Chicken flautas with sweetcorn & avocado salsa

You can use either corn or flour tortillas for the chicken flautas.


  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 500g cooked chicken, shredded
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 small tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil, for shallow-frying
  • 1 fresh ear of sweetcorn
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 1½ tbsp lime juice
  • Mixed salad leaves, to serve
  • Lime wedges and sour cream, to serve


Deseed and dice tomatoes.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until soft, then add spices and fry until fragrant. Add diced tomatoes and cook for a further few minutes, until softened. Fold through cooked chicken and transfer mixture to a bowl. Stir through 1 tbsp coriander and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.

Place about 50g of the chicken mixture along the centre of a warmed tortilla. Sprinkle 1 tbsp cheese in the centre (not too close to the ends or it will ooze out when frying). Roll up tightly to enclose, leaving seam-side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Fill a frying pan 1½-2cm deep with oil and warm over a medium-high heat. Cook tortillas in batches, seam side down first, for 1-2 minutes each side, until golden and crisp. Don’t overcrowd the pan and watch to ensure they don’t unravel. Drain on paper towels, then continue to cook in batches.

For the salsa, cut the corn kernels off the cob and place in a small bowl with the avocado and remaining coriander. Stir in lime juice, remaining oil and season.

Serve the flautas with salad leaves, sweetcorn and avocado salsa, sour cream and lime wedges.

NOTES: Want something to drink?
Try the Bird in Hand Pinot Rosé 2016, Adelaide Hills, SA.

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First published in the Good Weekend.