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I learned this recipe when I was 18 back in 1989 from a co-worker in Palm Springs. It was one of the first things I was able to cook for more than 4 people and not stress about it. I still think it needs more heat and the way you cook the chicken can make a big difference. I have tried marinating chicken in lime and chili then grilling it. I also tried frying it up with onions and jalepenos. Both came out good. If you are in a hurry, you can also buy one of those pre-cooked birds from the store and shred it.


  • 1-2 lb Cooked chicken breasts
  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 1 lb Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 2 cans Green chile enchilada sauce
  • 1 small can diced green peppers
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • 2 green onion stalks, diced
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
  • 2 Avocados, sliced
  • 24 Corn Tortillas


  • Dice or shred cooled chicken breast in a large bowl. Add enough sauce to coat the chicken and mix.
  • Add peppers, olives, cilantro and 12 oz of sour cream. Add 3/4 of each bag of cheese and mix. Taste the filling and add salt as necessary.
  • Heat remainder of the sauce in a shallow pan. Warm tortillas until soft on a griddle or extra pan. Dip each tortilla in the sauce until coated and add a couple tablespoons of the filling on top of the tortilla. Roll and place in a 13x9 baking dish. Repeat until the filling is gone, usually a couple of 13x9's.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the enchiladas.
  • Bake for 20 mins @ 350 degrees or until cheese is bubbly.
  • Serve 2-4 enchiladas per person garnished with a dallop of sour cream, sliced avocados and a cilantro sprig on top.

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