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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!
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!
What are chimichangas? A Chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito that is popular in Tex-Mex, Southwestern U.S. cuisine, especially here in Arizona.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Sour Cream Rice
- Homemade Salsa
- Homemade Flour Tortillas
- Easy Refried Beans
- Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch Dressing
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. 😉
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).
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.
For more chimi & BURRO recipes, try:
- Bean Chimichangas
- Green Chili Smothered Burritos
- BBQ Chicken Burritos
- Breakfast Burrito
- Green Chili Burrito
- Cheesecake Chimichanga
Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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