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Crispy Chicken Flautas

Crispy Chicken Flautas are flour tortillas rolled with flavorful chicken and fried until golden and crispy. Serve as an appetizer or meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 appetizers
Calories 392kcal


  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 4 ounce can green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 6-inch flour tortillas
  • Vegetable or Canola oil


  • Fill a large, deep pot, like a dutch oven, with 2-inches of oil. Heat to 375 degrees F over medium heat. Using a deep frying thermometer is helpful. The oil should shimmer across the top and sizzle when the tortillas touch it.
  • Line a large plate (or a sheet pan with a rack on top) with a stack of 3-4 paper towels and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine shredded chicken, tomato sauce, green chiles, taco seasoning, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Lay a tortilla on a flat surface, like a cutting board. Spoon about 2-3 tablespoon of the chicken mixture along the middle of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly around the filling and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  • Using metal tongs, place a flauta in the hot oil and hold it there for a few seconds before releasing into the oil. This will help the flauta hold its shape. Repeat with each flauta, working in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pot. I can usually fit 3-4 in the pot at a time.
  • Fry until they are golden brown then transfer to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  • Serve hot, garnished with shredded lettuce, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes. Serve sour cream, guacamole and salsa on the side for dipping.


Nutritional information is approximate. 
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Freezer: Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before reheating.
Reheating: Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees, the air fryer at 350 degrees or in a skillet on the stovetop. Spraying them with a little cooking sprays help add a little color.


Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 23gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1158mgPotassium: 401mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken flautas, flautas