Easy Chicken Chimichangas

August 17, 2012 by Ali

I have been meaning to post a recipe for these easy chicken chimichangas for years! This was one of our family’s favorite recipes growing up. I loved them because they were always so warm and delicious. But I now know that my mom loved making them because the recipe calls for a whopping FIVE ingredients. Yes, five. (And one of those is just the melted butter to brush on the tortillas – does that even count?)

Either way, these 5 (or 4) ingredient chimichangas are a breeze to make! Just mix together some cooked shredded chicken (I often use a rotisserie chicken to keep it simple), some of your favorite salsa and cheese, and then wrap the mixture in a tortilla brushed with butter and bake! Not long later, these cute little pockets are nice and crispy and buttery on the outside and overflowing with spicy salsa flavor on the inside. Definitely my idea of comfort food. And since I’m often cooking for one, I also love these because they are easy to freeze and then pop out when I’m ready for a single serving. So easy and so flavorful, and all the more healthy when made with fresh salsa and oven-baked!

So the next time a Mexi craving hits, or you just have some leftover salsa or chicken to put to use, I definitely recommend making it a chicken chimichanga night!

Easy Chicken Chimichangas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2/3 cup salsa (drained of excess water, if possible)
  • 6 (8-inch) tortillas
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • Optional Toppings: sour cream, additional salsa or diced tomatoes, guacamole and/or fresh cilantro

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and mist with cooking spray.

In a bowl, stir together chicken, cheese and salsa until well-mixed. Spoon approximately 1/2 cup of the mixture into the center of a tortilla. Fold in the sides, then roll the tortilla from bottom to top to make a chimichanga (burrito) shape. Place the chimichanga seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling mixture, then brush the outside of the tortillas with melted butter.

Bake for 25 minutes until tortillas are golden brown. Remove and serve immediately, with additional toppings if desired.

filed in Chicken, Entrees

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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14 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Chimichangas

  1. What is the butter for? Did I miss that? These look great.

    - Stephanie

  2. I need these in my life! I am a Chimichanga LOVER but hardly ever get them b/c of the calorie bomb that they are! LOVE that these are baked!

    - Tina {My Life as a Mrs}

  3. I’m embarrassed to say that i’ve never had a chimichanga in my life. is that weird?! I had no idea how easy they were or what they even involved doing! I feel like I’d go to town with the stuffing… peppers, onions, avocado, chicken, cheese, TOMATOES!!!… I love it! You make recipes seem so approachable Ali!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  4. Ali…what a wonderful idea! I’m always looking for things to make for dinner that will give me leftovers to bring to work for lunch. This recipe is just perfect for that! And hooray for 5 ingredients and rotisserie chicken! : )

    - Anne@FromMySweetHeart

  5. Quick, easy and delicious? Sounds like my kind of weeknight meal! Looks great! :)

    - Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

  6. I was born in Mexico and never heard of chimichangas until my family moved to the states. It turns out they are from Arizona, who knew:) Over the years I’ve learned to like them. Really liking your easy version. They look so pretty too.

    - Nancy/SpicieFoodie

  7. How crispy and delish do those look!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  8. 5 ingredients…

    so easy…

    so delicious…

    these are dreamy!!

    - Ashley

  9. Love that these are baked! 5-ingredient meals are the BEST!

    - Cassie

  10. Holy moly – this looks freaking amazing, Ali! And that perfect drizzle of sour cream! You’re killing me! I’m sitting here at work and I just have a depressing salad to eat for lunch but now all I can think about is this amazingness here!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  11. Ah, I remember these well. But I’m sure ours didn’t look this pretty! Whatever, they are yummy and crispy-good!

    - Ali's Mom

  12. I love easy! These look great! Thanks.

    - Bree Courtney

  13. Yum! These look delicious, perfect weeknight meal

    - Mal @ The Chic Geek