Baked Chicken Taquitos

Yay or Nay?

A healthy spin-off of the Tex-Mex classic, these baked chicken taquitos are not fried! Packed with juicy chicken and topped with cotija cheese, these hand-held taquitos are crunchy, crispy, and oh-so-delicious.

breaking apart chicken taquitos

It probably goes without saying that fried foods are less healthy than their baked counterparts. The oil in which you are frying your food is high in calories and that definitely seeps into the food. Moreover, the foods we are often deep-frying are already high calorie, to begin with.

chicken taquitos with avocado and cojita cheese

Now I love me a good french fry and crispy falafel, but during my weight loss journey of over 15 years, I have discovered a few tricks to enjoy my favorite foods modified in a way that suits my lifestyle and eating habits.

dipping chicken taquitos

Enter this baked chicken taquitos recipe. Taquitos from a Tex-Mex restaurant are both crispy and gooey, crunchy and greasy. Even the baked store-bought version from your freezer is high in calories, oil, and preservatives. My version? Healthy, crisp, flavorful, and it'll hit that Tex-Mex spot just right.

close up of chicken taquitos

Tex-Mex is a blended culinary tradition from the Tejano people in Texas that has made its way outside of the Southwestern United States all the way into Canada. It's fully American and Texan, and while people like to discredit the cuisine it's actually an important part of our history.

How to make Baked Chicken Taquitos

Liz cutting chicken

One of my best-kept secrets is having a few rotisserie chickens from the grocery store on hand for quick weeknight dinners. Add them to these taquitos, chicken soup, for even simpler meal prep.

Liz breaking up the cojita cheese

Mix the chicken with salsa verde and Cotija cheese before adding to the tortillas for an even flavor throughout.

Liz adding seasoning and salsa verde to chicken

Corn tortillas are not meant to be served or used cold, so be sure to cook them before filling, rolling, and adding to your foil-lined sheet for baking.

chicken taquitos lined up to bake

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I want to deep fry these taquitos instead?

I suppose you could, they'd be moist and crispy, but more calories, so please take that into consideration.

Can I substitute the chicken?

Definitely. A good carne asada or pork carnitas sound like great options as well. Beef is fattier than pork or chicken, so keep that in mind.

What should I serve with taquitos?

Chunky guacamole, fresh avocado, pico de gallo, lime, rice and beans, or a crispy Mexican slaw all sound delicious!

Can I switch to flour tortillas?

Yes, but it will change the nutrition facts and no longer be gluten-free.

Liz eating baked chicken taquitos

No fork necessary!

chicken taquitos with avocado and cojita cheese

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Yay or Nay?
A healthy spin-off of the Tex-Mex classic, these baked chicken taquitos are not fried! Packed with juicy chicken and topped with cotija cheese, these hand-held taquitos are crunchy, crispy, and oh-so-delicious.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
REVIEW PRINT
Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 12 corn tortillas (white or yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Filling

  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (such as rotisserie)
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 8 ounces crumbled Cotija cheese

Optional Toppings

  • cilantro, minced red onion, Cotija cheese, salsa verde

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Begin warming the tortillas by heading a griddle over high heat and drizzling with olive oil. Warm tortillas in the oil for about 90 seconds per side; keep warm on a plate with a covered towel.
  • Mix the filling together in a medium bowl by combining the shredded chicken, salsa verde and crumbled cheese. Working one by one, begin placing about 1/4 cup of filling in the towards the bottom of the tortilla. Carefully roll tight like a cigar, placing seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat until you've rolled each tortilla.
  • Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 20 minutes. Garnish with toppings of choice to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 3tacosCalories: 630kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 41gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 1352mgPotassium: 688mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1208IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 397mgIron: 2mg
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