Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe has been floating around the recipe blogs. John absolutely loved them! If you don’t like sweet dishes you won’t like this. It is a mixture of sweet and spicy. They are so easy and really, really good. Definitely worth making!

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 8-10 flour tortillas, (I use the soft taco tortillas because they fit perfectly in the pan)
  • 1 pound Monterey jack cheese, shredded (4 cups)
  • 2 cups green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the honey (their tip: spray your measuring spoon with cooking spray before measuring out the honey), lime juice, chili powder and garlic powder together and toss with the shredded chicken. Let it marinate for 1/2 hour in a Ziploc bag.
  3. Spray a 9X13 pan and a 9X9 pan with cooking spray. Pour enough enchilada sauce on the bottom of each baking pan to create a thin layer on the bottom. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and a generous amount of shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas.
  4. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and any leftover chicken marinade (you might not need to use all of the enchilada sauce depending on how saucy you like yours). Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and top with reserved cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top. I served mine with sour cream, pico de gallo, cilantro lime rice and black beans.

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  1. Sounds way yummy! I have a couple of incredible salad recipes Casi gave me… Great chick food. I’d love to share… can I email them to you?

  2. You are my hero, not only making dinner on a regular basis (not a frequent occurrence at my house) but then taking a picture and blogging the recipe! I always think, where do these women find the time? And then I remember that I have thought that women who say they don’t have time to read are so silly. But I guess we just find the time for the things we love to do. But at least your love benefits your whole family!

  3. I made this dish for dinner last night and it was so GOOD! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This dinner is as yummy as it looks… I made it tonight and JD and I both LOVED it!

  5. I made this for dinner and it was amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. I found your blog today (subscribed) and made this tonight. We loved it! Can’t wait to try more of your great recipes.

  7. Just letting you know that I made these tonight……oh my where have they been all my life?!?!?

    They were so good, I loved them, hubby loved them and even the kiddies :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. I made these last night for dinner and got rave reviews from my hubby and tween! Making the Chicken Taco Soup tonight. Thanks for your great recipes! :)

  9. mmmmmmmm!!!I love it, I lived in Chile and my grandmother used to cook me some enchiladas, they were so delicious, I loved them!thanks for the recipe!!22dd

  10. I made these for Cinco de Mayo last night – they were unbelievable! My two children who usually don’t eat anything they don’t recognize (aka Kraft Mac and Cheese lovers) devoured them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I made these last night for my husband and myself. My husband is a chef, went to culinary school and everything. His comment was “Wow, these REALLY are GOOD!” and cleaned his plate 3 times! Really, everyone should try these.

  12. This was really good, but the honey overpowered the chicken. I could not taste the other spices or the lime. I used both corn and flour tortillas and I actually preferred the corn. Next time I will use less honey. But it was still really good.

    • This is what I was wondering too, I’ve never heard of honey enchiladas. But they looked good. I guess I’ll research some other recipes first and lower the honey amount or change the filling ingrediants to my taste. Thanks.

  13. AMAZING! This is SO yummy! My new favorite enchalada recipe! I add 3x the sauce, and I also use it just on plain chicken, and many other recipes! everyone always asks for the recipe. Thanks you!

  14. these were soo good! they turned out even better than i thought. i’m so glad i found this recipe on your blog!! thank you!

  15. These were delicious! A friend of mine made them for our families and they were a HUGE success.
    She didn’t have any cream, so she used cream of chicken…and they tasted just wonderful. Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. Fantastic. I used light sour cream instead of heavy cream and had to add some hot sauce and could have added more to offset the honey.

    Delicious!

  17. I made these yesterday for the 1st time! DELISH!!!! I put a few frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot with some chicken broth…cooked them on low for about 9 hrs…..then put the enchiladas together and baked them in the oven! They are amazing….will definitely be making these again and again!
    Thanks for sharing the recipie…love your blog :)

  18. These sound so good, where and what brand of green enchilada sauce do you use

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Cheryl,
      I emailed you but I just use Old El Paso. If you want them extra spicy you can use Salsa Verde instead of enchilada sauce.

  19. Absolutely to die for!! Loved loved loved. So happy I found this recipe and this wonderful site. Thanks Christy!!

  20. Thanks for sharing recipe! Delish!! One thing–mine were a little “soggy” on the bottom. Any suggestions?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You can definitely use less of the sauce on top and on bottom. I like mine on the wet side so I don’t mind.

      • These look great! Fresh squeezed lime juice or bottled?? Also, do you think I could substitute anything a bit lower fat for the heavy cream? Making these for my husband’s bday later this week. Thanks for sharing!! :)

        • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

          I definitely prefer fresh lime juice but in a pinch you could use bottled. You could definitely substitute half and half for the cream or cut down the amount. It’s very versatile.

          • Thanks for getting back to me! Now I have one more question, making for tonight. I cooked a bunch of bone in chx breasts to shred for chx noodle soup. Planned on using 1# of it for this, but just read recipe thru and see that this was supposed to marinade. I know, cardinal rule, read the recipe first… :) If I use the marinade in the sauce but use this plain boiled chicken, do you predict it would be good enough for a bday dinner for my hubby tonight, or should I start the chx step over with the marinade. Grr! Thanks!

          • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

            Sorry! It’s probably too late. The shredded chicken can still be marinated in the sauce. I’ve even just mixed the chicken with the marinade and then baked immediately and they were great.

  21. Kate, I substituted the heavy cream for plain Greek yogurt! It was delicious plus it’s extra protein.

  22. Having Honey Lime Chicken Enchilada’s for dinner tonight! The family loves them. I used my limes off my lime tree. Yum! Thanks for all the great recipes ❤

  23. Made the Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, It was great. Will definitely make it again. Plus there are few others I will tempted to try. God Bless.

  24. These were awesome.. Will be making again. Any way to put into freezer? If, so what would be shelf life?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You can definitely freeze these. I’m not an expert on the shelf life but I would say you could freeze up to a month.

  25. These are absolutely scrumptious! There’s something about the sweet and tangy combination that is irresistible! My husband is a tough one to please and pretty much only eats chicken…but I get a request for these at least once a month! Thanks Christy for the delicious recipe!

  26. I am making these for dinner tonight, excited to taste them! One thing I keep going back to re-read though, is the marinade portion. The chicken pretty much absorbed all the marinade I made, so I am a little worried that I am supposed to have extra and I don’t because I noticed further down in the recipe that it says to mix in the leftover marinade into the enchilada sauce and cream. Did anyone else experience this?

  27. These look ah-mazing! I love honey and lime together, yum!

  28. This was a big hit last night! Thanks for sharing your recipe.