Easy Chicken Taquitos


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One of my favorite meals is chicken flautas–but making them at home seemed unattainable until I broke it down and came up with this amazing easy chicken taquitos recipe.

So simple to make, and so fast–I was ready and done in about 20 minutes! How cool is that?! Quicker than if I ordered at a restaurant…

Chicken Taquitos next to rice and beans on a purple plate on a white and black cloth

What really gets me excited is that the kids love my taquitos–which is something kind of amazing these days.

Because when they’re not begging for delivery, I’m one happy mom.

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What You Need to Make Easy Chicken Taquitos:

This is a very simple chicken recipe that’s no-fail. Seriously, anyone can make these, as long as you can follow some basic cooking instructions. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs deboned, cooked & shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 12-14 flour tortillas (you can use corn tortillas, but they don’t hold together as well, in my opinion)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Chicken Taquitos next to rice and beans on a purple plate on a white and black cloth

How to Make Easy Chicken Taquitos:

Step 1

Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inch of oil in the bottom of a frying pan over high heat. Combine seasoning and chicken and stir until the chicken is evenly coated.

chicken being shred by a mixer

Step 2

Lay out a single tortilla at a time. Place about 1/3 cup shredded chicken in the center of the tortilla. Spread the chicken out in a line from one side to the other, about 1/2 inch from the edge of the tortilla

shredded chicken on a flour tortilla

Step 3

Add about 2 tbsp shredded cheese over the top of the chicken.

shredded cheese and chicken on a flour tortilla

Step 4

Roll the tortilla closed and set aside. Repeat until all of the chicken is gone.

Step 5

Place 3-4 taquitos in the frying pan when the oil reaches 325-350 degrees. Cook on each side 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned.

chicken taquitos cooking in a frying pan

Step 6

Allow to cool to the touch then enjoy with sour cream, queso or salsa!

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy Mexican dinner recipe board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

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Yield: 12 Easy Chicken Taquitos

Easy Chicken Taquitos

Easy Chicken Taquitos

These easy chicken taquitos make for a fun weeknight meal that you can make in minutes! Just like restaurant chicken flautas, they're perfect bite-sized yumminess.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs deboned, cooked & shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 12-14 flour tortillas (you can use corn tortillas, but they don't hold together as well, in my opinion)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inch of oil in the bottom of a frying pan over high heat.
  2. Combine seasoning and chicken and stir until the chicken is evenly coated.
  3. Lay out a single tortilla at a time. Place about 1/3 cup shredded chicken in the center of the tortilla. Spread the chicken out in a line from one side to the other, about 1/2 inch from the edge of the tortilla.
  4. Add about 2 tbsp shredded cheese over the top of the chicken.
  5. Roll the tortilla closed and set aside. Repeat until all of the chicken is gone.
  6. Place 3-4 taquitos in the frying pan when the oil reaches 325-350 degrees.
  7. Cook on each side 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Allow to cool to the touch then enjoy with sour cream, queso or salsa!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 628mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

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