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Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas

Make these skinny green chicken enchiladas with only 309 calories per serving. This is an easy recipe for chicken enchiladas with green sauce. 
 
skinny green chicken enchiladas
 
 
 
If you are like me you love Mexican Food, just about all Mexican food.  I mean spicy sauces, melted cheese, flour or corn tortillas and fresh toppings rock my world.   But since I am trying to eat a little healthier I needed rework some of my favorite Mexican dishes.   
 
Low calorie Chicken Enchiladas
 
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There are several changes one can make to enjoy great Mexican food and still watch those calories.  And just a few changes can really make a difference.  For instance high fat fillings contribute to extra calories and extra cheese does the same.  But one of the most contributing factors is over indulgence.    I would never point fingers without pointing them at myself first.  Yes, I have been know on several occasions to pile that plate high with all my favorite foodies.  I mean who can resist?  But I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to trick myself into eating a little more healthy. 
For instance I love  green chicken enchiladas to cut out some of those calories.  But can I get those flavors I love but cut down on the calories?  Yep we can and we did. 
These skinny green chicken enchiladas contains white chicken breast, low fat cheese and lower calorie corn tortillas.  All that great flavor we love but without the guilt.  And we pair it with a flavorful green salad.   And to help you and I stay on track this can be a make ahead casserole dish for those busy weeknight dinners.  
 

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas Calories:

  • Two corn tortillas are only 90 calories
  • 1/4 cup of chicken breast is about 60 calories
  • Less than 20 calories low fat cheese per enchilada in this recipe
  • Less than 50 calories in each 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce.
  •  A little more than 300 calories for a serving of two enchiladas using this recipe
 

How to make Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas:

Scroll down for the printable recipe

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 28oz can of green enchilada sauce
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of low fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • sliced black olives
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Tomatoes, chopped
 
Instructions:
 
 
Cooking jalapeños in cast iron pan
 
 
 Heat your oven to 350° F.  Spray a large skillet or dutch oven with a cooking spray and add the chopped jalapeño. 
 
 
Cooked chopped jalapeños
 
  Sauté the jalapeños over medium high heat until tender and slightly charred. 
 
chicken breast and onions cooking in skillet
 
Add the shredded chicken breast to the skillet and about 3 of the chopped green onions (save the last one for garnish).  Stir to combine.

 

Chicken breast with enchilada sauce

 

Add about 1 cup of the enchilada sauce to the chicken breast mixture and heat.

 

green enchilada sauce

 
Pour the remaining enchilada sauce in a separate saucepan and heat.  Dip a corn tortilla into the heated sauce just long enough to heat up the tortilla but not long enough for it to crumble.  
 
stuffing skinny chicken enchiladas with chicken breast

 

Place the sauce covered heated tortilla on the bottom on a 8 X 8 baking dish.  Spoon about 1/8 of the chicken mixture onto the center of the tortilla and roll up.   Normally one would also add additional cheese at this point but since we are cutting out calories we are not. 

 

Pan of Chicken Enchiladas with cheese

 

Repeat with the rest of the tortillas then pour the remaining sauce over the rolled enchiladas.   Sprinkle the top of the skinny chicken enchiladas with cover with foil.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted. 
 
 
recipe for chicken enchiladas with green sauce
 
 
Remove from oven and serve with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, chopped onions and avocado.   This recipe serves 4 people with 2 enchiladas each.   We made a few healthier changes to make these skinny Chicken Green Enchiladas.  This recipe for chicken enchiladas with green sauce have all that great flavor you love but without the guilt. 
 

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Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas

We made a few healthier changes to make these skinny Chicken Green Enchiladas. These low calorie enchiladas have all that great flavor you love but without the guilt.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: #Green Chicken Enchiladas, skinny chicken enchiladas, Skinny enchiladas, Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas
Servings: 4
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Evelyn

Equipment

  • 8 X 8 baking dish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350° F. Spray a large skillet or dutch oven with a cooking spray and add the chopped jalapeño
  • Sauté the jalapeños over medium high heat until tender and slightly charred.
  • Add the shredded chicken breast to the skillet and about 3 of the chopped green onions (save the last one for garnish). Stir to combine.
  • Add about 1 cup of the enchilada sauce to the chicken breast mixture and heat.
  • Pour the remaining enchilada sauce in a separate saucepan and heat. Dip a corn tortilla into the heated sauce just long enough to heat up the tortilla but not long enough for it to crumble.
  • Place the sauce covered heated tortilla on the bottom on a 8 X 8 baking dish. Spoon about 1/8 of the chicken mixture onto the center of the tortilla and roll up. Normally one would also add additional cheese at this point but since we are cutting out calories we are not.
  • Repeat with the rest of the tortillas then pour the remaining sauce over the rolled enchiladas. Sprinkle the top of the skinny chicken enchiladas with cover with foil. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, chopped onions and avocado.

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg



 

 

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KC the Kitchen Chopper

Friday 19th of September 2014

Now I wish I wasn't going out to dinner tonight. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas would be on the menu. There's always tomorrow. YUM. Pinned

Diane Roark

Friday 7th of February 2014

I am featuring this delicious looking chicken recipe today at http://recipesforourdailybread.com/2014/02/07/featured-chicken-recipes-from/

Blessings,Diane Roark

Diane Roark

Saturday 1st of February 2014

I love that these Chicken Enchiladas have are healthier. I pinned it! Thanks so much for stopping by Saturday Dishes and linking up. Blessings,Diane Roarkwww.recipesforourdailybread.com

Joy

Monday 15th of July 2013

Hi, Evelyn! It was fun to see you (and those yummy Green Chicken Enchiladas!!!) at the Texas Women Bloggers Sweet Tea Social! :)

Love, JoyYesterfood

Joanne DiPalo

Sunday 5th of May 2013

Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday Cinco de Mayo. Hope you can stop by to vote for your favorite recipe.

Joanne/Winelady Cooks