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posted August 31, 2022

Smoked Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

These smoked green chile chicken enchiladas are the ultimate creamy chicken enchiladas with a kiss of smoky flavor. From the spiced and smoked chicken to the rich and cheesy filling, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Smoked green chile chicken enchiladas in a large serving dish with text overlay - Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas on the Smoker

These chicken enchiladas have been a family favorite for quite some time now. The kids and adults both love them, and they’re a great dinner to add to my weekly meal plan. They also serve a full family, ensuring that everyone gets nice and full at the end of dinnertime.

These green chile chicken enchiladas are cooked on the smoker, but you can also cook these in your oven if you desire. As I mentioned, the name of the game for these is that they are straightforward and EASY, so feel free to cook them wherever works best for you.

To keep things simple, you can smoke the enchiladas at the same temperature you cooked your chicken (275 degrees F) for extra yummy smoky flavor. If you go this route, you’ll want to broil your pan in the oven for a minute or two to crisp up the top of your cheese. And if you really want to save on time, you can make these enchiladas with leftover chicken!

Seasoned chicken thighs on the grill grates of a smoker.

Ingredients for Smoked Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

The awesome thing about these enchiladas is that they don’t require too many ingredients, and they’re relatively easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe.

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Fiesta Rub
  • 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 28-ounce can green enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can diced green chiles

My favorite brand of enchilada sauce is Las Palmas. (This recommendation is not sponsored or anything, I’ve just tried them all, and I feel this one is the best). I buy the medium spice and all my kids eat it happily, but if you’re super nervous about the heat, go for mild.

Fiesta Rub can be purchased directly from the Hey Grill Hey Store. If you don’t have any on hand when you a ready to make this recipe, you can make a similar seasoning using my recipe for Homemade Fiesta Rub.

Chicken, cheeses, and green chiles in a mixing bowl.

How to Make Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Once you have all your ingredients assembled, you’re ready to make these chicken enchiladas! Here’s how to make green chile chicken enchiladas.

  1. Season the chicken. Season the chicken on all sides with Hey Grill Hey Fiesta Rub.
  2. Cook the chicken. With your smoker (or oven) preheated to 275 degrees F, place the chicken on the grates, close the lid, and smoke for around 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F as read by an instant-read meat thermometer.
  3. Make the chicken filling. Place the chicken and filling ingredients (scroll to the printable recipe card below for a full list and ingredient amounts) in a bowl and mix to combine and shred the chicken.
  4. Make the enchiladas. Pour 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon 1/3 cup of chicken filling into each tortilla, roll tightly, and place it seam side down into the enchilada sauce in the baking dish. Repeat for all 10 enchiladas. Top with remaining sauce and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  5. Cook the enchiladas. Place the enchiladas back on the smoker and bake for 1 hour or until the cheese is melted. For crispier cheese, place the enchiladas in the oven under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve. Dish up! I like to serve these green chile chicken enchiladas with sour cream, cilantro, and fresh lime wedges.

Quick note: You can cook the whole dish in the oven if you prefer preheated to the same temperature. It’ll still taste great, you’ll just miss the smoky flavor.

Green chile chicken enchiladas in a 9x13 baking dish on the smoker.

Tips for Making Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Before you dive into making these enchiladas, I’ve added a few fun tips for you to help you make the best-tasting green chile chicken enchiladas around!

  • Buy the soft taco sized flour tortillas. They hold the perfect amount of filling and fit beautifully in a 9×13 pan.
  • Use a hand mixer. Shred your chicken and mix your filling ingredients in seconds by using the low-speed setting on your electric hand mixer to blend everything together. Just take care that you don’t mix it for too long and break your chicken down too far.
  • Roast the chiles from scratch. If it’s hatch green chile season, you can roast two whole chiles over direct flame, scrape the skin and seeds and dice them up to use in place of the can of green chiles.

Smoked green chile chicken enchiladas in a large serving dish garnished with cilantro.

More Mexican-Inspired BBQ Recipes

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Smoked Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Recipe

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Smoked green chile chicken enchiladas in a large serving dish garnished with cilantro.

Smoked Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Susie Bulloch
These smoked green chile chicken enchiladas are the ultimate creamy chicken enchiladas with a kiss of smoky flavor. From the spiced and smoked chicken to the rich and cheesy filling, you'll keep coming back for more.
Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time : 2 hrs
Total Time : 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings : 8 people
Calories : 512kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Fiesta Rub (divided use, recipe in notes section)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese (divided use)
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 28-ounce can green enchilada sauce (divided use)
  • 10 soft taco flour tortillas

Instructions

  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F.
  • Season. Season the chicken on all sides with 2 Tablespoons of the Hey Grill Hey Fiesta Rub.
  • Smoke the chicken. Place the seasoned chicken directly on the grates, close the lid, and smoke for approximately 30-45 minutes, or until the chicken thighs read 165 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the smoker to a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix ingredients with chicken. To the bowl of chicken, add the cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup shredded cheese, diced green chiles, and about 8 ounces of the enchilada sauce. Use a hand mixer to shred the chicken and combine the filling ingredients.
  • Make the chicken enchiladas. Pour 1/2 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the filling mixture into each tortilla, roll tightly, and place each enchilada seam side down in the baking dish. You'll have to squeeze, but you should be able to fit all 10 enchiladas in the dish and use all of your filling.
  • Add cheese and sauce. Top the rolled enchiladas with the remaining sauce and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  • Smoke the enchiladas. Return your enchiladas to the smoker and cook for about 1 hour, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly. If you want your cheese to crisp and brown, place it in your oven under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Watch closely!
  • Enjoy. Remove the enchiladas from the smoker (or oven). Serve them with sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges.

Notes

Fiesta Rub

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 961IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 3mg
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