Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crunchy Chicken Flautas with Avocado Tomatillo salsa

Crunchy Chicken Flautas
If your idea of flautas is those little, frozen, pre-made, rock hard rolled up, taquitos they sell at the “Shopper’s Club”… then you’re in for a real treat.  A fresh homemade flauta is crunchy, juicy and sooo delicious.  This is where I use left over chicken or turkey.

Corn oil for frying
2 dozen 6-inch corn tortillas
1 pound cooked chicken, shredded
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 cup shredded potatoes (I use frozen hash-brown potatoes, thawed)

Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet to 375 degrees. Dip each tortilla in the oil for a few seconds, but not until crisp. Set the tortillas on a plate covered with a dish towel.
Mix the meat, onion, cilantro, and potato together. (The potato causes the mixture to bind.) Place about 3 tablespoons of the mixture in the center of each tortilla and roll up. Use a toothpick to hold the flauta closed. Deep-fry the flautas, 2 or 3 at a time, until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Salt and top with Mexican crema, Queso, lettuce and Salsa de Tomatillo y Aguacate or what ever you like.
Serves 10
Salsa de Tomatillo y Aguacate
Avocado Tomatillo salsa
This easy salsa is a must for flautas.  It’s also fantastic with chips or Mexican breakfast.

6 tomatillos, husked and rinsed well
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 serrano chile, stem removed
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt
1 ripe Haas avocado, peeled and cubed

Place tomatillos, onion, cilantro, garlic, chile, water, and salt in a blender; purée until smooth. Add avocado and purée until smooth. Add more water if needed.  salsa should be a little thicker than tomato sauce.
Makes 3 cups

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