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

This recipe was inspired by a recent viewing of the lovely Patricia Jinich (www.patismexicantable.com) on the Paula Deen show. Her version of Crispy Fried Tacos with Salsa Verde sounded so incredible (oh, who am I kidding? EVERYTHING she creates sounds incredible) so I thought I'd toss together my own, gringo version of them. Delish. The chicken is soft and savory, wrapped in the crisp fresh-fried blanket of a white corn tortilla. The salsa is fresh and sweet. Everything about this meal is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration, Pati!

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.

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25 Responses to “Homemade Chicken Taquitos & Green Salsa”

  1. 1

    Heather Hands on March 10, 2011 at 2:00 am Reply

    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.

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    Katrina on March 10, 2011 at 6:17 am Reply

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

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    Amanda on March 10, 2011 at 7:38 am Reply

    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

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    peachkins on March 10, 2011 at 8:47 am Reply

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

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    Parsley Sage on March 10, 2011 at 9:30 am Reply

    …I want these. Right now.

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    Julie on March 10, 2011 at 9:54 am Reply

    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.

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    Alison on March 10, 2011 at 9:57 am Reply

    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.

    • Brooke replied: — March 10th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

      Great suggestion! Love the idea to freeze them!

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    Krissy @ Make It Naked on March 10, 2011 at 10:02 am Reply

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

    • Brooke replied: — March 10th, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

      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. ;)

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    Jessica on March 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm Reply

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

    • Brooke replied: — March 10th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

      I know, huh? Love that fresh flavor!

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    Angie on March 13, 2011 at 8:03 am Reply

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

    • Brooke replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Angie!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy on March 13, 2011 at 9:23 am Reply

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

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    Shawnda on March 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm Reply

    The salsa sounds wonderfully fresh! And cute jeans :)

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    Aggie on March 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm Reply

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

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    Dana on March 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Oh. My. Goodness. Perfection on a plate.

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    Heather (The Menu Mama) on March 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm Reply

    These look great! How exciting about your cookbooks!

    • Brooke replied: — March 16th, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

      Oh, Heather! THANK YOU! You are so sweet to say so!

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    Rachel Boyce on March 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm Reply

    Hey how many dose this serve?

    • Brooke replied: — March 21st, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

      You’ll be able to make 8-12 taquitos with this recipe. Enjoy!

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    Delishhh on March 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm Reply

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

    • Brooke replied: — March 21st, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

      Like four billion. ugh. ;)

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    Amanda on April 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm Reply

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

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