Taquitos. For me this brings up memories of my baby sitting years when I needed to feed young children something for dinner and all I could find in the freezer was taquitos. I now cringe at the fact that this is what I was feeding these growing bodies. Well, as it turns out the gross, fried, not even remotely healthy tequitos I remember can be changed into something that even Alton Brown would call "Good Eats". I stumbled upon a recipe and with a few changes made it into one of Mark's favorites meals that I cook. They are best served right out of the oven with a little avocado.
Baked Chicken Taquitos
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 c green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
2 T sliced green onions
2 c shredded cooked chicken
1 c grated mexican cheese
Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil. 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 green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well. Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.
Then roll it up as tight as you can.
Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle some garlic salt on top.Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.