Dish It: Guilt-Free Chicken Taquitos

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be tricky. You want food that tastes good, without the high-fat or sodium content. When we came across this fiesta-inspired recipe on Eat Yourself Skinny, a blog devoted to providing healthy AND delicious meal and beverage options, we couldn’t help but share.

Chicken Taquitos

What You’ll Need:

8 small (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas

One 9.75-oz. (or 10-oz.) can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained well

1/2-cup salsa, fresh salsa is best

1/3 cup shredded fat-free cheddar or Mexican cheese

1 tsp. dry taco seasoning mix

*Feel free to use enchilada sauce, additional salsa or fat-free sour cream for dipping

What You’ll Do:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salsa, and mix thoroughly.  Cover and refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken mixture from the fridge, and drain any excess liquid.
  • Add cheese and taco seasoning, and mix to combine.  This is your filling, set aside.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with nonstick
  • Dampen two paper towels, and place tortillas between them.  Microwave for about 1 minute, until tortillas are warm and pliable.
  • Take one tortilla (keep the rest between the paper towels), spray both sides lightly with non-stick spray, and lay it flat on a clean dry surface.
  • Spoon about 2 heaping spoonfuls of filling onto the tortilla.  Spread it evenly across the entire surface, and roll tortilla up tightly, so that you have a cigar-shaped tube.
  • Secure with toothpicks and place seam-side down on the baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until crispy.  Allow Taquitos to cool for 5 minutes.

 

This might be a bit more of a culinary challenge than our usual recipes, but it’s healthier than buying a box of premade food at the grocery store. Invite your friends over (or go to their kitchens to cook) and make a night of it!

What are some of your favorite “skinny” recipes? Comment below and tell us!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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