Chicken Taquitos – The Cookie Rookie®

These fried chicken taquitos are quick and easy to make and loaded with your favorite Mexican flavors. The perfect appetizer to serve to friends and family.

chicken taquitos on platter

Fried Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Taquitos are one of my favorite Mexican appetizers to serve up for game day, and they are way more simple to make than you might think!

Filled with a seasoned cream cheese and chicken mix, every bite is super crunch and delicious!

Be sure to try my other Mexican apps like my layered dip and Mexican potato skins.

Why you’ll love this Chicken Taquitos recipe:

  • MAKE AHEAD: These taquitos are freezer friendly and can be made a day ahead of time.
  • EASY: There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, just mix together the filling, roll it in the tortillas and fry!
  • GREAT FOR A CROWD: This recipe makes 20 taquitos, perfect for serving lots of friends and family!
chicken taquitos on baking sheet to cool
chicken taquitos on baking sheet to cool

How to make Chicken Taquitos

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Mix together the ingredients for the chicken filling.
  2. Heat the oil.
  3. Warm the tortillas.
  4. One at a time, roll some of the filling into a tortilla.
  5. Fry in the oil on both sides until golden brown.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
chicken taquitos on platter
side image chicken taquitos on platter

What do you serve them with?

When it comes to Mexican appetizers, I’m all about the toppings and dips, and these chicken taquitos are no different! There’s no wrong answer when it comes to dressing these up! Try them with:

Can you make them ahead of time?

The taquitos are best filled and cooked at the same time so that the tortilla doesn’t get soggy. You can cook the the day before and store in an airtight container. Reheat them in the oven at 425F for 10 to 15 minutes to serve. I wouldn’t make them any further ahead of time.

Can you freeze them?

Yes! The fried taquitos can be frozen for up to 3 months and can be heated through right from frozen. Just set the frozen taquitos on to a baking sheet at 425F for around 20 minutes. Cover them with foil for the first part of cooking so they don’t brown too quickly.

fried chicken taquitos garnished on platter
chicken taquitos on platter


  • Make sure your oil is hot enough before adding the taquitos. It should be around 325-350F.
  • Don’t over fill the tortillas and be sure to wrap them tightly so that the filling doesn’t escape.
up close chicken taquitos on platter garnished with tomatoes

These fried chicken taquitos are always a crowd pleaser and I love how easy they are too make. This is a sure fire way to impress your guests!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!

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