Monday, June 6, 2011

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Have you ever had Taquitos? Ah, Taquitos, how I love thee. Thou art beautiful and lovely and DE-LI-CIOUS! And oh, so so bad for me. My taste buds love you but my hips hate you. And my heart hates you, too. And my hubby's heart. Actually, all hearts must have love-hate relationships with you because you are so good but so bad. I suppose I'll just only get you on special occasions when I think my heart is up to a bit more artery clogging.
But wait! Our Best Bites is come to my Taquito dilemma rescue! They have discovered a way to bake you in the oven so you are so much healthier and still tasty! Our Best Bites, I think you are my new favorite friend. Well, actually, you aren't new and neither is my love of your deliciousness. So just suffice it to say you are my favorite friend. Next to Taquitos, of course. ;)

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Recipe from Our Best Bites

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
 1/4 t chili powder {the recipe originally calls for a teaspoon but I'm a spicy wimp}
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated cheese {I actually used a mozzarella/cheddar combo because that's what I had}
small corn tortillas (and actually, flour ones are really good as well)
kosher salt
cooking spray


Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. 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.
Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or are coming 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.
Then roll it up as tight as you can.

Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.
Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.
Ooh, so creamy and tasty and delicious and not fried! :)

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