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Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

These Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas are about to be the Mexi-American mashup of your dreams. Seriously, they’re so crave-worthy. A little sweet from the barbecue and a little spicy from the chili powder, the flavor of these enchiladas is out of this world. To make these, I tweaked my tried-and-true recipe for Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas and now I can’t decide which one I like better. They’re both amazing! Not only are these Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas incredibly flavorful, a serving of two enchiladas is only 329 calories or 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

 

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Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas

Yield: 5 (2 enchilada) servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (try to choose one low in sugar, I use Stubbs Original)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (I usually cut mine in half so they’re thinner)
  • 4 oz 50% sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 10 (6 inch) yellow corn tortillas (I use Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas)
  • 1 scallion, chopped (greens only)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425. Lightly mist a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, garlic, chili powder and cumin until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet or sauté pan, bring the oil to medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for a couple minutes until they start to soften and become fragrant. Add the chicken breasts in a single layer and cook for 3 minutes on one side, flip them over, and then continue to cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. Add the sauce mixture to the pan and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, occasionally removing the lid to stir the sauce, until the chicken is fully cooked through.
  4. Remove the pan from heat and transfer each breast to a cutting board, shredding it using two forks. Transfer the shredded chicken to a large mixing bowl. Add ½ cup of the sauce from the pan to the chicken along with 2 ounces (about ½ cup) or the shredded cheese. Mix everything in the bowl together until well combined.
  5. Microwave the tortillas for 30-60 seconds on high until warm and soft. Spread 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture onto a tortilla and tightly roll it up. Place the rolled tortilla seam side down in the prepared baking dish and repeat with the remaining tortillas. Spray the tops of the rolled tortillas with cooking spray and bake in the oven for 8 minutes until tortillas are slightly crispy.
  6. Reduce the heat to 400 and pour the remainder of the sauce evenly over the tops of the enchiladas, followed by the remaining 2 ounces of shredded cheese. Place back in the oven for an additional 18-20 minutes. Sprinkle the sliced scallions over the top of the entire dish and serve.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints:
8 per (2 enchilada) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per (2 enchilada) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition information below)

Nutrition Information per 2 enchilada serving:
329 calories, 32 g carbs, 11 g sugars, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 30 g protein, 4 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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10 Responses to “Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas”

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    sandy brandt — May 7, 2016 @ 8:19 am

    Emily, I have been following your blog for a couple years and love how you post healthy recipes without compromising flavor! One thing I do to speed up recipes on a busy weeknight is cooking chicken breasts in my slow cooker ahead of time, shred, portion and freeze. Then when I run across yummy recipes like this I can skip a few steps. I can’t wait to try this one. Keep them coming!

    • Emily Bites replied: — May 10th, 2016 @ 3:01 pm

      I hope you love it Sandy!

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    Tracy M — May 9, 2016 @ 7:37 pm

    I made these for supper tonight. Delicious!!!! Thank so much!!!

    • Emily Bites replied: — May 10th, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

      I’m so happy you liked them, Tracy!

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    Chelsie — June 3, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    These were absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipes!

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    Jessica Fredericks — June 17, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    I made these the other night and they were great! I do have a question-can you sub flour tortillas instead of using corn?

    • Emily Bites replied: — July 1st, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

      Sure! 🙂

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    Katie — September 21, 2016 @ 8:27 am

    HI,
    So cooking and eating Mexican food is something we probably do at least twice a week. Well I’m thrilled to say that this FABULOUS recipe will be one I make again and again. I did use about a T. of cumin but that is just because it is probably my fav seasoning ever. Can I share a tip that I have just learned that actually works. A great way to softening your corn tortilla. Great for enchiladas but I use this method more for a corn soft taco.
    Heat a non stick pan, I use a griddle. Have a bowl of water handy. Heat your griddle/pan to med high. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Dip your tortillas in the water. Dip a few times, not soak. then simply cook turning several times. When your done put in a towel to keep warm. No grease! Nice soft pliable corn tortillas!!!

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    Chrissy — June 26, 2017 @ 9:46 am

    Definitely one I’m adding into my meal rotation. These are delicious! Such a nice spin on enchiladas. Thank you for sharing.

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    Faith — July 16, 2017 @ 10:32 pm

    Every grilling holiday my parents way, way overdo it, and the chicken never gets eaten. It always gets sent to my house. Why eat chicken when there’s ribs?

    Anyway, the chicken always gets thrown out because, even in Texas, you can only do so much barbecue in a week.

    Until now!

    We’ve made this twice with left over smoked and barbecue chicken and it’s fabulous! Leftover grilled corn goes well in there too!

    Thank you so much!

    (Oh, and another thank you for putting this on my fitness pal!)

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