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Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Air Fryer (better than deep fried) Chicken Taquitos ~ spicy shredded chicken + cheese packed into corn or flour tortillas air fried until golden and crispy.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: air fryer chicken taquitos, air fryer recipes, chicken taquitos
Servings: 4


  • Air Fryer (Ninja brand used)


  • 2 cups slow cooker salsa chicken leftover or rotisserie chicken can be used. Add some jar salsa for flavor.
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 4 ounce can green chilies
  • 10 flour tortillas small size
  • olive oil or cooking spray


  • Prepare Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken: https://www.agoudalife.com/salsa-chicken-slow-cooker/
  • Combine in a bowl the slow cooker salsa chicken (drained of its juices), softened cream cheese, green chilies and cheddar cheese then set aside.
  • Next moisten (not soaking wet!) a couple of paper towels and place a 3-4 tortillas between them. Microwave 10-15 seconds (depending on the power of your microwave) to soften the tortillas for easier rolling.
  • Working with one tortilla at a time, place about 3 tablespoons of the chicken-cheese mixture closest to one end of the tortilla then roll tightly starting at the filled side. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Tip: If your taquitos aren’t staying closed, use a toothpick to seal while they air fry then remove when they’re finished.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400° for 3 minutes. Lightly brush oil onto the rolled taquitos or spritz with cooking spray then place 4-5 taquitos into the fryer leaving a small space between them. Cook 6-8 minutes or until they’re golden and crispy to your liking, turning halfway through the cooking time.
  • Serve right away. Suggested toppings: extra cheese, sour cream or plain yogurt, shredded lettuce, salsa, a squeeze of lime or avocado crema (see body of post for how to make).