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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


  • 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


  • 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: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Baked Chicken Chimichangas

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TerriBowes User ID: 4210823 254002
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

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

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 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!"

allharrymama User ID: 560853 246335
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

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

Kathyjordan User ID: 6897948 240701
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

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

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 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!"

oczkowicz User ID: 1456878 224843
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"Very tasty"

treacher User ID: 8163541 223908
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

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

dewflop User ID: 216755 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."

seasons4 User ID: 978190 222944
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"These were delicious! Everyone loved them."

Patrica390 User ID: 843063 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!"

cookiebaker92 User ID: 7637138 219129
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

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

angcy User ID: 1160970 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."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 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!"

OhBeeOne User ID: 6442248 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."

brettacuff User ID: 7579163 163635
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

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

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 95241
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

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

alaskakaren User ID: 3921099 147855
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Quick and easy with delish results."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4838925 117441
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

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

randcbruns User ID: 828588 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!"

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 67202
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"Very good! Very easy to make!"

Danerlea User ID: 875081 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."

s_pants User ID: 174050 67200
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

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

shellabe1974 User ID: 7201706 117373
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

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

MissArlene User ID: 7057140 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."

Kristimint User ID: 6794463 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!"

AlyNatJil User ID: 7216782 147821
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 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."

bmlink627 User ID: 6613671 162630
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"This is AMAZING!"

Bobskat User ID: 6451715 147818
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"Delicious! So flavorful. Everyone loved it."

jess.p User ID: 6894305 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."

kelleyfamily20 User ID: 3627217 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."

ninnypooh User ID: 6459205 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"

BreezyBaker User ID: 6406312 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!"

montana20 User ID: 4997776 162619
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"used enchilada sauce

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

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 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!"

angietalbot User ID: 3818615 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."

stormxchaser57 User ID: 6115232 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."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 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."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 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."

jennidw User ID: 2531705 67198
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

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

retnakartika User ID: 1423464 162527
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

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

MDKGILB User ID: 1891285 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!"

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 162574
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

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

AnnDavis49719 User ID: 1414849 95239
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

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

ChefTibbles User ID: 5088054 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!"

alexismd User ID: 4533558 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!"

mmglsu User ID: 4467560 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."

lizeck User ID: 2156690 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."

Cook38 User ID: 1584232 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!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 208585
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"So easy to make and really good!"

Carol39110 User ID: 1932804 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."

luckymeggs User ID: 2478845 147813
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

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

hemstewart User ID: 3068467 117370
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

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

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 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.