This is not Mexican food. It's a 100% American invention. They are not deep fried; they are pan-fried in a little oil. I like to serve with dollops of guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Moist chicken and earthy mushrooms combine with fresh green chiles and pepperjack cheese encased in a crispy tortilla.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Filling:

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

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  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, poblano peppers, and mushrooms in the hot oil, sprinkling with salt, until they soften and release their juices, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook until vegetables begin to brown, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Move vegetables to the edges of the skillet, leaving a space in the center. Drizzle 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil into the center. Add chicken breast pieces to the center of the skillet and sprinkle with salt, cumin, ground chipotle, and dried Mexican oregano. Cook and stir until chicken pieces are browned, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir chicken and vegetable mixture together in skillet; remove from heat. Drizzle water over chicken mixture and scrape the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside to cool to a warm temperature.

  • Mix pepperjack cheese into chicken mixture; stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

  • Place a heavy skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, heat a tortilla in the skillet until warmed and flexible, about 30 seconds per side.

  • Place tortilla onto a work surface and spoon 1/4 the filling into the center of the tortilla. Fold bottom of tortilla just over filling. Brush top and the exposed parts of the inside of the tortilla with egg white. Fold right and left sides towards the center like an envelope, enclosing the filling. Roll tortilla over to fully enclose filling in a rectangular packet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Brown chimichangas on both sides in the hot oil until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until puffed up, golden brown, and the outside is crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon guacamole, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 tablespoon cilantro onto each chimichanga.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

618 calories; 32.3 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 848 mg sodium. 48.2 g carbohydrates; 33.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
I didn't change a thing. Quite delicious and very easy to make. I love how crispy they were on the outside with the ooey gooey yummy center. The pan I warmed the tortillas in was already heated to medium so when I was done with that I put the oil in to "sear" the tortillas and it was too hot I guess and I almost burned them. So uhm don't do that haha Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2014
I created a different variation of this dish many years ago. This recipe is great for flavor although I feel that there are few mistakes or shall I say time consuming steps in this process of preparing. I like to use chicken tenderloins because they cook faster. I broil the chicken until fully cooked as I am sautéing whatever veggies I choose to use or have on hand. After everything is fully cooked and cool enough to handle I shred the chicken in a bowl and mix all of my ingredients together as well as my cheese and a homemade version of salsa. The salsa and cheese bind all of the ingredients together. I stuff and roll the tortillas and shallow pan fry in oil until crispy and done. This cuts out the need to bake and you get to enjoy a little sooner! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 13
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
I didn't change a thing. Quite delicious and very easy to make. I love how crispy they were on the outside with the ooey gooey yummy center. The pan I warmed the tortillas in was already heated to medium so when I was done with that I put the oil in to "sear" the tortillas and it was too hot I guess and I almost burned them. So uhm don't do that haha Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
I didn't change a thing. Quite delicious and very easy to make. I love how crispy they were on the outside with the ooey gooey yummy center. The pan I warmed the tortillas in was already heated to medium so when I was done with that I put the oil in to "sear" the tortillas and it was too hot I guess and I almost burned them. So uhm don't do that haha Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2014
This is more of a review of the process rather than the recipe as I used a different filling. However I made these tonight and they were great! I sautéed the peppers and onions as directed and then instead of using chicken I used ground venison and seasoned it to taste. I followed the video and let the mixture cool and added the cheese before heating the tortillas and filling them. I apparently did not let my pan heat up enough before warming the tortillas as the later ones were easier to wrap than the first ones. Using egg white to seal the tortillas really helped! I was concerned that the filling would not be warm in just 12-15 minutes since I baked them several hours after I made the filling. However that did not seem to be a problem and they were warm all the way through. I wrapped a few of the leftover chimis and stuck them in the freezer. I am excited to have a quick yummy meal waiting for me next time I need it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2014
I created a different variation of this dish many years ago. This recipe is great for flavor although I feel that there are few mistakes or shall I say time consuming steps in this process of preparing. I like to use chicken tenderloins because they cook faster. I broil the chicken until fully cooked as I am sautéing whatever veggies I choose to use or have on hand. After everything is fully cooked and cool enough to handle I shred the chicken in a bowl and mix all of my ingredients together as well as my cheese and a homemade version of salsa. The salsa and cheese bind all of the ingredients together. I stuff and roll the tortillas and shallow pan fry in oil until crispy and done. This cuts out the need to bake and you get to enjoy a little sooner! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
These chimichangas are fantastic! They taste as good or better than restaurant ones without the deep frying. My husband loved them and wants me to make them regularly. Make sure you brush the tortillas with egg white or they'll come apart. I served them with Chef John's Spicy Spanish style rice which was also very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2014
Awesome! Just one problem...it says the recipe serves 4 so I was planning on a meal of leftovers for my hubby and me! I ate one...he ate 3! No leftovers! Plan to serve this again and try shrimp in place of chicken. Has anyone tried freezing this? If so bake from frozen state? Thaw first? How much extra baking time? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2014
I have never made rated anything on this site before even though I use it quite often. These were delicious and easy to make. Follow the recipe to a tee and you will have a flawless meal Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2014
My family loved this. I'll definitely make these again. I made them nearly the same as the recipe stated. Instead of putting them in the oven I let them stay longer in the skillet. This was a mistake. They got a little too tough - hard to cut through with a fork. Putting them in the oven would have been better. Thank you Chef John for another fantastic recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2014
We had this tonight for Cinco de Mayo. Although it's not an authentic Mexican dish we enjoyed it very much. The chimichangas were crispy and not fried! I will make this again in the future. I made it exactly as written with no substitutions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2014
Delicious. Make sure you double the recipe because there will not be enough for everyone unless you do. Also don't be afraid to substitute smokey paprika for the chipotle and Colby jack cheese for the pepper jack cheese and omit the cayenne pepper to make a kid friendly version. Read More
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