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Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas (Baked or Air Fried)

These Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas are packed with a creamy chicken mixture then rolled in a low point flour tortilla and then baked or air fried to perfection!! These are family friendly-perfect for an appetizer, snack, lunch, or dinner!

Servings: Makes 10 taquitos

GREEN: 3 smartpoints for 1 faluta or 5 smartpoints for 2 flautas

BLUE/PURPLE: 2 smartpoints PER flatuta

 

What is a flauta?

According to Wikipedia; a taquito or flauta is a Mexican food dish that typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla that contains filling, including beef, cheese or chicken. The filled tortilla is then baked, crisp-fried, or deep-fried. The dish is often topped with condiments such as sour cream and guacamole.

What is the difference between a flauta and a taquito?

The difference between flautas and taquitos? Well, here’s the thing: taquitos are made of corn tortillas while flautas are made of flour tortillas.  Here’s the best part-You can choose to use corn tortilla or flour tortillas for this particular recipe!  I like to use low carb/ low point flour tortillas to make these flautas!

What ingredient do I need to make these Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas?

  • Light cream cheese– softened. I use Great Value light cream cheese from Walmart. 
  • Green chilies– canned, not drained. 
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Green onions- optional. If you don’t have-no worries. These just add a bit more flavor to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Cooked chicken-I use Kirkland canned chicken breast from Costco. However, you could use 1 1/4 cup cooked, shredded, skinless, boneless chicken or rotisserie chicken without the skin 
  • Reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese– I use Trader Joes three cheese blend  
  • One point tortillas– I use 8-inch La Banderita Counter Low Carb Flour Tortillas-these tortillas are only 45 calories, 4 net carbs, and 1 smartpoint each. You could use Extreme Wellness Tortillas or Tumaro’s CarbWise Tortillas
  • Kosher salt 
  • Favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect. 

How do I make these Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas?

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray or spray a wire rack with non stick cooking spray and place on a large baking sheet. 

In a medium size mixing bowl combine, the softened light cream cheese, green chilies, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well. 

Fold in chicken and shredded cheese. 

Stir in green onions, if using.

Mix until all ingredients are well combined.

Put 2 tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla and roll tortilla up as tight as you can.

Place tortillas seam side down on the baking sheet. Continue this process until all tortillas have been rolled up.

Spray the tops of the tortillas with cooking spray and then sprinkle some kosher salt on top, if desired 

Bake for 10 minutes and then turn flautas over, spray the tops with non stick cooking spray and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until tortillas start to turn golden brown.

Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect. 

Air Fryer Directions:

Place taquitos in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching. Spray the tops of the taquitos with non stick cooking spray. If necessary; cook in batches. 

Cook at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 

Turn taquitos over, spray the tops with non stick cooking spray, and air fry for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

Can these be made in advanced and do they freeze well?

Yes, they freeze great. You can freeze them prior’s to baking- place flautas in a freezer bag and store in your freezer for up to 3 months.

These don’t need to be thawed prior to cooking. To bake frozen flautas-preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly golden and heated through.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes  or air fry at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup or 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened. I use Great Value light cream cheese 
  • 1 (4 oz.) can green chilies, not drained 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp sliced green onions, optional 
  • 1 (12.5 oz.) can cooked chicken-I use Kirkland canned chicken breast. You can use 1 1/4 cup any skinless, boneless cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken 
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese 
  • 10 ( 8-inch) one point tortillas-La Banderita Counter Low Carb Flour Tortillas-these tortillas are only 45 calories, 4 net carbs, and 1 smartpoint each. You could use Extreme Wellness Tortillas or Tumaro’s CarbWise Tortillas
  • Kosher salt 
  • Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect. 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray or spray a wire rack with non stick cooking spray and place on a large baking sheet. 
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl combine, the softened light cream cheese, green chilies, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well. 
  4. Fold in chicken, green onions, and shredded cheese. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Put 2 tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla and roll tortilla up as tight as you can.
  6. Place tortillas seam side down on the baking sheet. Continue this process until all tortillas have been rolled up.
  7. Spray the tops of the tortillas with cooking spray and then sprinkle some kosher salt on top, if desired 
  8. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn flautas over, spray the tops with non stick cooking spray and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until tortillas start to turn golden brown.
  9. Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect. 

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Place taquitos in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching. Spray the tops of the flautas with non stick cooking spray. If necessary; cook in batches. 
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 
  • Turn flautas over, spray the tops with non stick cooking spray, and air fry for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect. 

Servings: Makes 10 flautas

GREEN: 3 smartpoints for 1 or 5 smartpoints for 2 flautas

BLUE/PURPLE: 2 smartpoints PER flauta

Yield: 10

Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas (Baked or Air Fried)

Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas (Baked or Air Fried)

These Easy Creamy Chicken Flautas are packed with a creamy chicken mixture then rolled in a low point flour tortilla and then baked or air fried to perfection!! These are family friendly-perfect for an appetizer, snack, lunch, or dinner!

Author: thepounddropper. com

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

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup or 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened. I use Great Value light cream cheese 
  • 1 (4 oz.) can green chilies, not drained 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp sliced green onions, optional 
  • 1 (12.5 oz.) can cooked chicken-I use Kirkland canned chicken breast. You can use 1 1/4 cup any skinless, boneless cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken 
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese 
  • 10 (8 -inch) low point tortillas- I use La Banderita Counter Low Carb Tortillas-that are 1 point each 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect.

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
    2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray or spray a wire rack with non stick cooking spray and place on a large baking sheet. 
    3. In a medium size mixing bowl combine, the softened light cream cheese, green chilies, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well. 
    4. Fold in chicken, green onions, and shredded cheese. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
    5. Put 2 tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla and roll tortilla up as tight as you can.
    6. Place tortillas seam side down on the baking sheet. Continue this process until all tortillas have been rolled up.
    7. Spray the tops of the tortillas with cooking spray and then sprinkle some kosher salt on top, if desired 
    8. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn flautas over, spray the tops with non stick cooking spray and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until tortillas start to turn golden brown.
    9. Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect.

    Air Fryer Directions:

    Place taquitos in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching. Spray the tops of the flautas with non stick cooking spray. If necessary; cook in batches. 
    Cook at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 
    Turn flautas over, spray the tops with non stick cooking spray, and air fry for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
    Garnish with your favorite toppings such as: salsa, guacamole, fat free sour cream, cilantro, ect. 


Servings: Makes 10 flautas

GREEN: 3 smartpoints for 1 or 5 smartpoints for 2 flautas

BLUE/PURPLE: 2 smartpoints PER flauta

Notes

Can these be made in advanced and do they freeze well?

Yes, they freeze great. You can freeze them prior's to baking- place flautas in a freezer bag and store in your freezer for up to 3 months.

These don't need to be thawed prior to cooking. To bake frozen flautas-preheat oven to 425 degrees and bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly golden and heated through.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes  or air fry at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 8gProtein: 11g
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