I find it fascinating how influenced we are by our surroundings. Since living in California, I’ve fallen in love with all the sunny flavors the Golden State has to offer, and poured them into my cooking. This recipe may sound new to you, but I promise it’s super simple and bursting with flavor. This recipe is a family favorite in our house!
3 cups leftover Chicken, shredded
4 large Roma (plum) or vine tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 onion, quartered
Kosher salt and pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 dried California or dried Anaheim chile, stem trimmed, optional
Juice of 1 lime (2 tablespoons juice)
1⁄2 cup torn fresh cilantro or Parsley
Salt and pepper to season
Hot sauce (optional)
- Preheat the broiler to high. Make sure an oven rack is in the second-to-highest position. Line a standard baking sheet with aluminum foil or cook directly on the sheet pan.
- Place the tomatoes, garlic, and onion on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper and coat with the oil. Broil for 10 minutes, or until you’ve achieved some blistering and the vegetables have softened. Flip the vegetables over on the sheet pan and continue broiling for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until cooked through and nicely colored on the other side. If you’re using the California chile, add it to the sheet pan in the final minute to toast it ever so slightly, being careful not to burn it.
- Remove everything from the oven. If you added the California chile, fill a bowl with 2 cups of boiling water and add the freshly toasted chile to submerge. Leave to soften for about 5 minutes before blending. Remove the chili from the water (discard the water) and add the chili and vegetables on the sheet pan to a wide-mouthed storage jar, discarding any juices from the bottom of the baking sheet. Add the lime and cilantro to the jar and blend with an immersion blender until mostly smooth. Taste and season liberally with extra salt and pepper as needed. Let cool, then cover and store in the fridge.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with oil.
- Season the shredded chicken with some salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy-bottomed (ideally cast-iron) skillet over high heat, without adding any oil. Place one tortilla down in the pan to warm through for about a minute on each side. This helps soften the tortilla and makes it pliable for rolling. Transfer the tortilla to a plate and put the next tortilla in the pan.
- Meanwhile, fill the first warmed tortilla with about 1⁄4 cup of the seasoned chicken. Roll up the tortilla like a tight cigar and place it seam-side down in the prepared baking dish. Repeat, warming and filling the remaining tortillas and placing the rolled-up flautas next to each other in the dish. Spray the tops of the flautas liberally with oil and bake for about 15 minutes, until crisp and golden.
- Serve flautas with Salsa, guacamole, and optional hot sauce.
To make the guacamole
- Mash 2 avocados with the juice of half a lime. Season liberally with salt and garlic powder.
Dini Klein is a food host, founder of the Prep + Rally™ family meal prep subscription service, and the author of Prep + Rally; An Hour of Prep, a Week of Delicious Meals. For more information visit https://prepandrally.com/ or follow her on social media @prepandrally.
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