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chicken taquitos piled on a platter with salsa to dip

Cheesy Chicken Taquitos

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 taquitos 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Chicken Taquitos are one of my favorite Tex-Mex meals. Filled with cheesy chicken and seasonings, these are quick to throw together and always a crowd pleaser!


  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1 1/2  cups grated Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup salsa 
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 24 (6-inch) corn tortillas 
  • Vegetable oil to fry


  • In a large bowl mix together chicken, cream cheese, grated cheese, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, salt, cumin, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Wrap your tortillas, 6 at a time, in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15 – 30 seconds until warmed. Keep them wrapped until you fill each. This helps prevent the tortilla from cracking as you roll it up.
  • Fill a large skillet with 1/2- inch of oil and heat over medium heat to 350°F.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of chicken filling to the center of a tortilla and spread it slightly, leaving room at the edge. Roll the tortilla up and use metal tongs to place it seam side down in the hot oil. Use toothpicks to hold the taquito together (*See note). Cook until golden brown on both sides, 2–3 minutes per side. Set on paper towels to drain. Remove the toothpicks.
  • Repeat until all tortillas have been filled, rolled and fried.


*You can also add toothpicks to the center of each taquito before frying to keep them in place, or you can hold them in place using metal tongs while frying each one to prevent them from unrolling. 

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