Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite Tex-Mex dinner recipe!
Do you fancy Tex-Mex? Look no further than these slow cooker jalapeño chicken flautas. These classic crowd pullers are so delicious and full of droolable flavors. As a bonus, they’re also very easy to make with your crock pot! You will pre-cook the delicious chicken filling in your slow cooker before filling the shredded chicken into tortillas. Add a little salsa and grated cheese and sauté the flutes until crispy and perfect. You will be in love!
Jalapeño poppers are one of our favorite starters, so they served as inspiration for this recipe. But unlike poppers, our chicken jalapeño flutes are bigger and more grandiose and certainly deserve the main focus of the main course. These aromatic lulls are guaranteed to be a hit at the dining table. They’re deliciously crispy, lip-tasting, and a clean dish that won’t compromise your healthy eating goals!
A Tex Mex favorite
These lulls are packed with flavorful, tender forked chicken and creamy, cheesy goodness that will make you go crazy. We also add a little bit of jalapeño, which has a flavorful punch that will make your taste buds sing. All in all, with a bite of these savory slow cooker jalapeño chicken flautas, you’ll be amazed at the combination of flavors.
New to Flautas?
What exactly are flutes? Derived from the Spanish word for flute, lulls get their name from their long, cylindrical shape. In typical recipes, flautas are rolled flour tortillas that are filled to the brim with chicken or beef and deep-fried in large quantities of oil.
Deep frying gives it a crispy, greasy consistency that you can find in traditional recipes. Unfortunately, this deep frying has its own consequences, as every slack contains a shipload of calories and fat. So we decided to skip it!
We threw away the fat
Our skinnied-up version cooks flutes without oil. How is that possible? Heating flutes in a dry, nonstick saucepan over low to medium heat will still deliver that deliciously crunchy, crunchy texture. In the meantime, this cooking method saves a huge amount of calories and fat! As an alternative to the stovetop, you can bake the chicken jalapeño flutes in the oven, another oil-free option that gives you tasty results.
Our lulls use healthier ingredients
In this recipe we use lighter alternatives to refine this classic dish. For example, instead of full-fat cheese, our version calls for low-fat cheese. Whole grain tortillas are also a more nutritious substitute for their refined white flour counterparts. After all, our recipe calls for the leanest chicken cut: boneless and skinless chicken breasts. This provides a wonderful source of protein while keeping fat and calories in check.
How to Make Jalapeño Chicken Flautas
With a little preparation and a few simple steps, you will have these flutes hot and ready before you know it. First mix the boneless and skinless chicken breast with ¾ cup of salsa, cream cheese, salt, pepper and jalapeño in the slow cooker. Cook these ingredients on high for six hours before chopping the chicken with two forks. Fill your tortillas with this chicken mix, along with a little more salsa and grated cheese.
Next, roll your tortillas and place these creations on a non-stick saucepan with no oil. Cook on all sides until the edges are light golden. Time to enjoy!
- 13th Ounces Boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- 1 Cup Salsa mild, divided
- 1/4 Cup cream cheese Low fat content
- 1 Jalapeno cut
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt-
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 4th Whole grain tortillas
- 1/2 Cup cheese low fat, grated
In the slow cooker, mix the chicken with 3/4 cup salsa, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and jalapeno.
Set to high for 6 hours.
When the chicken is cooked, use two forks to chop it up.
Fill the tortillas with the shredded chicken, remaining salsa, and grated cheese.
Roll the tortillas.
Place the flutes in a large, dry, non-stick saucepan (no oil) and cook on all sides over low to medium heat.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12th
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 14, 2015.