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Chicken Enchiladas Recipe, Nutritional Value

Chicken enchiladas, influenced by Mexican cuisine, are a very popular dish across households. This is also a relatively easy one-dish meal to put together. These are easy to make, nutritious and tasty, a trifecta difficult to ignore. The meaning of the word enchilada means dipped in chili. It is primarily street food but today is served up in many different variations in restaurants too.


  • Corn or wheat tortillas, 2 per person
  • 4 cups of shredded chicken, cooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 cup sour cream (optional)
  • ½ cup green onion chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup green chilies chopped (optional)
  • 1 pound cheese or low fat cheese or cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sauce ingredients:
  • Tomatoes or canned tomatoes
  • Chopped chilies
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Directions & serving size:

  1. Preheat your oven.
    Warm tortillas on the stove top and keep them warm.
  2. Mix the chicken with the minced and chopped vegetables and stuff this mixture in the tortillas and place it open side down in the baking dish.
  3. You can use a readymade sauce to pour over these tortillas or create one from melting butter, adding the cream, chilies and broth. Pour the sauce to completely cover the wrapped enchiladas.
  4. Now grate the cheese over these enchiladas.
  5. Bake them in the oven till the cheese melts.

Also try the recipe for chicken chili

Serving instructions:

  • Sprinkle with some more cheese, cilantro, salsa or salad and more sour cream just before serving.

Nutritional Value Per Serving

  • The calories per serving are 498.
  • The total fat is about 16 grams.
  • The cholesterol content is 72 milligrams.
  • Chicken enchiladas have 33.2 grams of carbohydrates and 24.2 grams of protein.
  • This dish can also contain 710 milligrams of sodium.

Health Benefits:

  • Reducing the content of cheese, sour cream and butter will help reduce its calorie and fat content considerably.
  • Serving it with salads or salsa increases its nutritional profile and increases the fiber in the dish.
  • Some people also serve it with rice so you should try and have it with brown rice.
  • The health benefits of chicken decrease considerably when you add beef instead of chicken.

Tips and Warnings:

Some people fry the tortillas before stuffing them. Some people even coat the inside with sauces before stuffing them. Different types of meats are also used. Chicken and turkey are believed to be the healthiest options. There are many variations that you can try before you settle on the one you like.

Submitted on December 12, 2011