Monday's Meal - Exploding Chicken Taquitos

Monday, July 4, 2011

Love this recipe from Hungry Girl!!

Exploding Chicken Taquitos
(copied from Hungry Girl - see the original recipe here)

8 small (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas
One 9.75-oz. (or 10-oz.) can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained well
1/2 cup salsa
1/3 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. dry taco seasoning mix
Optional: red enchilada sauce, additional salsa, fat-free sour cream, for dipping

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salsa, and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

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 with nonstick spray, and set it aside.

Dampen two paper towels, and place tortillas between them. Microwave for about 1 minute, until tortillas are warm and pliable.

Take one tortilla (keep the rest between the paper towels), spray both sides lightly with nonstick spray, and lay it flat on a clean dry surface. Spoon about 2 heaping tbsp. 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 and place seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

Bake for 14 - 16 minutes, until crispy. Allow taquitos to cool for 5 minutes. If you like, dunk in enchilada sauce, salsa, or sour cream!


Serving Size: 2 taquitos
Calories: 197
Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 594mg
Carbs: 22.5g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 20.5g

POINTS® value 4

The first time I made the recipe, I followed it exactly. We found it to be a little "bland". So the second time I made it, I made a couple of changes. Instead of a 1/2 c. of salsa, I used 1/2 c. of taco sauce - and 1/2 tsp. instead of 1/4 tsp. dry taco seasoning. We found this to be more to our taste, but I will probably add a little more seasoning next time. I will also double the recipe since everyone likes it!

This is really quick & easy to make - and it's a night light meal for warm weather. If you're using them as a meal, you'll probably want more than two - or you'll want to also have a salad and/or some refried beans. I think the filling would also be good in a tostado shell taco salad.