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Chicken Taquitos – Recipe

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 taquitos
Calories 121 kcal

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.