Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

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This Chicken Taquito recipe is one of the all-time most popular recipes on Our Best Bites.  The story behind it is interesting, too.  I was actually making something entirely different that I planned on entering into a recipe contest.  That recipe was somewhat of a flop, but the filling I came up with was amazing and I thought it would make an incredible filling for a crispy taquito.  So I said forget-it to the recipe contest, and re-worked the filling in these crispy oven-baked taquitos, and turns out it was one of the best decisions ever, as this recipe has become a beloved family favorite all over the country.

These come together fairly quickly, and an awesome bonus is that these freeze (unbaked) beautifully so you can make extra and have a meal for later.

Chicken Taquito Ingredients

You’ll need some cooked, shredded or diced chicken for this recipe.  You can use a mix of dark and/or white meat, or whatever is easiest.  For me, easiest is often a rotisserie chicken from Costco.

our best bites shredded chicken

The “creamy” component in this recipe comes from a couple of things.  For starters, I use a little bit of cream cheese.  It melts together with the shredded jack cheese to make an awesome creamy texture that coats the chicken.

our best bites cream cheese

You can use either plain Jack cheese, or pepper jack if you’d like a little more heat.

our best bites pepperjack cheese

Some other things go in there for tons of flavor, like some green salsa,

our best bites green salsa

green onions, fresh lime juice, and plenty of seasonings.

our best bites green onion

Just mix it all up and your filling is done.

our best bites mixed taquito mix

You’ll place a few tablespoons on small flour, or corn tortillas and roll them up tight.  You’ll want to keep your filling about an inch away from both ends because it will leak out the ends.  Another trick is to roll them tight.  Don’t be loosey-goosey or they’ll fall apart.

our best bites chicken taquitos pre-roll


Once you get them all rolled up, you can either bake them immediately, OR

our best bites rolled up chicken taquitos

save them for later.  I’ve taken these to friends in a bag like this one below.  They’re great in the fridge for a few days and you can bake them up as needed.  Or you can freeze them and bake them straight from the freezer.  It’s totally worth it to make a double batch so you can pop one in the freezer!

Refrigerator Taquitos

To bake them immediately, lightly spray a foil-lined baking sheet with non-stick spray, or brush lightly with oil.  Place the taquitos in a single layer, not touching each other, and then lightly brush the tops with olive oil, or give them a quick spray of non-stick spray and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt.

our best bites rolled taquitos

Bake them in the oven until they turn golden brown, especially on the edges.

our best bites baked taquitos

You can see how the bottoms totally crisp up

our best bites baked taquito bottoms

and while that outside tortilla is perfectly crisp, the inside layers are soft and awesome.

our best bites taquito centers

These are seriously amazing.

Our Best Bites Chicken Taquitos

It is absolutely mandatory to serve them with our Creamy Lime-Cilantro dressing for dipping, but they’re also good with good ol’ salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.

If you’ve seriously never tried these, today is your day.  Put them on your menu plan!

chicken taquitos on a plate

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

4.91 from 11 votes
These taquitos are an all-time reader favorite, and it's so easy to see why. Pair it with our Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing for a fantastic Latin dish!
Servings12

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup 3 oz cream cheese (low fat is fine, avoid fat free)
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoon sliced green onions
  • 2 C shredded cooked chicken for extra yumminess, use grilled taco chicken!
  • 1 C grated pepperjack or plain jack cheese
  • small flour or corn tortillas
  • kosher salt
  • cooking spray or olive oil

Instructions

For the filling

  • Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir.
  • Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic.
  • Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions.
  • Add chicken and cheese and combine well.
  • (You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.)

For the taquitos

  • Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • If using corn tortillas, work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave, wrapped in damp paper towels until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If using flour tortillas straight from the fridge, it helps to warm them in the microwave so they're easier to roll.
  • Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1 inch from the edges. Roll up tortillas and place seam down on a baking sheet, not touching one another. Spray lightly with cooking spray, or lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Dip in sour cream, or our favorite: Creamy Lime-Cilantro Ranch.

For the freezer instructions

  • Prepare the taquitos through rolling them out and placing them on the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until solid, then transfer to a large freezer bag. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425 and place the taquitos on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
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Wanna make it a meal?
Serve with a side of Black Beans and a simple green salad with Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing. Wash it down with some Brazilian Lemonade!

Looking for the beef version? It’s right here!

Lastly, recently this recipe was noted in an article in the Chicago Sun-Times where the author noted that they were “some of the best taquitos I’ve ever had”

I’ll take it!

Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. While my dad and brother are out to go see a movie tonight, I figured Id check out OBB to see what I would make because I havent made anything off of the site recently, and everything I have made in the past was AMAZING, and I came across these. I am a long time reader and remember when these came out on the blog. I never had all of the ingredients so I had forgotten about them. Lets just say theyre in the oven now, and Im super excited. Thanks for sticking around ladies:)

  2. Wow! This is absolutely mouth watering..can’t wait to try this 🙂

  3. This recipe is one of my all-time faves! I make a big batch and freeze the leftovers individually wrapped in foil (post-baking!). I actually like them even more frozen and reheated.

  4. We *love* these taquitos. Whenever my little brother comes over he wants me to make a batch with him to take home to his college apartment. We also recently took a batch to a family who had lost their son and they raved about how awesome they are. Seriously, these are rightly a favorite on your site 🙂

    Just FYI though, the link to the old post is now broken. I fully understand wanting people to come to this new post but you should probably set up a redirect so that anyone who has pinned the old link (me!) can get to the new post easily. I’m sure your web developer can help you out with that, but if not feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to help you out as well.

    Again, thanks for the awesome recipe! My friends and family are always impressed with what a great cook I am, but I’m not really a great cook – I just have great sources for recipes 🙂

  5. I have all of the ingredients except the green sauce. I do have a can of diced green chilis. Will that work?

  6. Quick question. I’ve made this recipe a ton of times. It is an all time favorite in our house. Every time I do, the taquitos split while baking. I’ve tried rolling them tighter, looser, not filling them so full, lots of varieties. Any idea why this is happening and how to solve for it? I use corn tortillas and I use your little trick with heating damp paper towels in between each tortilla so they don’t crack while rolling. Thanks for any ideas.

  7. This was the first OBB recipe I ever made. It is a staple at our house during football season! I’m glad you reposted it!

  8. These were fantastic! My husband wouldn’t stop raving about them. I did your trick where I used rotisserie chicken, and it made it even easier. Thanks!

  9. Made these last night and they were fabulous. I knew to make a double batch so we could freeze half of them. Made them with the yummy copycat Rio dressing. Way to go OBB.

  10. Just am eating these now. My husband said, why haven’t we had these before? They were marvelous.
    Followed it to a tee…. almost. I used the Victoria Green Salsa with Jalopenas. So used just shy of your measurement.
    Did your taco chicken, but used two large chicken breasts and roasted it it @400° for 35 min.
    Did the green goddess dressing. Oh my. It was a big hit with my husband. Will use the leftovers and freeze as suggested. Wow!
    Next time I will prep the day before. It is 7:00PM and just finishing now.
    Thanks so much.
    Could use these as an appetizer and cut in thirds.

  11. One of our family faves. But I just can’t make them unless I use your Taco Chicken too. I always make extra Taco Chicken so I can use it to make these taquitos, taco salad, chicken tacos, enchiladas or any other mexican kind of dish.

  12. One of my favorite recipes! Everyone loves these and they make a great after school snack for the kids.

  13. Thanks again for teaching this recipe to our Young Women! It was a fabulous night,
    and these really are a huge hit!

  14. Ha! I went on to the site to look these up, and there they were on the home page! You totally read my mind. These are my favorite recipe out of everything on your website, which is really saying a lot.

  15. ps Don’t worry, I gave your credit in our little homemade cookbook…I referenced your website when I printed that recipe!

  16. Wow! I can’t believe that so many didn’t know of this recipe! This has been a family favorite for some years now! And yes, you must serve with the dressing! Yummo! I was recently gathering favorite recipes from sisters in our ward for a ward cookbook and two of the girls submitted this recipe! It’s always a hit!

  17. We love these! However to make it simpler, (I’m a teacher & always looking for shortcuts) we quadruple the batch, add 2 full cream cheeses, a whole bunch of both cilantro & green onions (it was pretty close when I measured), then we mix it & just freeze the mix (no tortillas). Oh & we just use whatever cheese is in the fridge, sometimes a mix. It makes like 8 meals for our family! Thank you so much!!

  18. Sara, how many tortillas will this recipe make?
    Also for the person who asked about shredding the cheese, I believe if she freezes it for about 30 minutes, it may be easier to shred.

  19. This recipe is awesome. I substitue any salsa, any kind of citrus juice we have (sometimes OJ) , don’t normally include cilantro (don’t care for it) or the green onions. I usually double the batch and use a whole slab of cream cheese and extra shredded cheese. I bake the chicken and then shred the chicken in a stand mixer and freeze the unused shredded chicken to use later in other dishes. Totally unforgiving recipe, I can alter and adjust to my families tastes and it is always a winner.

  20. I have a question! How many taquitos does this make? As a single college girl are we talking about one meal with leftovers or am I going to need to throw a party?

  21. I make these all the time and everyone loves them. I started adding homemade refried beans in the tortilla and it pumps these up even more. thanks for the great recipe!

  22. Goodness you really did a number on this dish. I had to pin it. I love the fact that it’s baked. It’s also one of those dishes that look like you did a lot of work and it was relatively easy.

  23. Yup these are the BEST. It’s probably the recipe I refer newbies to the most. Very impressive at showers/parties when all people have ever had is the nasty, deep fried, no filling ones from the big box store. Love the update!

  24. I love this recipe!! Thanks for another winner! I make these all the time, and double it to freeze. A definite family fave. I stir in a little honey too and it’s a must try! It takes it to the next level!

  25. I just made these a week ago and my family loves them, especially with the cilantro lime dipping sauce! I’m gonna make another batch to freeze since I have leftover ingredients. Thanks so much for the yummy recipe!

  26. Hands down one of my FAVORITE OBB recipes. I make these at least monthly and my kids LOVE them. Thanks for reposting it for others to enjoy!

  27. These are absolutely a favourite in our family, and my go-to meal to bring new moms and stock for myself when a baby’s on the way! Love the updated photos!

  28. This is one of my all time favorites! And I didn’t know that they freeze well, so thank you for adding that. But in the original post you give some great tips for rolling corn tortillas that you left out of this one- and it just doesn’t work if you don’t have those tips! Maybe add that for new readers?

  29. These are delicious! This is one of my favorites from you guys. I made the filling in the morning a few weeks ago, came home and stuffed these guys, and dinner was ready sooo fast. I am going to be making a double batch of these babies…well maybe a triple batch…and freezing them for easy lunches or a dinner when we have baby #2 in October. And your cilantro lime ranch is just soooo yummy and easy too!