chicken taquitos

Posted on February 2, 2012


I love appetizers. I always end up filling up on appetizers and having no room for dinner. Unfortunately, appetizers aren’t usually healthy. Mayonnaise-filled dips, fried wings covered in butter and sauce, or some other high-calorie concoction generally cover the appetizer table.

What if you want to have an appetizer that isn’t seriously unhealthy but is still really easy to make and tastes good?

You can make these chicken taquitos!

Not only are they yummy and inexpensive party food, they’re good snacks. They are great to have in the freezer to make a quick meal or snack to eat when you don’t have time.

Go ahead and make these, and bring them to your Super Bowl party. Or just make them & freeze them for later; you’ll be glad you did!

Chicken Taquitos

Based on this recipe from Hungry Girl

Makes 16 taquitos

  • 2 (10 oz) can white chicken breast in water, well drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ¾ cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt-free taco or Southwest seasoning (I used The Delicious Dietitian Southwest Spice Blend)
  • 16 (6-inch) corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with canola oil spray.

Make filling: Combine the chicken and the salsa in a bowl. Refrigerate mixture for about 15-20 minutes.

Drain the chicken mixture well. Stir in cheese and Southwest seasoning.

Make taquitos: Warm the tortillas in a microwave; place tortillas between damp paper towels and microwave for 45 seconds. Keep the tortillas wrapped in damp paper towels until using.

One by one, fill each tortilla with about 2-3 tablespoons of chicken-salsa mixture. Roll up the tortillas tightly and secure with a toothpick. Place them seam side down on prepared baking sheet. Spray taquitos with canola spray.

Bake taquitos for 15 minutes, until crispy. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. Serve with additional salsa if desired.

These are best eaten warm. They will lose their crunch and become chewy if reheated in a microwave. If reheating, gently re-heat in a 300°F oven until heated through.

To keep in freezer: Bake the taquitos, let them cool completely, and individually wrap tightly in foil. Put all of the frozen taquitos in a freezer bag, and keep them frozen until you’re ready to eat. Defrost in microwave for about 1-2 minutes. Reheat in oven until crispy.



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