Chicken Flautas


Rotisserie chicken, shredded cheese, and corn tortillas make these flautas an easy, quick dinner.

Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar
Photo: © Lucas Allen
Total Time:
40 mins

Flautas are irresistible rolled and fried tacos that can be filled with pulled chicken, or cooked ground beef, chicken, turkey, or pork. Here, Grace Parisi uses shredded roast chicken; use leftover roast chicken, or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to make this recipe even faster and easier to make. If you are pressed for time, look for roasted jalapeños at the market.

It's important to use corn and not flour tortillas to make these flautas; corn tortillas fry up better. Microwaving the tortillas briefly makes them pliable so they roll without cracking. Be sure to use toothpicks to secure the flautas until they are fried and able to hold their shape. Keep fried flautas warm on a paper towel-lined baking sheet in a 200°F oven until you are ready to eat. Serve these flautas as a party snack with sour cream and red and green salsas for dipping, or prepare a large batch for a main course.


  • 2 jalapeños

  • 2 cups finely shredded roast chicken

  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 4 radishes, very thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


  1. Skewer jalapeños on a metal skewer or fork and roast over a flame on the grill or a stove until blackened, about 3 minutes. Wrap in foil and let cool slightly. Rub off skins and remove seeds, then finely chop. Transfer jalapeños to a bowl and add chicken, cheese and cumin. Season with salt and pepper; toss well.

  2. Wrap half of the tortillas in a towel and microwave at high power for 1 minute, until pliable. Arrange tortillas on a surface and pack half of the chicken filling across tortillas. Tightly roll tortillas around filling, securing with toothpicks. Repeat to form remaining flautas.

  3. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of the oil. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Fry half of the flautas over moderate heat, turning, until golden and crisp all over and heated through, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Fry remaining flautas.

  4. In a bowl, toss radishes with cilantro, onion and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Remove toothpicks and serve flautas with radish salad and fresh lime wedges for squeezing over the top. You can serve these with sour cream and salsas as well.

Suggested Pairing

Malty brown ale: Big Sky Moose Drool.

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