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Gluten-Free Chicken Taquitos

These gluten-free chicken taquitos are delicious dipped in your favourite salsa or guacamole. Corn tortillas are stuffed with a spiced chicken and cheese filling, then baked or air fried until crisp. They store great in the freezer for whenever the craving strikes. Vegetarian option included too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 16 taquitos
Calories: 243kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer optional

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts butterflied and pounded about ½" thick. See note below about using pre-cooked chicken or a vegetarian option.
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne optional

For the Taquitos

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese cheddar or marble
  • ½ cup salsa
  • Avocado oil spray
  • 16 6” small corn tortillas

Optional

  • Refried beans in place of cream cheese
  • Diced onion, jalapeño or green chilies for filling or topping
  • For dipping: salsa, sour cream, guacamole

Instructions

For the Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Butterfly and pound the chicken breasts to about ½" thickness. Place in a large bowl and toss with the spices until fully covered. Place the chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. See notes below for using pre-cooked chicken or for a vegetarian option. Allow the chicken to cool and dice into very small cubes.

For the Taquitos

  • Turn the oven up to 425ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or prepare your air fryer.
  • In a medium-size bowl, use a rubber spatula to combine the cream cheese, shredded cheese, and salsa. Gently add the chicken cubes (and spices if they were not baked onto the chicken), and mix until thoroughly combined. Add any optional fillings you enjoy.
  • Working in batches, wrap 3 corn tortillas in a damp paper towel, place on a plate, and microwave for 20 seconds. Remove one tortilla at a time, keeping the others wrapped. Use a rubber or offset spatula to spread the filling mixture over half of the tortilla. Gently roll the tortilla, starting at the filled end. Use a little bit of filling to seal the taquito. Place on the baking sheet, seam side down. Quickly fill and roll the other warmed tortillas, heating again if they start cracking. Repeat with batches of tortillas until all the filling is used up.
  • Spray the taquitos lightly with some avocado oil spray.
    Bake in the oven at 425ºF for 18-20 minutes OR
    Air fry at 400ºF for 7-10 minutes until taquitos are crispy. Cheese may ooze out but that's okay.
  • Serve immediately with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole! Enjoy hot. See storage and freezing instructions below.

Notes

  • Using pre-cooked chicken: To speed up the preparation, use pre-cooked chicken like a rotisserie chicken. Chop the chicken into very small cubes and follow all recipe instructions, adding the chicken and spices directly into the cream cheese filling mixture.
  • Vegetarian taquitos: For a vegetarian option, omit the chicken. Follow all recipe directions, simply adding the spices into the cream cheese filling mixture.
  • Dairy-free: Try using refried beans in place of the cream cheese. Use your favourite dairy-free shredded cheese.
  • Steam the corn tortillas! They will become much more pliable and won't crack when rolling. Wrap 3 tortillas at a time in a damp paper towel, place on a plate, and microwave for 20 seconds. Fill and roll in batches.
  • Storage: Leftover baked taquitos can be cooled and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. They will likely soften, so be sure to re-heat them in the oven at 425ºF for 7-10 minutes, or in the air fryer at 400ºF for 4-7 minutes. I recommend freezing them for later consumption.
  • Freezing: Leftover baked taquitos can be cooled and frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To re-heat, bake taquitos in the oven at 425ºF for 15-20 minutes or air fry at 400ºF for 8-11 minutes until crisp.
 
Nutrition facts are an estimation. 

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 112.8mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 0.7g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1mg