Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas


These Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas are some seriously delicious, restaurant-quality enchiladas.  This is my husband’s favorite meal I have ever made.

These Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas are some seriously delicious, restaurant-quality enchiladas.

I definitely have a thing for Mexican food, but unfortunately, there really are no great Mexican restaurants here in upstate New York.  For the most part, the Mexican restaurants here just don’t compare at all to the food I have had in other parts of the country.  So far, the best Mexican restaurant I have eaten at is Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Orlando, Florida.  That place was a goldmine of deliciousness!   Mr. Wishes has been traveling regularly to Miami for work lately and has been raving about Talavera in Coral Gables.  I look forward to trying this new Mexican cuisine experience in the near future, since he is taking me with him on his next trip down to Miami in a couple of weeks!  Like I said though, the Mexican cuisine here in Upstate New York just isn’t the same.  So, when I want some top-notch, tasty, non-greasy Mexican food that doesn’t leave my stomach with regrets….I just have to make it myself.  Mr. Wishes is a huge fan of chicken enchiladas so I thought I would give these a whirl.  These are by far the best chicken enchiladas that I have ever had.  Mr. Wishes feels the same way, saying that the hint of sweetness in the filling set these apart from any enchilada he has ever come across.  This is one of those meals that I can see myself making again and again….. they are that good.

Try them out, maybe even make them for a group, and go have yourself a fiesta.  You and the lucky individual(s) you serve these to will indulge in every bite.

These would also be a perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  Just serve with a side of chips and guacamole and maybe a margarita…or two 🙂

The pictures don’t do them justice.

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
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Serves: 8
These Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas are some seriously delicious, restaurant-quality enchiladas. This is my husband's favorite meal I have ever made.
Marinade (4 ingredients directly below):
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice (1 large lime)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Everything else:
  • 1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 8-10 flour tortillas
  • ¾ pound monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 16 ounces green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. Whisk the first 4 ingredients and toss with shredded chicken in zip-loc bag.
  2. Let it marinate for at least a ½ hour, preferably a half day or so.
  3. Pour about ½ cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of 9 x 13 pan.
  4. Fill tortillas with chicken, saving marinade, and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas.
  5. Put tortillas in 9 x 13 pan as you go.
  6. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade (if there is any).
  7. Pour sauce on top of enchiladas.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, until brown and crispy on top.
  10. Serve with a side of rice, beans or chips and gaucamole!
*This is a great recipe to make as a freezer meal - put into two 8 x 8 pans. Bake 1 pan for dinner now; freeze the other pan. Pull it out and bake when you need a meal in a hurry!


Recipe Source:  adapted from dinneronadime.blogspot.com

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15 Responses to “Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas”

  1. February 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    These sound delicious! I never turn down anything that uses heavy cream hehe

  2. February 19, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

    Looks like a great twist on an old classic!

  3. February 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM #

    Now this is a terrific idea! I love the sweetness of the honey and tartness of the limes. Mexican is some of my favorite food in the world, and alas our options are limited in my small Montana town too. We will definitely be making these soon. Yum!

    • February 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM #

      Thanks for the nice comment! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

  4. Patti
    March 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM #

    I will definitely try this, looks so delicious!

  5. March 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM #

    Oh goodness, no wonder they’re your hubby’s favorite with 1 cup of cream! Who wouldn’t love these.

    • March 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM #

      I know!! So true!! 🙂

  6. Christine Bryant
    March 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM #

    saw the link to this Honey Lime version recipe- got it from your Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas post today.
    Question- do you use a particular green enchilada sauce you like and use for this recipe?

    Thanks, do enjoy your web site!

    • March 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

      Hi Christine! Thank you so much for reading my blog! I use Old El Paso mild green chili enchilada sauce! Hope that helps 🙂

  7. Katy
    August 31, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

    Made these two weeks ago after making the sour cream enchiladas. My husband loved these, raved about these, couldn’t get enough of these! My kids were bigger fans of the sour cream version, but I like to make what my husband will eat since he is more picky than my babes 😉
    Making for the second time tonight. Thanks for a great enchilada recipe!!

    • August 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM #

      Katy, I’m so glad to hear this!! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment!!


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