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« on: August 02, 2012 01:49:03 PM »

Challenge time! Woohoo! This is my first ever challenge submission. I hope you like it!



This is sort of a 4 part-er but it all comes together to make super yummy chicken taquitos. I originally modeled the chicken it after the delicious shredded chicken you can find in burritos from taquerias all over southern California. But over the years it has kind of evolved into my own thing. I like to use it in burritos, enchiladas, tacos and, as you can see, taquitos.

(ps. I also have a yummy margarita recipe. Let me know if you're interested.)

Shredded Chicken:



    olive oil
    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    3-4 cloves of garlic, smashed
    1 spicy chile, seeded and minced (I've used dried pasillas, fresh seranos and fresh jalapenos. They're all good.)
    1-1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
    1 small can El Pato tomato sauce - the green one (optional but delicious)
    1 tablespoon chile powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    a big pinch of salt
    12 oz of the cheapest beer you have on hand (you can also use chicken broth if beer isn't your thing)



*This chicken freezes nicely, so I often make a double batch and freeze half for later use. That's what I did this time around. Hence the 2 cans of beer, packages of chicken, etc. Next time I think I'll just use one can of beer. It took a long time for the liquid to boil off and my chicken got a little over done and mushy.

In a medium/small pot, pour in enough olive oil to cover the bottom and heat it over medium low heat.

Add the onions, spicy chilies, and garlic. Saute them until the onions soften.

Toss the chicken into the pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir then bring it to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally until the chicken falls apart. If it starts to dry out and stick to the bottom of the pan, add some water or chicken broth.

While the chicken is doing it's thing, work on your toppings and maybe a margarita to reward yourself for all your hard work.

Pico de Gallo:

    1 ripe tomato, diced
    1 jalapeo, minced
    handful of cilantro, chopped
    2 large green onions or 6 skinny ones, white parts only, minced
    lime juice
    salt



Combine the tomato, jalapeno, cilantro and green onions in a bowl. Add a squeeze of lime juice and a large pinch of salt. Stir it all up. And you're done! Easy peasy!



Guacamole:

When it comes to guacamole, I'm a purist. No tomato. No onion. Just some avocado, a little lime or lemon juice, and salt to bring out the flavor. Toss it all into a bowl and mash it with a fork. Give it a taste and add more salt or juice as needed. If you're eating it with salty chips, go easy on the salt.





Once the chicken is all nicely shredded and the liquid has boiled down to a lovely sauce, you can start on the taquitos themselves.

Taquitos:

    corn tortillas
    canola oil (about 1 cup)
    shredded chicken

plus

    toothpicks
    paper towels
    kitchen thermometer

Lay out your tortillas on the paper towels in a single layer. You want them to dry out so they'll fry up better. Stale tortillas work beautifully here. Flip them once or twice over the course of 10-20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan to 350˚F.

Fry the tortillas one at a time, for about 5 seconds on each side. You want them soft and flexible, not crispy.  As you finish each tortilla, transfer it to a paper towel.

Take the pan off the heat. Once the tortillas are cool, place a small amount of shredded chicken in the tortilla, roll it up and secure with toothpicks.





Put the oil back on the heat and bring it back up to temperature. Place the taquitos into the hot oil and fry 8 minutes total turning a quarter turn every 2 minutes (or until crispy and golden brown). Place them on paper towels or a wire rack to drain off the excess oil and let them cool. Then pull out the toothpicks.



Put it all together!

Place 2 or 3 taquitos on a plate. Top with guacamole and salsa. To turn it into a full dinner, add a nice big green salad on the side or some beans and rice.

Enjoy!



« Last Edit: August 02, 2012 02:16:12 PM by cinnamon teal » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012 02:18:00 PM »

That looks great! I might make those tonight, I've got some chicken breasts defrosting but no plan of what to do with them!
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012 02:50:49 PM »

those look soooo good.  *drool*
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012 08:47:55 PM »

copied your recipe - i'm making it for dinner sunday night!
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012 09:24:14 PM »

Yay! If any of you do make the recipe, I would love to know how they come out!
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2012 07:05:18 PM »

Yes! I've been looking for another shredded chicken recipe to try. This whole meal looks yummy.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2012 06:19:27 PM »

This looks really good. I love chicken taquitos.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2012 09:40:57 PM »

OH yeah I'm SO copying this recipe! YUMMO!!  Grin
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