Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles

Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles is a quick, 15 minute meal perfect for a weeknight. This healthy, Mexican, leftover chicken recipe will have you celebrating Cinco de Mayo in no time.

Even the kids loved this 15 minute dinner Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy

The word I cannot pronounce, Chilaquiles. Is it “chili-killy” chili-qwee”, “chila-kiles”. Ugh, I can never pronounce it correctly but I love them. The correct pronunciation is tchee/lah/KEE/lehs. What are they? Basically wet but not soggy nachos. They are superbly delicious and oh so easy to make. When my daughter was little she adored cheese enchiladas. So we ate at Mexican restaurants a lot. It was her favorite. She would scarf it down with no complaints so why not. It was an easy lunch option. Soon, we were sick to death of Mexican food but it made me get away from burritos and tacos and try something new. That was when I found chilaquiles. Sometimes they come with a red salsa but I prefer the salsa verde, green salsa. Even though I loved them, I had never made them at home. Silly me!

We have probably eaten more nachos this year then ever in our life. It is quick and easy and I can actually make them fairly healthy. By Friday, I am sick to death of cooking. Besides from making breakfast, lunch and dinner, I’ve cooked a few other dishes I’m testing for Food Done Light. I am so done with cooking and cleaning. Nachos have often saved a Friday night dinner. It never occurred to me that Chilaquiles are really wet nachos. They aren’t supposed to be soggy. These came together in all of 5 minutes. If I make my own Salsa Verde then it will take a little longer. On days I don’t even want to bother making salsa verde, I buy a bottle.

Even the kids loved this 15 minute dinner Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy

I knew I would love these but I was shocked at how much my husband loved them. Really this is a simple recipe but there is something about salsa verde that elevates this dish to fabulous. You can use leftover chicken or turkey. If you really want to, you can use a red salsa. A lot of restaurants only make them with red salsa. Sorry, I won’t eat it. I want green! Green is for me.

A plate of chilaquiles and a margarita sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Friday night to me. I made these in single serving portions too. That way I was not tempted to eat more than I should. This dish also takes care of a chips and salsa craving too. It’s an all-in-one dish, chips with salsa, nachos and even enchiladas. It has an enchilada feel to it too. Come Cinco de Mayo, you know what will be on our plates for dinner. Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles. Oh yes, now that I’ve made them at home, they will become regulars on our weekly dinner menus. With only spending 10 minutes on dinner, I’ll have time to squeeze my own lime juice and make my own margarita. That seems like time well spent.

Even the kids loved this 15 minute dinner Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy

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Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 357 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 2/3 cups Mango Salsa Verde or store bought
  • 12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 4 oz tortilla chips or baked tortilla chips
  • 2 oz crumbled Queso fresco
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place 2/3 cup salsa and 3 oz. chicken in a skillet over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer just long enough to warm the chicken, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1 oz. of chips and stir to coat chips with salsa. Cook for about 3 minutes, you want the chips slightly softened but not mushy.
  3. Place on a plate and sprinkle with ½ oz. cheese, 1 tbsp. green onion, 1 tbsp. sour cream and 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro.
  4. Repeat with remaining 3 servings

Recipe Notes

I prefer to make these one at a time. You can make them in one big skillet if you would like to. I find it easier to do it separately


I calculated 9 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Verde Chicken Chilaquiles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 32g 64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Christie, this looks delicious and I love how easy it is to make! Pinned :)
  2. This is one of my favorite easy meals! And I LOVE salsa verde!
  3. These look delicious Christie! We have Tex-Mex Tuesday almost every week...and usually another day too. Will be giving these a try!


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