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Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Crispy, spicy, and packed with flavor, these air fryer buffalo chicken taquitos are irresistibly tasty! This easy dish is a great way to use up leftover chicken.

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A stack of prepared buffalo chicken taquitos with green onions on top and dipping sauce next to the stack,

Elevate game day snacking or busy weeknight dinners with delicious air fryer buffalo chicken taquitos! Bursting with spicy flavor and wrapped in a crispy shell, these taquitos are a guaranteed hit for just about any occasion.

The combination of tender shredded chicken, creamy cream cheese, tangy sour cream, spicy buffalo sauce, and a hint of garlic powder delivers big on flavor. Just mix it all up, roll into warm corn tortillas, and air fry to perfection!

And the best part? These taquitos are super easy to make! So if you have some rotisserie or leftover chicken sitting in your fridge, I highly recommend giving this dish a try. It’ll be an instant favorite!

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Ingredients needed to prepare buffalo chicken taquitos.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

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A bowl of ingredients to combine for buffalo sauce, a bowl of shredded chicken and a bowl of cheese.

STEP ONE: Combine the cream cheese, Buffalo sauce, sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth. 

Combining shredded chicken with buffalo sauce in a bowl. A bowl of grated cheese next to it.

STEP TWO: Add the chicken and fold until the chicken is well coated.

STEP THREE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. 

STEP FOUR: Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds, until warm and pliable. 

A bowl of shredded chicken coated in buffalo sauce, a bowl of cheese, shredded cheese on a tortilla resting on a wooden cutting board.

STEP FIVE: Working one at a time, lay a warm tortilla out on a clean work surface. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons shredded cheese down the middle, followed by a thin line (about 3 tablespoons) of the chicken mixture. Carefully roll the tortilla up tightly, securing with a toothpick if needed. 

Adding buffalo chicken to cheese on a tortilla resting on a wooden cutting board. A small bowl of cheese. A small bowl of buffalo chicken.

STEP SIX: Repeat until you’ve formed 10 taquitos.

STEP SEVEN: Place the taquitos, seam side down, in an even layer in the air fryer basket. Spray lightly with olive oil spray.

Five rolled uncooked taquitos on a wooden cutting board next to a bowl of cheese and a bowl of buffalo chicken.

STEP EIGHT: Air fry for 5 minutes, then carefully flip each taquito and continue to air fry for 3-5 minutes until the taquitos are crispy to your liking. 

Five uncooked taquitos resting in a black air fryer basket.

STEP NINE: Serve hot with ranch, blue cheese dressing, or extra Buffalo sauce.

Five cooked taquitos resting in a black air fryer basket.

What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

How Long to Cook Buffalo Chicken Taquitos in the Air Fryer

Because this recipe uses leftover chicken, the taquitos don’t need to cook for very long. The goal is for the air fryer to crisp up the tortilla while heating the taquitos all the way through. No one wants cold chicken or cheese in the middle!

I find that 8-10 minutes total, flipping halfway through, is the perfect amount of time. The corn tortillas get nice and crunchy and the cheese gets perfectly melty. 

The exact time can vary based on your air fryer and your brand of tortilla, so keep an eye on your taquitos during those last few minutes. Once the tortillas are golden and crispy, they’re ready!

Tips for Making the Best Buffalo Taquitos in the Air Fryer

  • If you don’t have leftover chicken, you can whip up air fryer chicken breasts in a flash.
  • Ensure the cream cheese is softened before mixing it with the other ingredients for a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Warming the corn tortillas in the microwave before rolling them makes them more pliable and easier to work with. If they start to harden, just pop them back in for another 30 seconds!
  • Spray the taquitos lightly with olive oil spray before air frying to help them achieve that crispy, golden exterior.
  • Make a big batch of taquitos and freeze the extras. When you’re ready for a quick and delicious snack, simply pop them in the air fryer straight from the freezer until hot and crispy!

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A stack of prepared taquitos topped with green onions and drizzled with buffalo sauce.

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Yield: 10 Servings

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

A stack of prepared buffalo chicken taquitos with green onions on top and dipping sauce next to the stack,

Buffalo chicken taquitos are perfect for game days, tasty snacking, and even busy weeknight dinners! They’re a quick and easy way to use up leftover chicken.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine cream cheese, Buffalo sauce, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Add chicken and fold to coat, seasoning as desired.
  2. Preheat an air fryer to 400F. Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds, until warm and pliable. 
  3. Working one at a time, lay a tortilla out on a clean work surface. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons shredded cheese down the middle of each tortilla, followed by a thin line (about 3 tablespoons) of the chicken mixture on each.
  4. Carefully roll the tortillas up tightly, securing with a toothpick if needed. Place the taquitos, seam side down, in an even layer in the air fryer basket. Spray lightly with olive oil spray.
  5. Air fry for 5 minutes, carefully flip, then continue to air fry for 3-5 minutes, until crispy to your liking.
  6. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing, or extra Buffalo sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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