Oct 25, 2010

Chicken Chimichangas

Growing up we used to always go to Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant – my favorite item was always the fried ice cream – but I also remembering ordering the chimichangas.  They were essentially a fried burrito – served with refried beans and rice.  Well, this recipe is a knock-off – and even better they are baked an not fried.   Thank goodness, because this recipe had a lot of components and dirtied a lot of dishes – the last thing I needed was frying something too!   I don’t know if it was because I also made some mexican rice – but there was a point when making this recipe that I almost didn’t make the green chile sauce – since I was just wanting to eat the dinner and not make something else.  But I am so glad that I did – since it turned out to be my favorite part of the meal.  I’ll definitely be making these again – and next time I want to make the fried ice cream for dessert.  Smile 

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  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small tomato, chopped, plus more for topping
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken 
  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 4-6 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese, plus more for topping

Green chile sauce, for topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • pinch each of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt
  • 2 – 4 oz. cans diced green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

for serving

  • Shredded lettuce
  • salsa
  • Mexican rice
  • sour cream
  • refried beans


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Melt the butter with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet; transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon salt; toast 30 seconds.

5.  Add the tomato and cilantro and cook until slightly dry, about 2 minutes.

6. Stir in the chicken and warm through. Remove from the heat.

7. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the butter-oil mixture.

8. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans down the center of each tortilla, leaving a 2-inch border on both ends. Top with 1 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold in the ends and roll up.

9. Put the chimichangas seam-side down on the baking sheet; brush with the butter-oil mixture. Bake 8 to 10 minutes per side, brushing again after you flip.

10. Make the green chile sauce:  Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves in a skillet with vegetable oil.  Add a pinch each of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt; cook 30 seconds. Stir in two 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles (drained and rinsed); cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer until thickened, then puree in a food processor or blender. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.

11. When chimichangas are done baking - top with the sauce, more cheese, lettuce and salsa. Serve with rice and the remaining beans.

Source: The Food Network Magazine

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  1. It's 7:51 am and now I'm craving Chimichangas. This looks and sounds amazing. Pardon the drool.

  2. I used to work at Chi Chi's. Your chimis look pretty close. I like that they're not deep fried.

  3. i've never had a chimichanga but i like that these are baked! going to try one of these days!

  4. Oh my goodness, you went all out! I love how you even made your own sauce. Looks really, really good. Baking it is so much better.