These chimichangas save time by using leftover chicken, or a cold rotisserie chicken from the supermarket as well as canned items to make the sauce!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Pour the cream of chicken soup into a blender along with the green chiles, olives, jalapeno, and lime juice. Puree until smooth, then pour into a saucepan, and warm over medium-low heat while proceeding with the recipe.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and taco seasoning until well blended. Fold in the chicken. Evenly divide mixture among the 8 tortillas. Fold each tortilla into a rectangular packet around the filling.

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry 4 chimichangas at a time until golden brown, then drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

  • To serve, place a chimichanga on a plate, and ladle the warm sauce overtop. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and green onions. Finish with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

787 calories; 47 g total fat; 152 mg cholesterol; 1916 mg sodium. 47.8 g carbohydrates; 42.6 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2007
This is delicious! I changed the recipe to 4 servings and made the following changes: black olives instead of green lemon juice instead of lime juice and 1/2 can refried beans in place of cream cheese. I made these changes because of what was in the pantry at the time. Besides we like refried beans with our chimis. (I warmed the sour cream and beans slightly in microwave to make mixing easier). I also used pepperjack cheese which gave it a nice kick. Also after rolling them up I sprayed them with cooking oil and baked on a cookie sheet for 12 minutes in a convection oven at 350. They were nice and crispy and right before serving I poured the sauce over. Very Very Good and WILL make again. thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/29/2012
Made this recipe against my better judgement.... don't mix cream cheese with mexican... I only used half the recommended amount but still flavorless... even after throwing in cayenne and bottled hot sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2007
This is delicious! I changed the recipe to 4 servings and made the following changes: black olives instead of green lemon juice instead of lime juice and 1/2 can refried beans in place of cream cheese. I made these changes because of what was in the pantry at the time. Besides we like refried beans with our chimis. (I warmed the sour cream and beans slightly in microwave to make mixing easier). I also used pepperjack cheese which gave it a nice kick. Also after rolling them up I sprayed them with cooking oil and baked on a cookie sheet for 12 minutes in a convection oven at 350. They were nice and crispy and right before serving I poured the sauce over. Very Very Good and WILL make again. thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2006
How to fry a chimichanga with NO MESS: Pour 1/2 inch Oil in your electric skillet and heat to 360 degrees. Place the filling in a recangle fashion. Leaving 2" of the tortilla dry at the top and bottom.Leave the SIDE 1 & 1/2" dry. Fold the botton of the tortilla up first then carefully fold the sides up. Roll over making sure you keep your fingers on the bottom edge of the tortilla. Gently lay/roll the chimichanga into the hot skillet folded side down. Fry 3-4 minutes on each side. Always use TONGS when turning your Chimi's. It's really easy and the crispy texture of the tortillas is fantastic. Best of all NO MESS! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2007
Pretty good but I would say to bake them!!!!!! We made 4 the way the recipe instructed and fried them. The rest we did various things - baked as is baked with non fat spray butter and baked with brushed oil. We could not tell a difference between the baked varities but we preferred them over the fried in oil!!! Healthier too! Also as others said- too much cheese! We didn't even use 1 package of the cheese it called for. But still I would say use only half of one bag (so use 1/4 the cheese that the recipe calls for unless you love cheese.)Would make again using these adjustments only! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2007
WOW this is the best recipe I've tried in a very long time. My husband who loves chimis from a favorite Mexican restaurant said that these were definately restaurant quality. I followed the recipe as is; I used Louis Rich Grilled chicken strips and shredded them and used whole wheat tortillas. The sauce I thought was different but it really does compliment the chimis. So easy and delicious and can't wait to make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2007
Yummy- sooo good!! I also sprayed with cooking spray and baked 15 minutes on each side at 350 degrees. The sauce is surprisingly perfect with the chimis. I only used 5 oz cream cheese because others had said it was too much- but I thought it could have used more- so next time I will do the whole 8 oz as the recipe says. I only made half the sauce and it was more than enough. I used black olives instead of green. Really great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2007
Overall this was certainly a crowd pleasing recipe! I used a store bought rotisserie chicken that made making this so quick and easy. One tip I would suggest is to watch the temp of the oil. The oil should be hot enough to brown the tortilla but not too hot so that the tortilla browns too quickly not giving the chicken and cheese mixture time to melt. Mine browned too quickly so after I set them on a paper towel I transferred them to a cookie sheet in a warm oven. This actually worked out well for me it allowed me to finish other dishes I was working on and gave the cheese more time to heat up and melt. The tortilla remained crispy and delicious! Also I made too much but the leftovers were easily reheated in my toaster oven. I will never be able to have taco night again without making this recipe too! I look forward to making it again soon! Thanks for posting it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2006
I agree with the rest of the reviewers that this is an excellent recipe. Easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. I followed the instructions to the letter except for one variation. A previous reviewer recommended adding garlic and salt to the chicken to give it more flavor. My variation is not for the fat conscious cooks I melted a half cube of butter in a pan with about 4 finely chopped garlic cloves then tossed the mixture with the shredded chicken before adding to the cheese mixture. My wife and I agree that in our memory this is the best Chimi we have tasted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2006
This recipe was quick and good. I thought the chicken part could have used a little more seasoning maybe a little garlic and salt. Also if you fry them at the recommend heat they will burn. I cooked them on low until nicely browned. I will make them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2006
WOW!! Boy were these good! My whole family gave them a five. Best chimichangas I have ever had. I did bake them instead of frying and they were perfect. The sauce was delish. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Read More
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