If you've read some of my blog posts, you know that if a dish has chicken and spinach in it, more than likely I will make, devour, love and rave about it. These baked chicken flautas are no exception. And they're baked, not fried! Bonus!
I found this recipe from Pinterest, and made them a few weeks ago, with slightly disappointing results. They were dry, the flavors did not meld together, and it just tasted.... disconnected. They weren't horrible, but they weren't great. I was determined to salvage the recipe and with just a few tweaks, I sure as sugar did!
These flautas also freeze beautifully! I made them on a day off from work when I was already being productive in the kitchen making some freakin' fabulous lasagna and while I was waiting for the sauce to simmer, it was a great use of my time to make these. It didn't take long at all, and they were frozen solid within 30 min of being in the freezer.
I am so glad that I premade these especially since I worked Fri-Sat-Sun, which usually renders me a pile of useless mush on the couch when I come home. Travis was able to put these into the oven and with a very husband-proof "flip only once after 10 minutes" instruction, we had dinner shortly after I got home on Friday. I was able to sink into the couch while dinner cooked away and I loved every minute of the hands-off preparation.
|Which one of these is not like the other....?|
Baked Chicken Flautasvery adapted from Healthy-Delcious
1 very large chicken breast, about 1-1.5 pounds in weight
(Alternatively, use 1 pound ground chicken)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1.5 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1.5 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon McCormick's Chicken Grill Mates spice mix
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
2 heaping tablespoons low fat sour cream
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend)
12-15 flour tortillas (6 inches in diameter)
Poach chicken in boiling water until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain and shred. (If using ground chicken, brown in skillet and drain fat.) Add cooked, shredded chicken to a large mixing bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients except the tortillas and mix well.
Bring your oven to 400º while you roll the flautas.
Microwave the tortillas in a ziplock bag or original wrapper for about 30 seconds so they are pliable. Pull out a tortilla and store the rest in the bag while you work. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling onto the edge of tortilla closest to you, roll forward, press down gently to make a slightly flat side where the seam is, which will help keep it from unrolling. Place on parchment paper seam side down, and repeat until you're out of either tortillas or filling, whichever comes first. Spray the flautas with cooking spray on all sides. Bake in the 400º oven for 20 minutes total, flipping once at the halfway point to ensure even browning.
Let cool slightly before chowing down- they'll be really hot! Serve with salsa and your other favorite Mexican fixin's.
*If you're freezing for a future meal, roll them up and put them on parchment like you're going to bake, just put in the freezer instead of the oven. They should be frozen shortly- then transfer to a ziplock freezer back for storage up to a month. To cook from frozen, still bake at 400º, just for a few minutes longer on each side.