Tempting Shredded Chicken Taquitos

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Phew, what a crazy week I’m having. Busy Busy Busy, but somehow I seem to always manage to cook! Yesterday I was on AZ Midday, demonstrating a mac and cheese recipe, which is a news type show where there are all sorts of guests. My “Comfort Foods” show comes on Food Network this Sunday night, so Food Network has been setting some of the finalists up with news shows, newspaper articles etc… Long story short, while I was doing my demo yesterday, I didn’t have time to add the chicken mixture to the mac and cheese, so I brought it home and here it is in these yummy taquitos.

You can certainly bake these instead of frying them in a skillet like I did, whatever you are in the mood for. These are great for lunch or a light dinner. Gotta run, I’m teaching a group of young girls how to cook dinner tonight!! You’ll love these taquitos. My mac and cheese recipe is coming soon!

Anyone thinking this chicken recipe sounds familiar? It is the same chicken that is in my National Cornbread Recipe. Not only was it great in the cornbread recipe, it’s great in these taquitos and awesome in my mac and cheese that I’ll post soon. Yum!

Tempting Shredded Chicken Taquitos

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
2 cups cooked, then shredded chicken breast
3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
burrito size flour tortillas



1. In 10-inch non stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, cumin, pepper and tomatoes with green chilies; cook 5 minutes.

2. Place oil into large skillet over medium heat. Place about 2 large Tablespoons of chicken mixture into each tortilla. Tightly roll, securing ends with toothpicks. In batches, place taquitos into hot pan. Pan fry until nice and golden brown on each side. Remove, transfer to a paper towel lined plate to dry. Serve and enjoy!


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32 Responses
  1. Julie

    Yum!! These were really great! I ended up baking mine on 375 for about 30 minutes ; lightly oiled, turning half way through cooking, and then sprinkled some cheese on top during the last 5 minutes. I slathered them in guac. and served with black beans. They were a tiny bit spicy for my girls.

    I might even add some sour cream to the chicken mixture next time. Great meal!!

  2. News

    You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  3. N. & A.

    Ok, so I've only tried your berry white chocolate blondie recipe, although my husband wishes I would make all your dessert ones. Anyway, these Taquitos are DELICIOUS! Love them. They were fabulous with fresh produce from the farmer's market. These are going on the dinner rotation list. Thanks.

    -Alissa in Oregon

  4. Tim

    Hi there, I absolutely love this recipe thanks so much for posting it. Just had a quick question. You mentioned baking them instead of frying. Can you give some details in regards to that like, the temperature and how long. Also, would you go ahead and fry the flour tortillas and roll them and then put them in the oven or is there another way to do it? Thanks, God bless. 🙂


  5. Nick and Jaimee

    I love your site and made a few things from it recently. Tonight we made the Taquitos and they were fabulous! We love Mexican and these really hit the spot. My parents said that they were better than any they have had in any mexican restaurant. Thanks so much for the recipe!!
    -Jaimee from Michigan

  6. Chelsea_Travis_Baby

    You dont know who I am, but I am a huge fan of your blog. I love looking at your new recipes and trying them out. I made these taquitos tonight and I just had to tell you how much my husband and I loved them. You are one fine cook and I just hope to learn from you! Thanks for letting me browse your blog.

  7. Price Family

    These were so good. My taquitos didn’t look like yours but they were still SUPER good. We loved them.

  8. Miss Niss

    Ok, I have another question! How do you cook your chicken to shred it? bake, boil…??!!!

  9. Jenny

    Great Melanie, I bet your boys love these!

    Hi Anissa,
    I would bake these at 375 for about 20-25 minutes, turning them half way through. If you brush them with a little olive oil or butter, it will give them a nice crisp crust. Hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  10. Miss Niss

    Hi, i am a BLOG STOCKER!! i have tried many of your recipes on here and LOVE them all!! SO THANKS!! i really would like to try this recipe but am interested in baking them instead of frying…how do i go about doing that? what temp, how long…you know that kind of stuff…i’d really appreciate it!!! thanks!
    Anissa Chapman

  11. Jenny

    Hi Alycat,
    Glad you enjoyed the taquitos. I don’t mind if you post the recipe on your blog at all! Thanks for linking back to pickypalate. Tell Debbie I say hello!

  12. Alycat

    My sis-in-law Debbie Wallace sent me the link to your blog. I made the taquitos tonight & they were delicious. Thanks!
    Do you mind if I post the recipe on my blog & a link to yours. I know many people that would enjoy it!

  13. Proud Italian Cook

    Yay Jenny!! Can’t wait to see the show, I’ve been waiting! How exciting for you, who knows what could come of this, the skys the limit!!

  14. Jaime

    yum! i love taquitos and can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂 will be looking for you on FN sunday night!

  15. Jenny

    Thanks Jackie,
    Great to have you here. Yes, you were correct, when you add the chicken to the skillet, it is already cooked and shredded.

  16. Jackie

    Great site. I’m new to it and now read faithfully everyday! One quick question…I just want to make sure I understand. When your chicken is going in to the skillet, it’s already shredded at that point, right?

  17. Jenny

    Hi Catherine,
    I just missed your comment.

    You are on AZ Midday next Tues? How cool, you better believe I’ll be tuning in. They are really nice there. Watch out for the girl who tells you what time your on, at first she told me 1:30pm then at about 12:55, another lady told me “your on in 5 minutes.” So perhaps a little unorganized!!

    I can’t wait to see your cupcakes!

    Sunday night is coming quick, I just want to see my family in the front row!!

    Have a great week girl!

  18. Jenny

    Hi Patsyk,
    They are really easy, which is always a plus!

    Hi Karen,
    It’s funny, my 2 year old loved them, but my 5 year old was put off by the tomatoes inside because he thought it was hot salsa.

    You are too funny, but thank you.

    Hi Cara,
    Taquitos seem to be one of my boys favorite things to eat for lunch, well the boxed ones at least!

    Hi Bonnie,
    I’m not sure what time the show comes on, it’s sometime after 7:00pm. I think it says “challenge” on the guide, but not positive. I’ll be on the look out for some good pound cake recipes. What about a trifle? I’ve got a great brownie one. I’ll email it to you.

    Thanks Pricilla!

    Thanks Careymc!

    Hope you like them, easy is always nice.

    Hi Emiline,
    It should be interesting to see how the show turns out. I’m more excited to see my son and husband in the front row cheering me on!

    Hi Francie,
    Thanks, I’ll have to check out your blog!

  19. Catherine Wilkinson

    Taquitos for everyone! Those look wonderful! Yum!
    Can’t wait for Sunday night! Already planning to have mac and cheese that night!!
    That’s so funny, I’m doing AZ Midday next Tuesday, but with those Cake Mate cupcakes! grrrrr.
    Be sure not to watch…lol.
    Hey, have you been to “Fresh and Easy” yet? My Dad says it’s pretty good…?

  20. Emiline

    I’ve only had taquitos from a box, so this I have to try.

    I’m going to watch on Sunday! I watched Cat on the other episode, and tonight I watched the burger episode. The most interesting part of the show, are the people, and their stories/recipes.
    I’m not sure I love all of the commentary between Guy and Marc Summers.

  21. Kevin

    I have never had a taquito. They look pretty tasty. I now have another tasty looking texmex dish on my to try list.

  22. Priscilla

    Hi Jenny! Just found your blog and I am glad I did…you take excellent photos! Taquitos are delicious, aren’t they?:)

  23. Bonnie

    What time is your show on Sunday? And when you have time can you give me a suggestion for something to do with pound cake? I “came into” SEVERAL boxes of yummy pound cake mix but need something good to do with them i.e., glaze, etc. You can e-mail me if you want at bonharkey52@yahoo.com. These taquitos look great. I too make some that are similar. Thanks Jenny, you are awesome!!

  24. Cara

    Tacquitos are great. I’ve never considered making them myself, but this looks good. I’m always on the lookout for a new Tex-Mex dish! Can’t wait to see your show this weekend. Congrats!

  25. Karen

    Those looks so good! I know my kids would like them too. I’ll be watching Sunday night’s Food Network!

  26. Patsyk

    We love taquitos! I’d love to make them at home rather than buy them. I’m going to save this recipe to try soon.

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