Chicken Taquitos Recipe

When I worked as a nanny, it seemed no matter what family I worked for, every household had a steady supply of those frozen taquitos you can buy at Costco. (Certainly nowhere near as healthy as this clean eating taquitos recipe!) You know, those big orange boxes that just call your name from the freezer? I think I put on more weight eating taquitos in those years than any other food. But when I stopped being a nanny, I completely forgot about taquitos. Until recently.

Clean Eating Taquitos Recipe

I’m not entirely sure what made me think of them, but all of a sudden, I had the most intense craving for some microwaved, greasy, processed, chicken taquitos.

Well, I can tell you that that craving made it about as far as a fruit fly drowning in fruit syrup. I was not about to bend to that craving for anything. So instead, I got into the kitchen and created my own. Not too bad if I do say so myself!


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Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 48 taquitos
Calories: 57kcal


  • 3 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (not the same as yeast for baking bread!)
  • 48 small corn tortillas


  • Bake the chicken breasts in the oven at 350 with half of the onion and garlic powder sprinkled on them, until done.
  • Cut off any unwanted parts and put the cooled chicken breasts into a food processor.
  • Add the rest of the garlic and onion powders, salsa, olive oil, and nutritional yeast. Blend until you have a well blended, “crumbly dough” looking mixture.
  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave, wrapping them in a wet paper towel. Get them nice and “pliable” so they don’t rip while you are rolling them. They will be hot, so don’t burn yourself!
  • Put about 1 tbsp. of meat on a tortilla, and roll up like you are rolling a carpet.
  • Place the taquitos in an oiled baking pan and spray the tops with olive oil using an oil mister/sprayer. This will give you the browned crunchiness that everyone loves in a taquito.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F. until they are golden brown (About 20 minutes, but the time can vary from oven to oven. So keep an eye on them).
  • Cool and serve with salsa for dipping!
  • Note: These freeze well. To eat after freezing, defrost overnight in the fridge and then warm in the oven. You can microwave them, but they get soggy.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1taquito | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 178mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  2. I have made these several times and they are a hit with the family. I used your clean taco seasoning and have made them with chicken and steak. I cook the meat in the slow cooker and chill before making.
    They freeze well, bake about half done. Cool then freeze on the sheet, then place in freezer bags. Reheat at 400 for 15-20 minutes from the frozen state. Great for a quick meal on busy nights.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kelly – That’s wonderful! Thanks for the tips!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Katy – Thanks. I use and I know they are not always very accurate. Good to have some other info as well.

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Kate – What’s quest fresco?

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Lsvrcek – You could, but it would be a little dry.

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  7. When buying “clean eating corn tortillas” what should you look for?

  8. When buying “clean eating corn tortillas” what should you look for?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Felicia – They are tough to find these days. But generally, they have only corn, water and lime.

    2. graciouspantry says:

      Felicia – They are tough to find these days. But generally, they have only corn, water and lime.

  9. Thank you for this! We love taquitos, but haven’t had them since starting clean eating! I am so making these this week!

  10. LeighStella says:

    We are new to clean eating. I made these last night, and my super-duper-picky-eating, chicken-nuggets-only-please kids LOVED them! Thank you so much for a recipe that was clean AND so very tasty!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    I always cook meat to temperature. It’s far safer. (And thermometers are cheap!) Cook until it reaches at least 165 F.

  12. Please explain clean eating? I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome and I have to eat very healthy this would be great to start.. Thank you for this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Forgive me for saying so, but putting the chicken in the food processor sounds gross. Wouldn’t shredding the chicken then adding the other ingredients work just as well? Granted, it would be a little more trouble.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Do whatever works for you. I put it in the processor because it made the texture of the chicken more like regular taquitos.

  15. These look great! What is considered clean salsa??

  16. deedee dockery says:

    I love these and so do my grandkids. easy to make and clean up

  17. I have been making these for a couple of years now for my kids tweaking the recipe here and there but I today substituted garbanzo beans for the chicken and used fresh pico de gallo instead of jared salsa. They are absolutely amazing and a great vegan alternative!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Oh yummy!!!

  18. Jennlovinglife says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made them (a half batch) exactly as written and they turned out so yummy! Quite easy too! Now on to make more of your delicious and clean recipes – can’t wait!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennlovinglife – Wonderful! Glad you liked them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. In step 1, it says to bake the chicken at 350 but doesn’t say for how long…… please advise. I could eyeball it, but I’d rather pinpoint a time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      LBJ – Depends on if you cook them from raw or frozen.