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instant pot creamy chicken enchiladas in baking dish with shredded cheese and cilantro
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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are made with shredded salsa verde chicken, cheese and cream cheese. An easy chicken enchilada recipe the family will love!
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken enchiladas, instant pot creamy chicken enchiladas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 399kcal
Author Dee


for the chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • .5 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • .5 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 16 ounce jar salsa verde ( I use Herdez)

for the enchiladas

  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 12 medium flour tortillas
  • 6 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese (optional)
  • extra salsa verde (optional)


  • Add the olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot, and add the chicken
  • Season the chicken with the sea salt, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper
  • Pour the salsa verde over chicken, and mix slightly to make sure chicken is evenly covered
  • Place lid on Instant Pot, set sealing valve to SEALING position, and hit PRESSURE COOK, or manual, for 10 minutes. (Pot will say ON as it comes to pressure, then begin counting down at 10 minutes)
  • After 10 minutes of cooking, do a natural release for 10 minutes, then hit CANCEL and do a quick release until pin drops
  • Open pot, and remove chicken to a large bowl. Pour the cooking liquid into another bowl.  Use a hand mixer to shred the chicken slightly. You want the chicken cut into small chunks instead of finely shredded. Or shred with 2 forks.
  • Mix the cream cheese into the chicken

for the enchiladas

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place a tortilla on a plate, and brush or spread about 2 teaspoons cooking liquid onto tortilla
  • Place about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of cooking liquid into a greased baking dish (casserole pan)
  • Place about 1/4 cup of chicken in a line in center of tortilla, and top with some shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Roll one end of tortilla over the filling, and form enchilada. Place enchilada, seam side down, into baking dish. Repeat process until all tortillas are made, and pans are full
  • Spread about 2 cups of cooking liquid over enchiladas, and sprinkle 1 cup of monterey jack cheese over enchiladas
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until enchiladas are heated through and bubbly, then add Mexican blend cheese or more monterey jack cheese, if desired, and bake until cheese is melted 
  • Remove from oven, and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving -- This makes it easier to remove from the dish


Recipe was made using 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker, but an 8 quart can be used without changing amounts or cooking time.
Makes enough for 12 enchiladas -- divide cooking liquid between 2 pans, but you can make 6 at a time and refrigerate or freeze the rest for later or use chicken for another recipe.
Use as much cheese as you want and additional salsa verde if you prefer.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 376mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 459mg | Iron: 1.8mg