Flautas are a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla that is filled with meat and cheese and tightly rolled before frying.  The recipe I want to share with you today is for Baked Chicken Jalapeno Popper Flautas, which is a combination of jalapeno poppers and chicken flautas.  They are made with shredded rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese, jalapeno, and tortillas.  This recipe is very easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, and makes the perfect appetizer or meal, depending on how many people you are serving.  We ate these for dinner and had 2-3 each so there was plenty to go around, and we had leftovers.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then generously spray with cooking spray.

I like to use rotisserie chicken for this recipe, so I start by removing the chicken from the bone.  I also finely chop the jalapeno(s).  I use 2 large jalapenos for my batch, but you can use more if you like extra heat.

Add the chicken, cream cheese (softened), jalapenos, salt, cumin, garlic powder, and shredded cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix until well combined.  I find it easiest to use the stand mixer to stir…the chicken gets a bit more shredded, the cream cheese and spices are well blended, and my arms aren’t sore afterward, lol!  Alternately, you can mix by hand.

Lay out 16 tortillas on the counter.  I used tortillas that were 6-inch diameter in size.  This is a really nice size for flautas and will yield the highest number of flautas for serving.

Divide the mixture evenly between the tortillas.  TIGHTLY roll each tortilla and place one the baking sheet, seam side down.  The tortillas should all fit on one baking sheet with a little room between each one.  You can separate into 2 baking sheets if you prefer but don’t forget to generously spray the second baking sheet with cooking spray.

Spray the tops of the tortilla with cooking spray.  This will help them brown up in the oven.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tortilla start to turn golden brown and crispy on the outside.  You might notice some of the filling will melt and ooze out of the tortillas – that’s OK!

Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.  Serve warm with fresh guacamole or melted queso on the side for dipping.  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

The flautas are yummy 😊 The combination of flavors is quite nice; not too spicy but enough heat, the chicken is tender and moist, the tortillas are crispy, and the queso is a wonderful dipping sauce!  You could add some sliced green onions or chopped cilantro before serving for a bit of fresh flavor, or drizzle sour cream over the top.

Happy Cooking!

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