Chicken and Cheese Flautas

A little while ago I made this recipe for roast chicken from the wonderful Leite’s Culinaria website.  It was without question the best, easiest roast chicken I’ve ever made in my life, and it made for a perfect Sunday dinner.  But it was just me, the Southern husband and the teenager (Home from college for winter break!  Happiness!) and hungry as we were, we were no match for an entire perfect chicken.  So, what to do with the leftovers?

Nice try, but no.  Not with THIS chicken.

Then I remembered this fun and speedy recipe for chicken flautas from none other than the Pillsbury website.  (Why Pillsbury?  I think in addition to those tubes of refrigerator biscuits that we all love and adore, they also make tortillas and salsa. Hmm.)  Anyway, what is a flauta, you ask?  A flauta, my friends, is a tortilla rolled around a filling, such as beef, chicken, or cheese, into a thin cylinder and sometimes deep-fried.  In this case we are going to fill it with a mixture of chicken, shredded cheese, salsa and spices, and we NOT going to deep-fry it.  Nope, we are going to brush it with a little oil and cook it in a skillet until it is golden brown, and then we are going to top it with guacamole and sour cream.  And then we are going to take that first crunchy bite and remember how fabulous it is to have a little leftover roasted chicken in the fridge.

So go try that roasted chicken recipe, and then follow it up with some flautas!

Chicken and Cheese Flautas
Serves: 6 flautas
  • 6 six-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup salsa
  • Vegetable oil
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  1. In small bowl, combine cheese, chicken and cumin; mix well.
  2. Place about ¼ cup chicken mixture on each warm tortilla. Top each with 1 tablespoon salsa. Roll up tightly; secure each with toothpick. Brush filled tortillas with oil.
  3. In large skillet, cook filled tortillas over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until filling is hot and tortillas are toasted, turning occasionally. Serve with guacamole and sour cream.

This recipe is adapted from Pillsbury


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  1. Joanne says

    There must be something in the air because I made Mexican food today as well! Although…my enchiladas were not nearly as neatly rolled as those flautas. I have no idea how you kept that filling in there…I just covered my mess up with cheese and called it a day.

  2. PoetessWug says

    Yum! That looks so good! But as usual with your suggestions, they look so good that I wish I had a menu and a number to your house to dial, so you can rush my order right over….NOW!!! LOL It takes me so long to 'think' myself into the kitchen so that I can fix what you're showing me. And for some unknown reason, my husband and friends don't want to cook them for me! ^_^

  3. FramedCooks says

    Thanks all. And as for the pleading look…it gets me EVERY time! But not enough to hand over this chicken. :)

  4. Dave says

    Sorry to say it, but flautas are made with corn tortillas, not the flour ones. And they’re usually fried until the tortilla is crispy. A good way for holding them in place is using toothpicks.
    There’s also an easy and really good salsa that has avocado, you just need some cilantro 3-4 green tomatoes, and some serranos or jalapenos, depends on how spicy you like your food.

  5. Leesa028 says

    Omg, made this recipe last night – sooo yum! I added some corn to add some colour and I also used wholemeal wraps for some added fibre – it will definitely be one of our family favorites now!!


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