Sunday, April 17, 2011

Exploding Chicken Taquitos

Quick, easy, and very tasty. This was a great end of the week recipe when I was tired and not wanting to cook. The girls also enjoyed. Courtesy of Hungry Girl on Cooking Channel Ingredients:

  • One 9.75-oz. (or 10-oz.) can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained and flaked

  • 1/2 cup salsa

  • 8 small (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas

  • 1/3 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 tsp. dry taco seasoning mix

  • Optional dips: additional salsa, fat-free sour cream


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salsa, and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Dampen two paper towels, and place tortillas between them. Microwave for about 1 minute, until tortillas are warm and pliable. Set aside. Remove chicken mixture from the fridge, and drain any excess liquid. Add cheese and taco seasoning, and mix to combine. This is your filling. Set aside. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with nonstick spray. Set aside. Place one tortilla flat on a clean dry surface (keep the rest between the paper towels), and spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of filling onto the tortilla. Spread it evenly across the entire surface, and roll tortilla up tightly, so that you have a cigar-shaped tube. Secure with toothpicks, if needed, and place seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Bake in the oven until crispy, 14 - 16 minutes. (Don't worry if they crack and "explode" a little!) Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove toothpicks, if using. If you like, serve with additional salsa and sour cream for dipping. Enjoy! MAKES 4 SERVINGS

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