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Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

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These air fryer rotisserie chicken taquitos are made with corn tortillas and a flavorful rotisserie chicken filling. Thanks to the amazing air fryer, you’ll need very little oil to make hot and crispy chicken taquitos from scratch! 

air fried chicken taquitos on a plate.
Easy air fried chicken taquitos

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Using store-bought rotisserie chicken and your air fryer to make homemade chicken taquitos makes this recipe a cinch! These rotisserie chicken taquitos are quick and easy to assemble and even easier to pop into your air fryer to cook. The results are perfect chicken taquitos, crunchy outside, and juicy in the middle.

The best part? Air fryer taquitos are just as delicious as deep-fried taquitos but are made with much less grease. Clearly, air fryer taquitos are the healthy, lower-calorie option! Served with your favorite dipping sauces, like guacamole, salsa, and sour cream, these rotisserie chicken taquitos are a great party appetizer, weeknight meal, and afterschool snack.

Ready to cook taquitos with rotisserie chicken in the air fryer? Let’s do it.

four chicken taquitos on a plate.
Easy and delicious chicken taquitos

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s quick and easy. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken is a huge time-saver.
  • It’s healthier than deep-fried taquitos. Air frying requires almost zero grease to yield hot and crispy food.
  • Taquitos are the perfect appetizer, main course, and afterschool snack.
  • These taquitos are gluten-free and delicious!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Vegetable Oil – To saute the onions and garlic. You can also use avocado oil or olive oil here.
  • Onion & Garlic – These aromatic veggies enhance the chicken taquito filling with a mouthwatering savory flavor.
  • Green Chiles – A can of diced green chiles adds moisture, flavor, and a bit of spice to the filling.
  • Rotisserie Chicken – These taquitos are an excellent opportunity to repurpose extra rotisserie chicken, but you can use any cooked skinless, shredded chicken here.
  • Shredded Cheese – I used freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese, but you can use any mild, hard cheese like Monterey jack, cheddar, or mozzarella.
  • Salt & Pepper – To enhance every flavor.
  • Corn Tortillas – This wouldn’t be a recipe for taquitos without corn tortillas. Be sure to warm the tortillas until they’re pliable before rolling.

How To Make Chicken Taquitos in the Air Fryer

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Air fryer chicken taquitos process

Step 1: Cook onion & garlic.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and cook until soft and fragrant. Then, add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Step 2: Combine taquito filling.

Next, add your green chilies, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir until the mixture is warmed through, then remove from the heat.

Step 3: Fill tortillas with taquito filling.

After warming the tortillas, spoon the chicken mixture down the center of each, and then roll-up. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Step 4:

Cook taquitos in air fryer. Place taquitos, seam side down, in your greased air fryer basket, leaving space in between each, and cook at 400° until crisp, flipping after the first 5 minutes. Repeat until all taquitos are hot and crispy.

top view four taquitos on a plate.
Crispy chicken taquitos

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t forget to warm your tortillas before rolling. Cold tortillas will tear. Warm a couple of tortillas at a time so they don’t get cold during assembly.
  • To warm your tortillas in the microwave, place a stack on a plate wrapped in a damp paper towel and warm for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • To warm tortillas in a skillet, warm a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tortillas 30 seconds per side (or until warm and easy to bend without breaking).
  • You may need to air fry the taquitos in batches, depending on your air fryer basket size. Be sure to leave enough room between each to circulate the hot air.
  • Different air fryer brands cook at different rates, so keep an eye on your food.

Variations

Meat options – Swap rotisserie chicken for another shredded meat like shredded beef or pork carnitas. You can also use cooked taco-seasoned ground meats like chicken, beef, and turkey.

Meat-free options – To make vegetarian taquitos, use your favorite plant-based ground “meat” cooked in taco seasoning instead of chicken.

Spicy chicken taquitos – Give your taquitos a fiery kick by adding chili powder, cayenne, cumin, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce to the filling mixture.

Serving

Serve your rotisserie chicken taquitos with your favorite Mexican-inspired side dishes. Make it a feast and serve them alongside tacos and enchiladas. I love keeping it simple and serving taquitos with rice, beans, corn, salad, or fresh fruit. These recipes go great with taquitos:

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Keep extra rotisserie chicken taquitos in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing: Once the taquitos are cool, place them in a single layer in a resealable freezer-safe bag and lay the bag flat in the freezer. Keep frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, place frozen taquitos on a baking sheet or in the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees until heated through and crispy again.

FAQ

How do I keep cooked taquitos crispy until ready to serve?

If you are finished cooking your taquitos, but it’s not quite time to serve, place them on a baking sheet and keep them in the oven at 200F to keep warm.

Can I make taquitos with flour tortillas?

Absolutely, but they’re typically thicker and will need a few more minutes in the air fryer to get crispy.

How long do you cook taquitos in an air fryer?

The precise time and temperature will vary based on the functionality of your air fryer, but 8-10 minutes at 400F is a great place to start.

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Yield: 15 Servings

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

four chicken taquitos on a plate.

These air fryer rotisserie chicken taquitos are made with corn tortillas and a flavorful rotisserie chicken filling. Thanks to the amazing air fryer, you'll need very little oil to make hot and crispy chicken taquitos from scratch!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 7 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 pound rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 30 - 6" corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and cook until soft and fragrant. Then, add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Next, add your green chilies, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir until the mixture is warmed through, then remove from the heat.
  3. After warming the tortillas, spoon the chicken mixture down the center of each, and then roll-up. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  4. Place taquitos, seam side down, in your greased air fryer basket, leaving space in between each, and cook at 400° until crisp, flipping after the first 5 minutes. Repeat until all taquitos are hot and crispy.

Notes

  • Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on food.
  • Don’t forget to warm your tortillas before rolling. Cold tortillas will tear. Warm a couple of tortillas at a time so they don’t get cold during assembly.
  • To warm your tortillas in the microwave, place a stack on a plate wrapped in a damp paper towel and warm for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • To warm tortillas in a skillet, warm a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tortillas 30 seconds per side (or until warm and easy to bend without breaking).
  • You may need to air fry the taquitos in batches, depending on your air fryer basket size. Be sure to leave enough room between each to circulate the hot air.
  • Storing: Keep extra rotisserie chicken taquitos in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: Once the taquitos are cool, place them in a single layer in a resealable freezer-safe bag and lay the bag flat in the freezer. Keep frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, place frozen taquitos on a baking sheet or in the air fryer and cook at 400 degrees until heated through and crispy again.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Shelley

Monday 26th of October 2020

I'm a huge fan of using rotisserie chicken as a shortcut for QUICK weeknight meals ... and also on any technique that cuts down on unhealthy grease and fat like from frying. So, these taquitos are a perfect idea - my family's gonna be thrilled - thank you!

simplylowcal

Monday 26th of October 2020

Thanks, Shelley. I hope you and your family enjoy them. :)

April

Monday 26th of October 2020

These are so good and my kiddos beg me to make them.

simplylowcal

Monday 26th of October 2020

That's great to hear, April. :)

Jess

Monday 26th of October 2020

Who knew chicken taquitos could be so easy!

simplylowcal

Monday 26th of October 2020

So easy. :)

Aimee Mars

Monday 26th of October 2020

Oh, I love taquitos! So do my kids and that's why I like to make them on the weeknights. This is a great version for weeknights too because it uses rotisserie chicken and the air fryer! I'm looking forward to making it.

simplylowcal

Monday 26th of October 2020

I hope you enjoy them, Aimee. :)

Toni Dash

Monday 26th of October 2020

This is so good!! Can't wait to make it again!

simplylowcal

Monday 26th of October 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed them, Toni. :)

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