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Baked Chicken Chimichangas are like a crispy burrito, stuffed with chicken + cheese. Everyone will love this simple restaurant-style recipe!

Crispy, Baked Chicken Chimichangas are simple to make and are so delicious! Packed full of your favorite fillings, these Chimis are great for dinner and are perfect served with some homemade Salsa and Guacamole!

Baked chicken Chimichanga recipe on plate topped with sour cream and green onnions.


A family favorite!

Our family loves good Mexican food! Being Hispanic, Mexican food was something I grew up on. One of our favorite dishes happens to be Chimichangas!

Our favorite Chimis have chicken, but we also love making shredded beef and bean versions as well.

What are chimichangas? A Chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito that is popular in Tex-Mex, Southwestern U.S. cuisine, especially here in Arizona.

Customize the flavor to suit your tastes by using your favorite salsa (we use a traditional medium salsa, however, salsa verde would be delicious too)!

They’re easy to whip up thanks to Knorr® Rice Sides ™. You need just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes for these delicious Baked Chimichangas. Simple, right?!

Knorr Fiesta Sides for filling baked chicken chimichangas.

How to Make Chimichangas

This is a very simple Baked Chimichanga version. Yes, these can be fried, but we prefer this lighter, healthier version.

PREP. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

CHICKEN MIXTURE. In a large bowl, combine the cooked, shredded chicken with salsa, cumin, and oregano. Set aside.

RICE. Prepare your Knorr® Fiesta Sides™rice according to package directions (cover and simmer for 7 minutes) or rice recipe. Remove from heat.

WRAP & BAKE. Stir in the chicken mixture and cheese. Divide the mixture between Flour Tortillas, wrap and place seam-side down on a lined baking sheet. Brush with the remaining oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

TOPPINGS. Serve with your favorite toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomato, chopped cilantro, chopped green onion, chopped lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and lime wedges.

Variations

Here are our favorite ways to change up the recipe:

  • Cheese. Substitute or pair with cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, or a fiesta cheese blend.
  • Sauce. Add a few tablespoons of enchilada sauce to the mixture or drizzle the sauce over the Baked Chimichanga.
  • Meat. The chicken can be substituted with an equal amount of shredded pork or beef.
  • Tortilla. These bake best in a flour tortilla, but if frying you can use either flour or corn tortillas.
Baked chicken Chimichangas lined up on a silpat.

Recipe Tips

Folding a Baked Chimichanga. It’s just like folding a burrito. Place the meat and rice in the middle of the open tortilla. Fold up the bottom of the tortilla over that mixture, then fold both sides in towards the middle and roll up.

Fry Chimichangas. Baking is perfect for getting the same great taste, without added calories. However, if you’re feeling a little indulgent you can easily fry the Chimichangas instead.

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 2 inches of vegetable oil.
  • Place the filled and folded Chimichanga seam side down in the oil.
  • Turn every 30 seconds until golden brown on all sides. Enjoy! 

Air fryer. Aside from baking, the air fryer is another great way to get a crisp Chimichanga without frying it in oil.

  • Fold the Chimichangas as directed and spray/brush each side with olive oil.
  • Working in batches, fry the chimichangas at 400°F for 8-9 minutes, flipping halfway. 
Rice and baked Chicken Chimichanga cut in half and stacked on a plate.

Storing Info + Side Ideas

FREEZE. Baked Chicken Chimichangas make a perfect freezer meal. They do not need to be pre-baked. 

Wrap each individual Chimichanga in foil, put them in a freezer bag, and label them. Freeze for up to 6 months.

To reheat Oven Baked Chimichangas.

  • Microwave. Warm them up in 30-second increments to a minute.
  • Oven. Pull the desired amount out of the freezer. Preheat the oven and bake at 425°F. If frozen, bake for 35-40 minutes. If thawed, bake for 20-25 minutes.

Re-brush them with oil to make them crispier.

What to serve with chimichangas? Here are some of our favorites:

Baked Chimichanga Recipe on plate topped with sour cream and green onions.

Recipe FAQ

What is the difference between a burrito and a chimichanga?

They’re similar in that they’re made from a folded flour tortilla usually filled with meat, cheese, and other ingredients. The main difference is that chimichangas are deep fried, although in this case it’s baked. 😉

If I’m using homemade rice, what is the equivalent amount?

Instead of using packaged rice, you can use homemade. We love to use leftover Spanish Rice in ours! It ends up being about 2 1/2 cups prepared (or half that unprepared).

What’s the best way to fold a chimichanga?

Place the meat and rice in the middle of the open flour tortilla. Fold up the bottom of the tortilla over that mixture, then fold both sides in towards the middle and roll up.

What to serve with baked chicken chimichangas?

For more chimi & BURRO recipes, try:

5 from 122 votes

Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Baked Chicken Chimichangas are like a crispy burrito, stuffed with chicken + cheese. Everyone will love this simple restaurant-style recipe!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cup chicken cooked and shredded
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil divided
  • 1 package Knorr® Fiesta Sides™ – Spanish Rice
  • 1 1/4 cup colby jack cheese shredded
  • 4 flour tortillas burrito sized

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked, shredded chicken with salsa, cumin, and oregano. Set aside.
  • Prepare your Knorr® Fiesta Sides™rice according to package directions (cover and simmer for 7 minutes) or rice recipe. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the chicken mixture and cheese. Divide the mixture between flour tortillas, wrap and place seam-side down on a lined baking sheet. Brush with the remaining oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomato, chopped cilantro, chopped green onion, chopped lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and lime wedges.

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Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 791mg, Potassium: 315mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 675IU, Vitamin C: 1.5mg, Calcium: 343mg, Iron: 2.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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194 Comments

  1. I want to make this recipe tonight, but for the life of me, I cannot figure out the oil. It says to “divide the oil,” but the only place in the recipe instructions I can find anything about oil is where it says to brush the tops of the tortillas with the “remaining oil.” I swear I have read this recipe 100 times and can’t figure it out! LOL HELP

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I double it and freeze half for another meal. I’ve added black beans and corn to make the recipe stretch even further. Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this with Zatarain’s Spanish rice and it was so good! It’s simple to make & easy to dress up or serve as is!

  4. 5 stars
    I have made these several times now but today was the first time I used the Knorr Mexican Rice as I usually use the Old El Paso Mexican Rice. I actually think the Old El Paso has better flavour.
    This did not distract from how great this recipe is. The first time I made them, it was a surprise how good they were. Now I just keep making them 🙂

    Thanks for a great and easy recipe !

  5. 5 stars
    Hi, I. SO glad to ran across this site of yours. these are the recipe that I love making and love eating them and they are so easy to make .my favorite one is the chicken taco. i love so much 😍 thank you for your easy recipes..thank you so much and hope you have a nice day.

    1. Oh you’re welcome! I’m so glad you found the site and are enjoying the recipes! Thanks for being here.