Easy Green Chicken Enchiladas

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Easy Green Chicken Enchiladas made with cooked chicken breast, black beans, and a shortcut creamy green enchilada sauce couldn't be easier.

313 CALORIES 36g CARBS 10g FAT 20g PROTEIN
7
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(8 PointsPlus®)

Easy Green Chicken Enchiladas with a creamy green enchilada sauce are a lightened up version of a traditional enchilada, packed with plenty of protein from a combination of cooked chicken breast and black beans.

I have always believed that even when you are focused on eating healthy or weight loss, it's still important to enjoy all your favorite foods. Not only does this keep you satisfied, it also prevents you from feeling feeling deprived and unmotivated. The trick is finding ways to enjoy your favorite foods in a healthier way.

As a lover of Southwestern cuisine, enchiladas are high on my list when it comes to my favorite comfort foods. Luckily, it's pretty easy to lighten up traditional enchiladas and make a version that is just as delicious but that I can feel good about eating. This version also is so easy to make.

Usually I use a rotisserie chicken that I quickly shred or chop. From there, we are going to doctor up some store bought enchilada sauce with cream cheese, canned green chilies, chili powder, and green onions. Yum. Then everything is wrapped into flour or corn tortillas with canned black beans. You could even throw in some veggies if you like. Cooked zucchini, canned and drained tomatoes, or cooked spinach are all good options. Bake it with some shredded cheese and you have delicious, healthier enchiladas that taste just like the real thing.

One final thing I love about this recipe is that it freezes well. You can bake up two batches and then wrap and freeze one batch once it fully cools. Then when you are ready to eat it, just warm it in the oven until the sides are bubbling up and the enchiladas are heated through.

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The Recipe

Easy Green Chicken Enchiladas

PREP TIME: 15 Min
COOK TIME: 30 Min
TOTAL TIME: 45 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 6 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 4 oz. canned green chilies, chopped
  • 28 oz. canned green enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 12 U flour tortillas (8-inch, corn tortillas for gluten-free)
  • 15 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 enchilada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
10%
Saturated Fat 4g
16%
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
0%
Cholesterol 46mg
15%
Sodium 1105mg
48%
Total Carbohydrate 36g
4%
Dietary Fiber 5g
13%
Sugars 4g
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

About the author Meet Holly Clegg
Hi I’m Holly Clegg! My passion is to inspire, encourage, and motivate today’s busy person to cook healthier with my easy, everyday recipes. As a best-selling national cookbook author and healthy culinary consultant, my expertise is 30 minute healthy easy recipes. I have sold OVER 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS with my trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series and my more health focused Eating Well cookbooks on diabetes, arthritis and cancer! I've done LOTS OF COOKING! Learn More
Easy Green Chicken Enchiladas
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1 Comment
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January 22, 2018 - 17:01
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Really good! The cream cheese made for a nice rich sauce. I served it with brown rice mixed with salsa, green onions and a little cumin and a green salad with a quick dressing of ff sour cream and salsa. My family loved it, even my teenage boys!!
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