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plate of chicken flautas on a bed of lettuce topped with avocado crema, sour cream, and pico de gallo

Easy Chicken Flautas Recipe

  • Author: Kelly
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


Easy Chicken Flautas recipe – crispy, crunchy, tortilla rolls filled with spicy chicken tinga and melty cheese and topped with all your favorite toppings.



For the Chicken Tinga:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can
  • 15oz can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (white, red, or cider)
  • ½ cup chicken stock (or ½ cup water and 1 bouillon cube)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (1lb, from 1 1/2lbs fresh chicken)

For the Flautas:

  • 16 6 or 7-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups (8oz) shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack, or your favorite blend)
  • Vegetable oil for frying or brushing

Optional Toppings:

  • Sour cream or Mexican crema
  • Guacamole or Avocado Crema
  • Pico de gallo
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Crumbled queso fresco


Make the Chicken Tinga:

  1. Sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the peppers, adobo sauce, tomatoes, oregano, vinegar, stock, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Return sauce to pan and add shredded chicken. Cook for 1 minute until the chicken is warmed through.

Make the flautas:

  1. Warm the tortillas, 4 at a time, in the microwave until lightly warmed and soft, about 15 seconds.
  2. Keep the warmed tortillas covered with a kitchen towel so they stay soft.
  3. Fill each tortilla with 1/3 cup of Chicken Tinga filling and 2 tablespoons of cheese. Roll tightly and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Heat ½ inch of vegetable oil in a large pan to 340° F. Fry the flautas until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Remove the toothpicks and serve with toppings.


How to bake Flautas

  • Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  • Place the flautas on a baking sheet and brush both sides with oil.
  • Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 10-12 minutes.

Flautas in the air fryer

  • Brush both sides of the flautas with oil or spray with cooking spray.
  • Place in the air fryer in a single layer and cook at 400° until golden and crispy, about 6-8 minutes, flipping the flautas halfway through the cooking time.

 Short cut: If you don’t want to bother with blending the sauce, just use crush tomatoes and chop the chipotle peppers before adding them to the sauce.

Calories as shown includes 1 tablespoon oil for brushing for baking or air frying.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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