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Easy Chicken Taquitos

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. 

If you were to ask my husband, these 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! 

Chicken Taquito Recipe with Cream Cheese

Ingredients for shredded chicken taquitos:

  • Cream cheese
  • Green salsa
  • Lime juice
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cilantro
  • Green onion
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cheese
  • 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. 

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 cook 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!

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 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!
  5. 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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Jonie

Friday 21st of February 2014

My family could live on taquitos for lunch everyday. seriously. I need to try this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious.

Leanne

Friday 21st of February 2014

I love taquitos! I had the best ones ever when I lived in California. I need to find a way to make them gluten free.

Holly C.

Thursday 20th of February 2014

We love taquitos at our house! Next time I make them, I'll try this version.

Jennifer Saarinen

Wednesday 19th of February 2014

These look delicious. We love Mexican food. The kids would love this recipe for sure!

Carin Kilby Clark

Wednesday 19th of February 2014

OMG I love chicken taquitos! I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.:-)

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