Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chicken Taquitos

In order to make some flavorful chicken breast, boil it with water, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and tomato sauce. If you have extra chicken, you can keep some of it for chicken soup, or even tortilla soup. Feel free to add carrots, green pepper, corn or potato.

After the chicken is cooked, pull out a few pieces and shred it with a knife, or pull it apart using your fingers.

Place the chicken in the center of a corn tortilla.
Corn tortillas can be found at any Kaldi shop, but if you're lucky to live near a Costco, they're very cheap at Costco in the refridgerated area. For a list of stores in your area, visit this website. Kaldi Coffee Shop is located in many cities around Japan. It has many varieties of coffees, wines, and other foreign foods and snacks. In Shizuoka, there's a few Kaldi in Hamamatsu, Iwata, Shizuoka station, and Fuji. Check the website to find where they are.

Roll it up and place it in a pan of hot vegetable oil. If the taquito seems unstable, feel free to use toothpicks to close the edges shut, and to keep it tightly rolled.

After they have browned and turned crispy, pull them out using tongs, shake out excess oil, and roll them around on a plate covered by a paper towel. The towel will soak up the extra oil. Feel free to put a little salt on the top while they're still piping hot.

You can make tortilla chips like this as well. Cut them into triangles and throw them in the pan. You can also make tostadas by throwing a whole tortilla into the oil. Make sure to keep an eye on them and turn them over so they can cook fully on both sides. Place them on a paper towel, and salt or squirt some lemon for taste.

Whip up some guacamole and salsa, and you've got some yummy dinner action.

In Japan, it's difficult to get certain items, for example, chili. I make my salsa using a california red pepper, tomato sauce, garlic, salt, pepper and onion. Very simple, although, I do have to ask nicely for friends at home to bring them whenever they come to Japan from California.

Chipotle is also very yummy.

Finally, finding sour cream is very difficult in Japan, however I have found that using plain yogurt is an awesome substitute. This is the one i use.

Finally, if you still have some chicken left, you can serve with a little bowl of chicken soup. However, if you've used all the chicken, you can put the broth and veggies in a bowl, throw in a few triangular tortilla chips, and some shredded cheese, and you've got yourself a bowl of tortilla soup.

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