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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies – similar to your favorite enchiladas suizas or enchiladas verdes. Cream cheese is blended with chicken, green chiles and shredded cheese to create a creamy filling. Wrapped in flaky pastry crust, they form the perfect hand held bite!

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies! Flavorful filling of cream cheese, chicken and green chiles similar to enchiladas suizas or enchiladas verdes! | Kitchen Gidget

You may have seen my recent recipe for Taco Hand Pies. Well, they were a huge success, but I actually had these Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies in mind when I set out to create a pie. I love enchiladas, but I’m not a huge fan of all the steps that go into them – frying, dipping, filling, rolling, saucing, etc. (That’s why I love my Enchilada Casserole!)

So I condensed it down to a filling that captures the essence of green chile chicken enchiladas. It’s creamy, cheesy, bright and flavorful. Diced green chiles are magnificent little vegetables that really need to be used more often! They punch up the flavor without making it spicy-hot.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies! Flavorful filling of cream cheese, chicken and green chiles similar to enchiladas suizas or enchiladas verdes! | Kitchen Gidget

Let’s talk pie crust for a minute. If you’re a pie crust wiz, by all means make your own. I use store-bought pie crust in this recipe for two reasons:

Number 1: it’s convenient. Sooo much easier to just roll out, cut and bake. It cuts down on prep time by at least 15 minutes.

Number 2: I haven’t mastered the perfect from-scratch pie crust yet. I grew up watching my dad make his famous oil-based crust (versus using butter or shortening), but mine never turns out like his. I will have to keep practicing, but until then I rely on pre-made dough, which tastes pretty great in my opinion.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies! Flavorful filling of cream cheese, chicken and green chiles similar to enchiladas suizas or enchiladas verdes! | Kitchen Gidget

Whatever route you choose, I hope you enjoy these green chile chicken enchilada pies. My husband declared them better than the beef and bean taco pies. I’d love to hear which is your favorite!

~ Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies ~

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies! Flavorful filling of cream cheese, chicken and green chiles similar to enchiladas suizas or enchiladas verdes! | Kitchen Gidget

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Hand Pies

Yield: about 13
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Your favorite enchiladas in portable form! Flaky pie crust is filled with cream cheese, chicken, green chiles and more cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (4.5oz) chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (about 2 small breasts, 4oz each)
  • 1 cup (4oz) shredded cheese (Monterey, cheddar or colby)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package double crust pie (or 2 homemade pie crusts)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, green chiles, chicken and shredded cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Roll out pie crusts and cut into circles (I used a 5 1/4 inch round). Fill with cream cheese mixture (I used about 3 tablespoons) and fold pastry in half. Seal by crimping with your fingers or a fork.
  • Brush pies with egg and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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    Sam

    Saturday 10th of November 2018

    Do these reheat well, say perhaps the next day? Would love to do them as an appetizer for thanksgiving but be able to make them the night before.

    Rebekah

    Saturday 10th of November 2018

    Yes we enjoy them reheated as well. Just pop in the oven until warmed!

    Cathy B

    Tuesday 21st of August 2018

    I used puff pastry and they were awesome! My husband can’t stop raving about them! Thank you ☺️

    Rebekah

    Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

    Thanks for letting me know! My husband is crazy about them too :-)

    Martha

    Saturday 10th of March 2018

    This recipe makes 13?

    Rebekah

    Saturday 10th of March 2018

    Hi Martha, it depends on the size you make them, but that's how many I got. They were approximately 5 inch circles. I think I used an empty 28oz can of tomatoes as my cutter.

    Cindy

    Monday 18th of September 2017

    Do these freeze well?

    Rebekah

    Monday 18th of September 2017

    Hi Cindy, I haven't tried freezing these ones (they never last long enough). I *think* they would be fine, but can't say for sure. If you try, please let us know the results!

    Eva

    Thursday 24th of August 2017

    These sound delicious. I haven't tried them yet, but when I do, I think i'll use some roasted and chopped poblano chili's in the filling ( just cause I love their flavor).

    Rebekah

    Thursday 24th of August 2017

    Ooh great idea, I love poblanos too!