Thursday, January 12, 2012

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

I wanted to have a final "tailgating" party for the biggest college football game of the year.  Michael grilled wings and I made pizza rolls, but I also wanted to try something new.   These seemed like the perfect missing piece, especially since I had all the ingredients.  Once again, they're from my favorite new cookbook- Our Best Bites!

The case:
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- 1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
- 1/4 C green salsa
- 1T fresh lime juice
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1 t chili powder
- 1/2 t onion powder
- 1/4 t granulated garlic
- 3 T chopped cilantro
- 2 T sliced green onions
- 2 C shredded cooked chicken
- 1 C grated pepperjack cheese
- small corn tortillas
- kosher salt
- cooking spray

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

2. 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.
3. 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 come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.
4. Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. 
5. Then roll it up as tight as you can.
6. 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. 
7. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.  Dip 'em in salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or this dressing.

The ruling:
Another winner!  I was surprised at how crisp these got baked in the oven.  Of course, taquitos are going to be better fried, but I will definitely continue to make these instead.  So easy!  And the filling was yummy!  I served them with sour cream and Pioneer Woman's Salsa.    

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