Quick and easy low carb chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe has just 7 net carbs per serving and it's great for the whole family. Lowcarb-ology.com

Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas : Keto Skillet Dinner

This one pan low carb chicken enchiladas skillet dinner recipe is quick and easy. It cooks in about 15 minutes, has 7 net carbs per serving, and is so good the whole family will love it! This keto chicken enchilada recipe is the perfect weeknight meal. It’s cheesy, creamy sauce explosions of Tex-Mex flavor in every single keto-friendly bite. Be sure to check out my giant guide to cauliflower rice techniques, too!

Ingredients

For this low carb chicken enchiladas recipe you’ll need: cauliflower, chicken, chicken stock, oil, tomatoes with chiles, canned whole baby corn on the cob (usually available in the Asian foods section), chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, Mexican oregano (or regular oregano), Mexican blend cheese, and cilantro.

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One pan chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe is quick, easy, and low carb.
One pan chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe is quick, easy, and low carb.

This was one of my most satisfying adaptations ever. I mean, I’ve made low carb chicken enchilada casserole before but honestly the lack of corn tortillas and corn flavor kind of left me wanting. It was like biting into a beautiful chocolate cake and finding out it was carob – no matter how many times someone tells me that carob tastes like chocolate my tastebuds totally disagree. How about you?

So I kept trying to figure out something that would give that familiar, sweet corn flavor without the carbs. Finally I read that baby corn on the cob – those little tiny corn cobs used in Asian cooking have almost no net carbs! Apparently the tiny cobs are harvested before the sugars develop so it’s mostly fiber. Score !

Fiber with the flavor of corn. And best of all, no carbs.

Keto Chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe is quick, easy, and low carb.
Keto Chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe is quick, easy, and low carb.

This has opened up a world of possibilities to me! The very first one being that I can now have a keto enchilada skillet dinner without the high carb backlash. You have no idea how happy that makes me.

The other problem I kept running into is all the pre-made enchilada sauce at the grocery store had carbs in them. How come? Sugar. Most add sugar to their enchilada sauce. So making my own without the sugar made sense to make this keto enchilada recipe. Its funny how similar the ingredients for enchilada sauce is to taco seasoning that you see in the grocery store. Lots of flavor without the sugar.

Keto chicken enchilada skillet dinner goes together in less than 15 minutes.
Keto chicken enchilada skillet dinner goes together in less than 15 minutes.

Tips to make low carb chicken enchiladas

1. Cooked chicken. I often find that I want to make a chicken dish, the hassle of defrosting the chicken. One time saving tip is to use a rotisserie chicken. By using shredded chicken that has already been cooked is a real time saver. The other nice thing is most rotisserie chicken you find at the store has lots of seasoning or flavor already added. Some stores even have shredded chicken from their rotisserie chickens already packaged without the skin and bones. Super time saver when it’s enchilada time. I like to mix both chicken thigh and chicken breast meat together. I found a chicken mixture of half chicken thigh and chicken breast meat from a rotisserie chicken works great.

2. Tortilla. No, I don’t use them in this skillet recipe as I just love flour and corn tortillas. They are my kryptonite. I tried using a low carb tortilla but found the enchilada sauce works better without them to season the chicken.

3. Shredded cheese. Yes, shredded cheese from the grocery store usually has something added so that the cheese doesn’t stick together in the bag. This is usually a small amount of cellulose powder. I found the flavor of freshly grated cheddar cheese really helps the sauce. But to save time, the mexican cheese blend in the grocery store tastes great, stores well, and saves a ton of time.

4. Sour cream. I love sour cream as it is made from milk fat which is our fuel when on keto. For this ket chicken enchilada casserole, you may want to add a dollop of sour cream on top. It adds a ton of flavor and fats. Watch the labels however. Regular cream cheese has 5 carbs in a 3.5 ounce serving. The “low fat” and “non-fat” versions add things that help with the flavor and texture. Unfortunately these are typically higher in carbs. For example, the same serving size of non-fat cream cheese has 16 grams of carbs. More than 3 times ! Yes it’s a tasty addition so if you are going to use it, please use the full fat version to keep your keto chicken enchilada low carb.

Quick and easy low carb chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe has just 7 net carbs per serving and it's great for the whole family.
Quick and easy low carb chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe has just 7 net carbs per serving and it’s great for the whole family.

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This is a nonstick skillet I’m considering. It’s lighter in weight than my cast iron (which I love but it’s getting more and more difficult to pick it up) but doesn’t have any of the weird chemical residues of nonstick pans – and it looks cool! Also – if you can’t find baby corn where you are you can get it on Amazon for a pretty decent price – Whole Baby Corn.

WaxonWare 11 Inch Granite Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan & Nonstick Skillet, Anti-Warp Non Toxic PTFE APEO PFOA Free Nonstick Pan
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Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Skillet Dinner Recipe

Quick and easy low carb chicken enchilada skillet dinner recipe has just 7 net carbs per serving and it's great for the whole family. Lowcarb-ology.com
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Chicken Enchilada Skillet Dinner

Low carb and gluten free! Feed your Tex-Mex cravings fast with this easy chicken enchilada skillet dinner. Freezes well so it's perfect for weekly meal prep.
Course Dinner
Cuisine low carb, Tex-Mex
Keyword chicken, enchilada
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 345kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower , raw, chopped fine - all liquid pressed out
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups chicken , cooked and diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes with chiles
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock , 0 carb
  • 1/3 cup Baby corn canned
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin , ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano , may substitute regular oregano
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese , grated
  • 1/3 cup cilantro , chopped

Instructions

  • Slice the baby corn into small slices. Set aside.
  • Press all of the liquid out of the cauliflower. 
  • Add the oil to a pan and heat it until it begins to shimmer.
  • Add the cauliflower and saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except the cheese.
  • Cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the cauliflower has taken on a reddish color.
  • Add about half the chopped cilantro and stir in well.
  • Stir in half the cheese and cook over low heat for about 1 minute.
  • Top with the remaining cheese and cover. Turn the burner off and let sit until the cheese has melted - about 2 minutes.
  • Top with remaining cilantro and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 28.7mg | Calcium: 397mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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46 thoughts on “Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas : Keto Skillet Dinner”

  1. 5 stars
    My husband actually sent this pin to me so I tried it and we?re sold. I didn?t find a lot of moisture in the fresh cauliflower. I will use my food processor next time because I make a mess when I try to chop it! The flavors were very good, hubby asked to have this often. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for your courage and honesty in your posts. I am trying to eat low carb after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and kind of struggling.. I am excited to try some of your recipes.

  3. 4 stars
    Thanks for the yummy recipe. I made this last night. I am just starting my journey into the low carb lifestyle and so it was the first time working with cauliflower in this way.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with hypothyroidism. I too have this problem and it’s good to know that I am not alone in the struggle.

  4. 5 stars
    This was amazing! We all loved it-even the non low carb people! I made it exactly like it says, but doubled it for my crowd.
    It will definitely show up on my table again.

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