Layered Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Low FODMAP Layer Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Our low FODMAP layered chicken enchiladas are Monash University diet compliant and easily one of our best sellers! It is even safe for the Elimination phase! We have this delicious recipe courtesy of FODMAP Everyday

If you don't have time to cook this delicious dish or just don't enjoy cooking, you can order it fully prepared, and delivered to your home here.

Makes: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Dédé Wilson


Red Enchilada Sauce:


  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch (12 mm) thick, then diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder, ground red serrano chillis or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons EITHER Low FODMAP Garlic-Infused Oil or Onion-Infused Oil made with vegetable oil, or purchased equivalent
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh green chilles, such as serrano, or to taste
  • 4 ounces (115 g) sharp or extra sharp cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces (115 g) Havarti, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 7 ounces (200 g) feta or cotija cheese, (about 1 ¼ cups)
  • 1/4 cup (4 g) chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup (16 g) chopped scallions, green parts only


  1. For the Sauce: Heat the oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat until hot, then whisk in flour and cook, stirring often, for a minute or two to lightly cook the roux, which is the basis for our sauce (you are just removing the raw flour taste). Whisk in chilli powder and cook for 15 to 30 seconds then slowly whisk in stock, then tomatoes, cumin, oregano and salt until combined. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. Set aside. This makes about 3 cups of sauce; you might not use all of it for this recipe but it will keep, refrigerated, in a covered container for up to a week.

  2. For the Enchiladas: Meanwhile, place diced chicken in a mixing bowl and add the chilli powder, cumin, oregano, salt and several grinds of black pepper and toss to coat.

  3. Heat oil in a medium sized nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot, add chicken and cook, stirring often, until about halfway cooked through (just losing its pink color), about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in green chillis (to taste) and a splash of the enchilada sauce and stir to coat. Continue cooking the chicken until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes more.

  4. Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F/180° Spread a little Enchilada Sauce in the bottom of an oven-proof glass 13 x 9-inch (33 cm x 23 cm) pan (or you can use two 9-inch/23 cm pie plates). Toss the cheddar and Havarti together in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Take one corn tortilla, spread a little Enchilada sauce all over its surface using the back of a spoon and then place about ¼ cup (55 g) of the chicken (do this by eye) in a line down the center. Sprinkle with a bit of cheese (you will use about one third of the shredded cheese for this part of the recipe for all 10 tortillas). Roll up and place tortilla seam side down in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas, chicken and up to one third of the cheese, nestling each rolled tortilla next to one another.
  6. Pour Enchilada Sauce over the rolled tortillas and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese and feta evenly over all. Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes or until filling is hot and cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle cilantro and scallions over the top and serve immediately.

When you first learn of the low FODMAP diet and you see that onions and garlic and beans are a big no-no, your dreams of Mexican-inspired meals might seem to be hanging by a thread. However, you can have all the flavor of those yearned-for Mexican dishes, such as with these Chicken Enchiladas, if you get a little creative with your ingredient choices. Layer your very own homemade low FODMAP red enchilada sauce under, inside, and on top of the chicken stuffed tortillas. Finish the dish off with three kinds of cheese and scallions and cilantro for a green burst of freshness.


  • You can prepare the enchiladas ahead. After sprinkling with the cheeses they can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature while oven preheats. You can also heat these in the microwave, but it will depend on your familiarity with your unit. Start by trying high power for 10 minutes, check, and proceed from there. 


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.1mg