These crispy Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Taquitos have a creamy filling and make a great snack and are perfect for gameday.
They cook up in just 6 to 7 minutes. Top with Avocado sauce, pico de gallo, cilantro, and queso fresco and you have a Mexican feast.
The filling is a mixture of shredded chicken, cream cheese, chipotle peppers, chili powder, and cumin. The chipotle peppers give a little bit of heat. Cut back to one chipotle pepper if you don’t want it spicy. The chipotles add an incredible smokiness to the filling.
These taquitos get fabulously crispy in the air fryer. Every bit as crispy as deep frying but without all the added fat and calories.
Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Taquitos Recipe Tips:
Don’t crowd the taquitos for best results. They should not be touching each other. You want there to be room for the air to circulate around them so they get crispy.
For convenience, use rotisserie chicken.
Small flour tortillas can be used instead of corn tortillas.
Be sure to microwave the tortillas covered with a damp paper towel. This will help prevent them from splitting apart when you roll them up.
If you can’t find queso fresco cheese, try using feta cheese instead.
To save time, the filling can be made up to 24 hours in advance as well as the avocado sauce. Be sure to cover the surface of the avocado sauce with plastic wrap so it doesn’t turn brown.
It’s best not to use aerosolized cooking spray like Pam in your air fryer. They contain propellants that can damage the nonstick coating on your air fryer basket. Instead purchase a mister and fill it with vegetable oil or olive oil. Note: Pam has started making a non-aerosol olive oil spray but I haven’t tried it yet.
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Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Taquitos
These Spicy Chicken Taquitos have a creamy filling and get so crispy in the air fryer!
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 12 small corn tortillas
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
- cooking spray
- Pico de gallo, chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled queso fresco for serving
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- salt and pepper
Start by making Avocado Sauce. Combine avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime juice in a food processor and process until smooth.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.
Note: If you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender, or mash by hand until smooth.
In a medium bowl stir together chicken, cream cheese, chipotle peppers, chili powder, and cumin until evenly mixed.
Cover tortillas with a damp paper towel and microwave for 3o seconds to make more pliable.
Sprinkle a few tablespoons of cheese on a tortilla and then spread about 1/4 cup of filling towards one side. Roll up tightly. Repeat with 5 more.
Lightly spray air fryer basket with oil. Add the 6 taquitos seam side down and spray the tops with oil.
Air fry at 400 degrees for 6 to 7 minutes.
Repeat with remaining tortillas for a second batch.
To serve, drizzle with Avocado sauce and top with Pico de gallo, cilantro, and Queso Fresco.
Recipe adapted from Delish Party in a Air Fryer
Nutritional values are provided as an estimate only and can vary based on brands of products used, measuring techniques and cooking methods.
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