These Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos are baked, not fried, and make a great appetizer or meal. They’re also freezer friendly! (gluten free)
Can you believe these Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos are only the second taquito recipe ever on Isabel Eats?!
- how is that even possible?
- shame on me.
- that totally needs to change.
My first taquitos were these Baked Chicken, Bean & Cheese Taquitos and they were an absolute hit, so it’s time I listen to what you’re telling me you love and give you more of it! Which means more chicken taquitos!
In case you didn’t know…
What is a taquito?
A taquito is a corn tortilla that’s stuffed with some delicious filling (usually beans, cheese or meat) that’s rolled up tightly like a cigar and baked or fried so the tortilla holds its shape. They’re perfect for dunking in your favorite salsa or guacamole and can be stored in the freezer if you have too many leftovers. Traditionally, taquitos are made with corn tortillas. Those made with flour tortillas are called flautas.
These particular chicken taquitos are stuffed with seasoned shredded chicken, cream cheese, diced green chiles, black beans and corn. Cream cheese in a taquito may sound a little weird, but I promise the end result is a creamy, satisfying and addicting bite that will leave you wanting more. And more. And probably more.
You can use any corn tortillas you can find, but I recommend using these particular “Super Size” yellow corn tortillas from Mission. They’re slightly bigger than normal corn tortillas which means you can add more filling to each one. I was able to make 12 taquitos using these corn tortillas, but if you use the regular-sized ones you’ll get more than 12, probably closer to 20. And since they’re smaller, you’ll probably be able to eat more, so it all evens out in the end.
More taquitos is not a bad thing.
I try to avoid frying foods at home whenever possible because Lord knows I eat plenty of fried foods when I’m out and about. Who can resist french fries and chicken tenders, am I right?! Definitely not me. So instead of frying these suckers, I decided to bake them.
The trick to getting them crispy without frying is to brush them in olive oil using a pastry brush like this or to spray them with a cooking spray. Personally, I highly recommend getting a refillable oil sprayer that you can use with your favorite olive oil. I use the Misto at home, but I’ve also heard some great things about the Evo. Both are two really great options. And they’ll save you money in the long run because it’s way cheaper to use your own oil than buying those spray cans every month.
I ate my taquitos over a bed of lettuce and topped them with sour cream, cilantro, avocados, tomatoes, cotija cheese, a squeeze of lime juice and some hot sauce. Oh, and I may have had an ice cold beer because how can you NOT. Beer and taquitos are a great combo!
But in case beer and taquitos are your thing, here are some other dipping sauces that would be perfect.
- tomatillo guacamole salsa
- easy guacamole
- roasted poblano cream sauce
- homemade tomatillo salsa verde
- good old fashioned ranch dressing (I looove ranch! It’s my guilty pleasure.)
- chipotle lime crema
- your favorite hot sauce
Just in case you have any leftovers (which is highly unlikely), these taquitos are freezer friendly!
To freeze, let the taquitos completely cool. Then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for 1 hour. Once they’re mostly frozen, place the taquitos in a freezer bag and keep them in freezer until ready to eat.
To reheat them, simply remove from freezer bag and bake for 10 minutes at 400 F until they’re hot and ready!
These Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos are baked, not fried, and make a great appetizer or meal. They're also freezer friendly! (gluten free)
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
- 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
- 12 super size soft yellow corn tortillas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, or olive oil spray
- for serving: chopped onions, lettuce, red salsa, cotija cheese, sour cream, limes
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl or ziplock bag, mix together chicken breasts, olive oil, salt, coriander, chili powder and garlic powder.
Place chicken on baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until fully cooked. Shred with a fork and knife. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
Raise oven temperature to 425 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, cream cheese, green chiles, black beans, corn and chili powder using a hand held mixer. Taste and season with more salt if necessary. cloth towel to keep warm.
Heat the tortillas in the microwave in 30 second increments until they're warm and pliable. Place the warm tortillas in a tortilla warmer or cover with a cloth towel to keep them warm.
To assemble, lay the tortillas on a work surface and fill the bottom third of each tortilla with the shredded chicken cream cheese mixture. Roll the tortillas up as tightly as possible and lay on a baking sheet seam side down.
Lightly brush or spray the taquitos with olive oil. Sprinkle with some sea salt and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the taquitos are golden brown and crispy.
Serve topped with chopped onions, lettuce, red salsa, cotija cheese, sour cream, limes or your favorite dipping sauce.
To save time: use a store-bought rotisserie chicken and shred it at home instead of baking your own. Season the shredded chicken as instructed in the recipe.
To fry: pour enough oil in a fry pan or pot to cover halfway up the sides of the taquitos. Heat the oil to 350 F and add the taquitos in carefully. Fry each side of the taquitos until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Be sure to fry them in batches so as not to crowd the pot. Serve immediately.
To freeze: first make sure baked taquitos are completely cooled. Place taquitos in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, place taquitos in a freezer bag and keep in freezer until ready to eat. When ready to reheat, remove from freezer bag and bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until hot and ready!
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