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Baked Chicken Flautas Recipe


Baked Chicken Flautas are a delicious and healthier alternative to the traditional deep-fried flautas. These crispy rolled tortillas are filled with flavorful shredded chicken, cream cheese, and a touch of poblano and tomatillo sauce. They make for a perfect appetizer, snack, or even a main course. This recipe provides step-by-step instructions for making Baked Chicken Flautas, ensuring a delightful culinary experience.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 2 flautas
  • Calories: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving
  • Protein: About 18-20 grams per serving
  • Carbohydrates: About 25-30 grams per serving
  • Fat: Around 12-15 grams per serving
  • Fiber: Approximately 2-3 grams per serving

Recipe Duration

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 45 minutes


For the Filling:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup poblano pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomatillo sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Flautas:

  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray or olive oil

For Serving:

  • Salsa or dipping sauce of your choice

Variations to Chicken Flautas

  • Spicy Kick: If you prefer your flautas with a spicy kick, add some diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the filling mixture.
  • Vegetarian Twist: For a vegetarian version, replace the chicken with sautéed vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and zucchini.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free tortillas to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Air Fryer Method: You can also prepare these flautas using an air fryer for an even healthier option.


Step 1: Prepare the Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, softened cream cheese, finely chopped poblano pepper, tomatillo sauce, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix everything thoroughly until well combined. The cream cheese should make the filling creamy and flavorful.

Step 2: Warm the Tortillas

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Wrap the corn tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave them for about 20-30 seconds until they become soft and pliable. This makes them easier to roll.

Step 3: Assemble the Flautas

  1. Take a softened tortilla and place it on a clean surface.
  2. Spoon a generous portion of the chicken and cream cheese filling onto the center of the tortilla.
  3. Roll up the tortilla tightly around the filling, ensuring it’s snug but not too tight. Repeat this process for all the tortillas.

Step 4: Bake the Flautas

  1. Place the rolled flautas seam-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly brush or spray the flautas with cooking spray or a small amount of olive oil. This helps them turn crispy during baking.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the flautas are golden brown and crispy.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Remove the baked chicken flautas from the oven and let them cool slightly.
  2. Serve them warm with your favorite salsa or dipping sauce.


These Baked Chicken Flautas are a delightful fusion of flavors and textures. They offer the perfect blend of creamy and savory, with a satisfying crunch in every bite. Whether served as an appetizer or a main course, they are sure to be a hit at your next Mexican-inspired meal. Enjoy your homemade Baked Chicken Flautas!

For those who prefer an air fryer method, simply follow the same steps and air fry the flautas at 375°F (190°C) for about 10-12 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and crispy.

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