Although chicken enchiladas can sometimes be heavy, this recipe lightens the classic Tex-Mex favorite. The filling is a mixture of mushrooms, red peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and sautéed chicken chunks. Skim-milk ricotta cheese binds the stuffing together, and whole-wheat tortillas make the meal more fit-friendly. To save time, use a store-bought enchilada sauce. For a fiesta-inspired feast, serve with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Get the uncomplicated recipe by reading more.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 10-ounce package mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1⁄2 Vidalia or yellow onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3⁄4 pound), cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mild chili powder
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 10-ounce can enchilada sauce
- 8 small (8-inch) fajita-size whole wheat or whole grain flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Warm the oil in a large skillet over high heat.
- Add the mushrooms, peppers, onions, thyme, rosemary, and salt. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, until softened. Transfer to a plate.
- Sprinkle the chicken with chili powder. Increase the skillet heat to high and add the chicken. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, until the chicken starts to brown.
- Turn the heat off and stir in the ricotta and vegetables.
- Place the enchilada sauce in a shallow dish. Warm the tortillas in the oven in a single layer 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and lightly coat each with the enchilada sauce. Put scoops of the chicken mix on top of the tortillas, followed by sprinkles of cheese. Fold the tortillas over the filling and roll up like a cigar. Using a spatula, place the tortillas in the baking dish. Repeat the process with all the tortillas.
- Pour any remaining sauce over the rolled tortillas and top with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes, until the enchiladas are bubbly and cracked on top.
- Poultry, Main Dishes