A Homemade Kitchen: Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Homemade Baked Chicken Taquitos
A Homemade Kitchen series includes recipes that feature homemade versions of your favorite store-bought meals, snacks, treats, condiments and more. Homemade is better for your budget, body, and taste buds.

My little brother was pretty much fueled by frozen chicken taquitos this past summer. What else do teenage boys eat when there’s no one home to feed them lunch? Now that he’s back in school and has access to an array of fresh, tasty, healthy cafeteria foods (sarcasm!), I imagine the taquitos have begun to gather freezer burn.

This got me thinking about how many people rely on freezer foods to feed themselves when they’re usually super easy to make. Take these taquitos as an example. All you do is prep, combine, and roll the ingredients up in tortillas then bake. Or you can hold off on the baking and freeze for those days when you’re too busy or lazy to make something. Or for when your kids are home for a school break and need to feed themselves. You can easily double the recipe to make a large freezer batch. If you wanted to make things easier for yourself, grab a rotisserie chicken at the store for this recipe. Or, if you’re really into homemade, roast your own chicken and make your own tortillas. To amp up the health factor go with whole-grain tortillas, switch the cream cheese to neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat), and finely chop whatever fresh veggies you have on hand to add to the filling. You could even go vegetarian and swap the chicken for beans. As we’ve learned in culinary school, a recipe is simply a guideline. You don’t have to follow it exactly. Add or subtract what you like and don’t like and follow your instincts.

What are your favorite freezer foods? (I know you all have one!)

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Much, much, much more flavorful than the store-bought freezer taquitos.
Texture: The tortilla is beautifully crisp while the filling is meaty and creamy. The addition of cream cheese to the taquitos is just magical.
Ease: All you do is mix the ingredients together, roll them up in the tortillas, and bake.
Appearance: Like little bundles of deliciousness.
Pros: Tastier and healthier than the store-bought variety, can be frozen.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? I’ve got some in the freezer!

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Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Yield: 12 taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 small roasted red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded cook chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 10-12 6-inch flour tortillas
  • kosher salt
  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic, cilantro, roasted red pepper, green onion, chicken, and shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly until well combined.

    Briefly heat the tortillas in the microwave to make them soft and pliable, about 20-30 seconds. Place a tortilla on a work surface. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons filling down the middle. Roll the tortilla up tightly around the filling. Place seam side down on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Spray with tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.

    At this point you can freeze the uncooked taquitos by chilling the entire baking sheet in the freezer until taquitos are solid, about 30 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and store in freezer for up to 2 months.

    Bake 15-20 minutes (a few minutes longer if frozen), until crisp and golden around the edges.

    From Annie's Eats (originally from Our Best Bites)

       

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    11 Responses to “A Homemade Kitchen: Creamy Chicken Taquitos”

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      Tracey — October 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      This is one of our very favorite dinner recipes! So easy and they're beyond delicious.

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      Danielle — October 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Great minds think alike! I just made these last week. Yum!! http://danielledeskins.blogspot.com/2011/10/weekl

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      spiffycookie — October 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      This is one of my absolutely favorite things I have made. And it's even better because you can freeze it!

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      Kara Goldsborough — October 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      These look awesome! I'm raiding my kitchen as we speak.

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      JenSchall — October 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

      This is my kind of freezer food… These look amazing! Definitely need to give this a try.

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      Debs @ DKC — October 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      loving this recipe. I have featured it in this weeks inspiring recipes post here pop over sometime and take a look.

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      Emma — November 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      I made these last night — sooo good! I'm thinking next time I might add black beans to the filling – it'd add some added fibre and it would yield more taquito deliciousness!

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      ALi — November 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      MMMM…I used your pulled mexican chicken in these. So yummy.

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      Angie — January 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      These have become a favorite in our house (We serve them with a chipotle crema). Thanks for the recipe!!

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      Samantha — April 3, 2012 at 2:52 am

      These are fantastic! I have made them twice now and I have a batch in the freezer! Just put them up on my own blog. Thanks!

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      Elizabeth — July 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I just have to say that I am loving reading your blogged recipes. I stumbled across your site when someone shared a post/recipe on to my facebook. My husband and I are eating healthier – that means less eating out and less store bought pre-made junk. I was taught at a young age how to cook from scratch but then lost that in the hustle of life, working and raising two kids and then being a single mom.

      Thank you for these recipes as I will be trying plenty of them and adjusting them to our family’s food allergies.

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