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Low-Fat Baked Chicken Chimichangas
like Chi-Chi's®
Spiced chicken and refried beans in a crisp shell.

Serves: 6-8
Prep. Time: 0:45

1 sm. onion - chopped
3 cloves garlic - minced
1 Tbls. vegetable oil OR butter OR margarine
2 cups salsa
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
2 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken OR turkey
(8) 12" flour tortilla
1 cup canned refried beans
non-stick cooking spray - as needed

Try this mix in the recipe!
Jalapeno Salsa Mix, Dip Mix & Spread Mix

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil/butter until tender; stir in salsa, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and salt; fold in chicken/turkey; remove from heat and set aside.
-Working with one tortilla at a time, spoon 2 Tablespoons of beans down the center of each tortilla; top with a scant 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture.
-Fold the top and bottom of the tortillas toward the center, then roll up the sides.
-Secure with wooden toothpicks or pieces of spaghetti noodles if necessary.
-Place chimichangas in a 13" X 9" X 2" baking pan, seam side down.
-Spray all sides of the chimichangas with a light coating of cooking spray.
-Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp, turning after 10 minutes.

Notes: Serve with sour cream and guacamole.

Make It A Meal: Serve with Rice Picante.

16 Visitor Comments About This Recipe
  • The cinnamon is a surprising ingredient, but it really makes the dish!

  • This recipe was wonderful. We are vegetarians so we substituted Morningstar Farms Crumbles for the chicken and it was a big hit! Thanks!

  • They were delicious. I added a little butter melted in the baking dish with the olive oil.

  • This recipe is great and low on fat. Try it with shredded beef.

  • These were very good! I would use half the cinnamon and increase the cumin. I also sprayed Pam cooking spray on the bottom of the pan and on top of the chimichangas, less fat than olive oil and they browned beautifully!

  • This is the first recipe I have used from your site and it was absolutely wonderful! I made the recipe as written and I wouldn't change a thing. I topped it with my husband's homemade salsa and it made a terrific meal. I was even happy that the leftover chimichanga from last night was just as good when I warmed it in the oven today for lunch. This will definitely be a family favorite!

  • Very easy with left over chicken. I was pleasantly surprised and so was my family. From a working mom with 2 teenage boys.

  • i am a disaster in the kitchen (newlywed) but i got this one right! it was delicious and easy enough for even me. i added lowfat shredded cheddar on top while still hot and it was fabulous!!

  • I made these last night and liked everything, except for the cinnamon. I will definitely leave that out next time. I have tried many other recipes and have never been dissapointed!

  • I thought the Chimichangas were delicious and very easy to make. The only problem I had was the salsa recipe. The recipe for salsa was delicious but it did not make enough for the chimmis, it really needed to be doubled. Other than that this recipe will become a family favorite for my family.

  • tried this recipe .it was pretty good

  • I made these for a late lunc today and my children and husband loved it. We also had some Guacamole on the side..Yummy. Thanks bunches!!

  • long time looker, first time trying a recipe - this recipe is easy, fun and taste awesome! I used canned roast beef in the place of chicken. I so enjoyed cooking something new for my Husband and two teenage boys and was thrilled when they asked for seconds! I'll be trying your honey BBQ chicken wings recipe tonight. Thanks for making cooking something other than a chore - please keep those recipes coming!!

  • Made this recipe last night for company. (Brave don't you think since I'd never made it before!) Anyway, it was a big hit. I plated it just like at a restaurant with spanish rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and a scoop of sweet corn cake. Every cleaned their plates! I made the recipe exactly as stated. The only thing I might change is the cinnamon. Not sure I liked it in there. But this recipe gets a big THUMBS UP!!!

  • lovee it!! never have chimichangas before.. so i really dont have anything to compare it with... but my huby lovee it as well as me! i am soo glad i found this web site, cause i love all this healthy idas! thanks

  • Excellent recipe. My family loves it...for an even healthier version, use whole wheat tortilla shells. Yummmmm.

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