Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos: A Spicy Twist on a Classic

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Crispy air fryer buffalo chicken taquitos combine the irresistible flavors of spicy buffalo sauce with the crispy texture of a rolled taco. If you love the thrill of tangy, spicy Buffalo chicken and the convenience of an air fryer, making buffalo taquitos at home is satisfying and simple!

I love the combination of crispy tortillas with a spicy chicken filling! It is a mash up of classic Buffalo chicken flavor with a Mexican that creates a fun fusion of flavors.

And using an air fryer for these taquitos saves time and adds a healthier twist to a dish that traditionally requires deep frying. The air fryer gives them a perfect golden exterior without much oil, ideal for indulging in a deliciously crunchy snack.

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Serve these with your favorite dipping sauce for a quick snack for your next game-day gathering and watch them fly off the plate! In this post, I’ll cover everything from the simple ingredients you’ll need to the step-by-step process and even a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

Are you looking for more easy air fryer chicken recipes? Try chicken tenders, Buffalo chicken egg rolls, or fried chicken.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Cooked chicken: You can either use leftover chicken, cook and shred it yourself, or, if it’s a busy weeknight, grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and shred it up.
  • Garlic
  • Buffalo hot sauce: Use your favorite brand or make homemade Buffalo sauce.
  • Sour cream: This helps to balance the heat of the Buffalo sauce and gives the filling a creamy texture.
  • Corn tortillas
Ingredients for buffalo chicken tacos in an air fryer.

🥣How to Make Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

  1. Mix your shredded chicken, Buffalo sauce, minced garlic, and sour cream in a medium bowl. Mix it all up until it’s thoroughly combined.
  2. Corn tortillas can be a bit tricky to roll, so make sure they are warm and flexible before you start. You can microwave them between two damp paper towels or heat them in a hot frying pan or griddle.
  3. Take a 1/4 cup of your chicken mixture and spread it in a line down the center of your tortilla. Then, roll the tortilla tightly around the filling. If it’s not staying closed, you can use a toothpick to hold it together.
  4. Arrange the taquitos in a single layer in the basket of your air fryer. Use a spray bottle to coat them with a little bit of oil.
  5. Cook them at 370 degrees for about 9-10 minutes until they’re crispy and golden brown.
  6. Let them cool a bit before you eat them – they’ll be hot!
A bowl with rice, sauce and ketchup.
Mix the filling
Fish tacos on a wooden cutting board.
Roll the taquitos
Fried rolls in an air fryer on a wooden table.
Before air frying
A group of fried tortillas in an air fryer.
After air frying

🍴Serving Ideas

When serving these air fryer taquitos, you can drizzle more Buffalo sauce or sour cream on top. Or add ranch sauce or blue cheese dressing for dipping. These are also great, sprinkled with cheddar cheese or blue cheese.

Another option is to pair these deliciously crunchy taquitos with a side of Mexican rice or a fresh salad. Guacamole and salsa also work great if you want to lean into the Mexican-inspired flavors.

A chicken quesadilla with sauce on a plate.

💭How to Store

As much as I love cooking, I am an even bigger fan of relaxing and putting my feet up. So, I often make a double batch of these taquitos and store them for later.

To store your Buffalo chicken taquitos, you’ll want to let them cool down first so they don’t get soggy. Once cool, place them in an airtight container or wrap them individually in aluminum foil. They’ll comfortably keep in your refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

To reheat them, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. Place the taquitos in the basket and heat for 3-4 minutes. If you use the microwave, they will get soggy.

Want to keep them longer? These taquitos freeze well. Just pop them into a freezer-safe bag or container, and they’ll be good for up to two months. You can toss them back to the air fryer or a preheated oven to reheat until they’re crispy and hot again.

Chicken quesadillas with sauce on a plate.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Use a small cookie scoop to portion the chicken mixture onto the tortillas. This way, you’ll keep your hands cleaner, and every taquito will have the same amount of filling.
  • Don’t overfill the tortillas. I get it – it’s tempting to pack in as much delicious Buffalo chicken as possible, but less is more here.
  • You can make these without any added oil. But a quick spritz of oil on the tortillas will make them crispier.
  • Nothing can ruin a good taquito faster than sogginess. My simple trick to avoid soggy taquitos is to make sure the chicken mixture isn’t too wet.
  • The spice level of these air fryer Buffalo chicken taquitos depends on your buffalo sauce. Pick a mild sauce for less heat, or adjust the amount to your preference.
  • Corn tortillas can be a bit tricky to roll, so make sure they are warm and flexible before you start rolling. Corn tortillas are more traditional, but flour tortillas work too.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Published By Anne
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos are perfect for parties or dinner. Get an irresistible crunch with every bite, along with a spicy Buffalo filling.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds chicken breast shredded
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 13-15 corn tortillas

Instructions

  • Put the chicken, sauce, garlic, and sour cream in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
    2 pounds chicken breast, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce, 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave between 2 damp paper towels. Corn tortillas can be a bit tricky to roll, so make sure they are warm and flexible before you start.
    13-15 corn tortillas
  • Add 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture to each corn tortilla shell and roll the taquitos. Keep pinned closed with toothpicks as needed.
  • Place taquitos in the air fryer basket on one layer. Spritz them with a spray bottle of oil to make them crispier.
  • Cook on 370 for 9-10 minutes or until crispy and golden.
  • Let cool a bit before serving.

Notes

  • You can also use chicken thighs for this recipe or a store-bought rotisserie chicken to make the taquitos.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to portion the chicken mixture onto the tortillas. This way, you’ll keep your hands cleaner, and every taquito will have the same amount of filling.
  • To avoid soggy taquitos,make sure the chicken mixture isn’t too wet.
  • Corn tortillas are more traditional, but flour tortillas work too.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1230mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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