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Chipotle Chicken Air Fryer Flautas

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Want to switch up your taco night? These chipotle chicken air fryer flautas are a fun way to mix it up. These flautas in the air fryer come together with just a few minutes of prep (thanks to cooked chicken!) and are easy to customize for the whole family. Don’t skip the chipotle sour cream, it adds the best smoky flavor (also delicious with air fryer mini tacos!). Just like my breakfast air fryer taquitos, these are a great meal that combine protein, carbs, and major flavor in a crunchy and cheesy vessel. Serve with fresh veggie toppings and it’s a delicious and nutritious weeknight dinner.

If you love Mexican(ish) recipes, be sure to try my black bean tostadas, black bean quesaritos, cheesy ground beef quesadillas, shredded chicken nachos, or shrimp quesadillas next time.

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Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Air Fryer Flautas

  • Loaded with flavor
  • Cheesy and crunchy
  • Made with easy ingredients
  • Easy to customize
  • Just 10 minutes prep time
  • Just 5 minutes cook time


  • Chipotle peppers – Look for a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
  • Sour cream – Use your favorite type of sour cream. If you aren’t going to use the chipotle sour cream, you could also use a light schmear of cream cheese.
  • Shredded chicken – You have a few options for shredded chicken. You can use a slow cooker salsa chicken or leftover cooked chicken breasts that you shred or use rotisserie chicken for an easy shortcut.
  • Cheddar cheese – Use shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese to keep it easy, or a more flavorful cheese like queso asadero or queso Oaxaca. (Once I used these traditional cheeses in chicken fajita quesadillas, I fell in love!)
  • Tortillas – Flautas are made with flour tortillas but you can use your favorite type of tortillas. I like to use a taco size, you want to make sure they’ll fit in the air fryer.
  • Fresh toppings – Choose your favorite toppings like shredded lettuce, salsa, sliced jalapenos, sliced avocado, hot sauce, etc.
Ingredients to make air fryer flautas

How to Make Flautas in Air Fryer

This is an overview on how to make chicken flautas in the air fryer, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Mix chipotle sour cream. In a small bowl, mix together chopped chipotle peppers and sour cream.
Mixing chipotle sour cream in a bowl
Assemble flautas. Spread a thin layer of chipotle sour cream on bottom of tortilla and top with 1-2 tablespoons of chicken mixture and shredded cheddar cheese. Roll flautas tightly and place seam side down.
Air fry flautas. Spray or brush flautas with olive oil. Coat the whole flauta in some oil or cooking spray to help give it a golden brown color and give it a crunchier texture. Place in a single layer in air fryer basket in preheated air fryer and air fry until golden brown and crispy.
Chicken flautas in air fryer basket
Serve. Serve air fryer chicken flautas with fresh toppings and rest of chipotle sour cream.


Can you make frozen flautas in air fryer?

Yes, if you prefer to use frozen flautas that are already made, you can cook them for 7-10 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until they are golden brown. TIP: Check after 4 minutes and flip or gently shake basket.

Can you make crispy flautas with corn tortillas?

Technically no as traditional flautas are made with flour tortillas. If you use a corn tortilla (which is absolutely delicious), you’ll end up with a crispy air fryer chicken taquitos. 🙂

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

For best results, reheat flautas in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes, until heated through.

Can you freeze air fryer flautas?

Yes, you can freeze cooked flautas. To reheat, air fry for 6-8 minutes at 380 degrees F, or until heated through.

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What to Serve with Chicken Air Fryer Flautas

Serve this easy air fryer recipe with your favorite sides or one of these recommendations:

How to Feed Chicken Air Fryyer Flautas to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend letting older kids decide what goes into their flautas. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like refried beans, fruit, or cheese quesadillas.

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Chipotle Chicken Air Fryer Flautas

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 flautas 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Switch up your taco night with these chipotle chicken air fryer flautas! This cheesy meal comes together in minutes and everyone can make their own. 


Units Scale
  • 24 chopped chipotle peppers (from canned in adobo sauce)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 small flour tortillas (taco size)
  • fresh toppings: sour cream, pico de gallo


  1. In a small bowl, mix together chipotle peppers and sour cream.
  2. Assemble flautas. Spread a thin layer of chipotle sour cream on bottom of tortilla and top with about 2 tablespoons chicken and shredded cheddar cheese. Roll up tightly and place seam side down on a cutting board.
  3. Spray or brush with oil and air fry at 400 degrees F for 4-5 minutes. 


  • Freeze for 2-3 months and bake at 375 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or air fry at 370 degrees F for 6-8 minutes.

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