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Chicken Flautas

Chicken Flautas

1 1/2

lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breast, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces


teaspoon smoked paprika


cup white onion, diced


cup poblano pepper, diced


cup tomato based salsa, store bought or homemade


cup cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish


flour tortillas, 5 to 6 inches in size

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  • 1

    In a large pan, preheat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the sliced chicken and season with 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the chicken gets a little brown.

  • 2

    Add the onion, poblano, corn, garlic, and jalapeño to the chicken and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the salsa, stir well to combine and cook at a low simmer for 20 minutes or until the salsa reduces and becomes thick. Taste for salt as it cooks. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.

  • 3

    In the blender, combine the avocados, sour cream, cilantro, green onions, 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt and set aside.

  • 4

    In a large nonstick pan, add 1/4 cup of canola oil and preheat for 5 minutes at medium heat. Fill the flour tortillas with about 3 tablespoons of chicken and roll like a cigar as tight as you can, but without squeezing. Place them seam side down into hot oil. If you need to you can secure them with a toothpick. Cook for a few minutes, turning as needed, until light golden brown in most spots. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. You will have to cook them in two batches using the remaining 1/4 cup of canola oil.

  • 5

    Serve with avocado sauce and garnish with diced tomatoes and cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • One of the keys to preparing a good flauta is soft tortillas and a filling that does not have a lot of broth. You can soften the tortillas by slightly warming them in the microwave before filling and rolling.

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More About This Recipe

  • Filled with chicken, shredded beef or cheese, flautas (the Spanish word for “flute”) are a fun and traditional Mexican antojito. As kids, my brothers and I would love when my Mom prepared chicken flautas. Not only did they taste delicious, but it was also a fun to pretend to play the flute as we enjoyed our dinner.

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