Baked Cheesy Chicken Taquitos

Baked Cheesy Chicken Taquitos – Ultra cheesy chicken taquitos, baked-not-fried, and topped with guacamole and pico de gallo!

Baked Cheesy Chicken Taquitos - Creme de la Crumb

This is a little off-topic but… do you like sushi? Please say yes. Please say you are as irreversibly addicted to sushi as I am. In my experience there are three kinds of sushi people in this world. Sushi Lovers: can’t get enough, crave it regularly, know all the good sushi spots, and definitely know what you’re talking about when you say you love Spider Rolls. Then there are Sushi Haters: tried it, hated it, never going back. Well, props for at least trying it I guess. And then of course there are the Sushi Avoiders: raw fish, no way, not touching it with a ten-foot pole. Such sad people they must be.

I had sushi last night and… I happen to be a Sushi Addict. I know, I didn’t mention that kind, I decided to add it just now. I’ve been eating sushi since I was a kid and although it took me a minute to get up the courage to dive in, once I did I fell madly in love. It  would like to hire a personal sushi-chef to live in my basement and make me fresh sushi any time of day or night I wish. If you know anyone with the skill-set for this job position, please send them my way.

As you can see, I do not have the sushi-making know-how, so I’ve shared with you something else I love. Maybe not as much as I love sushi but, still. Taquitos rock.

Baked Cheesy Chicken Taquitos - Creme de la Crumb

Ahhhhh, cheesy cheesy chicken, wrapped in a tortilla, baked til crispy and then smothered in homemade quac, fresh pico, and garnished with a little squeeze of lime. So so good. As you know, I don’t deep-fry in my house. Just a personal preference. And I am telling you, you do not need to be a deep-fry-er to have cheesy spicy crispy taquitos at home. Promise! Just give these Cheesy Chicken Taquitos a good dose of cooking spray, pop them in a really hot oven, and let the magic happen. Easy. Cheesy. Yummy. Make these!!

Baked Cheesy Chicken Taquitos - Creme de la Crumb

Baked Cheesy Chicken Taquitos

Cheesy chicken taquitos, baked-not-fried, and topped with guacamole and pico de gallo!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cheese, Chicken, taquito
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 8 6-inch corn or flour tortillas*
  • 1 cup shredded mexican blend or cheddar cheese
  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo or salsa
  • optional: sour cream, chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil and spray heavily with cooking spray.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together garlic salt, cayenne pepper, onion powder and cumin. Rub seasoning into both sides of chicken breasts. Spray a large pan or skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium heat about 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. 

  3. Shred chicken with two forks. Divide chicken evenly among all tortillas, spreading the chicken into a strip down the middle of each tortilla. Top chicken with about 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese. 

  4. Tightly roll each tortilla into a taquito. (If using corn tortillas, see notes!) Place end side down on prepared baking sheet. Spray taquitos heavily with cooking spray. Bake 10-15 minutes until tortilla edges begin to brown/blacken and cheese is melty. Serve with guacamole and pico or salsa, and any other topping you desire. 

Recipe Notes

*** If you choose to use corn tortillas (as I did), heat about 1 cup of chicken broth in a side pan. Do this step BEFORE adding meat, cheese, and rolling taquitos. When broth is very warm (not boiling) QUICKLY dip tortillas one at a time into the broth, being sure to get the whole tortilla wet. But, this must be done quickly. We're talking, less than a second in the liquid, or the tortillas will fall apart. If you do it quickly, the tortillas will be easy to work with/roll and will not break!

 

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Okay, very sad news, I am the person that won’t touch it with a ten foot pole! Okay, but not because I haven’t tried it! I’ve tried it several times and just can’t get on board. Sadly, I know! But, I looove taquitos, so these are right up my alley! Love the lime squeeze pic Tiffany!

These look delicious, and I’m sure they would make everyone in my family happy! 🙂

Thanks for sharing these, especially the corn tortilla handling tip! Side note: We are also sushi nuts. Now you have me wondering about a seared ahi taquito with some sort of yummy slaw & sauce topper…

    PLEASE let me know if you make a seared ahi taquito! I am also a “sushi addict” and so is my eight year old!

I just made these with leftover rotisserie chicken and wheat flour tortillas. I didn’t have any Mexican blend cheese so I used cheddar and pepper jack. They came out amazing!! My son was so tired of pb&j sandwiches and he asks for these from the gas station so I’m sure he will love these homemade in his lunch tomorrow! Thanks so much for your post!