Running from the Law: Light Chicken Chimichangas

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Light Chicken Chimichangas

A million years ago (also known as 2010), I posted a recipe for Cooking Light Chicken Chimichangas that I'd made for the first time.  I absolutely LOVE this recipe and have made it a hundred times since then.  I think I love it more every time I make it.  It's so easy and so good.  I pulled up the recipe from my recipe archive yesterday before heading to the store to get the ingredients and cringed at the awfulness of the photos from the original post.  Seriously, go back and look - they're so bad.  I think I was using a point and shoot, at night, in a dark kitchen, with bad lighting and the flash on.  Man, I have learned so much about photography in the last couple years.  This is a true testament to how much your photos can improve by just practicing and figuring out what works.  I'm going to go back and update the photos (with the ones below), but I'll wait a couple days to give you sufficient time to check it out and make fun of me.

Anyway, I snapped some new and improved pictures last night to replace the bad ones, so I figured it was worth reposting the recipe, while I'm at it.  You should TOTALLY make this for dinner tonight.  

(Also, my spell check is dying to change "chimichangas" to "Michigan."  What?)

Cooking Light Chicken Chimichangas
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked boneless chicken breast
1 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (4.5 ounce) can green chilies drained
1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans
6 (8 inch) whole grain flour tortillas
cooking spray
bottled green salsa

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
2. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl and toss well.
3. Spread 1/4 cup refried beans down center of each tortilla. Add 2/3 cup chicken mixture. Roll. Place in casserole dish (coated with cooking spray) with seams down.
4. Spray tops of tortillas with cooking spray. Optional: top with a little extra cheese.
5. Bake for 7 minutes.
 6. Serve with green salsa, hot sauce and/or guacamole.

Did you know that you can shred warm chicken by throwing it in your Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the paddle attachment?  No more shredding chicken with two forks!  Then I just throw everything else in there with the chicken and mix it together.  
Refried beans, straight from the can.
Top with chicken goodness (use extra chilies if you want a kick).
Rolled up and into the dish.
Toasted to make the tops (and bottoms) a little crunchy.
Smothered with salsa verde.  
So good. 
We're having them for dinner again tonight because they're even better leftover.  

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  1. These look freaking amazing. We are always looking for new Mexican dishes around here.
    Pinned this bad boy, and plan on making it this week.

  2. Where do you buy crumbled queso fresco?

    1. Our local grocery store has it in two places: with the "gourmet" cheeses and again with the regular packaged cheeses. It's usually not crumbled though, I do that myself.

  3. These look delicious and I am always in need of some new dinner ideas. I fell you on terrible photos back when. I only got my camera in March - but I have learned SO MUCH from those early days!

  4. Your old blog post photos look like all my photos! Man, do I really need to take time to focus on taking better pictures!! These look so good!

  5. We've been trying to figure out what to eat for dinner. I think we found the answer, YUM!

  6. Yum, Yum, yum -- I have all the ingredients in the fridge so naturally I am trying this!!

  7. This looks Delish!! How do you cook your chicken?

    1. Lulu, I either cook the chicken breasts in a skillet with a little salt and pepper OR I buy a cooked rotisserie chicken and just throw all the meat in the mixer. Both ways are very easy, but the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken definitely speeds up the process.

  8. Yum! I always shred my chicken in the Kitchen invention ever!!!! And you're picture are amazing. I have a nice fancy camera and my pictures still probably would look like your original ones haha!

  9. This looks great and like something Anthony would eat! Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Yep! Yum yum yum, must make this :) Where are your plates from!?

    Hello Newlywed Life Blog

  11. Oh yum. I've been stuck in a dinner rut so this recipe is perfectly timed! Can't wait to try it!