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Enchiladas de Pollo (Chicken Enchiladas)

This tasty chicken enchilada casserole is a great way to use leftover chicken. The family-friendly dish is lightly spiced with green chiles, so it's delicious even for the tiny palates at your table.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2001

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 enchiladas and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sour cream)


  • Filling:
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Sauce:
  • 2/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (11-ounce) can tomatillos, drained
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2/3 cup fat-free sour cream


To prepare filling, place first 6 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Remove chicken from cooking liquid; cool. Remove chicken from bones; shred with 2 forks. Discard bones. Reserve broth for another use.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine chicken, 1/2 cup each Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and 1/2 cup onion in a bowl; set aside.

To prepare sauce, place milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through chiles) in a food processor; process until smooth.

To prepare tortillas, fill a medium skillet with 1 inch of water; bring to a simmer. Dip 1 tortilla in water using tongs. Spoon 1/2 cup filling in center of tortilla; roll tightly, and place in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas and filling.

Pour sauce over enchiladas. Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with 1/4 cup each Monterey Jack and cheddar. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheeses melt. Top with sour cream.


According to one online reviewer, "If you're thinking enchiladas, try this one!" The recipe is extra cheesy with both Monterey Jack and Cheddar, but it will also be fine if you choose to use only one type of cheese.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 502
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 16.6g
  • Saturated fat: 8.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 47.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Cholesterol: 114mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 725mg
  • Calcium: 598mg

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Enchiladas de Pollo (Chicken Enchiladas) Recipe