Homemade Chicken Taquitos & Green Salsa

Photo courtesy John Fulton Photography

My brother-in-law John (aka Fulton) arrived Sunday afternoon from SoCal.  He’s high end photographer in LA and came into town to help me get a jump start on shooting my Cooking with Your Kids cookbook.  Over the last three days, we’ve made, styled, and photographed 27 recipes.  Imagine the countertops in my kitchen.  Horror.

To counteract the kitchen chaos, Fulton arrived with his Zen-like, intelligent, artisic & hilarious self and turned the task of recipe making and photogging into a total treat.  We listened to the BeeGee’s, tossed sea salt across plates like confetti, debated the life-changing rap scene in Teen Witch

That’s us up there, bouncing the light just right across a plate of something or other.  That’s John up there, working his magic.  That’s me up there, wearing my saucy jeans.  I’d say more about them, but they make me want to swear.  I like them a flippin’ lot.

‘Course,  this photo is the last documented moment of me wearing said Saucy Jeans. After making 27 recipes in 3 days (including divine little homemade taquitos for Tuesday lunch), they likely won’t button around my bellybutton.   

All in a days work, eh?

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Chicken Taquitos with Green Salsa

Ingredients:

FOR THE CHICKEN TAQUITOS:
2 large chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
8-12 white corn tortillas
Canola oil for frying

FOR THE SALSA:
1 1/2 cups yellow tomatoes
1/4 a small purple onion
a big bunch of cilantro
3 tablespoons vinegar
salt to taste

Directions:

FOR THE TAQUITOS:
Mix the chicken with the cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt, and cheese until well mixed. Press 3-4 tablespoons of the chicken mixture together to form a "snake" that is then rolled tightly into a corn tortilla. To get really great taquitos, I placing the corn tortillas one at a time in very hot water for 3-5 seconds, then removing them quicky, rolling them around your chicken mixture, and allowing them to air dry for a few minutes before placing in a saucepan filled with an inch or so of oil heated to medium heat for frying. Fry the taquitos 2-3 at a time on all sides just until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with salsa.

FOR THE SALSA:
In a blender, puree all ingredients together. Serve with warm, fresh taquitos. Enjoy.

25 Responses to “Homemade Chicken Taquitos & Green Salsa”

  1. I can’t wait to see your cookbook. I love all of your (vegetarian) recipes. I am actually building a light-box to photograph my food photos. It’s a lot of work.

  2. Katrina says:

    Awesome dinner idea! The green salsa looks so tasty :)

  3. Amanda says:

    I always get a kick out of the humor in your posts…like todays mention of the rap scene in Teen Witch, which is hilarious! hahahaha

  4. peachkins says:

    wow! 27 recipes in 3 days! I bet they’re all wonderful!

  5. Parsley Sage says:

    …I want these. Right now.

  6. Julie says:

    Another recipe from you that I just have to try. They look so good. Keep up the great work. I love checking in to see what else you will come up with.

  7. Alison says:

    My friend Suzy and I love making these together! In fact, they freeze beautifully and can be re-heated for quick dinners. I’ve also served them as an appetizer with some fresh guacamole.

  8. NO WAY! My husband’s name is Jon Fulton…but that’s not him ;)

    • Brooke says:

      Hilarious! It’s such a small world. Whoever knew there were so many John/Jons out there? Oh, wait. Being married to a John myself…I could’ve guessed. ;)

  9. Jessica says:

    Um, yes please! Definitely gonna be making this, I love fresh cilantro in anything.

  10. Angie says:

    These look amazing, and it seems you have been one busy lady! Can’t wait for your book!, books!

  11. I’m diggin’ the Saucy Jeans! And the saucy taquitos. :-)

  12. Shawnda says:

    The salsa sounds wonderfully fresh! And cute jeans :)

  13. Aggie says:

    I just love taquitos. Love love love. love your jeans too!!

  14. Dana says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. Perfection on a plate.

  15. These look great! How exciting about your cookbooks!

  16. Rachel Boyce says:

    Hey how many dose this serve?

  17. Delishhh says:

    Wow 27 recipes in 3 days. That is a lot of cooking. How many runs to the grocery store :) Awesome recipe.

  18. Amanda says:

    Oh to fit into a pair of saucy jeans again! LOL The taquitos look fabulous! :)

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