Chipotle Chicken Taquitos
These Chipotle Taquitos are loaded with chicken and cream cheese, then baked OR fried until crispy on the outside and cheesy & delicious on the inside!
Servings: 10 Taquitos
Cost: £1 / $1
Medium Sized Mixing Bowl & Spatula
Frying Pan, Tongs & Thermometer (for frying)
Baking Tray & Brush (for baking)
Tooth/Cocktail Sticks (optional)
- 10-12 small Tortilla Wraps warmed in the microwave (around 6-7", corn or flour)
- 2 packed cups / 250g-300g Cooked Shredded Chicken
- 1 1/2 cups / 150g Cheese, grated (Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mexican Cheese blend work great)
- 5.3oz / 150g Cream Cheese warmed in the microwave
- 1 tbsp Chipotle Paste (see notes)
- 1 Lime, juice only
- 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 tsp EACH: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper (or to taste)
- Vegetable Oil, as needed
Add your cream cheese to a medium sized mixing bowl and if you haven't already, pop in the microwave until it's softened and warmed through, just so it's easier to handle. Add in 1 tbsp chipotle paste, the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp onion & garlic powder, salt & pepper (or to taste. Mash with a fork to combine.
Add in shredded chicken and grated cheese and gently fold until combined. Don't mash into oblivion or the chicken will come out chewy.
If you haven't already, warm your tortilla wraps in the microwave to soften up. If your wraps are particularly dry (some corn tortillas can be) pop a damp cloth over whilst microwaving. Divide your chicken filling among wraps and place in a line just to one side of the centre. Tightly roll up each one. If they're not tightly folded consider fastening with a tooth/cocktail stick.
Heat up around 1/2" oil in a suitably sized pan to 356F/180C. If you don't have a thermometer drop a crumb of tortilla in, you want it to rapidly sizzle. Oil needs to be hot or they'll go soggy, the filling may start to leak out and the oil can begin spitting. Carefully place 3-4 taquitos seem-side-down into the oil and fry until golden (only needs a couple of minutes, rotating as you go). Place on wire rack if you have one, if not use paper towels.
Space out taquitos on a large greaseproof or lined baking tray and lightly brush with oil. Pop in the oven at 390F/200C for 20mins, or until lightly golden and crispy. If you notice at all the edges starting to char, turn down the heat.
Serve with salsa and dip!
a) Chipotle Paste - You'll find this in most supermarkets in the UK. If you're in the US do try and use chipotle paste, if not you can mash up 1 tbsp worth of chipotle chili in adobo sauce. Failing that just use chipotle powder. Around 1 heaped tsp should suffice, but work to spice preference.
b) Can I use fresh chicken? - You'll still want shredded chicken, so I recommend doing the following: Use two large chicken breasts (approx 14oz/400g), season and fry both sides to get a nice colour, then fill up with water or chicken stock, pop a lid on and allow to simmer until cooked throughout. Depending on the size of breasts this could take between 8-12mins. Pop in a bowl and shred with two forks.
c) Can I make these ahead of time? - If you can, I recommend making fresh, just because sometimes the lime juice/cream cheese can seep into the wraps and make them damp. However if you were to make them ahead I recommend tightly covering for up to 24hours in the fridge, then cook as instructed. Best to bring them to room temp before frying, just so they heat through properly. Also consider an extra 5mins cooking if straight from the fridge.
d) Can these be frozen? - Best way to freeze is to freeze them on a tray for a few hours, then transfer to a zip lock bag and freeze up to a month. If they were uncooked, just thaw in the fridge and cook as instructed. If they were cooked, allow to completely cool before freezing. To cook thaw in the fridge and reheat at 180C/350F in the oven until piping hot through the centre.
e) Calories - calories based on 10 taquitos using 2 cups chicken breast, Mexican cheese blend for the cheese and 1 tbsp vegetable oil for baking. No sides included.
Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.04g | Protein: 13.6g | Fat: 11.78g | Saturated Fat: 6.785g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.918g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.143g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 1.11g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 0.89mg