Easy Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Taquitos
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Homemade cheesy chipotle chicken taquitos or flautas! Basically, your favorite tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken and cheese. You can fry the taquitos or bake them! Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole or sour cream!
The easiest chipotle chicken taquitos!
Over the years, I’ve learned that some of our most favorite dinners are the one that I’ve thrown together quickly and that happens to be the story behind today’s chipotle chicken taquitos. The story starts with a batch of cooked chicken in the refrigerator, a bag of shredded cheddar, a bottle of salsa, and of course, tortillas that I bought intending to make something completely different.
What I love most about recipes like my chipotle chicken taquitos is that they’re perfect when you want to make it for a child approved family dinner, but also as an appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo party, super bowl, or a new years eve get together. Also, I’d like to point out that homemade taquitos basically give you the right to eat all your favorite dips for dinner. I mean, at this point I’m just using the taquitos as a vessel to fill up on guacamole, salsa, and pico. Side note, my cheese lovers, this would be so good with melted queso!
Honestly, the other night we sat down with these taquitos for dinner, and I ate an entire ½ cup of guacamole salsa with a single taquito. I double dipped, a whole lot and I’m not even ashamed.
What are taquitos?
Taquitos or flautas as they’re more commonly referred to south of the border, are tortillas rolled up with filling. Though corn tortillas are more commonly used to make flautas, you can also make them with flour tortillas, which is what I’ve done today. The filling can be anything from chicken, cheese, or shredded or ground beef. Once you roll the taquitos up, you can either pan-fry or deep fry them until they’re perfectly crispy. Taquitos are topped with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.
For those that don’t like to fry things, I’ve also shared my method on how to bake them!
What ingredients do you need to make chipotle chicken taquitos ?
- cooked, shredded chicken
- chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- shredded cheese
- flour or corn tortillas
- oil (for spraying or frying)
Where can I find adobo seasoning?
Adobo seasoning is available in most grocery stores in the spice or ethnic foods aisle. It’s a general all-purpose dry seasoning that consists of ingredients like black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and turmeric. Other ingredients may also be included in the seasoning. It’s important to note that the seasoning is different from the adobo sauce that the chipotle peppers come packed in. I know, it can get a little confusing if you don’t use these ingredients very often so I just wanted to take a second to point that out.
Cook the chicken for chicken taquitos:
I poach the chicken the same way for all the recipes that require cooked chicken breasts or thighs. I start by heating a 2-quart saucepan with water, along with ½ an onion, a few cloves of garlic, 6-8 black peppercorns, and a tablespoon of salt. When the water comes to a boil, I gently lower the chicken breasts into the water and reduce the heat setting so that it just simmers. Let the chicken breasts or thighs cook until they reach 165ºF on an instant read meat thermometer. But typically it’s in the 12-18 minutes ballpark depending on the side of the chicken breast/thighs.
Once the chicken cooks, I remove it to a bowl or cutting board. Allow the chicken to cool completely before shredding so you don’t burn your fingers! You can shred the chicken using your hands, two forks, or some people like throw them in their stand mixer and let the paddle break the chicken down.
Will rotisserie chicken work?
Yes, absolutely! Using rotisserie chicken anywhere where cooked chicken is called for is a great hack to get dinner on the table much faster. I’ve got a recipe for a 1-hour oven roasted chicken recipe that you can make for dinner one night and use the leftover chicken in these chicken taquitos for another dinner during the week. You’ll need roughly 2 ½ cups of shredded chicken.
Can you air fry chicken taquitos?
I don’t own an air fryer (I know, gasp!) so I can’t say I’ve tried this before but, after a lot of research and by research I mean Youtube videos, I feel confident enough to say you can air fry these chipotle chicken taquitos. But just keep in mind that every air fryer is different and that you might need a little more/less time depending on the model/size of your air fryer.
How to air fry taquitos:
- Preheat your air fryer at 400ºF. Once preheated, open the air fryer, spray the inside basket with cooking spray.
- Place the taquitos in the basket, but do not overcrowd or allow them to touch; depending on the size of your air fryer, you can probably fit 3-5 taquitos at a time.
- Spray the tops of the taquitos with additional cooking spray.
- Air fry them for 6-10 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown. Repeat with the remaining taquitos.
What to serve with homemade chicken taquitos:
- pico de gallo
- guacamole salsa
- crumbled cotija cheese
- salsa verde
- shredded lettuce
- blender salsa
- sour cream
- avocado dip
- 2 ½ cups cooked shredded chicken (see notes)
- 1-2 minced chipotle peppers + 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
- ½ teaspoon EACH: adobo seasoning, ground cumin, AND garlic powder
- 2 ½ cups shredded cheese (use shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, etc.)
- 16-18 flour tortillas (taco sized)
- Oil, for frying/baking
- FILLING: in a medium bowl, toss the shredded chicken, chipotle peppers + adobo sauce, adobo seasoning, garlic powder, ground cumin, shredded cheese, and a big pinch of salt together. Taste and adjust with additional seasonings as desired.
- ROLL: Place a tortilla on a clean work surface and fill with about ¼ cup of filling or more depending on the size of your tortilla. Roll the tortillas up and either secure with a toothpick or place seam side down. It’s easier to fry/bake if you insert a toothpick to hold the taquito together.
- FRY: preheat 1 cup of oil in a medium frying pan over medium-low heat until it reaches 350ºF. You don’t want to deep fry, so just enough oil to come ½ way up the frying pan. Once heated, slowly lower 4-6 taquitos in the oil at a time and allow them to fry for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a baking tray lined with a cooling rack and allow them to rest while you fry the rest.
- OR BAKE: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of oil in a small bowl. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on a large baking sheet (line with foil for easier cleanup). Place all the taquitos seam-side up on the cooling rack brush them with the oil. Then, flip them all over (seam-side down) and brush them with oil again so the entire taquitos are coated. Bake the taquitos for 14-17 minutes or until the taquitos are golden brown and crispy!
- OR AIR FRY: Preheat air fryer at 400ºF. Open the air fryer, spray the inside basket with cooking spray. Place the taquitos in the basket, do not overcrowd or allow them to touch; depending on the size of your air fryer, you can probably fit 3-5 taquitos at a time. Spray the tops of the taquitos with additional cooking spray.
Air fry for 6-10 minutes, flipping halfway or until crispy and golden. Repeat with the remaining taquitos.
- Remove toothpicks before serving or warn the guests! Serve alongside all your favorite taquito toppings - guacamole salsa, blender salsa, pico, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and cotija cheese.
- if you do not have cooked and shredded chicken already, it will take you an additional 20 minutes to make this recipe
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