Chicken Enchiladas

chicken enchiladasTraditionally, enchiladas are soft tortillas dipped in salsa, filled, and then baked.

In my version, chopped tomatoes mix with spinach and jalapeño to make a savory “salsa” on the inside. Enchiladas are a great dish to make-ahead dish that can be gently warmed before serving.

Serves 4

Chicken Enchiladas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 enchiladas

Serving Size: 2 filled enchiladas

Calories per serving: 440 calories

Fat per serving: 17 g fat (8g saturated)

Chicken Enchiladas


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 6-ounce chicken breasts, cooked, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 small whole grain or corn tortillas


  • Set out a 8X12 baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. When oil is hot add the onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Cook 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to soften but does not turn brown. Add the tomatoes along with their juices, can chopped green chili peppers, chicken, and oregano. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more, stirring often until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the spinach and cook 1 minute more to wilt.
  • Wrap ½ cup of the chicken mixture in each tortilla. Lay the tortillas seam-side down in the baking dish. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce from the skillet around the tortillas. Sprinkle the tops of the tortillas with the cheese and bake 20 to 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are warm.
  • Bake 10 to 15 minutes uncovered until the cheese begins to brown and the filling is warm. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (2 enchilada): 440 calories, 37 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat (8g saturated), 98 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 802 mg sodium

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 11

Make It A Meal: Goes well with Guacamole, Refried Beans with Turkey Bacon, Cinnamon Rice Pudding

Wine Pairings: Gewürztraminer, Rose


  1. It’s interesting you used spinach inside with the jalapeno. Does it really make it that much more savory? Are there any other greens I can use?


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