Creamy Chicken Taquitos

image2-1 image3-1 image4We were blessed by so many amazing friends and so many amazing meals after our little man was born. You never know how hard it is to feed yourselves until you have a newborn in your home. This was one of our favorite meals brought by my friend Jenn. We still repeat this recipe on a regular basis and stick them in the freezer – perfect for when we need a quick dinner. Add rice and beans and if you have dinner in a matter of minutes! Perfection!

6 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup green salsa
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic, or garlic powder
3 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoon sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken (I usually use a rotisserie chicken)
2 C grated pepperjack or plain jack cheese
small flour tortillas
cooking spray or olive oil

Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.   You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1 inch from the edges.  Roll up tortillas and place seam down on a baking sheet, not touching one another.  Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Freezer Instructions: Prepare the taquitos through rolling them out and placing them on the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until solid, then transfer to a large freezer bag. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425 and place the taquitos on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Yields about 12, when using 6″ tortillas, depending on how full you make them.

Original recipe by Our Best Bites and available here.

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