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. Anne-Marie R says

    Awesome recipe, Reeni – thanks so much for sharing! They’re easy to make and were oh-so-yummy! Definitely going into the regular rotation here at our house…

  2. Josie says

    I have made this recipe several times now, and my husband, who is usually ambivalent about food has complimented me every time. The crispy tortilla is so good, and the seasoning for the filling is perfect. A+!

  3. Doris says

    Reeni—every time hubby and I eat out at the local Mexican place up the street, this is what I order. Now, I can only say the posted recipe knocks the socks off of me!! You have the best site ever—-going to make the lemon garlic shrimp and the sour cream poppy seed noodles for my son. Oh! the copycat Hostess cupcakes? You know you can’t buy them any longer—no Twinkies either. Sadly, the company is kaput but we don’t have to do without since we have your version of it. Have a lovely weekend!

    • says

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving all these sweet comments for me Doris! They made my day! I hope you do give some of the recipes a try and be sure to let me know what you think. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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