Homemade Air Fryer Flautas

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Homemade Air Fryer Flautas are made with seasoned shredded chicken and cheese rolled in a flour tortilla and fried to perfection in the air fryer.

Air fryer flautas

This is one of my favorite things to make at home when I’m in a hurry but want something super tasty. The air fryer crisps up flautas so perfectly, and with very little oil.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Use pre-cooked chicken: I love that this recipe can utilize pre-cooked chicken if you have it. This is how I use up leftovers from a whole chicken.
  • Easy assembly: The chicken is seasoned simply and the rolling is very quick so you have a great meal in minutes.
  • Crispy perfection: Achieve a satisfying crunch without deep frying, thanks to the air fryer, resulting in golden-brown, crispy flautas.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients for Air fryer flautas
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – You can cook the chicken in the air fryer and shred it, or you can use pre-cooked chicken for convenience.
  • Seasonings – chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  • Small corn tortillas – Check that the size fits in your air fryer. Make sure they are fresh to avoid cracking when rolling.
  • Shredded cheese – I usually use cheddar, but you can experiment with different cheese blends or use Monterey Jack or Oaxacan cheese.
  • Cooking Spray or Oil

Equipment Information

Helpful Tips

  • Heat the tortillas briefly on a skillet or the microwave to make them pliable for rolling.
  • Place the rolled flautas seam-side-down on a plate while you roll the rest so they don’t come unrolled.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook the flautas in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  • Start cooking them with the seam-side-down.

Stove Top Directions

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem!

Follow directions 1-4 below. Then heat a 1/2 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add each flauta, seam side down to the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes, rolling them occasionally to obtain an even fry.

Remove from pan to cool on a wire rack. Garnish with shredded lettuce, cheese and pico de gallo. Serve with salsa and/or sour cream.

Air fryer flautas

Homemade Air Fryer Flautas

Air Fryer Chicken Flautas are made with seasoned shredded chicken and cheese rolled in a flour tortilla and fried to perfection in the air fryer.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 Flautas
Calories 187 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (454 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) black pepper
  • 12 8” flour tortillas
  • 1 cup (112 g) shredded cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • Cooking spray or oil for brushing

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket. Cook at 380°F (190°C) for 12-15 mins, until the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C) internal temperature. Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let cool for a few mins until it can be shredded with two forks.
  • In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to ensure the chicken is evenly seasoned.
  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 15 seconds to make them pliable.
  • Place a spoonful of the seasoned chicken and a sprinkle of shredded cheese on each tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly into cigar shapes. Place them seam-side-down on a
  • Lightly spray or brush the flautas with cooking spray or oil to help them crisp up in the air fryer.
  • Arrange them in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching each other. You might need to cook them in batches.
  • Air fry the flautas on 375°F(190°C) for 8-10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream.

Notes

  • Heat the tortillas briefly on a skillet or the microwave to make them pliable for rolling.
  • Place the rolled flautas seam-side-down on a plate while you roll the rest so they don’t come unrolled.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook the flautas in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  • Start cooking them with the seam-side-down.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 404mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 121IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cheese, Chicken
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Dipping Sauces

  • Guacamole: Offers a creamy, rich texture with a fresh touch.
  • Salsa (Red or Green): Adds a tangy zing that complements the taquitos’ crispiness.
  • Sour Cream (with Lime or Cilantro): Provides a cool, tangy contrast to the spices.
  • Chipotle Mayo: Delivers a smoky and slightly spicy kick.
Air fryer flautas

How to Store & Reheat

Once cooled to room temperature, store any leftover taquitos in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Consume the refrigerated taquitos within 3-4 days for the best quality.

Reheating

Air Fryer: For optimal crispiness, reheat the taquitos in the air fryer at 350°F(175°C) for 5-8 minutes until they’re heated through and crispy.

Oven: Alternatively, preheat your oven to 350°F(175°C), place the taquitos on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they’re thoroughly heated.

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