Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Anything Mexican, Tex-Mex, or similar is generally a hit in our house so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to add it to the menu.  Mine didn't look as pretty and even though I heated them twice in 20 second increments, the corn tortillas still cracked.  I think this would not have been the case with flour tortillas and next time I make these, I will use flour tortillas for that reason alone. 

But they were mighty tasty.  I changed the recipe slightly and used more cilantro, green onions, and cheese then the original recipe called for. 

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
slightly adapted from Our Best Bites

4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup green salsa
1 T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
6 T shopped cilantro
4 T sliced green onions
2 cups chopped baked chicken
1-1/2 to 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
about 16 small corn (or flour) tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray. 

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so its soft and easy to stir.  Add green salsa, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions.  Add chicken and cheese and combine well. 

You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

The corn tortillas are harder to roll without cracking.  For the corn tortillas:  work with a few tortillas and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking.  It helps to place them between damn paper towels.  Usually 20-30 seconds will do it.  If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. 

Place seem side down on the baking sheet.  Lay all the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other.  Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Plan pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes of until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

1 comment:

  1. Oh,my, those look really good! A cold beer and a plate of taquitos would sure chase away the holiday crazies.