In these Lighter Chicken Enchiladas cooked shredded chicken is mixed with a light chipotle sauce, stuffed into tortillas, topped with muenster cheese and baked until melty and delicious! Yields 8 enchiladas or 4 servings (2 each).

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I’ve never met an enchilada I didn’t like.

Stuffed and baked tortillas topped with sauce and cheese? What’s not to love?

I’m a little particular about my enchiladas, preferring homemade enchilada red sauce (shocker right?) over store-bought. If you haven’t made your own enchilada sauce YOU MUST! I have a quick version and a more from scratch version. But what I love about this particular enchilada recipe is that it doesn’t have a red sauce at all! Yes, enchiladas without a red sauce! Instead the sauce is made by sautéing onions, peepers, garlic, cumin and chipotles. You make a quick and simple roux stir in some broth which makes for a lighter creamy and broth-like sauce.

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Who’s not a sucker for those crispy tortilla edges, I aim for a crispy end piece every. single. time.

To Make These Lighter Chicken Enchiladas You Will Need:

  • shredded cooked chickenUse either leftover roasted chicken or rotisserie.
  • extra light olive oilOr use avocado oil.
  • red bell pepperAdds a pop of color and touch of sweet flavor.
  • yellow onionLends delicious onion flavor.
  • garlicLends distinct punchy flavor.
  • butterUse unsalted butter to control the saltiness of the dish.
  • unbleached all-purpose flourNeeded to thicken the sauce.
  • chipotles in adobo sauceLends smoky and spicy flavor.
  • low-sodium chicken brothThis is used for making the sauce.
  • kosher saltEnhances the flavors of the dish.
  • freshly ground black pepperLends distinct bite and flavor.
  • soft flour tortillasUse regular, low-carb or whole wheat.
  • Muenster cheeseA delicious mild melty cheese that’s perfect for enchiladas or nachos.

Make the Sauce:

Start by spraying a 9×13 baking dish with olive oil spray, then set it off to the side. Heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and add in 1 cup finely dice onion and 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper. Cook until tender, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Once the peppers and onions are soft and translucent, add in the teaspoon of cumin and 3 cloves minced garlic.

Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Next add in a 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until melted, then stir in the 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour.

Stir until a wet paste forms and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add in the minced chipotles and 1 to 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, more or less to taste.

Stir in 1-3/4 cups of chicken broth. Increase the heat to medium-high, stirring occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Taste and season with 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste) and a few turns of black pepper, about 1/8 teaspoon give or take.

Make The Enchiladas:

Take 3/4 cup of the sauce and it to the shredded chicken, tossing to combine.

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Spread a 1/2 cup or so of the sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Spoon some of the chicken mixture down one side of a tortilla.

Tuck, roll and repeat.

Line them up, seam side down, in the baking dish.

Pour all of the remaining sauce over top of the rolled enchiladas.

Use a spoon to smooth it out over top.

Lastly, grate about 1 cup or more (you decide!) of Muenster cheese and then sprinkle it over top.

Finally slide the pan of lighter chicken enchiladas onto the middle rack of your preheated 400° oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden in spots.

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With enchiladas, sometimes I cover with foil and sometimes I don’t. For some reason, with this recipe, I never cover it. The cheese melts and turns golden brown and where the cheese touches the pan, it gets super crispy.

Allow these lighter chicken enchiladas to cool for a minute while you finish prepping some easy toppings.

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Optional Toppings For Enchiladas:

  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • hot sauce
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • chopped tomatoes
  • raw onion
  • sliced fresh jalapeños.

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These lighter chicken enchiladas are definitely a family favorite in our house and I hope they are in yours too!

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Enjoy! And if you give this Lighter Chicken Enchiladas recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 4 servings (2 each)

Lighter Chicken Enchiladas

In these Lighter Chicken Enchiladas; cooked shredded chicken is mixed with a light chipotle sauce, stuffed into tortillas, topped with muenster cheese and baked until melty and delicious! Yields 8 enchiladas or 4 servings (2 each).



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 small chipotle peppers, in adobo, minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, leftover roasted or rotisserie
  • 8 tortillas, enchilada or soft taco size tortillas
  • 1 cup grated muenster cheese


  • Spray the bottom and sides of a 13x9 baking dish with olive oil and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large, 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the finely diced onion and peppers, season with a pinch of salt and then cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and the peppers are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Next, add in the garlic and cumin. Cook 1 minute before adding in adding in the butter. Once melted, stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add in the chipotle peppers and 1 to 2 teaspoons adobo sauce. Stir while slowing pouring in the broth. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer while stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened, about 4 to 6 minutes. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine all of the shredded chicken with 3/4 cup of the sauce. Then spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Spoon a little of the chicken mixture down one side of tortilla, tuck and roll, placing it seem side down into the baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling
  • Pour the remaining sauce over top of the enchiladas and spread using a spatula before sprinkling with the grated Muenster cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, in your preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted and is golden brown in spots.
  • Allow to cool slightly, before serving with desired toppings.


Serve with: sliced avocado, plain greek yogurt or sour cream, hot sauce, sliced green onions and chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 2g, Calories: 413kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 1265mg, Potassium: 494mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1475IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 247mg, Iron: 3mg