Looking for an easy way to use up your pantry staples? Introducing our Easy Chicken Enchiladas! Using some shredded chicken and cheese, a few dried herbs and some canned goods, you can create a delicious family style meal for a cozy night in. This healthy spin on a Mexican classic is sure to become a top pick on your healthy household menu.
How to Make Chicken Enchiladas
Our nutrition experts and recipe developers here at The Leaf Weight Loss Blog know that you need convenient, nutritious recipes and wellness advice throughout your entire weight loss journey. This hearty and healthy enchilada recipe is made simple with pantry ready ingredients that you might have on hand.
If you have a can of enchilada sauce, some dried spices, a can of fired roasted diced tomatoes and some shredded chicken and cheese, you can whip up this simple and easy dinner in a snap. It’s a fun meal that the kids can help to prepare while being packed with protein and fiber to keep the family satisfied.
To make this Mexican-inspired dish, preheat the oven to 365 degrees and get started on preparing the filling for your enchiladas. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together eight ounces of shredded chicken, one cup fire roasted diced tomatoes, a half-teaspoon each of cumin and chili powder and a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder. Set this aside and pour about a quarter-cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a baking dish.
Now that your filling and baking dish are ready, lay out eight whole wheat tortillas on a flat surface. Evenly fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture, then roll up the tortillas and place them into the baking dish (seam side down). Top your enchiladas with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese, then back for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving up this zesty meal!
Create a family enchilada bar complete with the works. Line up small glass bowls with a variety of different healthy toppings, such as sliced avocado, salsa, sour cream, hot peppers, beans, roasted veggies, pico de gallo and more. Using your Easy Chicken Enchiladas as a base, let your family load them up with their favorite fixings. It’s a fun way to spice up a family dinner recipe and allows everyone to create a meal that they personally enjoy.
If you decide to add some toppings to your plate, just make sure to keep track of them in your daily food journal to stay on track with your healthy meal plan. Check out our extended Grocery Guide to find out how to count your enchiladas additions on Nutrisystem.
An amazing part about these delicious enchiladas is the healthy levels of protein you’ll consume from chicken! Chicken is the perfect PowerFuel for your healthy Flex meals. It’s a lean protein that’s versatile, delicious and easy to prepare.
Shredded chicken is a great staple to keep in your kitchen. Make sure to pick up an organic rotisserie chicken on your next shopping trip for meal prep made easy. Simply shred the meat from the rotisserie chicken and keep it in a sealed glass container in your fridge. Use it in your lunches and dinners throughout the week to minimize cooking and cleaning. Check out these four easy rotisserie chicken recipes and learn more about the health benefits of chicken. >
Once you create these easy to make enchiladas, be sure to log your healthy Mexican dinner in the NuMi app to easily keep track of your healthy eating menu. NuMi is the best online food journal for your weight loss plan and allows you to stay accountable with your meals, water and exercise throughout the day. Click here to quickly log this recipe in the NuMi app. >
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More Healthy Mexican Food Recipes
These delicious chicken enchiladas are the perfect family-friendly recipe! Our recipe section is jam-packed with Mexican-inspired recipes to keep you in check with your healthy diet. Check out these other Nutrisystem-friendly meals featuring fabulous fiesta flavors:
- Mexican Street Corn Dip Recipe >
- Loaded Mexican Baked Sweet Potato >
- Chicken Taco Pinwheel Wraps >
- Vegan Chipotle Tofu Breakfast Burrito >
- Crispy Low Carb Cauliflower Nachos >
- Cheesy Egg White Breakfast Burrito with Sundried Tomatoes & Spinach >
- Low Carb Bell Pepper Nachos >
- Tropical Shrimp Taco Bowl >
- Crunchy Turkey Taco Wrap >
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Servings: 8 (1 serving = 1 enchilada)
Calories per Serving: 204
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb and ½ Vegetable
- 8 oz. shredded chicken
- 1 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- 8 whole wheat tortillas
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese, reduced fat
- ½ cup enchilada sauce
- Chopped cilantro, to taste (fresh or dried)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Mix together shredded chicken, fire roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder.
- Pour ¼ cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a baking dish.
- Lay out the tortillas on a flat surface. Evenly fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture.
- Roll up the tortillas and place them into the baking dish, seam side down. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.