Monday, April 2, 2012

Baked Chicken Taquitos

I am pretty excited about this post.  Taquitos have always been something I seek out on a menu regardless if it's a Mexican restaurant or a bar appetizer. I will also admit when I'm shopping at Costco and hungry, I sneak in a box of frozen taquitos into the cart.  I love taquitos! When I saw this recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything's blog I thought about it for a week before I made it.  ( I am still thinking about them)  This recipe was fun, versatile and not fried! Delicious results, creamy, flavorful and easy! I made these with 20 flour tortillas and a few of  corn ( gluten free option, but the flour was better :) 

Baked Chicken Taquitos 

Recipe and Tutorial 
Make 20 Taquitos 
Prep time 30 mins 
bake time 
1 package cream cheese ( I used reduced fat) 
1 cup salsa ( green or red)  
1  fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup Tablespoons sliced green onions
3 cups shredded cooked chicken ( about 3 cooked chicken breast or 1 rotisserie chicken) 
2 cup grated pepperjack cheese ( or cheddar) 

1 small can fire roasted jalapenos peppers 
about 24 small corn or flour tortillas (we liked flour better)
kosher salt
cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 425. Line baking dishes or cookie sheets with Pam or a silpat. Start by mixing cream cheese, salsa, lime, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder together in your mixer. 
** I used red salsa**

2. Add in cilantro, onions, chicken and cheese - until mixed 
** Do not over-mix**

3.  Next put tortillas in microwave for 20 sections with a wet paper-towel over them to make them easy to work with ( Work in batches of 5-6). Spray Pam on one side of tortilla then place 4 tbls mixture on one side and tightly roll. 

Roll then place in baking dish ( Do not let them touch) Place seam side down.   Pam side will be on the outside. 

4. Bake in oven until golden brown at 425 for about 25 - 30 mins ( check after 20mins) Some mixture will fall out but you can easily stuff back in. 

let cool on cooling rack. 
5. Plate and serve!  Or store in fridge and warm for 10 mins in oven to reheat. These also freeze beautifully too! 

Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole!  Enjoy. 

Love Lydia