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Easy BBQ Chicken Taquitos Lunchbox Idea

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Easy BBQ Chicken Taquitos

Turn leftover shredded chicken into a fun appetizer or lunch idea with these easy BBQ Chicken taquitos. Ready in under 30 minutes these are easy enough for the kids to make! Just toss chicken with BBQ sauce and cheese and roll up in a tortilla and then bake.

BBQ Chicken Taquitos Lunchbox Recipe

As a mom, I am always looking for creative ideas for the kids for lunch. Whether they are at school or at home. The kids definitely get bored of the same things over and over and I like to make sure they are eating healthier options that will also keep them fueled during the day.

These BBQ Chicken Taquitos have protein thanks to the cheese and chicken, and the kids love the addition of BBQ sauce for that tangy flavor.

Key Ingredients in these easy BBQ Chicken Taquitos

  • Shredded Chicken
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Tortillas

I told you this was an easy recipe!

BBQ Chicken Taquitos Lunchbox Idea

Why these taquitos are great additions to lunchboxes

  • They are easily made the night before, in fact, they even freeze well.
  • They don’t have to be warmed up once your child gets to school.
  • Kids love them! In fact, us parents do too, don’t hesitate to make a few extra for you for lunch too.
How to make Easy BBQ Chicken Taquitos

We love dipping these taquitos into guacamole for some added good-for-you fats and fiber. Pair with your favorite fruits and veggies for a delicious lunchbox! Grapes, mandarins, and pineapple chunks all travel well in lunchboxes. Sliced mini sweet peppers and carrots are perfect for dipping in the guacamole. Add in some tortilla chips for a surprise that the kids will love.

How to make BBQ Chicken Taquitos

Nutrition Tip: Protein-packed lunches like this one help keep kids fuller longer, so they can focus all afternoon and be fueled for after-school activities.

Leftover rotisserie chicken or this slow cooker shredded chicken are perfect for this recipe to make it quick and easy. Look for a BBQ sauce that’s lower in sugar, or make your own (we love this watermelon BBQ sauce!).

How to make these BBQ Chicken Taquitos

How to make BBQ Chicken Taquitos for lunches

You simply mix the chicken, cheese, and BBQ sauce then roll up the tortilla. Once you have then all rolled bake them until they are golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

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BBQ Chicken Taquitos Lunchbox

If you have an easy weeknight dinner idea, these would also be perfect! Again, have the kids help in the kitchen and dinner will be done in less than 30 minutes. I know we all appreciate an easy dinner idea too.

Easy BBQ Chicken Taquitos
BBQ Chicken Taquitos Lunchbox

BBQ Chicken Taquitos Lunchbox

Turn leftover shredded chicken into a fun appetizer or lunch idea with these taquitos! Just toss chicken with BBQ sauce and cheese and roll up in a tortilla to bake.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


BBQ Chicken Taquitos

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 12 flour tortillas

Lunchbox Sides (per serving)

  • 1 Bee Sweet Citrus® mandarin, peeled, segments
  • 1/2 cup green seedless grapes
  • 1 guacamole snack cup


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Mix chicken, cheese and BBQ sauce in bowl. Add evenly to tortillas, roll up tightly and place on baking sheet.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Assemble lunchbox with taquitos, mandarin, grapes and guacamole.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 7gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 361mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 15g

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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