Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

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Chicken and Cheese Taquitos with rotisserie chicken, flour tortillas, and a cream cheese filling are served with your favorite Mexican toppings for a family favorite weeknight meal or appetizer. 

plate of chicken and cheese taquitos with guacamole and salsa

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe:  These chicken taquitos are a shortcut recipe starting with precooked chicken, which makes them super fast for a busy night. They have tons of flavor from dried herbs and a thick, creamy filling everyone loves. 

This recipe is from a great new cookbook, Scrumptious, from a friend and fellow Utah food blogger, The Girl Who Ate Everything. This cookbook with 101 scrumptious recipes is perfect for busy families and game-day crowds.

Sections include One-Pan Dinners, Feeding a crowd, Game-day Eats, Low-Carb Favorites, Quick and Easy, Tried and True, and Something Sweet. 

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How to Make Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

If you’ve never made taquitos before, you’re going to love them! They’re easier than you might think and always disappear quickly from a buffet or the dinner table. 

Before you start, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so it mixes smoothly. Otherwise, your filling may be lumpy. 

The first step is to break down the cream cheese a bit so it’s soft and spreadable before you add the other ingredients. 

When you’re filling the tortillas, use a 2-tablespoon scoop or tablespoon measure.  Each tortilla gets 2 tablespoons of filling and using an actual tablespoon will help you measure the filling out evenly.

steps to make chicken taquitos with tortillas

Can I Use Raw Chicken?

Certainly. If you don’t have leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, cook two chicken breasts on the stove or in the oven until they’re easily shredded. Use this guide to cook frozen chicken breasts in an Instant Pot that are juicy and shreddable. 

Rolling and Baking Chicken Taquitos

The beauty of these rolls is that when you roll them, there is no need to tuck the ends in. You just roll up your filling. Be sure to make it nice and tight. Then place it in the baking dish with the seam side down.

Note: Our taquitos took just 10 minutes to bake. I recommend checking them after 10 minutes. The edges should be a nice golden brown to a deep golden brown and the filling should be melty.

steps to bake and roll taquitos with cream cheese filling

What Tortillas Are Best?

You want to use six-inch tortillas, no larger. And choose flour, not corn. Corn tortillas can break too easily to roll. 

Buttering the tops is a must to make sure the tortilla browns nicely on the edges and does not dry out. The sprinkle of kosher really makes the flavors pop.

ring of baked chicken taquitos

Serving Suggestions

When your taquitos are ready to serve, cut each roll in half if you want to stack them on a platter as a finger food appetizer. A bread knife works really well for this.

Then add your favorite toppings! We like guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and cilantro. All of these pair perfectly with the taquitos and add brightness/freshness to the rich filling.

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ring of baked chicken taquitos
Yield: 16 servings

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

These cheesy chicken taquitos always go in minutes. They have a spicy, cheesy inside and a crispy baked tortilla outside. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 16 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Kosher salt
  • Toppings: sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, Pepper Jack cheese, cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of filling on the lower third of a tortilla. Roll up tightly and place on baking sheet seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  4. Brush tops of tortillas with butter and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until taquitos are golden brown and crispy. Cut in half and top with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and chopped cilantro.

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Notes

Scrumptious tip: A fun way to present this dish is in a two-layered ring that people can pull apart, as shown in the picture. To create the rings, cut the taquitos in half and layer in two circles before baking. Sprinkling on an extra ½ cup cheese between layers helps keep them together. Bake as directed. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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