ll cut them in half, in order to help them layer a bit more evenly.
  • Shredded cheese: Any kind of Mexican blend, Monterrey Jack or Pepperjack will do.
  • Toppings: Chopped fresh cilantro, diced red onion, thinly-sliced green onion, diced avocado, sour cream, extra cheese…whatever sounds good to you.

How To Make A Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole

How To Make A Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

To make this chicken enchilada casserole, simply:

  1. Cook your filling: Sauté the onion and pepper until soft.  Then stir in the beans, corn, chicken and part of the green enchilada sauce until combined.  This will be your main filling.
  2. Stack your layers: In this order: enchilada sauce, tortillas, chicken filling, cheese, tortillas, chicken filling, cheese, tortillas, chicken, enchilada sauce and cheese.
  3. Bake: Covered for 20 minutes, then uncovered for another 10 until the cheese is melted.
  4. Garnish: Sprinkle on any of your desired toppings.  (I vote the more, the merrier for sure.)
  5. Serve warm: Or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.  (The leftovers are fantastic!)

Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Ways To Customize Your Casserole:

Looking to mix things up?  Feel free to:

  • use a different protein: cooked beef, pork, or shrimp would all be delicious in this recipe (or you could scratch adding meat and make this vegetarian)
  • add more veggies: as mentioned above, extra veggies/greens would be delicious in this recipe, either sautéed or roasted
  • nix the cheese: I’ve made this recipe dairy-free multiple times in the past, and didn’t even miss the cheese with all of the other great flavors/textures happening here

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Mexican Side Dish Ideas:

Let’s make this a meal!  Some classic Mexican recipes to go with this chicken enchilada bake could include:

Or as always, feel free to check out our Mexican recipe archives here on the blog for more inspiration.  Enjoy, everyone!

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Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Green Enchilada Sauce

Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

This Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe is layered with your favorite chicken enchilada fillings, and baked up with the most delicious homemade green enchilada sauce.  See suggestions above for how to customize your recipe to taste.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large poblano or green bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans beans, rinsed and drained (I used pinto)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cups (about 1.5 pounds) shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 3 cupgreen enchilada sauce (or you could substitute salsa verde)
  • 12 corn tortillas, halved
  • 3 cups shredded Monterrey Jack or Mexican blend cheese
  • toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, diced red onion, thinly-sliced green onion and/or diced avocado

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Mist a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion and pepper and sauté for 6-7 minutes, or until softened.  Stir in the beans, corn, spinach, chicken, and 2 cups enchilada sauce, and stir until evenly combined.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup of the remaining enchilada sauce in the baking dish, and spread until the bottom of the dish is evenly coated. Top with a layer of about 8 tortilla halves, so that the entire dish is covered. Top evenly with 1/3 of the chicken mixture, followed by 1/3 of the cheese.  Repeat with another layer of tortillas, chicken mixture, and cheese.  Followed by a final layer of tortillas, chicken mixture, the remaining 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, and cheese.
  4. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, then bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove pan and remove aluminum foil. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes, until the cheese is thoroughly melted.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve warm, garnished with your desired toppings.

Notes

*To make this recipe gluten-free, double check the labels of all ingredients to ensure that they are certified gluten-free.

Chicken Enchiladas Verdes Casserole from Gimme Some Oven

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23 comments on “Verde Chicken Enchilada Casserole”

  1. This casserole sounds great. I am a devotee of salsa verde – love the tomatillos – but will try this one with your enchilada sauce. That way it won’t taste like the casserole I make occasionally that uses salsa verde. I love seeing poblano peppers in this. They are much better tasting (to me) than bell peppers.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! This dish was a snap to prepare, and it was loved by the whole family (including 3 kids)! I followed the recipe exactly, just used Trader Joe’s Fresh Tomatillo Sauce instead of homemade. I also used your “Baked Chicken Breasts” recipe for the delicious chicken recipe. This yummy recipe is now added to my favs, thanks!!!

  3. What is the nutrition info on this recipe?

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! A definite 5 out of 5. This popped up on my news feed yesterday and I decided to make it today with some chicken breasts that were defrosting in the fridge. I added more spinach, fresh corn, no beans, whole poblano and used a jar of tomatillo salsa with shredded taco cheese mix. I forgot to add the foil to bake but it came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Love how this makes a big pan for leftovers! I’ve been all about eating more beans lately, so this is perfect! :)

  6. As I scrolled through this recipe, realizing I had EVERYTHING I needed to make it without doing additional shopping, it felt sort of how I imagine lottery winners feel as they’re checking numbers… I used your red enchilada sauce recipe because I’d just made it for something else (a huge batch, because why would you ever not want enchilada sauce), and I added a jalapeno to the bell peppers I put in.

    This. Was. Outstanding. My husband kept stopping mid-chew to tell me it was fantastic and I said “THAT’S BECAUSE ALI NEVER LETS US DOWN!!” I love that I can make it with things I already usually have in the kitchen, without needed a ton of time to put it together. Next time I’ll try it with the verde sauce instead!

    My only question is how you think it’d hold up if I made an extra casserole the next time and froze it. Thoughts?

  7. Has anyone tried this with ground chicken or turkey?

  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I lightened it up a bit by reducing the amount of oil, enchilada sauce, and cheese, and it still turned out really good. I was nervous about the lack of seasoning but the enchilada sauce was perfect. So comforting and filling. Will definitely make this again

  9. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this casserole! I popped frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot, shredded it, then added it to the recipe. Also, used Herdez jarred salsa verde due to time constraints. Turned out great! Def will be adding to the rotation!

  10. 5 stars
    Made this last week and LOVED it! Great flavor and pretty simple to prepare. This recipe is going to be added to my rotation.

  11. Can this be frozen? I want to take it to a friend who is having a baby but am not sure if it would freeze well.

  12. Do you have any reason to think this wouldn’t freeze well? Seems like something I could assemble then just thaw and bake until hot all the way through. Maybe I’m wrong?

  13. 5 stars
    Another winner! I made this for tonight’s dinner and it was delicious. I used shredded chicken, black and pinto beans, Hatch green enchilada sauce and since my nutcase husband doesn’t like corn tortillas, organic flour tortillas.. and threw in some sliced black olives and a little zucchini (sauteed with the poblano and onion) for good measure. I was afraid “12 servings” would be too much for two people … but I think not! I love these recipes that can be mixed up with endless combinations. Next time I’ll try making the homemade green enchilada sauce, but in a pinch, the Hatch was fine. YUM**2!!!

  14. Can you freeze this recipe either before it goes in the oven or after it is baked?

  15. 5 stars
    We loved this casserole¡ It was a quick, easy, and a delicious weeknight meal. We will definitely be adding this to the line-up! The only thing I did differently, was to toast/roast the corn tortillas in a very hot skillet beforehand. I don’t enjoy soggy corn tortillas in a casserole. I do believe this helped.
    Has anyone tried to roast the poblano before tossing it in?

  16. Could you use flour tortillas in a pinch?

  17. This looks delicious. Could you freeze leftovers? If so what is the best way to reheat? Thanks!

  18. 5 stars
    This is delicious! My hubby doesn’t really like casseroles and mexican is not his favorite but he loved this!!!

  19. 3 stars
    Overall good recipe. Couple changes: more chicken, less beans and corn, smaller deeper pan. Salsa verde works fine. Topping suggestions are great.

  20. Holy cow …. the green enchilada sauce is the best. So much better than a tomatillo-based sauce. I will never make salsa verde for any green enchilada dish again. Can’t wait to make the rest of the casserole.

  21. Can you assemble this the night before baking or will it make the corn tortillas soggy?

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and pretty darn easy to make. Family is loving it!!!! Thank you, Ali.

  23. Thank you Ali,
    I’m retired and need help now and then with recipes that are not for the smoker or grill.
    A little crema on top and it was fantastic.
    Kudos from Oconee county GA