One of my sisters just graduated from medical school and is newly engaged, and to celebrate, my parents threw her a party with family and friends. My mom and I made quite a feast for our special friends and family, and I look forward to sharing many recipes from the party over the next weeks.
The party was a luncheon, and since we had nearly 85 people, my mom and I made more "finger friendly" lunch foods. These chicken taquitos were a hit! When my sisters and I were growing up, we liked having those chicken taquitos from the freezer aisle of the grocery store. So, it seemed a fitting dish to make for my sister. The homemade version is very tasty, and these are much healthier than the frozen counter parts.
The tortillas bake up nice and crisp, and spraying the tops with cooking spray (or brushing them with butter) and adding a pinch of salt gives that "deep fried" taste without the calories. The filling can be prepared ahead of time, making this an easy crowd pleaser.
The filling is a great base, and you can add in vegetables to boost the nutrient factor! Since my Doc sister is now a vegetarian, I made a batch where I swapped out the chicken for the vegetables. These freeze well, making them a great quick dinner, too.
(Yields 12 taquitos)
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup salsa
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. onion powder
2 cloves, garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (one of those rotisserie chickens would be perfect)
1 cup shredded cheese (Mexican, cheddar, pepperjack, etc.)
12 6-inch flour tortillas
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, spices, cilantro, green onions, chicken, and shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly until well combined.
Briefly heat the tortillas, for about 45 seconds, in the microwave to make them softer so that they are easier to roll. Place a tortilla on a work surface. Spoon approximately 3 tablespoons of the filling mixture down the middle of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla up tightly around the filling. Place same-side down on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling, spacing the assembled acquits evenly on the baking sheet. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with a sea salt. (Sprinkling Mexican parmesan cheese also makes a delicious garnish, too!)
Bake 15-20 minutes, until crisp and golden. Serve with desired condiments, such as sour cream and salsa.
Note: To freeze before baking, transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and chill the taquitos for approximately 45 minutes. Transfer to a freezer-safe container. To bake straight from the freezer, just add a few additional minutes to the original baking time until the filling is warmed.
Source: Adapted from Annie's Eats