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14 December 2018

Learn how to make easy chicken taquitos that you can bake or fry. These are softened corn tortillas that are stuffed with seasoned shredded chicken, melty cheese and lots of flavor. Here is the recipe.

If you’re looking for the perfect party food that everybody loves, look no further than Taquitos. Taquitos are simply little stuffed tacos that are made by filling softened corn tortillas, rolling them up, then either baking or frying them until they are nice and crispy.

They’re always a huge hit whether I make them for a party or gathering, a game day afternoon, a holiday get together, and you know, they’re always great for a personal evening snack or dinner.

Maybe that’s just me! But I don’t think so.

Taquitos are just crazy good because of their awesome filling, which you can control, and because of their CRUNCH factor. And, it doesn’t matter whether you BAKE them or FRY them, they’re crunchy either way, so the cooking method is totally up to you.

In the recipe card at the end of the post, I’ve included both cooking methods, with more of a discussion below. These particular chicken taquitos are stuffed with shredded chicken that’s been seasoned with a nice blend of spices along with cooked onion and jalapeno peppers, along with melty cheese that really satisfies.

Let’s talk chicken taquitos, shall we?

Chicken Taquitos - stacked on a plate

How to Make Chicken Taquitos – the Cooking Method

First, cook the chicken breast by adding it to a pot. Cover it just enough with water along with a tablespoon of salt.

Poaching a chicken breast in a pan

Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Lightly poach the chicken about 20 minutes, or until it is cooked through fully.

Remove from heat and set into a large bowl. Shred the chicken with forks.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the onion and jalapeno about 5 minutes to soften.

Add the garlic and cook another minute, until fragrant.

Add the onion, jalapeno and garlic to the chicken, along with a bit of salt and pepper. Mix it all together. Make sure the chicken is nice and shredded.

Shredding the poached chicken along with cooked peppers and onions

Next, stir in the seasoning blend and the shredded cheese.

Mixing the seasoned shredded chicken with cheese

Add a spoonful of chicken-cheese mixture to each softened tortilla and roll them up tightly.

Rolling a chicken taquito in a softened corn tortilla

Fasten with toothpick to hold them together. See the NOTES section on how to best soften corn tortillas.

Also, check out the recipe video at the end of the recipe that more fully details the steps above, as well as both cooking methods.

Frying Your Chicken Taquitos – How To

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot until it just starts to bubble very slightly. Test by placing a piece of tortilla in the oil. It should start to sizzle lightly.

Add the taquitos a few at a time, careful not to overcrowd them. Fry them 4-5 minutes per side, until they are golden.

Frying the Chicken Taquitos in oil in a pan

Remove and set onto paper towels to drain.

Serve with your favorite dippers and enjoy!

Chicken Taquitos - stacked on a plate

Baking Chicken Taquitos – How To

If baking, once the taquitos are rolled, place them onto lightly oiled baking sheets then spray them very lightly with spray oil.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F and bake them for 20 minutes, or until they become nice and crispy.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on a baking sheet

Serve with your favorite dippers and enjoy!

Makes 20 or more taquitos either way.

Chicken Taquitos – Frying Vs. Baking

I like to make my chicken taquitos either way, frying or baking, but you’ll notice a difference in each method. Baked taquitos are a bit dryer because they do not absorb the oil from the frying process. They’re also crunchy, but not quite as crispy as fried chicken taquitos.

However, fried chicken taquitos have higher calories from the frying process because of the oil, so you’ll have to decide what is more important to you, crispiness vs calories.

Chicken Taquitos - Grabbing one and ready to dip it in salsa to eat

How to Soften Corn Tortillas

Corn tortillas are softened most easily in the microwave. Cover them with a damp paper towel and microwave them on high for 30-60 seconds.

This will make them more pliable and will avoid cracking as you are rolling them.

Flautas Vs. Taquitos

Is it a flauta? Or is it a taquito? There seems to be some confusion surrounding the actual name of the “taquito”, and whether or not it is also called a “flauta”. From my understanding, taquitos are make with corn tortillas and are made to be smaller, more bite sized.

Flautas, on the other hand, means “flutes”, and are made with either flour or corn tortillas and are often made larger as part of the main course, though not always.

Some places still use the terms interchangeably, so you’ll find differences from region to region, particularly in the southern U.S., where flautas and taquitos are the same thing.

Chicken Taquitos - Stacked up on a plate

Serving Your Taquitos

Taquitos are best served with dippers. Put out a variety, like a nice spicy habanero salsa, chipotle sauce, some sort of creamy dip. Consider Salsa Verde or Salsa Roja, two of my favorite salsas.

Can You Freeze Chicken Taquitos?

Yes! You can make them ahead, then freeze them for serving later. Just take them out, warm them in the oven, or microwave them about a minute or 2 until properly warmed.

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Chicken Taquitos - Dipped in salsa

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 7 votes
Chicken Taquitos - stacked on a plate with salsa
Chicken Taquitos – Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Learn how to make easy chicken taquitos that you can bake or fry. These are softened corn tortillas that are stuffed with seasoned shredded chicken, melty cheese and lots of flavor. Here is the recipe.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken, tacos
Servings: 20 taquitos
Calories: 121 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast boneless
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning use your favorite blend
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • 1 cup shredded Cotija cheese or use Monterrey Jack
  • 20 corn tortillas or more as needed, softened
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken breast to a pot and cover it just enough with water along with a tablespoon of salt.
  2. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Lightly poach the chicken about 20 minutes, or until it is cooked through fully.
  3. Remove from heat and set into a large bowl. Shred the chicken with forks.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the onion and jalapeno about 5 minutes to soften.
  5. Add the garlic and cook another minute, until fragrant.
  6. Add the onion, jalapeno and garlic to the chicken, along with a bit of salt and pepper, taco seasoning and the shredded cheese. Mix it all together.

  7. Add a spoonful of chicken-cheese mixture to each softened tortilla and roll them up tightly. Fasten with toothpick to hold them together. See the NOTES section on how to best soften corn tortillas.
FOR FRYING YOUR TAQUITOS
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot until it just starts to bubble very slightly. Test by placing a piece of tortilla in the oil. It should start to sizzle lightly.
  2. Add the taquitos a few at a time, careful not to overcrowd them. Fry them 4-5 minutes per side, until they are golden.
  3. Remove and set onto paper towels to drain.
  4. Serve with your favorite dippers and enjoy!
FOR BAKING YOUR TAQUITOS
  1. If baking, once the taquitos are rolled, place them onto lightly oiled baking sheets then spray them very lightly with spray oil.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and bake them for 20 minutes, or until they become nice and crispy.
  3. Serve with your favorite dippers and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes 20 or more taquitos.

Corn tortillas are softened most easily in the microwave. Cover them with a damp paper towel and microwave them on high for 30-60 seconds. This will make them more pliable and will avoid cracking.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taquitos – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 174mg5%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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13 comments

  1. 5 stars
    When I see taquitos, I always think of my best friend who used to eat them all the time. She got me addicted but I’ve never made them at home! Your chicken taquitos look so perfectly crispy and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never made taquitos myself before, but the recipe looks pretty straightforward. I think I could do this for game day for my husband. I know he’d love it. Thanks for the snacking inspiration!

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