Baked Cheddar Chicken Chimichangas

Tortillas stuffed with spicy chicken, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and sour cream. Using rotisserie or leftover, cooked chicken as well as baking instead of frying makes for a fast, easy meal.

The tasty chicken filling has jalapenos, garlic and onion plus smoky spices like chile powder and cumin. You can also add refried beans for a touch of creaminess.

Before going in the oven oil and melted butter get brushed all over the tortillas, a step you don’t want to skip because it helps transform the tortillas into a flaky, crunchy, pastry-type wrapper.

It’s this final step that makes them unforgettable and just about as good as any fried version.

So, most people might not think of a chimichanga as being unforgettable. Or maybe you do because you live in a house where tex-mex food rules. A house like mine where people don’t can’t forget things you made over two years ago and pester you to make them forever until you finally give in.

You’re welcome. Mom.

Baked Cheddar Chicken Chimichangas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 7 - 8 chimichangas

Baked Cheddar Chicken Chimichangas

Tortillas stuffed with spicy chicken, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and sour cream.


4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (remove ribs and seeds for less heat)
1 + 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
2 + 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1 (15-ounce) can refried beans, optional
2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
shredded lettuce
diced avocado or guacamole
diced tomatoes
sour cream


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet and cook the onion, garlic and jalapeno until soft. Mix in the chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a dash of black pepper, cook 1 minute.
  2. Add the chicken, tomatoes and cilantro, mix well then stir in the sour cream. Remove from heat.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and butter together. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the butter-oil mixture.
  4. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans down the center of each tortilla, leaving a 2-inch border on both ends. Top with 1/3 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold in the ends and roll up. Place seam side down on the baking sheet.
  5. Brush the chimichangas with the buttery oil and bake about 15 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Serve with your choice of toppings.


Adapted from Food Network

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  1. says

    Oh wow, these sound great. I have pinned this and will use some of the extra smoked chicken packs that I have in the freezer. I like frying my chimmichangas but I’ll give your method a shot.

  2. Miriam says

    I made these for dinner, and I have to say that the crust on the tortillas was delicious. My family loved it. Thanks Reeni.

  3. says

    I live in a house where Tex-Mex rules (or maybe its just me.) Plus, I am always looking for fun things to do with leftover chicken! These sound amazing…love the filling with the chicken and beans…and Iike your method for brushing with butter before baking. Gonna have to try these soon!

  4. says

    Any food that for two years remains in someones memory as delicious, should definitely be repeated! That’s quite a vote of confidence for these chimichangas! :) I am intrigued to test out the buttering of the tortillas before they go in the oven.

  5. says

    That is delicious treat. I would love to try it. May be I will add veggies. Thanks for introducing another tex-mex dish Reeni.

  6. says

    I haven’t had a chimichanga in years, only because they’re fried and I feel really guilty eating a fried entree. I’m so excited to bring the chimichanga back into my life again!

  7. says

    I would imagine the list is very long of what your family wants you to make over and over again! These do look like one of those cravable dishes!

    Moon, hope you had a great weekend and are getting lots of sunpuddles! Purrs, Angel & Isabella

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