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Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, tacos, taquitos
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 Taquitos
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Roasted Chicken

  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder

Taquitos

  • 24 5-6" Corn Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Scallions

Toppings

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 4 oz Cotija Cheese optional)

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Coat bottom of a sheet pan with olive oil. For easy clean up and to use the same sheet pan for the taquitos, line the pan with aluminum foil before adding the oil and roasting the chicken on that, then tossing it when done.

  2. Rub each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

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  3. Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

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  4. Place the shredded chicken in a medium-size pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine, then bring to a light simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

    Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  5. Turn off the heat.  Mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

    Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  6. You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

    Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  7. Coat the bottom of the large sheet pan with olive oil.

  8. Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling near the top of the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

    Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  9. If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on the sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

    Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  10. At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

Bake your Taquitos

  1. Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.

  2. Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

    Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  3. While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

  4. Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. Enjoy!

    Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Recipe Notes

  1. To make this recipe even easier, you can use 2 tbsp of your favorite Taco Seasoning in place of the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder.  
  2. You may need toothpicks to secure the taquitos so they do not unravel prior to baking.