Have you seen my recipe fails on the social sites? If so, you know I’m bombing in the baked crispy chicken wing department. I thought I had perfected the crispiest baked-not-fried chicken wing technique. I thought wrong. Frankly, I can’t bear to eat another wing right now. I promise I’ll bake my way through as many packages as chicken wings necessary to find the best baked wing for ya but right now, I need a break. With a fridge full of buffalo sauce and a bunch of other random leftovers I was trying to think of what I could make for din without stopping at the store. This usually happens weekly and I try to dream up dishes that could maybe-possibly go together just so I don’t have to make a quick stop. Enter Pinterest. Found this gem of a recipe in under two minutes flat. Made it. LOVED it. I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand thanks to some leftovers from my last Bleu Cheese Bread endeavor. But, even if you have to swing by the market, do it. This din is totally worth it!
I first tried a different version of these baked flautas at a friend’s house and knew I had to make them at home. I’ve made a few varieties but this one has been our fav so far. Plus, it was super easy to throw together on a weeknight after work. We always have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge ready for sandwiches, tacos, salads, or – in this case – Baked Buffalo Chicken Flautas. It makes meal prepping so much easier on those days when you forget to take something out of the freezer or just can’t be bothered when it comes to planning your lunch or dinner. Love me a $4.88 rotisserie chicken! And, if you’re ahead of the game and whipped up my Whole Crockpot Chicken use it instead! (PS – If that’s you, I’m impressed)
These days I’m not so much ahead of the game. I feel like I’m running behind on everything. We’ve still got boxes in the garage, lots of organizing/decorating to care for, cleaning galore, prepping/cooking/and lots of behind-the-scenes blog thangs to manage and implement, plus normal life meal planning, working, bill paying, etc. Is there a way to have time stand still for a while just for me to catch up? Anyone else feel this way? The thing giving me the most joy right now? The fact that I have two of these glorious flautas waiting for me to enjoy at lunch. Yessss. If you figure out how to stop time like what’s her name from Out of This World, lemme know. And you get bonus points if you remember the show I speak of. I’d use my time to eat 10 more of these and try to catch up on life. How would you use yours? Hopefully cooking these. You don’t need much time which is fantabulous after a long day’s work.
- 2 cups shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup buffalo sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot, use less if you want it less spicy. Taste as you go)
- ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 12 soft taco sized flour tortillas
- Cooking spray
- Kosher salt for finishing
- Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray, set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, softened cream cheese, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese crumbles and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust heat level or seasonings if necessary.
- Place about 3-4 Tablespoons of the filling onto a flour tortilla. I spread the filling into a line about 2 inches from one of the ends.
- Roll as tight as possible (I didn't roll them tightly enough which is why mine exploded in the pic above) and place seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat for remaining 6 tortillas.
- Spray the tops of the flautas with cooking spray and sprinkle kosher salt over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. (Check them at 15, you want them perfectly crispy. Mine took 20 minutes.)
- Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing and carrot and celery sticks.
- This amount makes about 8 flautas. Enough for 2-4 people depending on how many people can eat! (I ate 2, hubby at 4).