Friday, August 24, 2012

Creamy yet Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

This was the first post I ever wrote! I decided to update it with some new pictures and a few changes that I made to this recipe. This is one of the easiest recipes to make and tastes better than most enchiladas at a Tex-Mex restaurant. This recipe originated from the side of the "Old El Paso" Green Chile Sauce can but I have tweaked this recipe to make it a lot healthier!

1 lb. of cooked chicken breasts (NOTE-you can buy an already cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store but only use 4 cups of chicken)
1 pack (8 oz) light or fat-free cream cheese (you can't tell a difference between the light and fat-free cream cheese in this recipe)
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1 package (8) white corn, whole wheat or flour tortillas (get the larger tortillas otherwise the tortilla will break)
2 cans (10 oz each) of OLD EL PASO green chile enchilada sauce
1 yellow onion, diced
3/4 cup of cheddar cheese (low fat)
Cilantro (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly grease rectangular pyrex dish.
If using a rotisserie chicken, remove the skin and peel the chicken. Then, chop your onions.
Use a skillet with 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook chopped yellow onion for 5-10 minutes until onions are translucent. Don't let them turn brown!
Add cooked chicken, chilis and cream cheese. 
Reduce heat to medium, cook and stir until blended and melted.
Spoon mixture into tortillas, roll and place seam down on baking dish.
Pour Old El Paso enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese (NOTE-i only used 1.5 cans of the enchilada sauce but the recipes calls for 2, it just depends how many enchiladas you are able to get out of the mixture).
Put casserole into the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Garnish with cilantro.
Makes about 8 enchiladas depending on the size of tortillas you buy.
Serve with black beans (drained) with corn and mexican rice (box kind). Keep in mind though that a lot of the boxed rices are loaded in sodium so make sure to look at the sodium content before you buy the rice if you do not want to have high blood pressure!

***If you buy uncooked chicken, season it will olive oil, kosher salt, ground pepper, smoked paprika and bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes. However, I really think it is easier to buy a rotisserie chicken that is already cooked.

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