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7.07.2011

Chicken Chimichangas



  First of all, I need to clarify that you can make these amazing Chicken Chimichangas TWO ways. Baked or Fried. The pictures I'm sharing today are of the baked version. I promise you they still taste amazing baked. It's all about the seasoned chicken inside is what makes these so yummy. Yeah, the fried version is out-of-this-world delicious, BUT when you're being health and calorie conscious, go with the baked version, and you will still be satisfied!

  My husband is a simple man. He's pretty quiet and very easy going. My total opposite. I think that's why we fit so well. Usually when I make a recipe for the first time I'll ask him what he thinks of it. His normal response would be, " Oh, it's ok."  or  "It's good." ... and that's about it. Sometimes I just want him to rave and tell me how great it was and that I'm the best cook in the world! lol  But it just never happens. That all changed when I made these Chicken Chimichangas for us. I asked him my usual question after he had taken a few bites, "So what do you think?"

His response, "These are the BEST chimichangas I've ever had. Better than any restaurants!"  

I fell over.

   Then I got back up, took a bite, and completely agreed with him. These babies are AMAZING. The seasonings you cook with the chicken make these so flavorful, and with the monterey jack cheese and diced green chilies, Gah! You will just fall in love.



Chicken Chimichangas


  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil, plus more for frying
  • 1/2 cup diced White Onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 3-4 cups cooked, shredded Chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 (4 oz) can Diced Green Chilies
  • 8 (10 inch) Flour Tortillas, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


TOPPINGS:  Salsa Verde, Sour Cream, Guacamole, etc


Directions:  In a large, deep skillet, pour in enough vegetable oil to fill it half full. Heat oil at medium low heat. (This will be the oil you fry the chimichangas in.) 

FOR BAKED VERSION: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a separate large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add in the diced onion and saute until slightly softened. Add in garlic, chili powder, oregano and cumin. Cook stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the shredded, cooked chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the green chilies and continue to stir and cook mixture for another 5 minutes, or until thoroughly heated. Set aside.

Warm tortillas in the microwave. On each tortilla, add about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture into the center. Top with 2-3 tablespoons of the shredded monterey jack cheese. Fold sides over the mixture, then fold bottom over the sides and roll up. Place folded chimichangas, seam side down on a large plate/platter, and repeat with remaining tortillas.

Using tongs, lower one chimichanga at a time, into the hot oil, seam side down. (*It is helpful to hold them with the tongs while they are in the oil to keep them from opening)  Fry until golden brown on both sides. This only should take a minute or two, depending on how hot your oil is.

Place deep fried chimichangas onto a paper towel lined plate to soak up grease. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings!

FOR BAKED VERSION: Place the wrapped chimichangas onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Spray the tops with non-stick spray. Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
















32 comments:

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Oh how I LOVE Mexican food! Looks delish, Holly!

THE CROSBY'S said...

yummmm cant wait to try this

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

I'm glad ur husband loved these...I can't wait to try them!

Mandy said...

I am laughing at Kale! He is my husband Lance's twin just as you are mine! Lance is quiet, laid back and has the same reaction to food. I can't get over it. These look so good! I need to make these. Thanks, chica!

The Better Baker said...

I LOVE Mexican food - these look and sound amazing. I'm so glad you shared....mucho gracias! =)

Muriel Miller said...

Oh me oh my Holly I think I am in love! These sound AAAAMAZING! So bookmarking these right now :)

sliceofsouthern said...

Oh Yum! These look so good! So glad you got such a great compliment!

Angie's Recipes said...

I am glad to hear that your husband has enjoyed those, which makes you so happy! They sound amazing!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Now you make me VERY curious! I have never tried Chimichangas but this will be my first time when I try!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look so good! A yummy speciality.

Cheers,

Rosa

The Country Cook said...

That was funny about Kale. Definitely sounds like my husband. I can usually tell if he is super quiet if it is really good but I never get a standing ovation or anything..lol. Love this recipe. I'm such a lover of Chimichangas!!

We Are Not Martha said...

Ahh my fiance is the sameee way! He would be happy eating sandwiches every night and whenever I make dinner and ask him what he thinks he says "it's really good" or something similar. EVERY time. But occasionally he'll surprise me and say "omg this is the best meal I've ever had!"

I've been wanting to make chimichangas for a while now and you're tempting me even more!!

Sues

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

Our husbands sound very similar. I sit and wait for the verdict but unless I ask or it is inedible he often doesn't say anything. I've learned to tell by how much of his meal he finishes and whether he wants to eat the leftovers. :) I'm pretty sure he'd love these, though. He loves chimichangas.

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

How divine. I am having cheese and bread cravings, this would be perfect.

Sinful Sundays said...

LOL! I'm glad he liked them. I love when someone raves about something I make.

I've never had chimichanga's but I definitely want to try them now!

Holly said...

Sounds yummy!!! Bookmarking this one!! The Red Velvet Brownies look deeevine too;)

claire said...

i love me some chimichangas!

Jennifurla said...

yes yes yes, I would love to make thse over the weekend.

kitchen flavours said...

Your chicken chimichangas looks so good!
I think all husbands are about the same! Sounds pretty familiar to me! Hehehe! Have a lovely weekend!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Holly these look so good. I am a big fan of Chimichangas when we go out to eat. I can't wait to make them at home :)

Desi said...

Aww I'm glad the hubby loved it! It's so rewarding when they tell us how much they love our cooking, right?! I totally agree! I'll have to try these then since you AND hubby love them :) I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-giveaway.html

(sorry if you've already entered! I'm going through all of my blogs and letting everyone know!)

Velva said...

Oh yes! No doubt that these are delicious. Awesome.

Cheers.
Velva

Allison said...

I always wa t the rave reviews from my hubby as well. Kudos to you. Yeah. I need to try these. I love love love chimichangas.

Lindsey R said...

I've never had a chimichanga but now I want to! Looks YUMMY!!!

Jay said...

wow...completely a new recipe...good!
Tasty Appetite

sheryl said...

This looks so good. I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

Ashley said...

Im making this recipe this week!! Cant wait. Do you drain the chiles or not????

Holly said...

Hi Ashley! Yes you need to drain the chilies. Hope you enjoy these. We love them at our house! :)

Anonymous said...

Could you bake them, do you think?

Holly said...

Anonymous, I definitely think you could bake these. I would just place them on a cookie sheet, and then spray the tops of the chimi's with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes OR until their golden brown! Let me know if you try it! :)

k said...

i made these earlier this month and they were SO good! we loved them! even my super picky boys ate them up. i am making them again tonight because we have company coming and these were so easy and SO good! thanks so much for sharing! i couldn't believe i actually made something so good!

Teresa Anderson Swope said...

This recipe sounds awesome! I usually bake my chimis by brushing lightly with butter and bake at 375 until lightly browned. But given the choice..I love them fried! Thanks Holly!