Shredded Chicken & Potato Taquitos

A couple of days ago I tested this recipe and desperately needed something from the store. While I was getting some of the food prepared, I noticed there was a car right outside our driveway. It was a guy who looked like he was having trouble with his car.

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Being the nervous wreck that I am, I was too afraid to go outside because what if the guy asked me for help, or what if it was a scam? The worst case scenarios filled my brain and I panicked refusing to leave the kitchen. Clearly, I’ve been watching too many murder documentaries on Netflix.

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It looked like he was trying to fix his tire, so I figured he’d be done fairly quickly. Nope. An hour and a half later, HE WAS STILL OUTSIDE MY HOUSE. I actually became upset with the man because he was delaying my free time spent testing recipes. Luckily, I came up with a solution and the guy eventually left and I was able to pick up my kids from my parents.

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Of course, the recipe I tested that day didn’t come out quite like I had wanted it to, so I tested it out again yesterday and I’m pretty sure I’ve perfected it. I love these taquitos so much because they have so many layers of flavor. There’s just so much depth – the mashed taters, seasoned and very finely shredded chicken, queso fresco, crema and roasted salsa. This should be your go-to recipe for Cinco de Mayo!!

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You know the drill, if you end up making it, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats.

Shredded Chicken & Potato Taquitos

Makes 18-20 taquitos.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of golden potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 18-20 medium-sized corn tortillas
  • Toothpicks
  • Lime crema (see recipe below) for topping
  • Roasted salsa for topping
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cup of queso fresco for topping
  • Cilantro for topping

Lime Crema

  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • Salt
  • Juice of half of a lime

Directions

Bring a medium saucepan to a boil and add the potatoes. Lower the heat slightly and continue to boil for 25-30 minutes, or until very fork tender. Drain the potatoes and place them back in the pan along with the butter, one teaspoon of salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika. Using a masher or fork, mash the potatoes and set aside.

Place the shredded chicken in a bowl of a standing mixer with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Using a whisk attachment on high, shred the chicken very finely. Set aside

Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with canola oil and allow it to heat up.

To assemble the taquitos, place a tablespoon of mashed potatoes on top of a corn tortilla (place it at the top to make it easier to roll) and top the potatoes with a tablespoon of shredded chicken. Roll the tortilla to form the taquito and clamp it together using a toothpick. Place the taquito in the frying pan and heat on each side for a minute or two until the taquito is golden. You can fry a few at a time and place them on a plate lined with paper towel when each one is done.

Make the lime crema by whisking the sour cream, half and half, a pinch of salt and lime juice together in a medium bowl.

Serve the taquitos by sprinkling them with queso fresco, and generously drizzling them with lime crema and salsa.

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