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Baked Chicken Chimichangas Recipe

Baked Chicken Chimichangas Recipe

I developed this quick and easy recipe through trial and error. I used to garnish with sour cream, too, but eliminated it in order to lighten the recipe. My friends all love it when I cook these, and they're much healthier than fried chimichangas. —Rickey Madden, Clinton, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1-1/2 cups picante sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped green onions, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, combine chicken, 3/4 cup picante sauce, cheese, 1/4 cup onions, cumin and oregano. Spoon 1/2 cup mixture down the center of each tortilla. Fold sides and ends over filling and roll up. Place seam side down in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Brush with butter.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining picante sauce and onions. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 269 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 613mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 0 fat.

Reviews for Baked Chicken Chimichangas

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TerriBowes 254002
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I make these all the time. They are delicious and so easy to make."

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jnjrok 249255
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2016

"I was not expecting them to be so tasty. I did substitute 3/4 c. of medium taco sauce for 3/4 c. of the picante sauce as I did not have enough. Perhaps that was the secret ingredient to make them so tasty!"

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allharrymama 246335
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"Loved this dish! Had 3 guests at my house for this meal and hey also loved it. Great flavor."

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Kathyjordan 240701
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Love chimis and the idea of baking, but wasn't a big hit. Flavor wasn't what was expected."

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rmbarr059 227529
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Yummy! I used whole wheat tortillas for me and flour tortillas for my hubby. His were crispy, but the whole wheat tortillas did not crisp up. But they were still very good nonetheless!"

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oczkowicz 224843
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"Very tasty"

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treacher 223908
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"Very good way to use leftover chicken, very tastey. My family loved it. Thank You! LeeAnn Treacher"

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dewflop 223361
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Thought this would be better. I really liked the idea of baking the chimichangas, but I think i can find one I like better . Just so so flavor."

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seasons4 222944
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"These were delicious! Everyone loved them."

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Patrica390 219130
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"My family really enjoyed these. I added a can of enchilada sauce over the top, sprinkled with more cheese then added the onion. I brushed the chimichangas with olive oil by mistake but one wouldn't notice. Great to bake rather than fry. Heated up nicely for leftovers. Good recipe!"

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cookiebaker92 219129
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Easy to make and tasted great. Hubby loved it. Always a good sign. Thanks."

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angcy 215534
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Easy and tasty. I would have turned the burrito once and bake it a little longer so thAt they are crispy on both sides. I added green pepper and used salsa instead of picante sauce to add more flavors."

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lmmanda 162635
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014 Edited Jun. 4, 2015

"These were excellent! I used leftover chicken from the honey spice chicken recipe on the website. Will definitely be making these again! Update: To make getting dinner on the table fast after work, I put together the chicken mixture the night before, then when I get home, I put the chimichangas together while the oven preheats. They still turn out great!"

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OhBeeOne 163648
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"What a tasty meal! Hubby and I both say 'it's a keeper!' The easiest Chimichangas I've ever made. Definitely recommend it."

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brettacuff 163635
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Delicious. Marinated chicken with taco seasoning and italian dressing first. Add rice or beans."

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angieact1 95241
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Very tasty! I love that its not deep -fried!"

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alaskakaren 147855
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Quick and easy with delish results."

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tmoore@lnsamerica.com 117441
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"So easy and YUMMY! This recipe is part of my recipe collection"

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randcbruns 101497
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This recipe had become a staple at my house. My family loves the crispy shell that the baking produces. We love playing with a variety of fillings and toppings. This recipe is super simple and so very easy. I always get rave reviews from anyone who eats this. This is a MUST try!"

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lberry222 67202
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"Very good! Very easy to make!"

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Danerlea 67201
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"Very easy and they do crisp up like they are fried. I know the recipe is meant to be light but I did go heavier with the cheese in the recipe. I froze a couple but haven't tried them yet."

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s_pants 67200
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"I really enjoyed these...simple and tasty. My husband, however, didn't really like them."

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shellabe1974 117373
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"This was just an ok recipe I don't think that I will be making it again."

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MissArlene 147822
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"I ate a Chimichanga at a Mexican restaurant last week & when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it - and I'm not sorry! They were delicious. Much better than from the restaurant. I made the tortillas from a TOH recipe, and instead of using picante sauce the recipe called for, made the sauce from the Garlic Beef Enchilada TOH recipe, subbing chicken broth for beef broth. For those who can't take "hot", I would cut down on the chili powder & cumin, & definitely don't use Rotel tomatoes as someone suggested! My tortilla recipe made 8 - 8" tortillas, so I too, would double the recipe to have enough. The recipe is way too much for hubby & me, so I baked them all & put some in the freezer."

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Kristimint 75554
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"Really good - and easy! The butter and baking make them nice and crispy. Next time I would use less salsa and more cheese!"

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AlyNatJil 147821
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"Excellent, have made it multiple times for my family! Everytime I make it I have to double the recipe!"

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matteliz@swbell.net 95240
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"This is a fairly standard chicken burrito recipe. I liked the part where you brush the burritos/chimichangas with melted butter; you can also spray with cooking spray for the same effect."

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bmlink627 162630
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"This is AMAZING!"

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Bobskat 147818
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"Delicious! So flavorful. Everyone loved it."

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jess.p 67199
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"This has become a regular. The left overs, I just bring with me to work and pop into the toaster oven. Not sure if it tastes EXACTLY like a fried chimi, but it's a great alternative."

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kelleyfamily20 94488
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"All three of my children love this recipe. It goes together quickly and great dinner to make ahead and then bake it later in the day."

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ninnypooh 147815
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"OMGosh this was sooo good. My daughter is 19 and so picky, but she ate two of them. She did put sour cream on top. Very delish"

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BreezyBaker 148130
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Loved that they turned out crunchy and actually prefer them this way over deep fried! I used 2 1/2 cups chicken (3 chicken breasts) and then upped the rest of the mix (except the cheese) a little as well and it made the 6 servings perfect. Very yummy and will definitely make again!"

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montana20 162619
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"used enchilada sauce

added jalepenos, gr. pepper, gr. onion, very little cheese"

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mkfrazier 163634
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Fantastic! I used 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which yielded 2 cups of chicken, so I simply increased all other ingredients 25 percent. (I used just half the cumin to control the spice.) This made 8 large chimichangas. We have a new favorite Mexican-style dish!"

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angietalbot 163603
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011 Edited Mar. 19, 2015

"I have made this again and again... my picky family likes them just fine. The butter makes the shells crunchy so I don't miss the deep frying at all. I have always had 6 sizable chimis using this recipe."

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stormxchaser57 148100
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"Very delicious! However, I also had the same problem as the previous reviewer...I doubled the recipe and only got 9 small chimichangas out of it. I will make it again, but I will probably triple or quadruple the stuffing recipe next time."

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jmkasprak 162575
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"Brushing the butter on the tortilla before baking really gave it a nice crunchy texture like fried chimichangas. The picture makes it look like there is a lot of stuffing in each one, but I only got 5

servings. I didn't measure, but maybe my tortillas were too big."

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jmkasprak 147814
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"Brushing the butter on the tortilla before baking really gave it a nice crunchy texture like fried chimichangas. The picture makes it look like there is a lot of stuffing in each one, but I only got 5

servings. I didn't measure, but maybe my tortillas were too big."

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jennidw 67198
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"definitely a keeper, my husband and son both ate them up!"

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retnakartika 162527
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"My husband loves it. I use hot salsa and Mexican blend cheese."

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MDKGILB 163596
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"This recipe was absolutely easy & my husband and 2 kids loved it. And I loved it even more for the low calories!"

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scarlet286 162574
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"This is so yummy! This recipe will definitely be a keeper."

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AnnDavis49719 95239
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"We loved them.. I served them on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes."

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ChefTibbles 117372
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"A huge hit! These were sooo good. I took some comment advice and bulked up the chicken a bit, and I also added some crumbled Chorizo (mexican sausage) I had lying around. That probably destroyed the "healthy" rating, but it was great, the Chorizo really lent a lot of flavor!"

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alexismd 101466
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"This recipe was great and easy to make! I also added cilantro in the dish and on top for that added fresh taste and I used a mexican blend of shredded cheese instead of just cheddar. Absolutely delish!"

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mmglsu 117371
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"I make this dish about once a week now! Talk about easy and delicious. My boyfriend isn't big on Mexican food but he loves it too."

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lizeck 208586
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"We loved this recipe. But I did use enchilada sauce and 2 cups cubed chicken. I served it with refried beans, and an appetizer of nacho chips and salsa. Definitely will make this again."

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Cook38 95237
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This recipe was very good. However, it only calls for 1-1/2 cups of chicken and 6 tortillas. First, I would DEFINITELY increase the amount of filling, as it calls for 1/2 cup filling for each tortilla. Do the math and that's only really 3 tortillas worth of filling. When you add the salsa and cheese that bulks it up a bit, but I still only got five 1/2-cup portions. If you bump the chicken alone up to 2 cups, that should do the trick. Also, this called for a 15x10-in. baking dish. That is WAY too big. The six chimis will fit easily into a 13x9, possibly even a 9x9. I will try it again with the changes, and I'm sure it will be great!"

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mjlouk 208585
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"So easy to make and really good!"

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Carol39110 94487
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"The filling is delicious, but I increased the amount of filling by a third. I will try topping it with enchilada sauce the next time."

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luckymeggs 147813
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

"We loved this recipe! Will definitely make this one again."

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hemstewart 117370
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"We made these for my family - they got rave reviews and were super easy to make!"

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sbuffman 162565
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008

"Very easy to make and so good! Thanks for the recipe!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.