simple, family-friendly meals with a pinch of life.

Baked Chicken Chimichangas with Creamy Cheese Sauce

Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

This post may contain affiliate links, thanks for your support.

There are a few recipes that stick with you.  As a food blogger, not many of my recipes appear in our kitchen again since I am on to the next meal idea.  These Chimichangas, though?  Three times and counting.

Baked Chicken Chimichangas were one of the first recipes I posted on this blog and with as delicious as they are, and as popular on Pinterest, I felt they needed a little update.  I have made a few tweaks to the recipe, added a recipe label and made the photos reflect the true mouth-watering essence that is a crispy chimichanga <3.

All the heart eyes here, guys.Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

With the popularity of this on Pinterest, I am pretty sure you are all aware of the many reasons to love these little Mexican favorites, but for the sake of being through, let’s recap.

  • They are baked yet crispy.  Which seems like some type of voodoo, but is totally real life and easy to achieve
  • The filling can be made ahead of time, making these perfect for a fun Friday night eat-in meal
  • Healthy…yes, I am going there.  Just ignore that smoked gouda cheese sauce for second and accept the fact that this is WORLDS healthier than its super deep fried restaurant counterpart #fistbump
  • Shredded rotisserie chicken is a must, because you get the night off from chicken baking and hello flavor
  • Microwaved quinoa – YES. Cheat sheet below on that one, you’re welcome.Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

Tried and true, here it is:


Microwave Quinoa

  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa in a VERY large microwaveable container (this is very important as the quinoa tends to run to the outside of all containers)
  • Add 2 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth is great too, I just always have chicken on hand)
  • Mix till all the quinoa is combined with the broth and place the container on a large plate (in case those quinoa get crazy—it happens)
  • Cover and microwave for 3-4minutes, stir.
  • Microwave for 4-5minutes and remove.
  • Stir and incorporate all quinoa from sides of container.
  • Let set for 5-10minutes or until quinoa has soaked all the chicken broth.

Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

Another prompt for this recipe redo was in an effort to perfect a recipe that seems to be quite the crowd-pleaser.  It came to mind almost immediately when reading the many incredible posts in the Pinch of Yum series Feeding a Broken Heart.

When someone I care about goes through a tragedy, whatever it may be, I tend to feel a bit helpless.  My heart wants to reach out to them in anyway possible but what?  Nothing seems appropriate, short of prayers.  But, food –a basic essential need that a broken soul can’t even fathom concerning themselves with- I can provide that.Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!|wordslikehoneycomb.com

Baked Chicken Chimichangas all heated with cheese sauce on top and left with love on that hurting friend’s doorstep and a bag of chips and salsa to top it all off.  Sounds like a little baby step towards healing to me.

Enjoy the delicious comfort that is Baked Chicken Chimichangas, friends <3.Baked Chicken Chimichangas a healthy baked version of a classic Mexican restaurant dish that are easy to make and packed with flavor!|wordslikehoneycomb.com


If you try this recipe, make sure you post a photo on the socials [Instagram|Twitter|Facebook|Pinterest] and use the hash tag #wordslikehoneycomb so we can see!  It’s my favorite to see your creations!


Baked Chicken Chimichangas with Creamy Cheese Sauce
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Entree, Dinner
Serves: 10
Ingredients

  • Filling
  • 2.5 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¾cup diced cilantro + extra for topping
  • 1tbsp. Adobo sauce
  • 1.5 cup store bought salsa, divided
  • 1 cup corn
  • 10 medium tortillas
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup cheese sauce (see below)

  • Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce
  • 1.5 cups shredded smoked gouda
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add quinoa, chicken, adobo sauce and half of salsa, toss to combine.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet to medium and add onions and peppers. Cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes and add to chicken mixture.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp. butter until melted in the same skillet and add flour and garlic. Whisk until all butter is absorbed.
  5. Whisk continuously while added ½ cup of milk at a time until all milk is used. Turn heat to low and stir in cheese and spices. Once cheese is completely melted, set aside and add 1 cup of sauce to chicken mixture.
  6. Stir chicken mixture to combine and add about ½ cup mixture to the center of a tortilla. Fold in sides of tortilla over mixture, then side closest to you and roll. Repeat process until all tortillas are filled and on cooling rack inside baking sheet.
  7. Brush on 1 tbsp. melted butter to tops and sides of chimichanga and place in oven for 10minutes and then switch to broil and watch carefully until tops have browned slightly (1-2 minutes).
  8. Place Chimichangas on a platter and pour remaining cheese sauce over the top and add remaining salsa and cilantro (as pictured), if desired.
  9. Serve!

Shares 0


5 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Chimichangas with Creamy Cheese Sauce”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

CommentLuv badge