This skinny white chicken enchiladas recipe will be your family’s new favorite dinner

Skinny Ms.

If you’re trying to eat healthy, we’re willing to bet grilled chicken and steamed veggies are on heavy rotation in your kitchen. And, we’ll even go double or nothing here: You’re probably craving something with a little more flavor, right?

Turn your attention to this “skinny enchilada” recipe, courtesy of Skinny Ms., a website filled with nutritious recipes, weight-loss articles and tips, fitness workouts and everything else you need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

If you never thought “skinny” and “enchilada” could could appear in the same sentence, and live together in harmony, hear us out. The recipe is bulked up with healthy fillings like protein-packed shredded chicken breasts and diced green chiles. It’s no rumor, green chiles can help ignite your metabolism, thanks to the capsaicin, which is the compound that makes chiles spicy.

Of course, there’s still cheese and sour cream in these white chicken enchiladas, but the recipe calls for low-fat versions of those ingredients. The enchiladas get spiced up with cumin and chili powder and then wrapped in whole wheat tortillas.

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“We’ve lowered the fat content without sacrificing that rich texture that makes creamy enchiladas so great!” the site boasts.

In all, these enchiladas are 316 calories each. Nada lotta’ for an enchilada, eh?

Craving more?

If you love enchiladas so much you wish they were in your weekly meal rotation, but are on a calorie budget, we’ve got you covered like melty cheese on a tortilla. Hey, if #TacoTuesday is a thing, #EnchiladaEveryday can aspire to be a hashtag, too.

Check out these chicken and white bean enchiladas with creamy salsa verde from Skinnytaste. Garnished with jalapenos and cilantro, these beauties are just 231 calories per enchilada.


5 More Dinner Recipes — All Under 400 Calories A Serving

Here are a few more low-calorie dinner recipes ideas — because cooking a delicious dinner that doesn’t blow your diet is possible!

RELATED: 10 Meals (Under 375 Calories Each) That Can Be Made In A Slowcooker

1. Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole

You won’t feel deprived when you’re sinking your teeth into pepperoni and melted mozzarella. That’s the beauty of this low-carb casserole. Get the recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Kalyn's Kitchen

2. 20-Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

Why not enjoy taco night in soup form? It’ll be a great (and healthy) way to change up dinner. Get the recipe from Nutritionist in the Kitch.

Nutritionist in the Kitch

3. Cheesy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This meal is just as filling as it is low calorie. Warm sweet potatoes smothered in cheese and stuffed with beans? Sign me up, please. Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

How Sweet It Is

4. Cheesy Cauliflower Helper

Instead of mixing up that Hamburger Helper, why not try a healthier version using cauliflower? It’s just as cheesy and delicious as what comes out of that box, but it’s fresher and better for you! Get the recipe from Jo and Sue.

Jo and Sue

RELATED: 7 Low-Carb Dinners That Are Under 500 Calories

5. Blackened Salmon Tacos

Going with salmon will be a great way to keep calories at a minimum while keeping taste at an all-time high. Get the recipe from Chocolate Salad.

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Chocolate Salad

Need some more healthy dinnertime inspiration? Check out these 15 Weight Watcher dinners that are under seven points per serving.

RELATED: Here are five freezer meals you can make in under an hour!

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Brittany Anas
Hi, I'm Brittany Anas (pronounced like the spice, anise ... see, that wasn't too embarrassing to say, now was it?) My professional writing career started when I was in elementary school and my grandma paid me $1 for each story I wrote for her. I'm a former newspaper reporter, with more than a decade of experience Hula-hooping at planning meetings and covering just about every beat from higher-education to crime to science for the Boulder Daily Camera and The Denver Post. Now, I'm a freelance writer, specializing in travel, health, food and adventure.

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