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Quick Chicken Taquitos

Quick Chicken Taquitos - Such a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken! So easy, crispy and crunchy! Serve with guac, pico de gallo and sour cream!

Such a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken! So easy, crispy and crunchy! Serve with guac, pico de gallo and sour cream!

Quick Chicken Taquitos - Such a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken! So easy, crispy and crunchy! Serve with guac, pico de gallo and sour cream!

I was really torn whether to classify this as an appetizer or entree.

I could (and I have) eaten most of the platter, alone, so that made it my dinner. But then I have also served this to some friends and family, which means I had to share so it unfortunately became an appetizer.

So I guess it’s both?

I don’t know. Either way, app or entree, these super crispy, crunchy taquitos comes together in a cinch with the help of leftover rotisserie along with a few pantry staples and my favorite blend of cheeses. Simply fill them up, roll them, and throw them in some hot, hot oil until super golden brown and crisp.

Serve with guacamole, pico de gallo and a dollop of sour cream. SO SO GOOD.

Quick Chicken Taquitos - Such a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken! So easy, crispy and crunchy! Serve with guac, pico de gallo and sour cream!

Quick Chicken Taquitos

Such a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken! So easy, crispy and crunchy! Serve with guac, pico de gallo and sour cream!

20 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups leftover shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, or more, to taste
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
  • 6 cups canola oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, green chiles, cheeses, cilantro, chili powder, cumin and hot sauce.
  2. Working one at a time, transfer tortilla to a work surface; place 1/3 cup chicken mixture in the center of each wrapper. Bring the bottom edge of the tortilla tightly over the filling, rolling from bottom to top until the top of the tortilla is reached; secure with wooden picks. Repeat with remaining tortilla and filling.
  3. Heat canola oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat until it reaches 375 degrees F.
  4. Working in batches, add taquitos to the Dutch oven and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, remove wooden picks.
  5. Serve immediately.

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8 comments

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    I can’t seem to stop the shredded cheese from escaping the taquito and burning in the oil. Any tips?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this as a quesadilla with large flour tortillas and it was perfect! Love the flavours except the cilantro (I’m one of them).

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love the recipe (as I do all your recipes!!!) but would LOVE to find a version that doesn’t involve frying. Are there some modifications we can use for baking in the oven?

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      I used the baking instructions from these taquitos and they turned out great!! https://damndelicious.net/2013/03/19/hawaiian-bbq-chicken-taquitos/

  4. I haven’t made these but would like to make them ahead and freeze for later use. Any suggestions.

    I am a big fan of make ahead food and love you recipes. If you could include a freezing option with them that would be wonderful. Thanks

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m curious about frying them in an air fryer too since I have a Ninja Foodi.  I have enjoyed all of your recipes that I have made. Thank you for sharing. 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    They sound wonderful, but have you ever tried making them in an air fryer?