If zucchini can become pasta or taco shells, then it can absolutely be just the thing to make these chicken zucchini enchiladas. This recipe uses thinly sliced zucchini along with a shredded chicken mixture topped with a homemade red enchilada sauce for a meal you can make once and enjoy all week.
I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy Mexican food. This is probably because I wouldn’t really get along with those people.
My love for the cuisine was always there but sadly it had to take a back seat while we lived in Hawaii. Mexican food was not really prominent in the area and the places that tried to replicate it failed pretty miserably.
Enchiladas were always a favorite entree of mine. I love the combination of flavors and how rolling everything up into a neat little package and covering it with sauce was so unique to anything else.
In this recipe, I was searching for a way to get the same texture and flavor but make it more of a healthy enchilada that happens to be paleo, low carb, keto and even Whole30.
The corn tortillas in traditional enchiladas are replaced by zucchini which is a naturally low carb vegetable.
Calories and Carbs in Zucchini:
1 Medium Zucchini
- Calories: 33
- Fat: 0.6g
- Carbohydrate: 6g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 2.4g
- Total Net Carbs: 4g
The great thing about using zucchini for these enchiladas is that a zucchini can be very thinly sliced and layered together in order to create a low carb tortilla vessel for the seasoned chicken or even beef enchilada.
How To Make a Zucchini Tortilla or Wrap:
For this recipe its helpful to have a mandolin to cut your zucchini into nearly paper thin slices. If you don’t have one, a very sharp knife will work to cut long slices but be careful!
Once all enchiladas are assembled and ready for the oven, cook only until the zucchini is cooked through since all ingredients are already cooked. Too much time in the oven can dry them out. Check periodically as every oven is different.
Although you can find enchilada sauce in your regular grocery store, making your own is very simple and it takes just a few ingredients that are clean making it suitable for paleo and whole30 ways of eating.
What side dishes go with Enchiladas?
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- Spanish Rice
- Refried Beans
- Chips and Salsa
- Mexican Street Corn
- Simple Green Salad
- Seasoned Black Beans and Rice
These enchiladas are made Paleo and Whole30 in the recipe below. Feel free to swap out the zucchini “tortillas” with either flour tortillas or corn tortillas for a gluten free option. These can also be made with beef or beans and veggies for a vegetarian option.
This recipe is the perfect time to utilize pre-cooked chicken. Maybe you had a rotisserie chicken laying around or you cooked one in your instant pot and need to use up all the meat. Don’t forget to make some bone broth with it too!
Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas
- 3 cups Shredded Chicken, cooked
- 2-3 Zucchini, large and thick
- 2 cups Red Enchilada Sauce
- 1 small Red Onion, small dice
- 1 Bell Pepper, small dice
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 and set aside a deep baking pan with 1/4-1/2 cup enchilada sauce spread on bottom.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet and add diced onion and bell pepper over medium heat. Saute for about 5 minutes or until vegetables soften.
- Add in shredded cooked chicken along with one cup of enchilada sauce. Toss together until evenly combined and remove from heat
- Using your mandolin on the thinnest setting, cut each zucchini into paper thin slices as shown below. As you cut them, keep them together so they are the same size. Layer each slice overlapping them halfway through the next one until desired enchilada size is formed. (this turned out to be 4-5 depending on size.
- Scoop a little over 1/3 cup chicken mixture longways inside the "shell". Slide a knife under the zucchini slices and create a flap over the chicken mixture and continue to carefully roll up all the way.
- Add each enchilada to sauce lined baking pan packing them tightly.
- Top with remaining enchilada sauce and bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken mixture is warmed through.
- Top with chopped cilantro and/or avocado.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 3-4 enchiladas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.