Chicken Taquitos (Baked or Air-Fryer)

Crispy chicken taquitos filled with a creamy spicy chicken mixture and baked or air-fried to perfection!Chicken Taquitos (Baked or Air-Fryer) Once you learn how to make these flavorful homemade chicken taquitos at home, I promise you will never go back to buying the frozen stuff. This is a great way to use up leftover chicken and will transform it into a whole new dish in under 30 minutes.

They’re crunchy crispy on the outside and creamy and mildly spicy and on the inside. There’s no frying needed because they can be baked in the oven or cooked in the air fryer to make them healthier and I promise they’re still SUPER crispy. Chicken Taquitos (Baked or Air-Fryer)

To make chicken taquitos you will need

  • Shredded chicken: You can use any type of chicken you have on hand and shred it or use rotisserie chicken. You can also make this quick shredded chicken recipe here.
  • Salsa: any type of Mexican salsa will work. You can also replace the salsa with half the amount of canned jalapenos or chipotles in adobo sauce.
  • Shredded Cheese: Mexican or taco blend, Monterey jack, cheddar, OR your favorite melting cheese will work!
  • Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature or microwaved for 30 seconds to make it easier to mix through.
  • Spices: 1 teaspoon of EACH chili powder, garlic powder, cumin
  • Tortillas: small corn OR flour taco size (about 4”) tortillas

To make the taquitos simply combine all the ingredients and spread a small amount on a tortilla and roll tightly into a taquito. Next, you can bake or air fry the taquitos. We tried both and air frying is faster by a few minutes.
Chicken Taquitos (Baked or Air-Fryer)

Crispy Chicken Taquitos(Baked or Air Fried)

Crispy chicken taquitos filled with a creamy spicy chicken mixture and baked or cooked in the air fryer to perfection in under 30 minutes!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: air fryer, baked, chicken, recipe, taquitos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 taquitos
Calories: 220kcal


  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 teaspoon EACH chili powder garlic powder, cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican blend, cheddar, or your favorite melting cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened or at room temp
  • ½ cup salsa of choice
  • 12 small corn or flour tortillas
  • Oil or cooking spray
  • Sour-cream, Guacamole or avocado, tomato, cilantro, lime for topping optional


  • Combine Shredded chicken, spices, and cheeses in a large bowl.
  • Lay the tortillas on a flat surface and divide the chicken and cheese mixture among the 12 tortillas. Roll up each tortilla tightly. Spray all sides or taquitos with cooking spray or brush with a light layer or oil.
  • To Bake: Pre-heat oven to 400Place taquitos on a sheet pan in a single layer and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the outside is super crispy.
  • To Air Fry: Place taquitos in the air fryer in a single layer without overcrowding. Air fry at 400F for 12-15 minutes or until crispy. Open the air fryer after 12 minutes to check on them to avoid burning.




Serving: 1Taquito | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg

Chicken Taquitos (Baked or Air-Fryer)


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