May 25, 2012

Chicken Taquitos

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Let's review my schedule on Tuesday...

11:15 am Lunch
11:45 am Take Naked Toes to a friend's house, who will take her to preschool
12 pm - 2:30 pm   Volunteer at Field Day for Smiles A Lot
2:50 pm - 3:45 pm Grab Smiles A Lot and head to ice cream party at Preschool
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Register Naked Toes for Tee Ball
4:30 pm - 5 pm  Make dinner
5:15 pm Eat and clean up dinner
5:30 pm Leave for nephews 5th Grade Graduation which starts at 6 pm
7:30 pm Cub Scout Committee Meeting until 8:30 pm

It was crucial that I defrosted the chicken breast and cook it BEFORE lunch so that we could eat taquitos for dinner.  That did NOT happen.  So at 4:20 when we got home from tee ball registration, I immediately thought GREAT!  Now what do we eat for dinner?!  It quickly became an uh-duh moment because I have THRIVE FD Chopped Chicken.

I put the FD Chicken in my strainer and set the strainer in a bowl and then the combo into my sink.  I added just enough water to cover the chicken and stirred the chicken to make sure everything touched the water.

I gathered my taco seasoning ingredients (4 t chili powder, 4 t cumin, 1 t salt, 2 t garlic powder) while I let the chicken soak.  To keep it simple, you CAN use a packet of taco seasoning.  We've just come to love this recipe and I keep all the ingredients on hand.

I didn't let the chicken soak for more than a few minutes because I was pressed for time AND I knew that I'd be using water to heat it up.  So just like making taco meat, I put my chicken in my skillet, added the taco seasoning, and 2/3 cup water.  I brought it to a boil and let the water reduce as the meat heated up.
 Once it's all heated up, I add 3 oz cream cheese and 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar and mix it up.  It doesn't look pretty like this but it's yummy.
 It's hard to take photos of myself while I'm adding the meat mixture to a tortilla and rolling it up - so I didn't.  Roll up the tortilla and place in a 9x13 pan.  Spray the tortillas with Pam and sprinkle with salt.
 Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes - I generally turn them over halfway through so that it's crispy all the way around instead of just on the top.  Serve with sour cream, salsa, and your favorite sides.   Once again, Shelf Reliance saved our dinner!

Remember all those soccer practice nights?  This is actually one of the items I made for one of our picnics - I used a 9x13 pan with a lid that I have an insulated carrying case for.  They were a great finger food at the park!


 Simple Baked Chicken Taquitos

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Shredded Chicken Or Freeze-dried Chicken
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning (or One Recipe)
  • 3 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar
  • 10  Tortillas
  • ⅔ cups Water
  • Salt
Preparation Instructions

If using freeze dried chicken, you should completely or partially rehydrate the chicken before combining with the seasoning.
Combine chicken and seasoning in pan with water. Heat up, then add cream cheese. Stir until creamy. Add cheddar. Spoon onto tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down on baking sheet. When done creating taquitos, spray them with pam and sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
For crispier taquitos, flip over halfway through baking.