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A delicious and deceivingly simple dinner, these Chicken Flautas will make it onto your menu week after week. Tortillas are filled with shredded chicken, cheese and spices and then baked until crispy! Delicious alone or with guacamole, pico de gallo or Mexican Street Corn.
I have been testing and testing this recipe for Chicken Flautas and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you today! Not only are these ready for the oven in about 10 minutes, but its a meal my kids LOVE. You can adjust the cheese, spice or chicken levels to your liking and serve with whatever your little heart desires (or just eat them plain).
Chicken Flautas, the ultimate weeknight meal
As a working Mom of four who cooks for a living, I feel like I need to keep collecting those go-to, super speedy dinners for those days that are really taxing. This is absolutely one of those meals. You simply make the chicken filling, roll it up in tortillas and bake. If you’re using pre-cooked chicken, this makes the prep that much quicker. See my notes below about your options when it comes to the protein in this dish.
Wait just a minute, what is a Flauta?
A flauta (which translates to “Flute” in english) is a Mexican dish made with flour tortillas filled with beef, cheese or chicken and deep fried. I didn’t deep fry these particular chicken flautas, but if that’s your thing, see my notes below.
A taquito (like the cousin of the Flauta) is a smaller corn tortilla rolled skinny and shallow fried in a pan until crispy.
Basic Ingredients Needed
So, just as promised, this list is pretty darn short. Nothing too out of the ordinary and all common enough that you should be able to find these no problem. Specific increments and directions are listed in the printable recipe card below.
- Canned Chicken– I have become a convert to canned chicken, but not all canned chicken is created equal and Costco’s canned chicken absolutely reigns supreme.
- Cheddar Cheese– I use a sharp cheddar, but any cheddar is fine. It melts a little nicer if you grate it yourself, but not against the pre-grated kind in the least! (Pre-grated cheese is coated in edible food starch to prevent it from sticking to itself.)
- Taco Sauce– This is a great all-purpose sauce that I’ve been using more and more frequently in my Mexican cooking. I use La Victoria brand. If you’re not familiar with this ingredient, salsa is a great substitute.
- Alfredo Sauce– jarred, premade alfredo sauce in chicken flautas? YES! It adds a creaminess that I like, plus it helps keep the filling moist. Heavy cream is also an easy substitute.
- Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Cumin– Love love love adding lots of flavor. If you don’t have all three, you can just use taco seasoning. Tastes a little different, but still delicious.
- Tortillas– I use the medium-sized “fajita” flour tortillas. I have also made these with low-carb tortillas, which is delicious! They just take a few extra minutes in the oven to crisp up.
Love Mexican Food? Try these other favorites: Carnitas, Taco Casserole, Easy Taco Soup, Easy Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Street Corn Guacamole (my very favorite thing everrrr!)
How to make Chicken Flautas
Because this is a super speedy recipe that we are “oven frying”, these directions are pretty basic. Be sure to check out my pan frying directions below if that’s your thing.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large bowl, stir together chicken, cheese, taco sauce, alfredo sauce and spices.
- Fill tortillas with filling and roll. Place on baking sheet seam side down.
- Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake 15 minutes or until flautas are golden brown. Serve warm with any desired toppings.
Do I have to use Canned Chicken? Other Protein Ideas
Nope! Not at all! If canned chicken is not your thing, feel free to use any kind of precooked chicken like shredded rotisserie chicken, roasted chicken (shredded with skin removed), grilled chicken, cut into small pieces, or even boiled chicken (as long as its seasoned well).
Taco meat would definitely work in this application too, as would a can of black beans that have been drained and rinsed really well and mashed slightly.
Pan Frying Directions
So, you don’t want to bake these flautas and want to go down the deep frying road? I don’t blame you. Fried food is gooooood. Using a larger, deep sided skillet, add two inches of canola oil, peanut oil or vegetable oil OR enough shortening or lard to give you two inches of oil. Preheat oil to 375 degrees. (A simple candy thermometer like this one will work great for pan frying.)
Secure 2-3 toothpicks into each flauta to hold it together as it fries. Add 2-3 flautas to the hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Drain fried flautas on paper towels and sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve warm with any desired toppings you want.
What to serve with Chicken Flautas
Oh the possibilities are endless! Basically, anything you want, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Roasted Jalapeno Queso
- Teedo’s Famous Salsa
- Pico de Gallo
- Cowboy Caviar
- Sour Cream
- Rosa Mexicana Guacamole
- Mexican Street Corn Casserole
Chicken Flautas (Flautas de Pollo)
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- 1/4 cup taco sauce or mild salsa
- 1/4 cup alfredo sauce or heavy cream
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 10 tortillas medium, fajita size
- nonstick cooking spray
- toppings: avocado, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc..
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir chicken together with taco sauce, alfredo, cheese and seasonings.
- Divide into ten equal portions and fill tortillas with filling, rolling tightly and placing seam side down on baking sheet.
- Spray chicken taquitos lightly with nonstick cooking spray and bake 15 minutes or until they are golden and as crispy as you'd like.
- Serve warm with any desired toppings: salsa, guacamole, taco sauce, sour cream, cilantro, etc..
Really yummy. Will make again and again
After an afternoon of playing in the snow I was looking for a quick and easy dinner with ingredients I had on-hand. This was perfect. I didn’t have alfredo so I subbed neufchatel cheese, softened in the microwave and stirred in. Ditto on medium salsa rather than mild. Delicious. Even my two year old was happy to eat it!
Easy, delicious, different from our normal meals and my family loved them! What more could I ask for?
Can you do these with corn tortillas ?
Yes, you totally can but you’ll have to either steam them or fry them first so they are pliable enough to roll without breaking.
Why not use their rotisserie chicken canned tasted horrible.
You are welcome to use whatever kind of chicken you like! Canned chicken is more economical and some people like it.
These were excellent. My first time ever using canned chicken and I have to say, I was concerned. We don’t have a Costco where I live, but used the most premium Tyson kind. I did make my own Alfredo sauce to put in then since it’s so easy to do. Served with guac and salsa. All of my kids liked them. I really liked them! L
So easy and so yummy!!These were a hit with 5/6 of us. (And that last one is BEYOND picky.)
I’ll definitely be making these again. Thanks, Lauren!
Sounds like a yummy recipe I will try!
What are your thoughts on using for a “make ahead/freezer” meal for a camping trip??
My family will love these and I love the use of canned chicken for an easy meal.