Diabetic Mexican Recipe Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

With its light yet creamy sauce, this classic Mexican dish will be an instant hit at the dinner table. Plus, you can assemble these enchiladas beforehand, so all you have to do at dinnertime is spoon on the last of the sauce, bake and enjoy!


  • 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups torn fresh spinach or 1/2 of one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • 1 8-ounce carton light dairy sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chili peppers, drained
  • 6 7-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (1-1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • Garnish with chopped tomato or salsa and thinly sliced green onions (optional)


1. In a 3-quart saucepan place chicken in enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken from saucepan. When cool enough to handle, use a fork to shred chicken into bite-size pieces. (You should have about 1-1/2 cups.) Set aside.

2. If using fresh spinach, place spinach in a steamer basket over boiling water. Reduce heat. Steam, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. (Or, cook in a small amount of boiling water, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes.) Drain well.

3. In a large bowl combine chicken, spinach, and green onions; set aside. In a bowl combine sour cream, yogurt, flour, cumin, and salt. Stir in milk and chili peppers. Divide sauce in half. Set one portion aside.

4. For filling, combine one portion of the sauce and the chicken-spinach mixture. Divide the filling among the tortillas. Roll up tortillas. Place, seam side down, in an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.

5. Spoon reserved portion of sauce over tortillas. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. To serve, if desired, garnish with chopped tomato or salsa and additional green onion. Makes 6 enchiladas.

Make-Ahead Tip: After filling the tortillas and placing in the baking dish, cover baking dish and chill for up to 24 hours. Store the reserved sauce separately in a covered container and chill. To serve, bake uncovered as above except add 10 to 15 minutes to cooking time or until heated through.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 2 enchiladas

  • Calories = 428
  • Total Fat = 16 g
  • Carbohydrate = 45 g
  • Protein = 24 g
  • Cholesterol = 58 mg
  • Sodium = 640 mg

Source: www.diabeticlivingonline.com

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