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Deliciously cheesy, filled chicken flautas can be fried, air-fried, or even baked for the perfect appetizer or dinner at your next fiesta.

Chicken flautas are a staple in our house! You’ll love this recipe, along with our beef version and our favorite Taquitos.

A plate of three chicken flautas topped with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole.

Who Doesn’t Flautas?

Similar to Taquitos, chicken flautas are rolled, filled, and fried, but use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas.

We’ve made flautas my entire life, and I’m so grateful that this dish (whether it’s an appetizer or main dish) is also loved by my own family! We love to serve it with some of our go-to dips and salsas and love to make these for any fiesta we are having.

Why we love them:

  • Taste and texture. The combination of the crunchy, fluffy exterior and the flavorful filling creates a delightful combination that is so addicting!
  • On the table in no time. This Mexican dinner favorite is on the table in under 30 minutes!
  • Flavor change up. With a wide range of toppings and variations, such as using shredded beef or pork instead of chicken, this dish can cater to different tastes.
A white bowl filled with shredded chicken, cheese, and seasonings.

Ingredients

How to Make Flautas

  1. PREP. Preheat the oven to the warm setting or about 200°F. Fill a large saucepan with about ¾ inch oil. Heat over medium heat to 375°F.
  2. FILL. In a medium bowl, combine the filling ingredients.
    • Spread a heaping spoonful of chicken mixture along the middle of each tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly around the filling and secure each one with a toothpick.
  3. FRY. Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel–lined plate and immediately season with salt.
  4. SERVE. Transfer Mexican flautas to a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas. Serve warm with toppings.

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Baking directions. Place the rolled flautas, seamed side down, in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish or metal baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
  • Air fryer directions. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place seam side down, in the basket. Be sure they are not touching. Cook at 400°F for 6-7 minutes. Flip them halfway through. 
A pan of rolled tortillas frying in oil.

Recipe Tips + Storing

  • Chicken. Keep shredded chicken in the freezer to make this an easy, quick meal (defrost overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours before making it). We also like using rotisserie chicken whenever we’re in a pinch.
  • Frying. Fry the flautas seam side down to hold them closed and keep the filling inside.
  • Make ahead of time. We do not suggest making any fried foods ahead of time, but you can make the filling in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  • Serving suggestions. The options are endless, but you can try Mexican Street Corn Recipe, Bean Dip, Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Cilantro Lime Rice, Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe, or Canned Refried Beans.
A plate of three chicken flautas topped with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole.

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Chicken Flautas Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Deliciously cheesy, filled chicken flautas can be fried, air-fried, or even baked for crispy crunchy perfection!
Servings: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, or shredded beef
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ cup salsa, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced chiles
  • garlic salt with parsley flakes, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 12 (6-inch) flour tortillas (or corn tortillas)
  • salt, to taste

Toppings

  • shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, green salsa, guacamole, Cilantro Ranch dressing
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to the warm setting or about 200°F.
  • Fill a large saucepan with about ¾ inch oil. Heat over medium heat to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken, cheese, salsa, diced chiles, garlic salt, and pepper.
  • Working with 4 tortillas at a time, spread a heaping spoonful of chicken filling along the middle of each tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly around the filling and secure each one with a toothpick.
  • Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel–lined plate and immediately season with salt.
  • Transfer flautas to a foil-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas. Serve warm with toppings.

Video

Notes

Make ahead of time. We do not suggest making any fried foods ahead of time, but you can make the filling in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
Baking directions. Place the rolled flautas seam side down in a lightly greased 9-x-13-inch baking dish or on a metal baking sheet. Spray with olive oil cooking spray and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1flauta, Calories: 40kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 135mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 114IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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33 Comments

  1. Kacey says:

    5 stars
    Seriously so delicious! My husband asked for the recipe and has made them twice since I first made them a few weeks ago!

  2. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    Everyone in my family loves your recipe – simple to make and eat!

  3. April says:

    5 stars
    My kids LOVED these! And they were super simple to make!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      So happy to hear that!! Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  4. Gayle Fox says:

    5 stars
    Thank you, my whole family loved these. Super easy to make too!

  5. Sharon says:

    Can I bake these?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yes, you certainly can! Just place the rolled flautas, seamed side down, in a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

  6. Tia says:

    These are one of the meals my whole family will eat! I love that I can control the heat level for my kids by adding mild salsa but for my own I can dip it in spicier sauce after they are cooked.

  7. Bailey says:

    5 stars
    SO SO SO YUMMY! Must try!

  8. Jen says:

    Hi. So if I’m doin these for a large crowd and put them in the oven to keep warm, will they lose their crunch after a few hours?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      They should be ok! I’d recommend turning the oven to LOW and place flautas on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm while making the rest of the flautas. You can also REHEAT flautas by baking at 300 for 15-20 minutes.

  9. Allie says:

    5 stars
    You are my go-to for Mexican food recipes! And Mexican food is my fav! These are yum!

  10. Tammy says:

    5 stars
    Best treat ever for grandkids