Firecracker Chicken Wraps (Longhorn Copycat Recipe)

Craving restaurant-style crispy, delicious, and slightly spicy chicken wraps? Bring the steakhouse right to your kitchen with this copycat recipe you’ll love.

Yummy filling and a soft but crispy wrap, all thanks to the magic of pan frying. Don’t bake them! Live a little.

plated firecracker chicken wrap.

Firecracker Chicken Wraps (Longhorn Copycat Recipe)

Crisp wraps filled with a creamy, spicy, chicken filling. These are easier to make than you think and make a great appetizer or light dinner.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 8 people


  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs


  • 8 ounces cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup cream cheese 2 ounces
  • ¾ cup cheddar-jack shredded cheese blend
  • 10 flour tortilllas 7-inch
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil or peanut oil
  • 3 roughly chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium roma tomato chopped
  • Dipping sauce of choice


  • Prepare the filling. Heat the 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Sauté the bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, and garlic until the veggies are softened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chicken, seasonings, cream cheese, and shredded cheese.
    skillet with veggies and chicken filling
  • Fill the tortillas. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling in the center of a tortilla and roll up, first by tucking in the ends, then rolling.
  • Fry. Pour the vegetable oil into a large skillet until it. Is 1-2 inches deep. Heat to 375 degrees over medium heat. Fry the wraps for 1-2 minutes per side, until crispy and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
    frying in cast iron skillet
  • Serve. Serve over a bed of chopped lettuce and diced tomato with the dipping sauce of your choice.
    plate of lettuce and chicken wraps


Place the wraps seam-side down when you fry them.
If you like the avocado dipping sauce found at Longhorn, combine 1/4 cup each of sour cream, mayonnaise, and mashed avocado.  Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, pepper and cayenne.  Finally, add 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice and 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro.
crispy chicken egg rolls on plate

You’ll need the following for this yummy appetizer:

  • cooked chopped chicken (rotisserie chicken works great)
  • vegetable oil
  • diced red bell pepper
  • diced jalapeño pepper
  • garlic clove
  • paprika
  • salt
  • ground cayenne pepper
  • ground black pepper
  • cream cheese 
  • cheddar-jack shredded cheese blend
  • small flour tortillas
  • vegetable oil or peanut oil for frying
  • romaine lettuce
  • roma tomato
ingredients on counter
  • A deep fryer, Dutch oven, or large skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs

🥫 Storage instructions

Store leftovers tightly covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. They reheat and crisp up nicely in an air fryer or convection oven.

These wraps freeze well assembled but uncooked. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil, and they’ll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw them overnight in the fridge, then fill and fry as directed.

🔍 FAQs

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes! You can make the filling ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to eat, simply fill and fry up the wraps and enjoy.

What should I serve as a dipping sauce?

We like them with pico de Gallo and sour cream. I’ve included instructions for a yummy cilantro avocado ranch in the notes section of the recipe card.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Use cooked chopped chicken for convenience. Rotisserie chicken works great!
  • Make sure to tuck in the ends of the tortillas when you roll them up so the filling doesn’t fall out.
  • If you don’t like spicy food, you can leave out the jalapeño pepper and the cayenne.

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