Enchilada Casserole

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Enchilada Casserole

This enchilada casserole has all the flavors of enchiladas, without the ton of carbs. Simply layer cooked chicken, chile peppers, enchilada sauce and cheddar, omit the beans and the tortillas, and bake until hot and bubbly. And even though real chicken enchiladas are better, for those of us trying to limit carbs, this is a very tasty option.

Enchilada Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Entree, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Cuisine: Mexican
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • Olive oil spray
Enchilada sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced (6 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (no salt/sugar added) - I used 2 cups Pomi strained tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
Casserole:
  • 2 lb. cooked boneless skinless chicken breast, shredded (from 4 large chicken breasts)
  • Enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chile peppers
  • ½ cup (packed) minced fresh cilantro (1 oz)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with olive oil spray.
  2. Prepare the sauce: Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, black pepper, chili powder and cumin, and cook 30 seconds, until fragrant. Stir in the tomato sauce and water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, the enchilada sauce, chili peppers, cilantro and 1 cup cheese.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 312; Fat: 17g; Carbohydrates: 10g; Sugar: 4g; Sodium: 594mg; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 28g

 

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