Friday, February 10, 2012

Fiesta-Time Chicken Flautas

I absolutely love Mexican food, but it's so difficult to be disciplined enough to choose the healthy options when tacos, chips, and salsa are always calling my name. Check out Hungry Girl's Flauta recipe; it takes the guilt out of this normally fried meal.

Fiesta-Time Chicken Flautas

PER SERVING (1/2 of recipe, 2 flautas): 188 calories, 2g fat, 556mg sodium, 24.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 17g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

With flavor like this, who needs a fryer? These zesty chicken rollups RULE!

1/4 cup picante sauce (like the kind by Pace)
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
3 oz. cooked and finely chopped skinless lean chicken breast
3 tbsp. diced onion
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
Four 6-inch yellow corn tortillas
2 tsp. chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine picante sauce with cheese and mix well. In another bowl, combine chicken, diced onion, and seasonings; mix well. Set both bowls aside.

Dampen two paper towels, and place tortillas between them. Microwave for about 1 minute, until tortillas are warm and pliable. Set aside.

Place one tortilla flat on a clean dry surface (keep the rest between the paper towels), and spread 1/4th of the saucy cheese mixture (about 1 tbsp.) onto the bottom third of the tortilla. Top with 1/4th of the chicken mixture (about 3 tbsp.). Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. cilantro. Tightly roll tortilla up from the bottom around the filling. Repeat with remaining tortillas, cheese mixture, chicken mixture, and cilantro, for a total of 4 flautas.

Carefully transfer flautas to the baking sheet, seam side down. Spray the tops with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven until tortilla edges are lightly browned and crispy, 15 - 20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!