What’s shaking guys? I’m actually writing this post down in LA before I head off to FILM A DEMO of one of my recipes. Pretty exciting, right? If you follow me on social media, you know I recently entered an online recipe contest, and while I didn’t win I came in 2nd and the company invited me down anyways to film a commercial shoot of me making my recipe. Pretty fun stuff. So a giant THANK YOU to everyone who voted. Let’s hope I don’t make too much of a fool of myself! I’m about to take off and head to the house they rented to film at so I’ve got to make this post a tad short so let’s talk enchiladas!
But lucky for you this recipe pretty much speaks for itself! I mean, paleo chicken enchiladas? What’s not to love right? I have a hard time sometimes when I create a recipe that I really love. Don’t get me wrong, I work really hard making sure ALL of my recipes are tasty for you. Trust me, there are many that end up on the chopping block that you never see. And my poor family stomachs down! But sometimes, I create something that I feel really knocks one out of the park. Or fills a void in paleo land. And these enchiladas do just that. But at the same time, I feel like a little bit of a jerk singing my own culinary praises. It seems a bit egomaniacal to me and I never want it to come across too sales-y. But I truly get so excited to share deliciousness with everyone and I really want you to give it a try because I just know you’ll love it too. And I so passionately believe that healthy (paleo) foods are never a lesser version in the flavor department of their original counterparts. In fact, they more often than not can pack more flavor because you’re using real ingredients that haven’t had all of their flavor processed out. So I always hope my enthusiasm for bringing you my recipes is never construed as me being a cocky chef.
With that being out of the way, let’s talk about these guys. As usual when creating the recipe, I think to myself, “How and where can I add more veggies into this?” And with my excitement still lingering over the fact that Whole Foods now offers fresh cauliflower rice in their produce department, I realized that would create the perfect filling in addition to your other enchilada ingredients. I may try adding some chopped kale into it the next time I make it as well. In place of tortillas, I used Paleo Wraps, but you can use any other paleo tortilla recipe you have. I personally like the recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo which you can find HERE.
Another note is on the enchilada sauce. I used Frontera red chile enchilada sauce because I wanted to keep things easy and quick (rather than make my own this time) and they have minimal ingredients in their sauce but it does have a bit of sugar, 1gram. Personally I don’t worry about the 1 gram, but if you’re on a Whole30 you do. So if you’re doing a Whole30 I suggest making your own. And Kindra at the Goodie Goodie Foodie has you covered with a recipe HERE.
See? But I know what you’re thinking.. But Michelle, tortillas of any form NOT Whole30 compliant. And you’re right. So what you’re going to do instead is take the filling (which IS Whole30 compliant) and stuff it in to a potato of choice and smother that shizzz in Kindra’s enchilada sauce. I promise you will love it just the same. And make sure you leave out the optional bit of goat cheese.
And there you have it and paleo enchilada and a Whole30 enchilada potato! I promise you won’t even miss the cheesey, flour tortilla-ness of a traditional enchilada. Your enchilada craving will be effectively filled.
paleo chicken enchiladas
Yield 8 -10
A paleo, gluten free, dairy free enchilada using chicken and cauliflower rice.
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 TBSP ghee
- 4 cloves of chopped garlic
- 1 26 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 3 C. cauliflower "rice"
- 2 TBSP adobo sauce from canned chipotles (add a chopped chipotle for additional heat)
- 1 4 oz can of diced green chiles
- 1/4 C. chopped cilantro
- 1 TBSP mexican blend seasoning
- 5 C. shredded chicken
- 2 C. red enchilada sauce (I prefer Frontera)
- 1 pack of Paleo Wraps
- 1/4 C. organic goat cheese (optional)
- 1 avocado
- 1 tomato
- Preheat oven to 375*
- In a large sauce pan, heat ghee on medium heat
- Add onion and cook until tender
- Add garlic and cook for an additional two minutes, careful not to burn garlic
- Add crushed tomatoes, diced chiles, adobo sauce, mexican seasoning and cilantro to pan and simmer until bubbly
- Add cauliflower rice to pan and cook until tender
- Toss shredded chicken into mixture and heat through about 5 minutes
- Salt to taste
- In a large baking dish spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce in bottom of dish
- Generously spread some of the chicken filling into a wrap
- Sprinkle a bit of goat cheese (optional) and roll
- Place into baking dish
- Continue to stuff and roll wraps and place snugly into baking dish
- Pour remaining enchilada sauce over enchiladas
- Bake for 20 minutes until heated through or until sauce begins to bubble
- Pull out and top with fresh tomato, avocado, cilantro and goat cheese