Salsa Verde Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas are a low carb, healthy dinner that tastes delicious. Using leftover rotisserie chicken, this recipe comes together in about 40 minutes and makes a for a great weeknight meal when you want something different.
If your not familiar with tomatillos they are not green tomatoes. They are super healthy and cheap (I bought 1 1/4 pound for $1.14). They can be found in the produce section of just about any large grocery store now and they can be grown in containers or in the ground. There’s a picture of ours when they we’re still tiny from last year, we grew our tomatillos on our deck in St. Louis. If you’re into gardening and like to give them a try, the seeds might be hard to find, but Amazon does carry them.
They have a papery husk, but are shaped like tomatoes. However, they taste nothing like a tomato, even though I’ve seen people say use green tomatoes in place of tomatillos, that would be nowhere near the same flavors. I would rather use a red enchilada sauce if you can’t find tomatillos.
According to Natural Food Series, “The tomatillo is actually a vegetable, rather than a fruit like other tomatoes, and is a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Although tomatillos closely resemble tomatoes, they do not contain lycopene. On the other hand, tomatillos contain a different type of antioxidant phytochemical known as withanolide. Researchers from the University of Kansas discovered 14 phytochemicals in tomatillo that shows anti-cancer potential through pre-clinical testing. Even more interestingly, these compounds have no side effects or toxicity. Furthermore, tomatillos are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, niacin, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. Tomatillos also have a list of organic compounds that are beneficial to one’s health.”
Now if you want to go completely meatless with these try it chickpeas, for Meatless Monday. Don’t have leftover rotisserie chicken? Try it with ground turkey, or hamburger, or even some canned chicken (I haven’t tried with canned chicken, but I know they sell a lot of it at Costco).
Maybe you do meal prep Sundays. We will sometimes buy a 10 bag of frozen leg quarters, cook them up in the smoker and pull the chicken to put in baggies in the freezer to pull out for a quick dinner, like this Skinny Chicken Fajita Soup, that’s really super delicious as well as quick and easy; or a simple Cherry Chicken Salad.
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