Chicken Flautas

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 min./batch


8 servings

Updated: Apr. 02, 2024
Flautas are similar to taquitos, but flautas are usually made with flour tortillas that are slightly larger than the corn tortillas typically used for making taquitos. Serve these chicken flautas with your favorite toppings and sides, such as refried beans and rice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Optional toppings: Guacamole, shredded lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Spoon a scant 1/2 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. In a cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry flautas, in batches, for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
  2. Drain on paper towels. Remove toothpicks. Serve with toppings as desired.
Chicken Flautas Tips

Can you use corn tortillas to make chicken flautas?

While you can use corn tortillas to make this recipe, it would then be considered chicken taquitos instead of chicken flautas. If store-bought flour tortillas aren't your favorite, try making homemade tortillas. We bet you'll be hooked!

How else can you cook chicken flautas?

Flautas are typically fried, but if you love making air-fryer recipes, you can air fry these flautas, too. Preheat the air fryer to 350°. Arrange the flautas in a single layer and spritz them with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, for 11 to 13 minutes, turning once. You can also bake chicken flautas. Preheat the oven to 425°. Arrange them in a single layer in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking sheet. Brush with oil or melted butter. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, for 20 to 25 minutes. If you want them a little more golden brown, broil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

What do you serve with chicken flautas?

Like many Mexican dishes, flautas are extra delicious when served with toppings and dippers like sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce and salsa. Make them a meal with recipes like Mexican rice, refried beans, or Mexican street corn. Be sure to end your meal with a delicious Mexican dessert.

How do you store leftover chicken flautas?

Store leftover chicken flautas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. They are best reheated in the oven or air fryer until heated through and crisp.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 flautas: 540 calories, 31g fat (7g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 996mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.