Chicken-Mango Flautas with Lime Crema
- Prep Time 0:30
- Cook Time 0:10
- Estimated Cost $7.00
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After nearly three weeks out of town, I met up with Brett on Saturday night at Chilango, a new Mexican haunt equidistant from our respective apartments. We shared delicious sweet sangria and succulent filet mignon tacos, but the stand-out dish was a platter of crispy duck flautas, drizzled with Mexican crema and topped with a pile of fresh green cabbage.
I wanted to recreate it, but duck can be a little pricey, so I substituted pan-cooked chicken thighs (the opposite of pricey), and summer-ified them a bit with fresh mango and jalapeño. Serve these with a bowl of fresh guacamole.
- 8 6" corn tortillas $1 for 12
- 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs $3
- 1 mango, peeled, pitted and finely chopped $1.50
- 1 jalapeño, (seeds intact--take 'em out if you don't like spicy), finely chopped $0.25
- salt to taste Pantry
- vegetable oil for frying Pantry
- 3 tbsp sour cream $1 for 4 oz.
- juice of 1/2 lime $0.25
- 1/4 green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced $0.50
- Heat 2 tsp. vegetable oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Remove from heat and cool for five minutes. Use a fork and knife to shred the chicken thighs into bite-size pieces. Combine in a bowl with the mango, jalapeno and a pinch of salt.
- Heat about 1/2" vegetable oil in the frying pan over high heat (no need to rinse it first).
- While oil heats, microwave the tortillas for 20-30 seconds to make them very pliable. Once tortillas are cool enough to handle, fill each one with 2-3 tbsp of the chicken-mango mixture.
- Carefully lace rolled flautas into the oil, seam-side down, working in batches. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
- Whisk the lime juice into the sour cream. Set aside.
- To serve the flautas, place them on a plate or plates. Drizzle the sour cream mixture over the top. Heap a small pile of cabbage atop.
Makes 8 flautas.