A FLAUTA IS A FLUTE, and these addictive little tacos are so named because they resemble the musical instrument. They're easy, affordable, and delicious, and there isn't a Mexican mom out there who doesn't put these on the table at least once a week. For even more ease, substitute shredded rotisserie chicken for the chicken breast in this recipe. The fun part is putting all the toppings on the table and letting everyone build his or her own flautas. Get the kiddies to add enough fresh salsa and lettuce, and you've got a balanced meal!
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Put the chicken breast on a baking sheet, skin side up. Brush with the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Cool slightly. Remove and discard the skin and bones. Shred the chicken with your hands.
In a shallow medium skillet, heat enough vegetable oil to come halfway up the sides of the pan. Lay out the tortillas on a work surface. Put about 2 tablespoons of shredded chicken down the center of each tortilla. Roll up each tortilla like a cigar and secure with a toothpick. Working in batches, fry the flautas in the oil, turning once, until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the kernels off the cobs and add them to a medium bowl. Mix in the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and serrano. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes, until flavors blend. (The salsa can be made up to 4 hours ahead.)
Yiled: 3 cups