I love a succulent baked chicken as much as the next person. However, as I had said in a previous post; I always have a hard time cooking for two. So I always have leftovers and have learned to make good use of them. Besides the fact that this country that has the largest amount of "food" waste. Which really bothers me (don't even get me started there!).
When we lived in the Clearwater/Tampa area of Florida we had a favorite little Mexican restaurant that we liked to go to on a regular basis on our days off together. As a result of one of our favorite entrees that we used to order there, this is one of my favorite ways to use up the remaining chicken from a roaster. Chicken Flautas . Really quite simple to make and a lot of bang for your taste buds.
It is as easy as preparing your filling, rolling your filling in tortilla shells and deep frying them. I only deviated from this recipe by adding a bit of tomato paste into the onions and garlic before adding the remaining ingredients to make the sauce a bit richer and thicker.
A few condiments required on the side: salsa, sour cream and guacamole. I sprinkled the flautas with thinly sliced scallions (green onion) and sliced black olives. And EXTRA cheese! (I LOVE cheese)!
Round out your meal with some cheesy mexican style rice and re-fried beans. Note all the CHEESE (; 0 ) yum.
Perfecto. While writing up this blog Michael happened in to tell me something, saw the pictures and asked me when we could have these again. He left saying "soon I hope".
These can also be made into an appetizer plate by using the smallest sized tortilla shells. Your guests will certainly enjoy them, and you will enjoy how simple they are to make.
Michael and Carla