Chicken Skillet with Green Enchilada Sauce

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

June 13, 2018

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Chicken Skillet with Green Enchilada Sauce


Bariatric surgery friendly weeknight dinner on the stove top. 

One skillet recipe with chicken breast and green enchilada sauce. Black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and Mexican cheese

Here’s a great bariatric friendly recipe that provides an estimated 30 grams of protein for one quarter of the meal.

You might be thinking “no way I can eat 1/4 of that recipe!”

No problem! Listen to your pouch..always. Take two small bites of the chicken breast for every one small bite of tomato or bean. This keeps you filled up on the solid protein (beans are protein but do have carbs and are softer which means it leaves your pouch faster and hence hungry faster).

I love fast this recipe is to make and that it doesn’t dirty up my kitchen and requires just one pan. The crumbled cheese on top adds a tasty element but skipping it removes the dairy (if you are avoiding dairy) as well as decreases the fat and calorie content. No shame if you have a little! But if it’s not a big deal to you, may as well skip it.

I love fresh cilantro to keep my meals flavorful and exciting. Below I share several other weight loss surgery friendly recipes that use fresh cilantro. Tip: make this recipe AND a recipe below in the same week to keep groceries down and limit food waste. If you don’t tire of cilantro might as well make a few recipes that will use up your bunch!

The flavors of cilantro lime rice with CAULIFLOWER instead of high carb rice! This recipe is the perfect alternative for post weight loss surgery patients! Make your favorite Mexican dishes WLS friendly! #wlsrecipes #gastricsleeve #gastricbypass #cauliflowerrice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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One skillet recipe with chicken breast and green enchilada sauce. Black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and Mexican cheese

Chicken Skillet with Green Enchilada Sauce

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Stove Top
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup rinsed black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tsp crumbled queso fresco for topping optional


  • Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Spray with olive oil.
  • Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and brown about 2 minutes per side.
  • Add black beans and heat for 1-2 minutes. Add green enchilada sauce and stir to distribute into pan evenly. Cover and cook approximately 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 160F.
  • Add cherry tomatoes and cilantro. Remove to plates for serving. Crumble 1 tsp queso fresco per serving if desired.


Without queso fresco each serving provides 26 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrate and 7 grams fat.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Skillet with Green Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 633mg18%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 256IU5%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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