Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos for #AppetizerWeek and a #PotsandPans Giveaway

Welcome to Day #5 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.

baked crispy chicken taquitos

Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos

My first experience with taquitos was from the frozen section of the grocery store. You know the ones. They come in a box of little taquitos ready to be put in the oven and made warm and crispy...all for me. :D They are so much better than the gas station version of taquitos, which seem to be called "flautas" here in these parts. While they were very good from what I remember, I liked taquitos better. And that is what inspired today's appetizer post. My first experience with taquitos was from the frozen section of the grocery store. You know the ones. They come in a box of little taquitos ready to be put in the oven and made warm and crispy…all for me. :D They are so much better than the gas station version of taquitos, which seem to be called “flautas” here in these parts. While they were very good from what I remember, I liked taquitos better. And that is what inspired today’s appetizer post.

Before I had Tay, I didn’t cook very often. I was more adventurous with desserts than I was with savory foods so when it came to foods like taquitos and flautas, I figured it was best to just buy them premade. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to pre-made now because it can be a dinner saver, but unfortunately I’m not able to eat the same things that I could before. So when I want something, I usually have to make it. I’m often surprised by how easy it is to make the things that I haven’t been able to enjoy for such a long time. Even things that can be a bit of a pain to make. I like super easy chicken taquito tortilla
dinners and savory foods so if it takes a lot of steps or inconvenience, I usually don’t do it. Unless I want it really bad. I have been known to spend a great deal of time on cakes and other desserts but that is a totally different story. I have a sweet tooth not a savory one. ;)

Since I wanted to make my taquitos similar to the ones that I used to enjoy, I made these with corn tortillas. I had to work quickly, taking extra steps to steam the tortillas before rolling them with the chicken and cheese. I also had to get them in the oven fast because they start to break apart if they dry before baking. A quick brush of vegetable oil helps to get them crispy with a nice bit of added flavor to the tortilla. A few of them did start to break but most of them turned out perfect. For me, it was totally worth the extra effort. Depending on how strongly you feel about little crispy taquitos, you may try the corn tortillas or use flour.

baked crispy chicken taquitos

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Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos
 
This is my favorite taquito recipe. It reminds me of the frozen ones that I used to buy so very long ago. You can use flour tortillas if you would like to have an easier time rolling them. This recipe will make about 40 taquitos, but it will vary depending on how much chicken you put into each tortilla.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8-10

Ingredients
  • about ½ pound of cooked, shredded chicken breast seasoned with taco seasoning
  • one 4 oz. can of diced green chiles
  • shredded cheese, I use four or five cheese blend
  • one package 18 of soft corn tortillas, small soft taco size
  • vegetable oil for brushing

Instructions
  1. Preheat a small pot of boiling water with a steamer fitted on top. Make sure your steamer is large enough to fit the entire tortilla so that even the edges are steamed.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with a non stick mat or parchment paper.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine shredded chicken and chiles.
  4. Shred your cheese (if you haven’t already) and have it in a bowl near the chicken mixture.
  5. Prepare a bowl with vegetable oil and a pastry brush.
  6. Lay one of the tortillas on top of the steamer for about 20-30 seconds each side or until the tortilla is steamed and can roll without breaking.
  7. Take the tortilla off the steamer and place it onto a cutting board. You can put the next tortilla on top of the steamer while you complete the next step.
  8. Spread a small amount of chicken and cheese near the center of the tortilla in a line, then roll it up.
  9. Lay it against the edge of the baking sheet and brush with vegetable oil.
  10. Repeat this process until you have as many taquitos as you would like. Lay taquitos right next to each other in the pan.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes or until taquitos are nice and golden brown.

Notes
Using corn tortillas will require steaming so that you can roll them without breaking. Remember to steam them on both sides and if the first one happens to break, steam for just a little longer next time. Try to work quickly and get them into the oven as quickly as possible. If they dry out, they tend to break. The best way is to use a small pan and bake small batches. You can always use flour tortillas if that is what you prefer. The prep time and cooking time will depend on how many batches you make.

 

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  1. RavieNomNomsRavieNomNoms01-24-2014

    Yay! I love taquitos! We used to eat them a lot when I was little!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin01-24-2014

      I love those foods from the good ole days. :) I hope you are having a good weekend!

  2. Trulie CTrulie C01-24-2014

    These look yummy. One of my favorite RR kitchen tools would be the lazy spoon and ladel.

  3. rustrust01-25-2014

    I love her handled casserole dishes and the salt and pepper grinders.

  4. Marcia S.Marcia S.01-26-2014

    I like her casserole dishes!

  5. Patricia Mayhew RussellPatricia Mayhew Russell01-28-2014

    I actually love the salt keepers! Great taquito recipe. Thank you so much!

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin01-29-2014

      Thank you Patricia! I love the salt keepers too. I added them to my letter to Santa for next year. :)

  6. Patricia T EgbertPatricia T Egbert01-28-2014

    I love these. I would love a pepper mill grinder.

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin01-29-2014

      Thank you. :) I’m with you on that. I do enjoy freshly ground pepper!

  7. mmwinemmwine01-29-2014

    What a great Superbowl recipe! Touchdown, for sure!
    Cheers
    Matt
    http://agoodtimewithwine.com

  8. Rona K.Rona K.01-31-2014

    I don’t have any of her products but they all look great!

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