Chicken Chimichangas

I love Mexican food.  Really, really love it.  I don’t understand people when I hear them say, “Oh, I don’t really want Mexican food, I just had it last week.”  Last week?  I’d be in some serious withdrawal if I had to wait that long.

As it stands now, I already keep a running supply of salsa in my refrigerator.  One of my guiltiest pleasures is hiding in the panty, shoving my face full of tortilla chips and salsa, scrambling to hide the evidence when I hear my husband’s car pull into the garage.

I attribute this to my mother’s food cravings when she was pregnant with me.  The story is that she and my dad ate once a week at a local Mexican restaurant during those nine months.  And let me tell you a little something about this place: back then, I’m not certain just how by the book they were about following restaurant code, but most patrons didn’t care because it was so crazy good.

And authentic.

And spicy.

Believe me when I say I can out-eat just about anyone in a spicy foods contest.

I was on a blind date once with a guy who tried to “impress me” by attempting to eat the special back of the kitchen hot sauce I’d requested, and ended up leaving the table in a fit of coughing, red-faced embarassment.

Clearly not the guy for me.

All that aside, this recipe is not spicy, though you certainly could turn it up a notch if you chose to do so.  Whatever you do, make it, because it is good.

Start by shredding about 2 cups of cooked chicken, or more, depending on how many you are serving.  Deli chicken would be perfect for this, although I happened to have some leftover grilled taco chicken, and that’s what I used.

I also had some leftover southwest cream sauce leftover from the shrimp tacos I’d made a few days before, so I mixed it all together…

…then rolled the mixture into wheat tortilla shells secured with a toothpick to keep them closed.

To get the crispy, fried effect without sabotaging your diet, spray the tortillas with canola oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt.  Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Serve with green salsa, black beans and shredded monterey jack cheese.  YUM.

Recipe: Chicken Chimichangas


  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 (16-oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Whisk together sour cream; garlic, red onion; chili powder; cumin; ground red pepper; and salt.
  2. Whisk in cilantro and lime juice until smooth.
  3. Add chicken to combine.
  4. Fill tortillas with chicken mixture; roll up and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Spray with canola oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt.
  6. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, turning over halfway through.


  1. Char

    Oh my WORD, these look so good… and SO easy! I’m with you on the Mexican food. I don’t like to go more than 2 days (if that) without some kind of Mexican food fix. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      They really are yummy, and EASY! I even used fat-free sour cream and my husband didn’t know the difference. 🙂

  2. Shirley

    I want some of those right now. And I’m on a three week trip across western US. Guess I’ll have to wait to get home and make these. They look easy and I’m good at easy. Thanks for such a fabulous recipe!

  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    these look wonderful! we live in walking distance to our favorite mexican restaurant in nashville, which is both awesome yet dangerous. =) i love knowing that you’re a huge spicy lover, too – i’m known in our friends/family as the one who can eat almost any level of spicyness. the spicier, the better for me, so i’d probably add some cayenne to these or serve them with a side of hot salsa. great recipe!

  4. tink

    these look so yummy!!

  5. Marina

    I also love mexican food! It’s my favorite 🙂 And this recipe – wow 🙂 Love it!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      Aww, you’re sweet! Looking forward to trying out your yummy recipes as well!

  6. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I know I’m a year late on this post (I just found your blog), but I do the same thing with chips and salsa :)! And I could eat Mexican more than once a week. Thankfully, my husband craves it just as often as I do!



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