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These easy baked chicken taquitos are crispy and delicious! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner recipe or freezer meal. 

This post was originally published on Feb 19, 2014. It has since been updated. 

chicken taquitos on a cutting board

If you were to ask my husband, these creamy chicken taquitos are the only recipe we ever need in our freezer. He LOVES them. 

And I do too. They are relatively simple to make, the ingredient list isn’t crazy, and they taste incredible. Even my picky eater will request these on occasion! 

Recipe Features:

  • Homemade Frozen Chicken Taquitos: You can use this as a make-ahead recipe and freeze them for a quick meal!
  • Baked not fried.
  • Perfect for meal prep!

What you Need:

This list is long, but don’t let it intimidate you. 90% comes from the spices. Every one has a place in the flavor profile and make these chicken taquitos with cream cheese irresistible!

  • Cream cheese
  • Green salsa: Pick a quality salsa. We LOVE Trader Joe’s hatch Chile salsa.
  • Lime juice
  • Spices
  • Cilantro
  • Green onion- Makes all the difference.
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cheese
  • Tortillas- This recipe is specifically chicken taquitos with flour tortillas.

We like to use rotisserie chicken or a salsa slow cooker chicken (recipe coming soon). Any leftover chicken that has been cooked and shredded will work perfectly. 

Step by Step Instructions:

Now, this is where all of the magic happens. I’m about to show you how to make crispy taquitos in the oven!

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment. Set them aside for later.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, green onions, chicken, and cheese.
  3. Place one tortilla on a work surface. Spoon 3 tablespoons of your filling onto the lower third of your tortilla. Roll tightly and place onto your prepared sheets. Continue until the rest of your mixture is used. Spray your taquitos with non-stick spray and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake your taquitos for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Tip for this recipe:

My favorite way to shred my chicken (and mix up the filling) is to toss it straight into the bowl of my kitchen aid and use the paddle attachment.

This “hack” is the most used in my home. Place warm chicken in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for a minute or two. Perfectly shredded chicken ready in just a few easy steps.

How to freeze chicken taquitos:

  1. Follow the recipe through spraying with non-stick spray and sprinkling with salt.
  2. Place the taquitos in the freezer for twenty minutes.
  3. Once flash frozen you can stick them into a big Ziploc and keep on hand for later.
  4. When you are ready to eat just stick them into the preheated oven and follow the directions above.

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These easy baked chicken taquitos are crispy and delicious! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner recipe or freezer meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • small flour or corn tortillas
  • salt
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment. Set them aside for later.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, green onions, chicken, and cheese.
  3. Place one tortilla on a work surface. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the filling onto the lower third of the tortilla. Roll tightly and place onto the prepared sheets.
  4. Continue until the rest of your mixture is used along with the tortillas.
  5. Spray the taquitos with non-stick spray and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Notes

TO FREEZE: Follow the recipe through spraying with non-stick spray and sprinkling with salt. Place the taquitos in the freezer for twenty minutes. Once flash frozen you can stick them into a big Ziploc and keep on hand for later. When you are ready to eat just stick them into the preheated oven and follow the directions above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 taquitos
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

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