Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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This chicken casserole recipe makes enough to fill two six-serving casserole dishes. Serve it to a crowd, or serve one now and the other later.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
80 mins
Servings:
12

Ingredients

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 8 cup torn fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion

  • 2 8 ounce carton light dairy sour cream

  • ½ cup plain low fat yogurt

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 4 ounce can diced green chili peppers, drained

  • 12 7-8 flour tortillas

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)

  • Chopped tomato or salsa (optional)

  • Thinly sliced green onion (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet place chicken, chicken broth, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, using 2 forks, pull meat apart into shreds. (You should have about 3 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 till tender. (Or, cook in a small amount of boiling water, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.) Drain well.

  3. In a large bowl combine the shredded chicken, cooked fresh spinach or thawed and drained frozen spinach, and the 1/4 cup green onion; set aside.

  4. In a bowl whisk together sour cream, yogurt, flour, salt, and cumin until smooth. Stir in milk and chili peppers. Divide sauce in half. Set 1 portion aside.

  5. For filling, combine 1 portion of the sauce and the chicken mixture. Divide filling among tortillas. Roll up tortillas. Place, seam side down, in two ungreased 2-quart-rectangular baking dishes. Divide remaining sauce evenly between the two casseroles.

  6. Bake, uncovered, in a 350° F oven about 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, if desired.

  7. To serve, garnish with chopped tomato or salsa and additional green onion, if desired. Makes 12 servings.

Tips

One or both casseroles may be chilled or frozen. Prepare enchiladas as directed through step 5, except do not spoon sauce over the casserole(s) to be chilled; add sauce to casserole(s) to be frozen. Transfer sauce to an airtight container; cover and chill in the refrigerator. Cover the baking dish and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. To bake, spoon the reserved portion of sauce over the chilled enchiladas. Bake, uncovered, in a 350° oven about 40 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve as above.For frozen casserole, thaw enchiladas overnight in refrigerator. Bake casserole, covered, in a 350° oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 minutes more or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand for 5 minutes. Serve as above.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

287 Calories
15g Fat
21g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 287
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 460mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 10.6mg 53%
Calcium 232.2mg 18%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 337mg 7%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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