I LOVE Mexican food. Very little can beat a good plate of enchiladas and a swirl. However, neither of those usually go hand in hand with a healthy dinner. So this week I saw Chicken Enchiladas from Muscle and Fitness which got me thinking that I should try making light chicken enchiladas. Hubby wasn’t exactly sold but humored me and he ended up really enjoying them. I ended up pulling from a bunch of different recipes in order to make it “clean” but still tasty. You could easily prep the chicken and veggies a couple days early to make this a quick meal to cook.
- 1 can Verde Salsa (or make it yourself! We just couldn’t find tomatillos at the commissary here)
- white corn tortillas (GF side note, these generally roll easier than yellow corn)
- 2 chicken breast
- 1 small green pepper
- 1 can green chiles (3 oz)
- 1 small white onion
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tbs fresh cilantro
- 1 lime
- 1 small tomato
- Scallions to garnish (optional)
- Approx. 1/2 tbs cumin
- Approx 1/2 tbs black pepper
- Shredded low fat cheese to top (I used pepper jack and then a touch of cheddar)
- Canola Oil
- Preheat oven to 350
- Season the chicken with pepper (to taste) and cook on stove top. Set aside to cool.
- Dice the green pepper, onion, cilantro and garlic. Juice 1/2 the lime and toss veggies in the juice.
- Sautee the veggie mix in canola oil until peppers begin to soften.
- While the veggies cook, shred the chicken and toss with pepper and cumin.
- Add diced tomato, green chiles, and chicken to the skillet. Turn heat to low and cover while you prepare the tortillas.
- Warm up the tortillas (easiest way: put desired amount on plate, cover with a wet paper-towel and microwave) so they are easier to roll
- Dip tortillas in the enchilada verde sauce and fill with desired amount of filling
- Place, rolled, enchiladas in a baking dish. Top with enchilada sauce and cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 12-15 min
Yum! I served it with brown rice and black beans that I put the rest of the lime juice in. I also put just enough cheese to melt a bit on each, hubby added more to his. Obviously based on your taste and health goals, use your discretion for how much you want 🙂 Or if you’re looking for lower carb, just skip the tortillas and serve with roasted zucchini.