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Shortcut Oven-Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Mimic the crunch of a chimichanga by brushing these with oil and baking them. Our children love to have them when they get home late after school activities. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded (about 3-1/2 cups)
  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve long grain rice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 inches), warmed
  • Salsa


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place a 15x10x1-in. baking pan in the oven.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat; saute onion until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken, rice, beans, chiles, chipotle pepper, cumin, salt and pepper; cook until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and cilantro.
  • Spoon 1 cup chicken mixture across bottom third of each tortilla. Fold bottom and sides of tortilla over filling and roll up. Brush preheated baking pan with some of the remaining oil. Place chimichangas seam side down; brush tortillas with oil. Bake until crisp and golden, about 15 minutes, turning halfway through baking. Serve with salsa.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Forget the mess and extra calories from deep-frying. This oven version bakes up browned and crispy.
  • Use 2 cups leftover cooked rice in place of the package of ready-to-serve rice.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 chimichanga: 704 calories, 31g fat (9g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 1081mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 41g protein.

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    • Diana
      Apr 20, 2020

      Crispy and delicious!

    • Anita
      Sep 19, 2019

      No comment left

    • ScottsGrace
      Sep 3, 2019

      Easy, fast, very tasteful! This is a great recipe if you need a fast meal that doesn't taste like you just threw in junk and hoped for the best. LOL The flavors work well and the use of a rotisserie chicken is genius. It's also good in a bowl with corn chip scoops as the vehicle from bowl to mouth! We used sour cream on top as a yummy garnish.

    • J
      Apr 30, 2019

      Delicious! Didn’t change a thing. Love the crisp tortillas.