Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas

by | Apr 27, 2016 | All, Main Dishes

Winner,Winner, Easy Weeknight Dinner! Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas take the guesswork out of dinner and put a smile on everyone’s face all at the same time! 

These Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas use rotisserie chicken in the filling making it a weeknight dinner winner.

Menu planning. Do you do it? I don’t as much as I should. Kevin calls most days and asks “What’s the plan for tonight?” which is code for What’s for dinner? And it’s the first question my kids ask when they walk in the door. I’m thinking this is when a menu board would come in handy. Needless to say, it’s not often I can get the whole family excited about the same meal on the same day. But every time I serve these  Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas, that’s exactly what happens.

Mexican food is a go-to favorite in our house, especially when I get to sip on one of these during dinner. These Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas are my new bestie in the dinner rotation, and, unlike traditional chimichangas, they are baked, not fried, saving on the calories and the mess. I know I’m not alone in the dislike of cleaning the stovetop after frying food! 

And to make mealtime even easier, I used some chopped rotisserie chicken to make the filling. Combine the juicy chicken with some salsa verde, cumin, cilantro and a generous sprinkle of cheese and roll it in the tortilla to get one of our family’s favorite meals. Serve it with some pico de gallo, sour cream and fresh avocado and dinner is done! Knowing that I’m not spending a lot of time cooking chicken and scrubbing my stove means I might even have time to bake a special snack. A definite win for everyone in the family.

With our busy activity schedule, my attitude towards menu planning definitely needs to change. Fortunately, we’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals to help with variety. But since I need all the help I can get, tell me: What are your favorite menu planning tips?

Make Ahead Tip: The chicken filling can be made earlier in the day. Simply refrigerate until it is time to fill the tortillas.

These Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas use rotisserie chicken in the filling making it a weeknight dinner winner.

Yield: 6

Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas

These easy chicken chimichangas are in a regular dinner rotation!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Green Chile Salsa (Salsa Verde)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese (I used Mexican Blend)
  • 6 Flour Tortillas (8-10 inch)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine salsa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add cumin and cilantro and stir until mixed. Gently stir in chicken and remove from heat.
  3. Set out 6 tortillas and put 1/2 cup filling in the middle of each. Divide cheese equally between tortillas. Fold tortilla up by first folding each side in and then roll in thirds. Place seam side down on baking sheet and brush tops with melted butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned.
  4. Serve with pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 545Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 844mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 33g

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These Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas use rotisserie chicken in the filling making it a weeknight dinner winner.

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10 Comments

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      Thanks, Becca!

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      Tried tonight and it was runny so I used corn starch to thicken and proceeded. Very good. But to runny. Thank you.

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    Just decided…these are dinner tonight. My family thanks you Lisa!

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      Aw, thanks, Jen! Hope they like it as much as my family does.

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      Thanks, Rach! Miss you!

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    Hooray for the first day of school for you! And Mexican is always a winner around here too! Love these easy chimichangas…I’m definitely craving these now!

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      Can’t go wrong with Mexican food! 🙂

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    Nothing like a good Mexican meal! I’ve kind of fallen in love with baked chimichangas, all that crispy Mexican goodness without all the fat! Win!

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