Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baked Chicken Flautas

I got this recipe from a recipe website and made some modifications to it.  These came out quite crispy without frying, which saves some calories!

2 cups of grilled chicken, chopped
3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
3 tbsp cream cheese
6 tbsp Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 4 oz can chopped green chiles
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Flour Tortillas
Cooking spray

Cilantro Lime Sour Cream (optional)
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  Either heat oil in a grill pan, or drizzle chicken with olive oil and grill on an actual grill (if you don't have either, you can just saute the chicken).  Cook until slightly underdone, as this will be going into the oven and you don't want it to be dry.

Combine the chicken, chiles, cilantro, cheeses, coriander, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste. Wow, I didn't realize nearly everything in the recipe started with a C until just now!  Mix until well combined.

Microwave flour tortillas in the for about 30 seconds until soft.  Place a bit chicken mixture in the center of the tortilla and roll tightly.  Place with the seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Finish rolling the rest of the flautas, then spray them lightly with cooking spray.

Place into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
Tips -  This is an easy recipe to modify - substitute the meat or cheese, or add beans or rice, etc!  If you don't like spicy food, you can omit the chiles altogether.  Serve with the cilantro lime sour cream, guacamole or your favorite salsa.  Enjoy!

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