Chicken Chimichangas

"For an even more authentic taste saute in oil beore baking, you can also make these using cooked turkey. Adjust all seasonings to taste. The cayenne pepper is optional, add for more heat. These are easy to make!"
photo by Pneuma photo by Pneuma
photo by Pneuma
photo by Pneuma photo by Pneuma
Ready In:
1hr 15mins


  • 1 34 cups picante sauce (or use salsa)
  • 6 -8 cups cooked chicken, chopped (or use cooked turkey)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 20 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese (or use cheddar cheese)
  • vegetable oil, for brushing
  • salsa or picante sauce


  • Set oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prepare a greased baking sheet.
  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven combine the picante sauce with chopped chicken, onion, cumin, oregano and cayenne (if using) cook uncovered stirring often for about 30 minutes or until some of liquid has evaporated; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon about 1/3 cup of the mixture below center of each tortilla, then top with about 3 tablespoons of shredded cheese.
  • Fold in two sides of the tortillas to enclose the filling, then fold over top and bottom edges of the tortillas (making a rectangle).
  • Secure with wooden picks.
  • Place folded-side down on a greased baking sheet.
  • Lightly brush the tops with vegetable oil (sprinkle lightly with salt if desired).
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes; using a spatula turn the chimichangas and bake for about 5 minutes more.
  • Serve with picante sauce or salsa and sour cream.
  • Delicious!

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  1. Kars Kitchen
    Delicious! My son was totally surprised at how good these were from a home recipe! I did fry in oil first, which gave the crust a really nice crunch, but I'll try the oven only approach too. Will be making these often. Thanks!
  2. Pneuma
    Great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. I used picante sauce when cooking the ingredients together, used soooo little cayenne and then after baking, it was served with salsa, sour cream, Recipe #237848, jalapeno and then DH later on opened a can of refried beans when he had it. It's delicious and had a crunchy tortilla. Muchas gracias! Made for ZWT5. Zaar Chow Hounds.
  3. Jamilahs_Kitchen
    Great easy recipe for tonight. I had leftover chicken and followed everything in the recipe except I used some green chili's as well as the picante sauce since I only had a mild one on hand. Plus your the Green Chili Babe so I knew it would work! hehe. I used olive oil for brushing and they came out very crispy and delicious. Thanks :) Made for ZWT 5.
  4. simplemom
    I tried 2 rcipes for Chicken chimichangas and both were great! This recipe deserves more than 5 stars and plenty of reviews. I did follow almost exactly, except my husband LOVES cumin so I added more of that. Thanks again Kitten for yet another winner!



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