Aug 11, 2011

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas



If you're an enchilada lover like me, you will love these!! Enchiladas are always my dish of choice when I go out for Mexican and this recipe is as good as any recipe you'll find in a restaurant (if not better) without all the fat!


If you're new to my site and seeing this for the first time, you are in for a treat! If you are a regular on my site, you're probably wondering why this is posted as new. I've decided to slowly go back to the archives and re-shoot some of my favorite recipes with bad photos. My photography has come a long way since I started this blog in 2008, and when I see some of my older images, I cringe!

This recipe was originally posted February 26th, 2010 back when I had a full time job and wasn't able to get home in time to shoot in natural light. It surprises me so many of you dared to try this based on this original image (but I'm glad you did!):


I like to serve these with yellow rice, re-fried beans and a little fat free sour cream topped with chopped scallions and cilantro. Leftovers are great the next day too!

I always have shredded chicken breast on hand, I usually make a whole package of chicken breast in my crock pot to use for recipes throughout the week. Leftover chicken would also work. Look for whole wheat, low carb such as La Tortilla Factory, or Mission Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas.



Low-fat Chicken Enchiladas
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 Serving Size: 1 enchilada Old Points: 3 pts Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 159.5
Fat: 5.9 g Protein: 16.2 g Carb: 17.8 g Fiber: 8.3 g  

Ingredients:

For the sauce:
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp chipotle chilis in adobo sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
For the chicken:
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 8.5 oz (2 breast halves) cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 8 (7-inch) reduced carb whole wheat flour tortillas (la tortilla factory)
  • 1 cup shredded low fat Mexican cheese
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions or cilantro for topping

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic on low until soft, about 2 minutes. Add chicken, salt, cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili powder, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.


Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray. Put 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each tortilla and roll it.


Place on baking dish seam side down, top with sauce... 



Then top with cheese.


Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes. Top with low fat sour cream or scallions if you wish. (Extra points) Makes 8 enchiladas.

419 comments :

  1. When I can eat again I will be trying this recipe!

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  2. Goodness! This dish looks amazing.

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  3. Gina, I am a mexican food fanatic! I'm crazy for some good cheese enchiladas but they are so NOT point friendly. These look fabulous! I am going to have to try them. I have a fantastic recipe called "Bill's Spanish Rice" from Cooking Light I'll share if you want. Add some FF re-fried beans and I'll be in heaven. I love your recipes and I'm so grateful that I have fund your site. Thanks for all you do!

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  4. @goingtogoal- I served it with yellow rice and refried beans too! Sure, I would love to hear your recipe for Spanish Rice :)

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  5. Just wanted to say thank you so much for this blog! Everything I have made has been great! Even my picky kids love the recipes. The enchliadas look so yummy! Can't wait to try them.

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  6. This looks really good. Think I will try this for dinner tonight. Thank you for all your yummy dishes :)

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  7. These enchiladas look and sound incredible! This would be a big family dinner hit!

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  8. I love enchiladas and this recipe looks great. I make a pumpkin and chicken version. Also love the idea of cooking the chicken for the week like that in the crock pot.

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  9. YUM! My kids love this food, Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
    Lisa
    http://gourmified.blogspot.com

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  10. I love chicken enchiladas! Who knew you could have all that wonderful goodness for 6 points? Looks absolutely wonderful.

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  11. Made this for dinner tonight, and it was great! Very flavorful. Four people who stopped over while I was cooking said "mmm...what's that?"

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  12. Hi,

    This is my 1st time posting..I was surfing the nest the the other night and came across this great WEBSITE!!! LOVE IT GINA! My name is Amy..My hubby name this tonite for dinner and it was AWESOME!!! He was a little worried, being he is not really into lowfat and he LOVED it!!!:))) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  13. Great recipe! Any chance you could show a photo of the package of the TJ's tortillas you bought? Or maybe give a link? I'm having a hard time tortillas that have nutritionals that would equal to half a point. Thanks!

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  14. @Sharon- Cooking the chicken once for the week makes making meals throughout the week so much faster and it really takes no time to toss a bunch of chicken and vegetables into the crockpot. I love the idea of pumpkin and chicken enchiladas!

    @Amy- Thanks for posting! This really does not taste low fat :)

    @Valerie- I couldn't find a link for Trader Joe's, if you can't find half point tortillas, there are lots of 1 point tortillas, you wold just have to add 1 more point per serving.

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  15. Having company over for dinner tonight and was racking my brain to find something to fix that would not seem "diet". This sound fantastic!!!

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  16. Thats what i get for typing in the dark..TYPOS!!! Sorry! Im sure u can make the words out!!! :))) I have passed this wesite to everyone i know!!!:)) Thank You Gina!!

    Woof,
    Amy

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  17. I made this tonight...YUUUMMMMM!!!!!

    http://gullogoodies.blogspot.com/2010/02/carne-asada-enchiladas.html

    Thanks for posting FABULOUS recipes!!!

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  18. I love this blog...I love that you incorporate Mexican foods...being in a huge Hispanic family...I can share this dish at family gatherings! Love it!

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  19. Wow, this is an awesome website. I just found it and already printed out 4 recipes that I cannot wait to try, they all sound so yummy!

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  20. Gina, just found your website and I'm already making one of your dishes tonight. One question, you say you keep shredded chicken on hand. Can you share what you put in the slow cooker with your chicken (broth, veggies,etc.). I just would like to know what and how much so I can start to do it too. Thanks....love this site!!!

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  21. I'm going to make this recipe this week, I'm so excited to try it. I found .5 pt tortillas made by La Tortilla Factory. They are the Sonoma wheat, low carb tortillas. I bought them at Trader Joes but I've seen them at the other grocery stores.

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  22. @ robin, click on the red link in the first paragraph that says "crock pot". That will take you to my recipe for chicken broth.

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  23. I made this for dinner tonight and my husband kept saying he felt so guilty for eating two of these and all for only 6 points! Thanks you Gina for this web site and daily updates. I absolutely love it! Keep up the great work! You're a life saver!

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  24. Bought everything needed for this recipe and am looking forward to eating it tomorrow! Thanks!

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  25. Update to my post from yesterday...These are even better for lunch the next day. With a salad I only need one for 3 points. Wow.

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  26. @Lisa - I know! No need to feel guilty eating these, but they taste like you should!

    @Missy- enjoy!

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  27. OMG I made these tonight and although I have made several of your recipes, this one was by far the best!!! Who knew making your own enchilada sauce was so easy and waaaay more delicious!

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  28. I made these last night and they are DELICIOUS! That doesn't even describe how good they are. I will NEVER buy canned enchilada sauce again. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

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  29. Everything homemade is better :)

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  30. Add some FF re-fried beans and I'll be in heaven. I love your recipes and I'm so grateful that I have fund your site. Thanks for all you do!
    grow taller 4 idiots

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  31. Living in San Antonio, I am very spoiled when it comes to Mexican food. But this recipe is awesome! My chipotles were extremely hot, so hubby and I ended up putting lots of sour cream on top to take some of the heat off but nevertheless it was yummy and soo satisfying. I was so positively surprised by all that yummy melty cheese. I will definitely make this again! Thank you, Gina!

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  32. @kanishk- Yes, I served them with ff refried beans on the side as well :)

    Thanks Jule! I love them cheesy so that was a must for me!!

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  33. We made these tonight - my husband (who isn't even on WW) gave them 4.5/5 stars! Delicious!

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  34. Is there a quicker way (last minute) to prepare shredded chicken? Other than in the crock pot...

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  35. Yes, you can poach them in chicken broth with some herbs. Simmer covered for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and do not remove lid. Leave about 15 minutes.

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  36. This recipe is absolutely awesome! It's amazing that you can get flavor like this in so few points. They were a bit spicy hot for me, but next time I will use less chilis. They are very large enchiladas. I made the corn salsa with these and it was a wonderful meal.

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  37. This sounds delicious...I will definately have to give it a try.
    This blog is awesome....Thank you for this..

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  38. Oh yes, adjust the heat to your taste. Aren't they amazing!!!

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  39. I love your site. I have tried some recipes and all of them are really delicious. This one was a succes here.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Erika.

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  40. I made these enchiladas for dinner last night- SO, SO GOOD! Used corn tortillas because that's what was in the pantry. Even better the next day. Thanks for the recipe!

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  41. You're welcome. I think I'm due to make these again this week :)

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  42. I made these for dinner tonight - a bit spicy for the kids but I LOVED them. I am so impressed with your blog. It is so nice to find healthy recipes that still have lots of flavor and leave you feeling satisfied!

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  43. Ah yes, you may need to tone them down for the little ones! Glad you liked them!

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  44. I made this for the second time the other night because I loved them soooo much! Thought I had chicken and turns out I didn't, so I used pork tenderloin instead (I looked it up and it actually is the same points as chicken breast!) and it was super yummy AGAIN!!!

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  45. Pork enchiladas sound great. Thanks for sharing the points are the same!

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  46. I just made this tonight and it is DELICIOUS! I have to admit, the chiles in adobo that I bought were waaaaaay too spicey so after 20 minutes of begging "Can we eat yet?", I had to throw chicken nuggets in the microwave for the little ones, too much heat. I'll have to try to find milder chiles so the whole family can enjoy because this one is definitely a keeper!

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  47. @Kari- My daughter won't eat anything spicy either so I usually reserve a little sauce without the chipotle or you can leave it out all together.

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  48. I made this up & then read the comments while it was baking. did chicken nuggets for the kids & i'm glad i did! it was spicy for me but fine once i put a little ff sour cream on it. my hubby was in heaven (loves spicy food). i even removed 90% of the seeds from the chipotle peppers. next time i'll make sure to get rid of 100% of the seeds & maybe dial back the sauce a bit. it was VERY good though - just not kid-friendly (or not friendly for MY kids!) ;)

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  49. @Gwyn - You could always cut back on the peppers and use less if it's too much heat for you. But yes, probably too much for the kids.

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  50. Hello Gina,

    I made these last night and they were awesome! My boyfriend even said 'I like this Gina girl' (I've been feeding him your recipes for a few weeks now, and we haven't had one that was not awesome)!

    But - for the life of me I have not been able to find 1/2 point tortillas! I buy La Tortilla Factory 100 calorie, but they are one point! So I counted two of the enchiladas as 7 points instead. We made them with beans and rice - I couldn't even finish two!

    Thanks for all your recipes - as a Weight Watcher for nearly 3 years (and nearly 100 lbs later) - the variety you provide is greatly appreciated!

    -Catherine

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  51. LOL! You are welcome!!

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  52. Hi Gina these look great! I put the recipe in the recipe builder on the weight watchers website and it gave me 8 points per serving. Any idea why?

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  53. I'm not sure? Which tortillas did you use and did you use info for cooked chicken vs raw?

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  54. I put in 8.5 ounces of cooked chicken and I did 8 of the La Tortilla low carb 6 inch tortilla. The recipe builder says 8 :(

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  55. Hmm, I'll have to recalculate and see if it's different. Thanks for pointing this out!

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  56. I recalculated and still get 3 points each. They are high in fiber, and since the max fiber you can calculate is 4, I calculated them for 8 servings instead of 4. Try getting the points for 8 servings and see what you get. Here are the stats for one- Calories 159.5, fat 5.9, Fiber 8.3

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  57. I just made these and absolutely love them. I can't believe the taste of the sauce -its delicious! The only problem I had was the tortilla got a bit soggy - does that mean I need to cook it longer?

    You continue to amaze me - I send all my friends your recipes! They are so great!

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  58. @deeters, did you assemble the tortillas ahead of time? Enchiladas have to be prepped and cooked right away, so it may have been sitting in the sauce too long. Also, maybe cut back the cooking prevent this. They basically just need to be heated through, and the cheese needs to melt.

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  59. Made this last night for the second time, this time I lowered the chipotle in the sauce to a little bit less than 1Tablespoon (first time I made I added tooooo much chipotle, almost couldn't eat). I also added some orange zest to the chicken which brightened a little bit the flavor and my husband and I lovedd it!!! They are delicious and I'll have them for lunch today!

    Thanks again Gina!

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  60. I very very rarely am motivated enough to come back and leave comments,reviews etc. for anything. But I just made and devoured theses enchiladas and they are excellent! I started weight watchers about 6 months ago, and I can honestly say this is THE BEST RECIPE I've made so far.

    Thank you Gina for all of you wonderfully healthy food!

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  61. Thanks for commenting!!!! I love these too, the photo just doesn't do these justice! I was hungry when I took the picture. :)

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  62. Gina, I've haven't been following your blog for very long but i LOVE it! I made these tonight but substituted the 1/2c of tomato sauce for salsa in the chicken mixture. I also cut back on the chicken broth and added taco sauce. It came out great! Thank you so much for all of your posts! Keep 'em coming!

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  63. Made these last night for Cinco De Mayo, I will never have to forgo Enchiladas again while trying to eat healthy!! These were DIVINE!! We are huge cilantro & garlic fans so I bumped up the amounts on both. I got several "these are great" comments throughout the meal. Definately have two! My significant other had four because he couldn't help himself! I am so glad I found your blog, every recipe we have tried has been a hit. Thank you Gina.

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  64. You're welcome!! These are one of my personal favorites!!

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  65. Gina, these were EXCELLENT. I made them last night for dinner and my boyfriend at half the pan. We really enjoyed them. They had the perfect amount of heat. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  66. I Love this blog! Thank you!!! This is a gift to us all!!!

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  67. Very delicious! I think I may have overdone it on the chipotle peppers for my mom’s taste but they were bang on for my father and I.

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  68. LOL! Hard to please different palates!

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  69. Gina -
    I desperately want to make these enchiladas but can't find the chiles in adobo. I checked in the mexican section but to no avail. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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  70. @Lisa- You can buy them online on amazon, see the link, or use chipotle chili powder instead.

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  71. dang, i forgot to comment on these, i made them 2 weeks ago and both my husband and i were in love. i served it with sour cream and a side of Fat Free Refried beans and corn. out of this world. i wonder how much the points would increase if the barbacoa was used instead? have you tried this Gina?

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  72. I made these for supper tonight and they were SO GOOD! They are really spicy, though, like everyone says.:0) Thanks again for another awesome recipe, Gina!

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  73. Gina, I made these last night for my family and OH MY GOODNESS!!!! They were so delicious. The flavors reminded me of being at a really GOOD Mexican restaurant. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much.

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  74. The first time I made these I forgot the foil and still loved them. This time I used the foil and love them even more.

    Gina, I swear I'm about to build a shrine to you in my kitchen ;)

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  75. I'm so glad you all like this!! : )

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  76. Just finished making these and are going in the oven now, can't wait!

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  77. Another hit Gina, thanks! I don't know what I would do without this site. You have made my WW lifestyle so much more enjoyable and successful!

    Please keep the recipes going!

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  78. This was fantastic! My husband said, "Effin delicious. I want 10 pans of these." The flavors were perfect and fresh. This is a keeper and one I'll share. Thanks for another great one Gina.

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  79. Gina, my husband and I just finished eating the enchiladas...delicious! They were so good! My husband had three of them! Love your recipes.

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  80. These enchiladas have become a staple in our dinner repertoire! My husband LOVES them as well. I am overseas with the military, and am having a hard time finding such low-carb/low point tortillas, so ours are higher in points, but VERY tasty!!!!!! Thank you for all your recipes. I haven't found one I don't like yet!

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  81. Holy Moses! I made these last night and they were AMAZING!!! Seriously, I'm floored, my husband was floored.. so much flavor, so filling (we added a side of black beans to ours) and so easy to make! I love you for coming up with this. :) Thank you!!!

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  82. I know!!!! I LOVE enchiladas and these are by far my favorite!

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  83. Just wanted to say how much I love your blog. I made the enchiladas tonight with the black bean & avocado salsa. Both were really delicious and I even made them with fat free cheese. I will certainly continue to check back for more great recipes. For your readers, I found this recipe to take a lot of time to make with many ingredients. Don't prepare when short on time or with a household of kids ;-)

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  84. Thanks Jill, yes this one is a bit more time consuming, but so worth it!

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  85. I skimmed everyone's comments and I didn't see anyone else having the same issue... I for some reason followed everything strategically (almost anally, even!!!) and I could only get 6 tortillas?? I bought the smaller, half point La Tortilla factory tortillas, So i know I wasn't overstuffing them. What happened? :c(

    It smells delicious either way, so now I'm just wondering points value if I only made 6 instead of 8.

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  86. So I just calculated it, and it looks like with only making 6, one enchilada is 4 points, and 2 is 9 :c( Aah well, so delicious and so worth it!! I was satisfied after 1 and a half i probably should have just stopped. But they were so delicious!! Even got hubby's approval. He said "Have you ever made enchiladas before?" "Nope, never!" "Well you nailed it!" Hooray!! :c)

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  87. That's odd! I measure everything carefully, you are the first to mention this. Glad your husband thinks you nailed it!!

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  88. Can corn tortillas be used in place of flour? Just not a fan of flour tortillas. Thanks!

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  89. Gina, you're quickly becoming my cooking guru. Fabulous blog, fabulous photos and fabulous recipes!

    But, Gina, this recipe has one thing wrong with it. I can't stop eating it! IT'S DELICIOUS! I'm not even a good cook. No matter, it was unbelievably great! Can't wait to try more of your brilliant recipes.

    Many thanks!

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  90. @Jan- I should have put a warning label on this!! I'm an enchilada LOVER so I completely understand!!!

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  91. These were DELICIOUS. Can't recommend them highly enough. I had some extra enchilada sauce left over that I sauteed with some peppers and onions as a side dish for another meal. Didn't even need any oil. Really tasty. The enchilada sauce also freezes well. Can't wait to make these again soon.

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  92. Hi, Gina,
    I love your recipes but can't seem to get them to print properly anymore. Used your print button and got 15 blank pages (aside from the web address at top and bottom of page) and am pretty sure my printer isn't messed up. Wanted to share with you in case your widget needs adjusted.

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  93. Thanks H!

    Are you using Internet Explorer? The old version isn't compatible with Blogger, you will have to upgrade IE or use Firefox!

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  94. Hi Gina! i'm 29, male and i'm not on weight watchers or anything, i just really like to cook, and i found my way here via simpledailyrecipes.com. ANYWAY, i just wanted to let you know i tried the chicken enchilada recipe and it blew me away. i'm not really "into" diet food stuff, but in my opinion your recipes are incredible, and your ideas and applications are very smart and inventive and i think that your site basically transcends the dieting foodsite medium. your south american and central american dishes are especially... um, well. special! my friend fatima is from el salvador and she makes a bunch of the same kind of stuff but the heavier, traditional way and she's got a very overweight young son and she's diabetic herself and i'm very excited to speak to her and tell her all about your blog, i think it could literally change her and her boy's lives.

    re the enchiladas, i made the chicken (and stock) as per your stock recipe, used the same tortillas and diet cheese and reduced fat sour cream (not FF). I actually ADDED about half a can of the chipotle's in adobo. i couldn't find the adobo powder (i live in tucson, so that was weird, lol) so that was my reasoning, and i thought i should use up the can. i like spicy, but i was worried making it too hot would make the rest of the food kind of irrelevant. the enchilada sauce did taste pretty hot at first, but i found it became much milder the longer i cooked it down (i like it a little thicker). anyway, i get great mexican food all the time but this must have been the best enchilada sauce ever. i guess at restaurants and stuff they must water it down a little or something.

    anyway, sorry to go on and on, but i'm just so impressed with your site. i can't believe that my favorite cooking blog for the last month is for WEIGHT WATCHERS of all things.

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  95. @youreviltwin - Wow, what a great compliment! I know the word diet keeps non-dieters away from my site. I really try to make great tasting food that is good for you. I appreciate your comment! Please tell your friend that she can still make the same meals, she just has to learn how to cook them differently. If she has diabetes, she needs to change her eating habits today!

    Let me know what other recipes you make!

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  96. i sure will :)

    i was looking forward to doing the pork carnitas... i was thinking of making your black bean/corn/avocado salad stuff to put on that (burrito bowls), but i was also thinking of making the chimichurri for carnita soft tacos. you think that would be good? i know it's more for beef, but i'm kind of curious.

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  97. Oh my goodness.... I LOVED THESE!! I used a can and a half of Kirkland chicken breast from Costco. It's very lean and a great quality. Definitely cuts down on prep time. The sauce is a bit spicy, but for me it was just right.

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  98. @youreviltwin- Good question, I'm sure it will taste great with pork, although I usually have it with beef.

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  99. We had these for lunch today. It's cold out and the men are watching football so I found this recipe to clean out my fridge. I used the leftover Mexican Slow Cooker Carnitas we had on Thursday and leftover shredded chicken AND leftover black beans to fill mine and make a double batch (for leftovers during the week. Served 'em with Cilantro rice and a side salad. They were fantastic, thanks!

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  100. what a great idea, I must try this with Carnitas next time I make them!

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  101. Gina, these were amazing, Enchiladas are my favorite food and boy did this exceed my expectations!

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  102. Gina,
    This recipe made the BEST chicken enchiladas I have EVER eaten! I live in Canada and sadly it is hard to find a good mexican food here. When we go out I always order chicken echiladas and they are always so dry. My husband and I polished off the entire dish! I know that defeats the purpose of ww, but we just couldn't help ourselves. We didn't even touch our side dishes, we just wanted MORE ENCHILADAS!!!

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  103. Ha ha, forget the side dishes when you make these!! You won't need them!

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  104. From one Gina to another, I think I have just found my weight watchers saviour, now to find the ingrediants in Ireland :-)

    Gina, Dublin, Ireland

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  105. Delicious. I wanted to make chicken Ropa Vieja for the second time, but realized I had chipotles to use up. I made a compromise and filled these with the Ropa Vieja as it didn't seem too far off from the filling above.

    Love your recipes Gina!

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  106. Good luck Gina!!

    Kelly, what a great idea!!! Especially if there are leftovers. Thanks for sharing!

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  107. I am trying this recipe tonight, so I am probably doing this wrong but I am new to this whole cooking thing and LOVE your site!

    Anyway, my question is...how do you cook the chicken breasts? I am currently boiling mine but I don't know any other way to cook them...

    Any help is appreciated!

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  108. Just wanted to come back and tell you that they turned out freaking FANTASTIC! My boyfriend could not BELIEVE they were healthy! It was insane how good they are. I'm still in disbelief! I sent your page link to everyone I know!

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  109. Gina, thanks so much for this recipe. Just started WW recently and am struggling to stay within points--and I LOVE Mexican food! These are delicious!

    This calculated to 4 points per enchilada for me--well, the chicken breasts I used weighed more than 8.5 oz. No biggie. That's still very few points for a really flavorful and filling main dish! I ate one enchilada w/Italian blend veggies and a dollop of low fat yogurt to sub for "sour cream," and I felt like I pigged out! My DH, who has 100 lbs on me, ate two and felt stuffed. And they are so good! YUM!

    BTW Kristin, I boiled my chicken breasts in some extra chicken broth. I don't think it really matters for this dish how you cook the meat. The sauce has enough zing to flavor the meat.

    Deb R

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  110. WOOOO!!! I made these Enchiladas tonight, and boy, they do pack some HEAT!! I did closer to 2 tbsp of the chiles in adobo. My hubby loved them! (I did too, but I definitely needed the sour cream to cut the heat a little)

    For clarification: when using the chiles in adobo sauce, do you take them out of the sauce at some point? We didn't eat them (once I tasted how spicy the sauce was, I was afraid to.) Are they safe to eat? Or are they for flavor and should be removed (sort of like a bay leaf or something.)
    Thanks!!

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  111. Kassie, Sure you can eat them they are peppers. As long as you can take the heat!

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  112. Hi Gina,
    My husband made these for me the other day, and they were so good, I made them (actually did all the prep w/o putting them together) for a company dinner tomorrow night. I love the flavor, the low points and the fact that you can do most everything ahead of time:) We are also having a southwest salad, black bean soup and chocolate creme brulee ( A ww recipe...5 pts, but with the enchiladas being so low, we can afford them:) thanks for a great blog with awesome recipes!

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  113. Claudia Hale11/13/10, 12:43 PM

    WOW! I made these the other day and also the crockpot chicken broth, and the enchiladas were so GOOD! I also added some black beans in there. I can't wait to make them again! I will make them with corn tortillas next time just to see how they are-I bet they will taste just as good!
    Thanks for the recipe!
    I didn't make them spicy and my son (he is 5yrs old) LOVED them-evryone loved them!
    THANKS!!!!!!!!

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  114. Aren't they great!! My daughter doesn't like spicy food, so I understand.

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  115. Amazing recipe!!! My whole family loved them! Super easy and quick! :)

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  116. I am so excited that this recipe barely goes up in points in the new system!!! I put in all the information, and with the new points+ system, this recipe is only: 4 pts! Hoorah!

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  117. Hi Gina!

    Just made this today for the first time and it was DELICIOUS!! Loved it. Thank you so much!

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  118. Great Michaela, this is one of my favorites!
    Laura, glad you enjoyed this!

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  119. I will say preparation a little work. i will next time make the chicken and sauce ahead of time... I will say that my family and i enjoyed this soooo much. It is Delicious with alot of flavor. I forgot sour cream for my daughter...oops. I didnt add the chipotle chilis in adobo sauce for the spicyness (my daughter) but i used it later to top mine with. you can add it afterward on top. I did plug it into my WW Etools with the new program and the points plus is 3 pt. Whew hew. Enjoyed every bite and am excited that my family (and husband) loved it. Thanks Gina!

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  120. You got 3 points each? I'll have to double check that! Yes, It's a perfect meal to make on the weekend because it requires a few steps.

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  121. Lisa Ferguson-Sanford12/9/10, 11:26 AM

    yes i plugged in everything...at my meeting today they were saying sometime brands that you choose can be a little different to the next.let me know what you come up with please. Lisaloca13@comcast.net. have a great weekend.

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  122. These were fabulous and a big hit with my family. So flavorful -- and I love the spiciness! Really excellent :D

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  123. Hi Gina - New to your site so I apologize if this is somewhere else (I'll keep searching), how do you make the shredded chicken in the crock pot? Thanks! (LOVE the site - thank you so much for yummy healthy recipes!

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  124. Easy! Place chicken in crock pot, cover with water or broth, cook on high 4 hours. Remove and shred with 2 forks.

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  125. So... I just made these last night and they are INCREDIBLE! And this is coming from a tex-mex fanatic. I was so tempted to roll up additional cheese with the chicken in the tortillas, but I'm so glad I didn't as it would have been a waste of calories! Who needs extra cheese with flavor like this?! I made my own refried black beans using a couple of the leftover chipotles in adobo and cilantro. Delicious! Best tex-mex meal ever!

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  126. How many points are the Tortillas on their own? I can't get low carb ones here in Ireland so need to make a few adjustments to the overall points.

    Thanks

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  127. Excellent Steffy, your black beans sound delicious!

    The tortillas used are one point each.

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  128. Gina~ I don't have chipotle chili in adobo sauce or the chipotle chili spice and am not motivated to drag all my kids out in the snow to go to the grocery store. I have everything else. How should I replace it? I have plain chili's, chili powder, jalapeno's- what do you think would be a good substitution? or should I just skip it till I get to the store? Thanks!!

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  129. These were THE BOMB! They don't taste diet at all. My husband loved them. The sauce is absolutely perfect. Will be making these again and again! LOVE YOUR SITE!!!

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  130. My husband all but licked his plate clean! :) They were awesome!

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  131. Just found your blog, oh my goodness you are a dream come true!

    Made these Enchiladas last night for my family and they are delish! I share your love for mexican food, so I am excited to try so many of your recipies!

    I just had my third baby in four years so needless to say I am in dire need of losing about 30 lbs, so I am so glad to find this site with such yummy recipies that will help me get to my goal!

    Blessings to you!

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  132. LOVED these! OMG...so filling! another winner! Can't even begin to tell you how much I love your site!

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  133. This recipe looks amazing! I was wondering, do you have any enchiladas recipes where you use green sauce?

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  134. I made these, they were AMAZING! I am making them again this week, so I went to print out the recipe (like I did last time) and the sauce ingredients don't print out with the recipe or transfer to PDF! FYI :) But thank you for the recipe!

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  135. This was the first recipe I tried after stumbling onto your website. Not only were the enchiladas delicious, but two of them for lunch with steamed veggies kept me full the rest of the day!

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  136. Any chilies would work here, and yes I have a green sauce enchilada. Do a search (top right) for enchilada and it will bring up all my enchilada recipes.

    Erin - email me...

    Glad you all loved them : )

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  137. The first and only time I made these, I made them with extra lean ground beef instead of chicken because I forgot to get chicken at the store. They were so phenomenal!!! I want to make them tonight using chicken. Maybe this is a stupid question, but I don't see how 2 chicken breasts shredded is enough for 8 enchiladas? Am I missing something? Is that right?

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  138. These enchiladas are absolutely delicious! They are even better the next day! I will definitely be making these again!

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  139. I figured it out! Your chicken breasts are bigger than mine! :) Mine are 4 oz. each and yours are 8 oz. each, right? So I would use 4. Sorry about blowing up your blog with comments, it's only because I love this blog and its recipes SO much! :D

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  140. Made this tonight, and it was OUTSTANDING. What a great recipe--nobody would ever, ever guess it was "lightened up." So flavorful. Need to find more uses for the rest of the chipotle chilis I bought, but no worries. I used ground chicken breast that I browned and drained, since that's what I had on hand--it worked just fine. I will make this again and again until my family begs me to stop.

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  141. Yes, two big fat breasts :) Thin cutlets won't be enough!

    You can freeze the leftover chipotles when you need them! Throw them in your chili or make barbacoa beef!

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  142. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! These are so incredibly delicious. Thank you! Thank you!

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  143. These are so good, but with the tomato sauce I've been using, the sodium is really, really high. Can anyone recommend a lower sodium (as well as lower sugar) canned tomato sauce that still tastes good? I'm afraid to buy just any old one for fear that I'll just have to end up adding more salt in the end.

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  144. Made these last night . LOVEEE them !!

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  145. gina, i just came across your website this weekend. i cant believe ive been missing this. ive already made two of your recipes and they are BIG hits. the enchiladas...wowzers! they taste impossibly skinny. so good! thank you for keeping up a great, easy-to-use website!

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  146. This may be a silly question, but if I was using a rotisserie chicken, how much would be two breast halves? I'm just confused, because to me that seems as if it would be the entire chicken's chest?

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  147. Thanks for all your comments!! And yes, that's the entire chickens breasts, since they have two :)

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  148. i don't know what i'm doing wrong. i only saw one other comment about this, but i followed everything exactly as written, but by using 1/3 cup in each tortilla, i had the exact amount for 6 perfectly portioned enchiladas... not 8 :c( what am i doing wrong?! 8.5 oz shredded chicken, 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, all the extra goodies (onion and spices and whatnot).... but i am only getting 6 enchiladas!

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  149. I made this for dinner tonight... AMAZING! I found your blog today with a google search for healthy chicken recipes, and I'm so happy with what I found! I already bookmarked quite a few others for future dinners. :) Thanks so much for all the great, easy-to-follow recipes with the beautiful pictures!

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  150. If I make these with beef will I still use chicken broth or switch it to beef?

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  151. When you make these with beef instead of chicken..do you still use chicken broth?

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  152. You can switch to beef broth if you are making beef.

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  153. Just found this site via Leesha of Xsparkage. Tried this today and absolutely LOVE it. Can't wait to try more of your recipes. Thank you.

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  154. Love love love these! I've made them twice now. The second time I doubled the recipe. :)

    You mentioned you cook shredded chicken in your crock pot for the week? How do you do this? Also, any tips for actually shredding it? That seems to be the only thing that takes time.

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  155. Here's the recipe for making shredded chicken in the crock pot, love this!

    http://www.skinny-bits.com/2011/02/how-to-make-shredded-chicken-in-your.html

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  156. Thank you for the link. I guess I didn't search hard enough!

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  157. This was our favorite skinnytaste recipe to date! I used beef instead ebcause I was making chicken every other night this week. It was AMAZINGLY yummy. We have yet to make on of your recipes and not liked it. Thanks so much

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  158. Oh my goodness this was soooo good!

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  159. I should've stopped at one! But they were just too darn yummy! My husband went for seconds so I followed him right back to the stove for seconds, too! I only got another half, but along with the Spanish yellow rice and a garden salad, I am now just absolutely stuffed. I love this site! At my husband's request I am making zucchini and/or banana bread every week now. He loves a slice in the evening with a cup of coffee.
    Thanks Gina for all your hard work.

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  160. Yellow rice sounds perfect with this!

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  161. CurlytopNYC3/22/11, 8:24 AM

    Thank you Gina! This Chicken Enchilada recipe is delicious! My husband and daughter, who are not on Weight Watchers, loved it too. I paired it with the Chipotle Cilantro Rice - it was just fabulous! Thank you!

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  162. Another winner Gina... these were really good. I was nervous as I'd never used or even purchased chipotle chilis in any kind of sauce before... but they certainly made the sauce very tasty.

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  163. I'm glad you all like them, these are my favorite enchiladas.

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  164. Hi, Gina. I have a stupid question - my grocery store ran out of the chipotle chile powder. Can I use regular chili powder instead? Thanks again for all of your hard work!

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  165. Wowwwwwww! I made these for dinner tonight and they were so delicious I can't wait to make them again! Sooooo Awesome!! My husband couldnt believe they were low fat! Thanks Gina! Love the recipes!

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  166. This was amazing. Second recipe I have tried from this site in two weeks. My husband said it was his favorite thing that I have made and could not believe it when I told him it was healthy.

    I do have a silly question though... the chipotle in adobo sauce--the peppers were in the sauce but they never really broke down. Should I have chopped them? Or do you just leave them in for flavor and then take it out once the sauce is done?

    Thanks for a great recipe!!!

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  167. Gina, the sauce takes a long time to make (its super delicious and worth it). do you think i could make a lot of it and jar it? how long do you think it would last?

    thanks!

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  168. Chili powder instead is fine. The chipotles ate just for flavor so no need to chop unless you want to.

    The sauce would stay refrigerated a few days but freeze it and it will last for months!

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  169. this was the bomb!!! The only thing I added was a little ketchup in the chicken mixture. I used regular mission tortillas small so that made it 7 points each. But definitely worth it!!!!!!!

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  170. Made these tonight and the whole family loved them! Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes you share! It keeps me from getting bored and eating the same grilled chicken every night for dinner!

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  171. These are incredible, Gina! My husband ate the leftovers for two days and wants me to make more. What a filling and satisfying meal.

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  172. These were to die for! Just as good as leftovers!

    In my opinion the sauce made these. Definitely a sauce you could make ahead and use in tons of recipes. We even thought of using the sauce and chicken on pizza crust to make mexican pizza!

    Thank you, Gina, for yet another fabulous meal!

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  173. Nothing beats homemade. Great idea making a Mexican pizza!

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  174. I didnt have everything your reipe called for so I altered it a little bit and it turned out amazing. I love your recipes.

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  175. It is difficult to prepare a recipe for two people. could you freeze the left overs?

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  176. You can halve the recipe, I don't think they would freeze ok but I haven't tried it.

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  177. so yummy! but like someone else said, i didn't end up with enough fixin's to get eight enchiladas - i just barely got seven.

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  178. Gina, I just wanted to say THANK YOU - I have made this recipe many times, but I also use the enchilada base for many other Mexican Recipes I make. It's perfect, and I can change it to suit my tastes :)

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  179. LOVED it. My husband LOVED it. The sauce especially--magical!

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  180. I actually laughed when I saw how easy it was to make shredded chicken. I always bought a roasted chicken when I needed shredded chicken. Thanks for that gem!!

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  181. Jessica, it's so easy and you don't even have to be home to make it! Whenever I have extra chicken breast on hand with no plans for it, I throw it in my crock pot!

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  182. That is so funny! We just had these last Saturday night for dinner....delicious! Love your blog!

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  183. I just found your site today and am so in love I will be back everyday!!! Your food looks so good and delicious if it taste half as good as it looks I'm in for a great treat also thanks for showing the ww points plus .

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  184. Oh my god - today was one of the roughest days I've had in a long time and when I saw this recipe, it's like the heavens opened up. I.am.an.enchilada.fa.reak! I love them! Definitely making this recipe, this weekend. Thanks again for your awesome hard work on this - the meals are SO delish!

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  185. Stephanie, I hope this made your evening a little better!! :)

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  186. Thanks for reminding me about these! Forgot all about them crazily and need to make them a reality asap! Look just as wonderful as i remember (or even better!)

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  187. thanks for giving us a place to store these. I hated to print them because I hate the pictures that come along with the recipes, whoops, I love the pix but hate the color ink costs. :) Thanks for sharing your recipes. It helps us when we are unable to find that perfect recipe. YOU always have one ready and waiting.

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  188. Gina,
    I have made these many times! They are awesome!!

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  189. Gina! I love your recipes! I am so thankful you have the recipes separated so I can search for dinner or vegetarian. Will you separate out all of the delicious fall recipes the same way you did the summer ones? I am obsessed with all things fall...butternut squash, pumpkins, apples! I am so excited to see what you give us! Thanks!

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  190. My sister and I were planning on making these yesterday, and then you put up the throw back recipe, and we knew it was fate! DELICIOUS!!! We loved them! Had a hard time getting 8 enchiladas worth of the chicken filling...don't know why b/c we measured out everything exactly and filled a 1/3 c. measuring cup of filling for each enchilada to be exact. Oh, well. We still had some leftovers for my lunch today! Thanks, again, for helping all of us eat tasty and lose weight doing so!

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  191. anon- you can shut the pictures off when you print, there is a little box that you X.

    Kristin- great idea! I will do that in September!

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  192. Susie, I noticed when I re-made them with my own recipe, it's just under 1/3 of a cup, but more than 1/4.

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  193. Hey Gina,
    I am sorry if this has been asked before or is in another post. I really dislike the flavor of chipotle. I am not a big bbq sauce fan, and chipotle tastes a lot like bbq sauce to me. ANYWHO, my question is do you have an enchilada sauce that is equally as delicious, but minus the chipotle items?

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  194. @ShellyBird- You NEED to make Gina's Chicken and White bean enchilada's... they are AMAZING!!!

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  195. Gina, thank you thank you for reposting old recipes. I am fairly new to your site and I'm addicted!! I love looking at a recipe and then finding another one that is just as wonderful under the link "you might also like"!! Once in a while the links are broken and I get bummed I can't get the recipe. Please repost them all (or as many as you can :) Everything I have made has been amazing. Thank you for sharing!!
    Terri V.

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