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Chicken Taquitos

These Chicken Taquitos can be baked or fried and require just a small list of simple ingredients to make! Crunchy and delicious, you’ll be dreaming of this crispy snack!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 12
Calories: 251kcal


  • 2 cups chicken cooked & shredded
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp pepper or to taste
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend shredded
  • 12 small flour tortillas use corn if you prefer
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • Mix the chicken in a large bowl with the chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cheese.
  • Scoop ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture onto the middle of a tortilla. Starting from the bottom, roll the tortilla tightly and secure with a toothpick (if you're baking the taquitos, skip the toothpick). Repeat with remaining chicken and tortillas.
  • Option 1: Fry: Fill a skillet ½" up with vegetable oil. Heat to 350°F over medium heat. Use a pair of tongs to add the taquitos to the skillet, working in batches, and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer the taquitos to a wire rack to cool down for a few minutes.
  • Option 2: Bake: Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Lay the taquitos on the sheet, seam-side-down. Spray the tops of the taquitos with cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.


  1. Nutritional information is per baked taquito.
  2. You can buy a pre-cooked chicken from your grocery store and shred it to save time!
  3. Leftovers: You can store your leftover taquitos for up to 3 days sealed in an airtight container.
  4. Reheating: Warm in the microwave, or reheat in the oven to maintain the crispness before eating.
  5. Freezing: Store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. Let thaw and reheat in the oven.


Serving: 1taquito | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 2mg