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Chicken Enchiladas

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 6

Betty Crocker's Diabetes Cookbook shares a recipe! Add a fiesta of flavor to chicken with garlic, lime and fresh greens. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ enchilada sauce
1/4
cup cilantro sprigs
1/4
cup parsley sprigs
1
tablespoon lime juice
2
cloves garlic
2
cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
6
Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas (6 inch; from 8.2-oz package)
1
medium lime, cut into wedges

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In blender or food processor, place enchilada sauce, cilantro, parsley, lime juice and garlic. Cover; blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • 3
    In small bowl, mix chicken and 3/4 cup of the cheese. Divide chicken mixture among tortillas. Roll tortillas around chicken mixture; place seam sides down in baking dish. Pour sauce mixture over enchiladas.
  • 4
    Cover; bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until hot. Serve with lime wedges. Garnish with additional cilantro sprigs if desired.

Expert Tips

Though protein won't raise your blood glucose levels, it's still wise to eat only one serving per meal to control your total calorie intake.

Don't forget the rice and beans! Serve with 1/3 cup cooked rice and 1/2 cup Old El Paso® fat-free refried beans for a total of 4 1/2 Carbohydrate Choices.

If you prefer green enchilada sauce to the red variety, go ahead and use it instead.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
16%
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Sodium
560mg
23%
Potassium
160mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
Ah, April. Time for sweet blooms of tulips and lilacs, for chocolate bunnies and crinkly plastic grass; time to pay the man, Uncle Sam.

Just when you most need a commiserating drink with your friends is when you can afford it the least. But cheer up: I have ten party menu ideas that'll feed a crowd for under ten bucks.

1. Shredded chicken enchiladas

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2. Frito pie

Nine out of ten trailer park residents agree: ain't nothin' wrong with some Frito pie. Fill a casserole with Fritos and chili, then top with cheese, or go authentic and serve little lunch-size bags of Fritos with a cup of chili right in the bag. Cheapskate protip: make homemade chili instead of using canned chili (it's healthier, too).

3. Crostata with Tuscan bean dip

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4. Popcorn party mix

When I was a kid, one of my favorite goodies was popcorn balls. Turns out, my clever mom was turning a cheap snack into a special treat with a few cheap ingredients. Nowadays, I like to make it a little more grown-up by adding dried cranberries and a drizzle of melted chocolate. Cheapskate protip: buy bulk popcorn and pop it yourself instead of buying microwave popcorn.

5. Spinach and mushroom quiche

I love throwing brunch parties, and quiches are a great party food — they're relatively low-fuss and inexpensive. For about $3 or $4, you can get a dozen eggs, and then if you're time-strapped you can just use a store-bought pie crust. Cheapskate protip: making the crust from scratch will always save you a buck or two.

6. Crudités platter

This is a tested favorite of penny-pinchers. My grandma always threw one together for holidays, and I bust one out for every party. Cheapskate protip: instead of buying dressings and dips, make your own onion dip.

7. Cheese Fondue

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8. Pasta salad

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9. Tiny cookies

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10. Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a Blanket are not just for kids! Cut hot dogs in half to make them cocktail-sized, then roll them up in your favorite packaged croissant dough. Cheapskate protip: you guessed it: use homemade biscuit dough, rolled thin.

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