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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

baked creamy chicken taquitos

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
(great freezer meal option!)

Our Rating: ★★★★½

1/2 c. (4 oz) cream cheese (light works fine in this recipe)
1/3 c. green salsa
1 T. lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried cilantro
2 T. sliced green onions
2 c. shredded cooked chicken (I use canned chicken and it works great)
1 c. grated Pepperjack cheese
about 20 (6 inch) flour tortillas
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 it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and Pepperjack cheese and combine well.
Place 2-3 Tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges and roll it up as tight as you can. 

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

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.
We love to dip these in a "salsa ranch" dip (we just mix together equal parts salsa and ranch dressing- that is what is in the picture), but it's also great with cilantro ranch dressing, guacamole, sour cream or salsa.

If making these into freezer meals I recommend only using small flour tortillas as opposed to corn. Use better quality flour tortillas to avoid tortillas splitting or breaking (I learned that the hard way!). Load the tortillas with the prepared mixture following the same instructions above and put directly into gallon sized freezer bag instead of cooking. Label the bag with cooking instructions. I personally like to make a couple batches of these so they last us a while. Whenever we're hungry and don't want to make anything we just take a couple out and throw them in the oven using the same cooking instructions. Great for lunch or dinner!   

Photo credit and recipe goes to sixsistersstuff.com. The original recipe can be found HERE.

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