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Zucchini Enchiladas

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Swap the tortillas for thinly sliced zucchini, and try this low carb keto friendly Zucchini Enchiladas. They're made w/ shredded chicken and sure to impress!


Zucchini Enchiladas

Zucchini season is almost here! If you’re looking for some zucchini recipe ideas or ways to swap bread and pasta for zucchini, you’ve gotta try this zucchini enchiladas recipe! It’s a Mexican inspired dinner recipe that is packed with protein, flavor and nutrition! Honestly, you may not even miss the tortillas! Just sayin…

This recipe is made with “zucchini tortillas,” shredded chicken, enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. It’s low carb, gluten-free, paleo-friendly and keto-friendly!

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Dish of enchiladas with two rolled removed

How to make zucchini enchiladas

There are three parts to making this recipe. First you’ll prepare the chicken filling. Next you’ll prepare the zucchini so they can be used in place of the tortillas. Finally, you’ll roll the zucchini with the mixture and bake.

Preparing the chicken mixture

Start with 3 cups of shredded chicken. You can use chicken breast, chicken thighs or even ground chicken or ground turkey. What works well is using leftover rotisserie chicken. I also like to boil some chicken breasts with water and bay leaves for 30 minutes and then shred the chicken while it’s warm.

Regardless what chicken meat you use, you’ll want to mix the chicken with sauteed onions, garlic and spices. Then add some store-bought or homemade enchilada sauce on top and mix everything together.

Collage of the chicken mixture used for stuffing

Preparing the zucchini

To prepare the zucchini enchiladas, use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to peel thin wide strips of zucchini. You’ll want to save the narrow strips on the outside of the zucchini for another recipe. Only use the wide parts for best results. Then stack three strips on top of each other, (slightly overlapping), place the chicken mixture towards one end and tuck and roll.

Collage showing Plate full of sliced zucchini using a Y-shaped peeler and demonstrating how to stack the zucchini slices and roll them

Putting it together

The recipe will yield about 24 rolls total, and you will have some leftover zucchini slices, scraps and bits. You can chop those up to use in a zucchini bread of frittata. Then just arrange the zucchini enchiladas in the baking dish and add some enchilada sauce on top.

Collage of the zucchini rolls in the baking dish before and after the sauce is added

Add some shredded cheese on top and bake in the oven until the cheese melts. And then it’s ready!

Collage of the zucchini rolls in the baking dish before and after cooked with the cheese

When they come out of the oven, hit the zucchini enchiladas with some fresh cilantro, some sliced jalapenos if you like some heat and even some sliced avocados for a creamy touch. I would recommend serving these as soon as possible while they’re warm and the cheese is melted because who could resist that cheese pull?!

Two rolls of enchiladas being removed from dish

You can also leave condiments on the side, and everyone can add whatever condiments they prefer on top of their zucchini enchiladas. Sour cream and salsa give it a nice touch!

Two enchilada rolls on a plate with toppings

Tips for making zucchini enchiladas

  • Press the zucchini slices between paper towels to remove excess moisture. This may not be necessary for the zucchini you use, but if you notice that it has a lot of moisture, be sure to dab it dry. This will avoid any soggy zucchini situation.
  • Use a vegetable Y-peeler to make the zucchini strips thin and wide. It might help to halve the zucchini lengthwise before starting. And if you have a mandolin slicer, that might actually be even easier and faster. I relied on my cheap handy dandy Y-peeler.
  • Test a couple strips to ensure you have the right thickness. If it’s your first time making these, you may want to roll a couple strips with the chicken filling to make sure they don’t break. If they break, that’s a sign that you need to slice them thinner.
  • Be careful not to overstuff the zucchini rolls. You want to use 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture and not more than that so they’re easy to roll and won’t burst open in the oven.
  • Do not freeze the zucchini enchiladas. Zucchini has a very high moisture content, so it doesn’t respond well to freezing. When frozen, it accumulates ice crystals, which leads to sad and soggy zucchini. You can freeze the chicken mixture though!

I’m so impressed by how zucchini plays such a cool low-carb role as a pasta substitute and now as a tortilla substitute. It’s a great way to cut back on carbs and a wonderful recipe for anyone who’s on a gluten-free diet, ketogenic diet or low-carb diet. They are light and healthy, quick and easy, and packed with flavor that’s perfect for a crowd!

Final zucchini enchiladas garnished with cilantro, jalapenos and avocado

If you’ve tried this healthy-ish feel good Zucchini Enchiladas recipe or any other recipe on FeelGoodFoodie, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

And if you want more ideas for cooking with low carb zucchini recipes, try my Stuffed Zucchini Boats!

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Final zucchini enchiladas garnished with cilantro, jalapenos and avocado
Zucchini Enchiladas
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Swap the tortillas for thinly sliced zucchini, and try this low carb keto friendly Zucchini Enchiladas. They're made w/ shredded chicken and sure to impress!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: grain-free, high protein, keto-friendly, ketogenic, Low-carb
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 318 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cup enchilada sauce
  • 2-3 zucchinis large
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese shredded
  • Cilantro, jalapenos, avocados for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and cook until they soften. Add garlic, cumin and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cooked shredded chicken and 1 cup enchilada sauce, and stir until coated.

  3. On a cutting board, use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to peel thin slices of zucchini. Each zucchini should yield about 10 wide slices. Save the ends that are hard to peel for another use.

  4. Lay out 3 slices, slightly overlapping, and top with a spoonful of chicken mixture. Roll up and transfer to a baking dish. Repeat with remaining zucchini and chicken mixture. It should yield about 24 total rolls.

  5. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the zucchini enchiladas and top with shredded cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

  7. Garnish with cilantro, jalapenos and avocados, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe: This recipe was adapted from Delish.

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 2-3 in the fridge, but the zucchini will start getting soft after the first day.

Make Ahead Tips: You can slice the zucchini slices up to a day in advance. Store them in the fridge with layers of paper towels between them so they don't release too much moisture from being stacked on top of each other.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • Instead of shredded chicken, you can also use ground beef, ground turkey or even just prepared beans or tofu.
  • If you don't have cumin or chili powder, you can add other Mexican spices included paprika, garlic powder, onion powder or oregano.

Equipment: These are some suggested items that I use for the recipe.

  • I use the vegetable Y-peeler to create thin wide strips of zucchini. It's an inexpensive tool that has lots of other uses in the kitchen, like peeling carrots or peeling beets, for example.
  • I love using the Staub ceramic dish to make theses zucchini enchiladas. They gently retain heat and won't absorb moisture, which is ideal for baking zucchini that can often have excess moisture. Plus, they go from oven-to-table so beautifully!

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving, which is approximately 4 enchiladas, without any toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 845mg 35%
Potassium 407mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 18.3%
Vitamin C 17.7%
Calcium 27.7%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    Ms.
    May 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Lovely idea. Will be trying with bean filling instead.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      That sounds great! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply
    Zaira morales
    May 8, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I loved this recipe and it was so easy to make! I’m not a cooker but me and my boyfriend are trying to do better with what we eat. We’re from Mexico so you know we like to eat and not only that but what we eat it no where near healthy! It’s been about a month and a half that we started to work out (to get rid off those extra pounds) but I knew exercise was not gonna be enough if we kept eating the same way. I can go on but all I want to say it’s thank you for all those yummy easy healthy recipes. It has helped me a lot :)!!!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 8, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that and it means so much to me that you’re including my recipes in your journey to making healthier choices! Thanks so much for sharing and taking the time to leave a comment. I truly appreciate it!! Thank you!

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