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We all know that weekday rush to put some semblance of nutrition on the dinner table in a reasonable amount of time. Monday through Friday means work, school, traffic, activities, homework, stress. Stress.

More Stress.

Raise your hand if you wanna stress about what to eat! Anyone? Hullo?

Right. Me neither. Pinterest has yielded, yet again, another tasty and quick we-have-too-much-crap-to-do-and-are-trying-to-avoid-the-Taco-Bell-drive-thru recipe. Taquitos!

Stop. Do not eat the taquitos rolling under the obscure heat lamp at the gas station next to the mystery hot dogs. Don’t even think about buying the giant box of pre-fried taquitos that’s on sale in the freezer aisle in the grocery store. Have you ever read the nutrition label on those things? You need a PhD to pronounce the first 5 ingredients. Bad. I made the filling for these ahead of time the other day and then took just a few minutes to roll up the tortilla shells, brush with a tiny bit of olive oil, and bake when we got home from all our after school/work running around.
With a hand mixer combine cream cheese, salsa verde, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and minced garlic.
Fold in fresh chopped cilantro and green onions.
I used queso fresco all crumbled and yummy. You could use whatever cheese makes you happy- pepper jack, a cheddar/jack blend, shredded sharp cheddar cheese- the queso fresco was mild and melted with the cream cheese to give the filling a nice creamy texture.

If you’re making the filling ahead of time, stir in your cooked chicken, cover, and here is where you’ll refrigerate this filling for later. Otherwise, lightly oil a 9X13 baking dish, preheat the oven to 425, and get ready to roll.
Place the filling along the bottom third of the tortilla shell (I used flour tortillas) and roll them up as tightly as you can without tearing the tortilla shell.
Seasoned Chicken Cheesy Filling deserved a close up.
Line your rolled up taquitos in the prepared baking dish and lightly spray with cooking spray. I do not have cooking spray, so I just lightly brushed mine with olive oil. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of kosher salt. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. The end result will be crispy and golden. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole. I made a great big green salad and we enjoyed this a quick & simple weeknight meal.
Thank you to my source for this recipe, Chef in Training, and her source, Pennies on a Platter, and what appears to be the origin, Our Best Bites.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients

3 ounces of lowfat (Neufchatel) cream cheese

1/4 cup salsa verde

the juice from half a lime

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 green onions, finely chopped

3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 cups of shredded, cooked chicken

1 cup shredded cheese (queso fresco, pepper jack, sharp cheddar, your preference)

small flour or corn tortillas (I used a mid-sized flour tortilla)

a pinch of kosher salt

cooking spray or a little olive oil for lightly greasing the pan and brushing the tortillas)

To Make

To cook the chicken: place 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts in a saucepan and just cover them with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue cooking for about 15 minutes- until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Remove from the pan and let it cool. Shred it with a fork and set aside.

For the filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, salsa verde, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic. Using a spatula or a large spoon, fold in the green onions and the cilantro. Then add the cheese and the chicken. Stir until well combined.

To assemble and bake: Preheat the oven to 425 and lightly spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray or brush with oil. Fill the lower third of each tortilla shell and roll tightly. Line the stuffed and rolled tortillas in the prepared pan. Lightly spray with cooking spray or brush with oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until crispy with the edges lightly browned.

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Wednesday 7th of March 2012

I'm totally catching up on your blog today...can you tell? I wish you lived closer so I could turn your kitchen into my own personal drive-thru!! Love taquitos, especially with some guacamole. Yum! :-)

I'll be catching up on more of your yummy posts tomorrow! Allison

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Thursday 8th of March 2012

Thanks, Allison! Ohhh guacamole is a very good friend of mine. In fact I have an avacado on the counter that wants to be guacamole right now. Also-- I made these taquitos again, but with sauteed shrimp and they were crrrazy tasty!

Rock Salt

Friday 2nd of March 2012

I didn't know what taquitos were until now - but now I definitely want to try them

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Saturday 3rd of March 2012

You should!!! They are simple and delicious!

Choc Chip Uru

Friday 2nd of March 2012

This is such an awesome idea - great post :D

Cheers Choc Chip Uru Latest: Giant Reese's Stuffed Peanut Butter Stuffed Peanut Butter M&M Cookie For One

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Saturday 3rd of March 2012

Thanks! Wish it were mine, but whoever is responsible for it is definitely pure genius!

Pam Wolfe

Thursday 1st of March 2012

I wanna come live with you. What an amazing cook you are and I love your writing style too!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Friday 2nd of March 2012

Haha thanks Pam!!! :)

Sandra@thefoodieaffair

Thursday 1st of March 2012

My mantra for during the week "quick & simple". I really like that these are baked, not fried and still crunchy. Yum!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Thursday 1st of March 2012

Wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I was so proud to recap it! The end result was awesome. I'll be adding these into my regular bag of tricks.