photo by Christina Greenwood
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 2 1⁄2 lbs broiler-fryer chickens, cut up into separate pieces
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons lard or 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 cup canned diced mild green chili (about a 4-oz. can)
- vegetable oil (for frying)
- 1 dozen corn tortilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- Bring chicken pieces and water to boiling in kettle; lower heat; cover.
- Simmer until fork tender, about 25 minutes.
- Drain; reserve 1/2 cup broth.
- Cool chicken until easy to handle.
- Bone and skin chicken; shred meat.
- Heat lard or shortening in a large saucepan until melted.
- Add onion and garlic; saute 1 minute.
- Stir in cornstarch, salt and pepper.
- Add reserved 1/2 cup of broth, shredded chicken and chilies.
- Stir and cook until very thick and bubbly; remove from heat.
- Heat about 1/4" of oil in a small skillet over medium heat until very hot.
- Saute tortillas one at a time, a few seconds on each side, until limp.
- This will soften tortillas so that they will roll up more easily.
- Do not cook too long or they will become crisp.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Fill each tortilla with a heaping spoonful (3 tblsp) chicken mixture across center.
- Roll tortilla around filling.
- Be sure filling is 1" from edges or ends of rolled tortilla to avoid splattering during frying.
- Place 2 or 3 flautas, seam side down, in hot oil.
- Saute, turning on all sides until crisp.
- Drain and keep warm while cooking the rest.
- Combine sour cream and milk in small saucepan.
- Heat over very low heat just until lukewarm.
- Spoon over flautas.
- Garnish with fresh coriander or cilantro leaves, if you wish.
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Just adding a hint that I was thrilled to figure out. Instead of frying the tortillas first to make them limp, just wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and cook them in the mictowave for 2-3 minutes. Keep the extra tortillas wrapped in the towel while not working with them or they will get dried out. I hope this will help you save a step next time, not to mention some calories!
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