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Low carb Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole: Using Tomatillos

Low carb Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole: Using Tomatillos
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Chicken Enchiladas are a very popular dish, but are often made with corn tortillas, which are not usually low carb. This recipe rolls the shredded chicken into low carb flour tortillas and smothers them with a creamy low carb sauce made with tomatillos, jalapenos, onions and sour cream. It comes together very quickly once the tomatillos are roasted.

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Ingredients
Illustrated step-by-step

White casserole dish of chicken verde enchiladas
Chicken verde enchilada casserole

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Ingredients for Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas:

Ingredients for chicken verde enchilada casserole
Ingredients for chicken verde enchilada casserole

Illustrated Step by Step

Here are the steps lined out with photos. For the details of the recipe itself, see the recipe card below.

Tomatillos, jalapenos and onions on a baking sheet lined with foil.
Step #1: halve the tomatillos and jalapenos and quarter the onions and place on baking sheet
Roasted tomatillos and jalapenos on foil lined baking sheet
Step #2: Roast the tomatillos, peppers, onions and garlic in oven at 400 F for 25 min.
Grated jack cheese and shredded chicken on cutting board
Step #3: While the tomatillos are roasting, shred the chicken and grate the cheese
Blender with tomatillo verde ingredients in it.
Step #4: Blend the roasted veg, cilantro and sour cream until smooth sauce
Flour tortillas, one showing chicken in middle and one rolled up
Step #5: Roll ~1/3 cup chicken in a flour tortilla; repeat with all 8 tortillas.
Rolled chicken tortillas with tomatillo sauce in baking dish.
Step #6: Spread1/4 cup sauce on bottom of dish, place all 8 rolled tortillas in dish and top with remaining sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes
Chicken verde casserole topped with shredded cheese.
Step #7: Remove foil and top the casserole with the shredded cheese. Bake another 5 minutes
White baking dish of chicken enchiladas with a tomatillo sauce and topped with cheese.
Step #8: garnish with sliced jalapeños and cilantro and enjoy!

Is Chicken Verde Low Carb?

Tortillas are really the only thing that makes a chicken verde enchiladas heavy in carbs. This version makes the enchiladas as a casserole using low carb flour tortillas rather than the classic corn tortillas.

If you want to lower the carb level even further and are willing to make your own, these homemade low carb tortillas are really good.

My favorite storebought low carb tortillas is La Tortilla Factory brand. I happened to pick some up at Costco, but you can also order online from Amazon.

Tomatillos, onions and peppers do include some natural sugars so this is not a carb-free recipe. I personally don’t mind the carbs when they are in the form of vegetables and some fruits, as the benefits of all the micronutrients are significant and the fiber in vegetables lowers the net carb amount.

With respect to losing weight with a low carb lifestyle (not keto), it is a matter of looking at the daily totals of carbs and sugar and not just a particular meal. Logging all the daily metrics is a pain, but if you really want to lose weight with low carb eating, it is a necessary pain for a while at least.

Low Carb Verde Store-Bought Sauce

There is a huge array of enchilada sauces, ranging from shelf stable sauces at the grocery store, to scrumptious, home-made sauces.

Homemade enchilada sauces are typically packed with flavor, but verde can be a little time consuming to make from scratch if you are roasting the vegetables. It is not much hands-on time, but they do need to roast for 25 minutes before blending everything together

Fortunately some of the store-bought verde sauces are low carb, and they are pretty good.

If you’re in a pinch for time, using rotisserie chicken and store-bought verde sauce can make a decent chicken verde casserole that you can get on the table in 20 minutes.

Bottle of verde sauce on a green spiral background.
Bottle of commercial verde sauce

Typical Mexican Garnishes

Our family is always happy with pickled jalapenos and some extra cheese or sour cream. But, if that won’t satisfy your family, here are some other great ideas to top off your casserole:

  • Olives
  • Cilantro
  • Sliced avocados
  • Chopped green chiles
  • Hot sauce or salsa, or more enchilada sauce
  • Homemade pickled onions

Really, the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

Popular Recipes Using Mexican Verde Sauce

Want more verde sauce ideas?  Try these recipes:

Chicken pipian verde (pumpkin seed green mole)

Chicken pipian and Mexican red rice on a white plate.
Chicken pipian verde

Low Carb Chile Verde Baked Egg Breakfast

Low carb Mexican baked eggs in chile verde sauce, still in skillet
Low carb Mexican baked eggs in chile verde sauce

Chile Verde Sauce for Low Carb Mexican Dishes:

Glass bowl of chile verde sauce with tomatillos, lime and tortillas to the side.
Chile Verde Sauce

Mexican Recipes Using Red Enchilada Sauce:

Low carb Mexican braised short ribs in a skillet
Low carb Mexican braised short ribs

Low Carb Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole

Chicken verde casserole topped with shredded cheese.
A Mexican enchilada casserole with a roasted tomatillo sauce and chicken-filled low carb tortillas.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 175

Ingredients

  • 8 Large Tomatillos
  • 1 med. onion quartered
  • 2 jalapenos cut lengthwise and deseed and devein
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • ¼ cup Cilantro
  • ½ Cup Sour cream
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Chicken broth
  • 3 Cups Shredded chicken I used Costco rotisserie chicken
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 8 low carb tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Jack cheese or white melting cheese (I used German Emmentaler cheese)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    Halve the tomatillos, quarter the onion and separate the garlic cloves and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and a little salt and roast for 25 minutes.
    Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan. (Remove garlic skins if you left them on)
    8 Large Tomatillos, 1 med. onion, 2 jalapenos, 2-3 cloves garlic
  • While the vegetables are roasting, shred the chicken and grate the cheese and set aside.
    3 Cups Shredded chicken, 1 cup shredded cheese
  • In a blender, combine the roasted vegetables, lime juice, cilantro, and sour cream. Thin with chicken stock if needed.
    1 Lime, 1/4 cup Cilantro, 1/2 Cup Sour cream, 2-3 Tablespoons Chicken broth
  • Pour 1/4 cup of the tomatillo sauce in the bottom of a baking dish to prevent tortillas from sticking.
    Roll up 1/4 tp 1/3 cup shredded chicken in a tortilla and place in the baking dish, seam side down. Repeat for rest of tortillas and line them in baking dish side by side.
    Pour the rest of the tomatillo sauce over the tortillas, cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.
    Remove foil and sprinkle cheese over the casserole and bake another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
    1/2 tsp salt, 1 Teaspoon Cumin, 8 low carb tortillas

Video

Notes

I used low carb tortillas from La Tortilla factory, as they are my favorites. There are other options, but just read the nutritional analysis and choose one with no sugar and the least carbs.
If you want to make this recipe in the easiest, quickest way possible, use rotisserie chicken and a commercial verde sauce. It will  still  be low carb and still be  delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 17gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 300mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1mg
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Baldino

Thursday 5th of October 2023

My favorite!

Dorothy Stainbrook

Friday 6th of October 2023

And it’s so easy!!!

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