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Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas

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These low-carb chicken enchiladas contain all the delicious fillings of your regular enchiladas, but with a delicious, low-carb swiss chard wrap!

I keep these in rotation with my regular chicken enchiladas and enchilada skillet, for days when I want to prepare something a little lighter!

Low Carb Enchiladas

Low Carb Enchiladas

I love enchiladas and who doesn’t?! The problem is that calories add up quickly, like with any food. Isn’t that always a problem?!:) So, I tried to come up with tortilla-less low-carb enchiladas without sacrificing the flavor.

Swiss chard to the rescue. No tortilla! Healthy enchiladas! Why haven’t I thought of this before?!

I’m not going to lie, I love tortillas- along with enchiladas, my family often eat chicken burritos, tostadas, quesadillas (and veggie ones!), and even a taco skillet along with the many tacos we eat! But sometimes, I want something a little lighter r- which is where swiss chard comes in to save the day!

Will I Taste Swiss Chard?

If you do not like Swiss chard or never cooked with poblanos, please do not run away and listen to me. The leafy green/lettuce has literally no noticeable taste, holds the firm texture after baking and fills you up with very few calories like you won’t believe it.

Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas on plate with side of sliced avocado

Poblanos Substitutions

Poblanos are very mild chili peppers. Like 1 on a scale of 5 mild, even the seeds are significantly milder than jalapeños’. They are sweet peppers with soft texture and a bit of a heat kick. Perfect to add flavour without extra calories to any Latin dish. I was able to find poblanos in 3 out of 4 grocery stores in my area. Please note red poblanos are hotter than green ones.

I’ve found that as long as they’re quite mild, my kids don’t mind peppers either, which is why I serve up Mexican stuffed peppers (plus an Instant pot version!) and chicken stuffed peppers every now and then.

If you can’t find poblanos, no big deal. I grew up on my mom’s roasted green bell peppers during summer months. She would bake or pan fry them until charred, peel and then dip in salt. To die for! It was my first time cooking poblanos and once I tried them, I immediately was brought back to my childhood years. You can easily substitute poblanos with green bell peppers + a few jalapeños.

Have I convinced you yet to give this low carb enchilada casserole a chance?!

How to Make Healthy Enchiladas

  1. Rub chicken breasts with spices and bake with poblanos uncovered for 35 minutes in 425 degrees F oven.Chicken for Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas
  2. Remove from the oven and transfer peppers into the bowl with a lid. Let peppers sit covered for 15 minutes. poblanos for low carb enchiladas casserole
  3. Meanwhile, rinse Swiss chard and shake off excess water. Lay flat on a cutting board, one leaf at a time, and using a sharp knife remove the membrane and cut it into 2 parts. Repeat the same steps with the remaining leaves. You should end up with 8 “tortillas”. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together enchilada sauce ingredients. Spread 1 cup sauce on the bottom of 8″ x 11″ baking dish. Set aside.
  5. Remove the stem, seeds and skin from poblanos. Cut into wide strips and set aside in a bowl. Shred chicken using 2 forks and mix with 1 + 1/2 cup enchilada sauce.
  6. How to roll: Place one “tortilla” at a time on a flat surface and fold in half lengthwise. Fill with 1/4 cup chicken mixture and top with 1 – 2 poblano strips + 1 tbsp cheese and roll. Place into previously prepared baking dish and repeat this step with remaining enchiladas.
  7. Top chicken enchilada wraps with remaining enchilada sauce and 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 10 mins.

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Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas

Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas

Tortilla less Low Carb Enchiladas that are just as flavorful and tasty as the original.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Casserole
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless & skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin ground
  • 3 Poblanos or 3 green bell peppers + 2 jalapeños*
  • 4 large white Swiss chard leaves
  • 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese divided
  • Avocado and cilantro for garnish optional

Enchilada Sauce:

  • 2 x 14 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix chill powder with cumin and rub chicken breasts with the mixture. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet along with poblanos (3 green bell peppers + 2 jalapeños). Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, transfer chicken to a medium bowl and peppers to another bowl that you can cover tightly with a lid. Let peppers sit covered and chicken to cool down for 15 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, rinse Swiss chard and shake off excess water. Lay flat on a cutting board, one leaf at a time, and using sharp knife remove the membrane and cut into 2 parts. Repeat the same steps with remaining leaves. You should end up with 8 "tortillas". Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together Enchilada Sauce Ingredients. Spread 1 cup sauce on the bottom of 8" x 11" baking dish. Set aside.
  • Remove the stem, seeds (leave some in, they are not very hot) and skin from poblanos (3 green bell peppers + 2 jalapeños). Some skin left on is fine. Cut or rip with your hands into wide strips and set aside in a bowl. Shred cooled down chicken using 2 forks and mix with 1 + 1/2 cup Enchilada Sauce.
  • To roll enchiladas: Place one "tortilla" at a time on a flat surface and fold in half lengthwise. Fill with 1/4 cup chicken mixture and top with 1 - 2 poblano strips + 1 tbsp cheese and roll. Place into previously prepared baking dish and repeat this step with remaining enchiladas.
  • Top evenly rolled enchiladas with remaining Enchilada Sauce and 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 10 mins. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve hot with avocado and cilantro if desired.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 - 3 days.

    Notes

    • *Poblanos are mild green chili peppers that are sold in many supermarkets. If you can't find poblanos, substitute with 3 green bell peppers + 2 jalapeños. Once baked, remove as many seeds from jalapeños as you like as they are hotter than poblanos. This substitute will give you similar flavour, sweetness and spiciness as poblanos.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3100IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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