Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos • extremechickens.com

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our privacy policy for disclosure information.

Y’all, I’m officially in love… with Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos! My new obsession began about two weeks ago. We never plan to eat at parties or the homes of our friends and family due to the special diets our kids and I have. Instead, we always pack a snack or meal in a cooler or lunch kit to go. This is our norm and on most days, we are perfectly content with whatever we have brought because we know our diagnoses and have accepted our fate. This day was one of the few exceptions.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Our family went to a friend’s birthday pool party in a town about an hour away from home. There was plenty of friends, fun, and food that day. Guests were served birthday cake, snacks and chicken taquitos. One of our teenage children, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 7, smelled the aroma and heard the crunch of what she used to know as a super tasty thing. Suddenly her homemade gluten free chocolate chip brownie wasn’t cutting her cravings. Nothing but a taquito would do.

Hoping to make our sad kid happy again by finding a quick fix in the grocery store, we frantically googled “gluten free taquitos” in the car all the way back to our town. We were sad to discover none were available for sale anywhere nearby. Undaunted, we researched products for days while our teen did as teens do and sulked about her sad, taquito free life.

The search yielded nothing but ideas on how to recreate an easy, safe, and super tasty version of chicken taquitos right in our own kitchen. Well, I’ve got to hand it to my husband, because he hit a homerun on his very first attempt to experiment with ingredients.

Enter, Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos!

Ingredients for Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

  • Cooked Chicken
  • Homemade Spicy Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salsa (your favorite brand)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • 18-25 Corn Tortillas – 5 inches in diameter
  • Canola Oil (or your favorite cooking or salad/condiment oil)

How to Make Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

To start, you’ll need to finely chop or shred 3 cups of cooked chicken. We’ve used both homemade cooked chicken breasts and also a gluten free rotisserie chicken we picked up at Costco. By cooking homemade chicken, you can better control the salt content and other ingredients, but if you’re looking to shave off a ton of time and make this as convenient as possible, using a freshly cooked rotisserie chicken you picked up from your grocery store is definitely the way to go.

No matter which you choose, it will be tasty either way!

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Next, you’ll need to measure out 1 teaspoon of each of the following seasonings: Chili Powder, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Paprika. Then add a ½ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper. You can either mix them individually with the chicken, or mix the seasonings together prior to adding to the chicken. Premixing the seasonings will help ensure a more even distribution of the seasonings, but it is completely up to you to decide how you run your kitchen. No judgements here!

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Thoroughly mix the seasonings with the chicken until the chicken is evenly coated.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Add 1 cup of your favorite salsa.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Mix the salsa thoroughly with the seasoned chicken.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Add 1 cup of shredded cheese. You can shred your own or if short on time, you can use pre-shredded cheese.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Mix the cheese thoroughly in the seasoned chicken with salsa mixture. This is an important step because the cheese will melt and help bind the chicken mixture to the tortilla and hold your taquitos together.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Once you’ve mixed all of your ingredients together, it will be time to prepare the tortillas for rolling.

Wrap two to three tortillas in a damp paper towel that you’ve wet with water and place in the microwave. Heat them for 15-30 seconds – just long enough to allow the warm steam to infuse the tortillas. *Steaming only two to three tortillas at a time will prevent them from becoming overly wet or from cooling too quickly before you’ve had a chance to fill and roll them.

Once the tortillas have been steamed, you’ll need to move quickly to work with them before they cool so you can prevent the corn tortillas from cracking.

It’s time to add the cheesy chicken mixture to the tortillas and roll them up. How little or how much of the cheesy chicken mixture you’d like to add to your tortilla is completely up to you. Two tablespoons even spread across half a tortilla is a good place to start.

If it appears as if there’s more filling than you’d prefer, you can always remove some prior to rolling and baking; if too little filling, you can always add some more.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Once you’ve rolled the filled tortillas, place them seam side down in rows on a foil lined sheet pan.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Brush the rolled taquitos in oil. I used a gluten free canola oil, but you can use olive oil or whatever cooking oil you prefer.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Bake the Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos in the oven at 350° for 20 minutes or until the tortillas have turned a golden color and have become lightly crispy in texture.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

How and When to Serve Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

How:

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos are perfect all on their own, but if you’d like a little something extra, they can be served with any of the following:

  • Cilantro and a Squeeze of Lime Juice
  • Chile con Queso
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Refried Beans
  • Salsa
  • Easy Charro Beans

When:

Keep these Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos on hand to serve:

  • As an after school snack for kids.
  • When unexpected guests arrive.
  • Paired with other easy snacks for game days or movie nights.
  • As an appetizer at parties.
  • Any time you have a sudden craving for Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos!
Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

How to Store and Reheat Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

These taquitos can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and reheated in the oven at 350° for approximately 5-7 minutes or until thoroughly heated through and the tortilla becomes crispy again.

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos that have been previously fully cooked and then frozen can be reheated in an oven at 425° for approximately 15-20 minutes until thoroughly heated through and the tortilla becomes crispy again.

If you enjoyed our Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos, then you’ll love some of our other favorite recipes!

Fast Chicken Pho

Cheesy Pico Tequila Chicken

15 Minute Chicken Street Tacos

Utterly Deadly (Gluten Free) Southern Pecan Pie

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos

Tasty Gluten Free Chicken TaquitosThe ExtremeChickens Team
Y'all, I'm officially in love… with Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos! Hot and crispy with a spicy, cheesy, chicken filling. It's soon to be everyone's favorite too!
No ratings yet
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 6 people
Calories 383 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Cooked Chicken (Finely chopped or shredded.)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (Optional, adjust to your preference.)
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 18-25 Small Corn Tortillas (5 inches in diameter.)
  • 1-3 tbsp Oil (Canola, Olive, or your preference.)

Instructions
 

Taquito Filling

  • Finely chop or shred 3 cups of cooked chicken.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of each of the following seasonings: Chili Powder, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Paprika.
  • Add a ½ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper.
  • Thoroughly mix the seasonings with the chicken until the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Add 1 cup of your favorite salsa.
  • Mix the salsa thoroughly with the seasoned chicken.
  • Add 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  • Mix the cheese thoroughly in the seasoned chicken with salsa mixture.

Tortilla Preparation

  • Wrap two to three tortillas in a damp paper towel that you've wet with water and place in the microwave. Repeat after filling and rolling.

Fill and Roll

  • Spread 2 tablespoons of the cheesy chicken filling across half of the tortilla and quickly roll up.
  • Place the taquitos seam side down in rows on a foil lined baking sheet pan.
  • Brush the rolled taquitos in oil.

Bake

  • Bake the Tasty Gluten Free Chicken Taquitos in the oven at 350° for 20 minutes or until the tortillas have turned a golden color and have become lightly crispy in texture.

Serve

  • Cool and serve alone or with salsa, guacamole, queso or other dipping sauces.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 27gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 496mgPotassium: 464mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 701IUVitamin B1: 0.1mgVitamin B2: 0.2mgVitamin B3: 7mgVitamin B5: 1mgVitamin B6: 1mgVitamin B12: 1µgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 0.1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 5µgCalcium: 185mgCopper: 0.2mgFolate: 11µgIron: 2mgManganese: 0.4mgMagnesium: 84mgPhosphorus: 467mgSelenium: 26µgZinc: 3mgCholine: 20mgNet Carbohydrates: 33g
Keyword Chili Powder, Easy, Homemade, Simple, Spicy, Tasty
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Share:

Leave a Reply

Welcome!

Our family is enthusiastic about sharing our love of all things chickens. Here at ExtremeChickens, our focus is bringing people together for good food and good fun while supporting local businesses.

Social Media

More to Love

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe

For the latest recipes, locations, products, and more!

Explore

Shop

From the Blog

Image of chicken next to movie reel and unraveling film for article Chick Flicks Movie Nights with Your Feathered Friends.

Chick Flicks: Movie Nights with Your Feathered Friends

Welcome to the cozy corner of our blog where feathers meet the silver screen! If you’ve ever dreamed of sharing a movie night with your clucky companions, you’re in for a treat. We’ve rounded up a beak-worthy list of chicken-themed movies, documentaries and series that are sure to entertain both you and your feathered friends. So, grab some popcorn, settle into your favorite coop corner, press play on these chick flicks and let the movie nights begin!

Read More »