Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas—chicken is cooked in a green chile sauce in your Instant Pot. Then it’s chopped and rolled up in a tortilla with cheese and smothered with more enchilada sauce.
Slow cooker instructions are listed in the recipe card below.
Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Each week in 2020 I’m sharing a recipe inspired by one of the 50 states. So far I’ve covered Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa and Alaska. Today’s recipe is inspired by the Land of Enchantment–New Mexico. (If you want to see all the “state recipes” listed in one place you can go here).
When I think of New Mexico I think of the four corners, the Santa Fe song sung by Christian Bale in Newsies, Carlsbad Caverns and the license plates with green and red chiles on them that state New Mexico is the “chile capital of the world.”
According to Wikipedia, “New Mexico chile is the defining ingredient of New Mexican food. Chile is New Mexico’s largest agricultural crop. Within New Mexico, green chile is also popular in non-New Mexican cuisines including Mexican-style food and American food like cheeseburgers, french fries, bagels, and pizza.”
So of course I had to use green chile in New Mexico’s recipe! I’m sure New Mexicans will probably state that using fresh green chilies is the best choice. But for sake of ease and what I can actually access right now at my grocery store I used canned hatch green chilies.
I love all things green chile so of course I loved the green chile sauce covering the cheesy enchilada with chunks of chicken. This kind of meal is totally my jam.
My recipe cooks the chicken and sauce in the Instant Pot and then utilizes the oven to bake the enchiladas. If you’re just wanting chicken with a green chile sauce you can do it all in the Instant Pot. This might be a good choice for someone wanting to eat lower carb. I hope you enjoy these enchiladas as much as I did.
More Green Chile Recipes…
Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Orzo Soup
Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup
Instant Pot Mac And Cheese With Green Chiles
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Instant Pot Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes in the Instant Pot and 20 minutes in the oven
- Total Time: 59 minute
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
Chicken is cooked in a green chile sauce in your Instant Pot. Then it’s chopped and rolled up in a tortilla with cheese and smothered with more enchilada sauce.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 (4 oz) cans diced hatch green chilies
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin, divided
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp flour
- Flour or corn tortillas (I used whole wheat tortillas)
- 2 cups grated pepper jack cheese or monterey jack cheese
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil and swirl it around. Add in the onion. Saute for about 4 minutes then add in the garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Deglaze the pot with the chicken broth. Then turn off the saute setting.
- Add in the green chiles. Add in the chicken in one layer. Then lightly salt and pepper the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with oregano and 1 tsp of the cumin.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 12 minutes for thawed chicken or 15 minutes for frozen chicken. When the time is up let the pot sit for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Use tongs to place the chicken on a cutting board. Use a stick blender to blend the sauce until smooth or you can pour the sauce into a blender and blend until smooth. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add the remaining ½ tsp of cumin and ½ tsp of kosher salt into the Instant Pot. In a small bowl stir together a few tablespoons of the sauce in the Instant Pot with the flour. Whisk it until it’s smooth. Then stir the flour mixture into the Instant Pot. The boiling liquid will thicken in a few minutes.
- As the sauce is thickening chop up the chicken. I like to use this tool to chop chicken.
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Once the sauce has thickened turn off the Instant Pot. Pour about 1/3 cup of the sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. If using corn tortillas warm them up in the microwave for 60 seconds until pliable. Add 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of chicken to the center of each tortilla (depending on how big they are). Then sprinkle 1-2 Tbsp of cheese on top of the chicken. Drizzle 1 Tbsp of the sauce in the middle of each tortilla. Roll up the tortillas and place them seam side down into the pan. Pour the rest of the sauce over the top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can make this in the 8 quart or 3 quart with no changes.
To make in the slow cooker: Saute onions and garlic in the oil on your stove. Then add to your slow cooker. Add in the chicken broth, green chilies, chicken, oregano, 1 tsp of cumin and 2 Tbsp of flour. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Use tongs to place the chicken on a cutting board. Add the remaining ½ tsp of cumin and ½ tsp of kosher salt into the slow cooker. Blend the sauce in your slow cooker, either with a stick blender or in a standing blender. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Pour about 1/3 cup of the sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. If using corn tortillas warm them up in the microwave for 60 seconds until pliable. Add 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of chicken to the center of each tortilla (depending on how big they are). Then sprinkle 1-2 Tbsp of cheese on top of the chicken. Drizzle 1 Tbsp of the sauce Roll up the tortillas and place them seam side down into the pan. Pour the rest of the sauce over the top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Instant Pot
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Amazing recipe!! I was just trying to find something I could make quickly in the IP! Boy am I glad I found this recipe!! It’s definitely going in the rotation!! Thanks for sharing!!
Yay! I’m so glad you found it and loved it!
Are there any veggies I could add? Maybe corn and zucchini and maybe spinach?
All of those ideas sound fantastic to me.
Jessica- I’m from New Mexico and one dish I love to make in the summer is clabacitas. It is a mixture of corn, zucchini, sometimes yellow squash, onions, and green chile. I believe that I’ve seen some restaurants serve calabacitas enchiladas. I would use equal parts of corn, zucchini, and onion, saute in some olive oil, add green chile to taste and roll up in the tortillas, topping with cheese and some green chile sauce.
HANDS DOWN THE BEST!
I come back time and time again for this recipe. I never alter it, as it’s perfect how it is! My family craves “my” enchiladas, but I give you credit every time 🙂 thanks for being a family favorite!
Ahhhh! Thanks Kimberly! I am so glad you and your family enjoy this recipe! Thanks for the 5 stars.
This sauce is to die for and the chicken is so tender! My family loves it. I had a minor problem with my tortillas. I used flour tortillas and they came out soggy. So, the next time I made this I served it over rice with tortillas on the side. It was delicious! Tonight I’m going to try using corn tortillas and see what happens. Wish me luck!
Good idea! Hopefully you like the corn tortillas!
Can you tell me approximately how many chicken breasts equals 1-1/2 pounds? I buy the huge bag of them frozen at Costco and so I have no clue how much chicken to use. Would it be about 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts?
Well the chicken breasts that I buy from costco are really large and I would use about 2 for 1.5 pounds
Sarah Mates says
Hi Karen, at what step could I add black beans? Making this for my husband who’s from Aguascalientes tonight! Appreciate your recipes when I’m worn out with our 3yr old. Thankyou, Sarah
Hi Sarah, I would drain the canned beans. Then when you are filling the enchiladas in step 7 add a few tablespoons of beans to each enchilada.
Thoughts on making chicken and sauce ahead, freezing separately, and then thawing for assembly?
Heck yes. That would be amazing.
Hi Karen! Made these last night and between my husband, my son and myself, we almost polished off the entire pan!! So delicious! I Couldn’t get enough of the sauce, so I was wondering if it would be possible to double the sauce while cooking or if that would best be done in a separate batch and then frozen for a future dinner? Thanks so much!
Yes doubling it would be just fine! I like that idea! 2 for the price of 1!
I made these for dinner last night. They were amazing. We are adding it to the rotation. An easy meal and restaurant quality! Btw, I shredded the chicken rather than chopped but otherwise made as written.
Yay! So glad that you liked them!
Jessica Touchard says
Hi Karen! I have some leftover green chili from a restaurant…do you think I could use that and the same time for the chicken or will I need to adjust? I have at least 2 cups.
Yes you could do that. Sounds amazing!
Is this recipe too spicy for toddlers?
This tastes awesome! And, very easy to make! My husband said it was “restaurant quality” and my college aged son is ready to take an entire pan back to school with him! Thank you! This will be a regular on my rotation!
Yay! And those college boys can eat, can’t they?!
Thank you for sharing a little bit of my home state. There is nothing better than Hatch green chile and in the fall when the street vendors are roasting them along side the road, the smell is divine!
Yum, I want to come!
You are SO right about roasting green chile peppers! Whether the grocery store, street vendor or in your backyard the aroma is beyond awesome. We spent our time in Roswell and an marvelous ranch in Hope. Hatch Green Chiles are like a warm hug for your tummy! 🙂 Love that Karen shared her Instant Pot recipe! So much easier and quicker than traditional method.
Awsum!! Got my hatch green chile from chiletradions.com can’t beat food from New Mexico!!!
Thanks Ken! I’ll check out that website 🙂
Vickie Buck says
I ordered the chopper/scraper you use from Amazon. Looked like a good idea especially for chopping chicken. Delivery on April 21! Have never had a delivery for anything from Amazon take that long.
Right?! It’s crazy because they are trying to keep up with all the orders and it’s taking so much longer than normal.