Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe & Hot 100 Challenge Update Week 1

If you have followed my blog you know I love Mexican food. I saw a recipe on Cooking Light for a baked Chimichanga and it sounded good but I didn’t have everything on hand that the recipe called for so I made up my own. Now I can’t remember ever having a real Chimichanga anywhere but I gather that it is a deep fried burrito! Not exactly healthy. Earlier this week I just had to give this recipe a try.

I can’t compare the baked Chimichanga I made to a deep fried one but I can tell you that I enjoyed the spicy filling and the crunchy exterior of my baked version. I adjusted the filling ingredients to tantalize my test buds and I made some for son David to accommodate his likes. I suggest you do the same. If you like things milder choose less heat, if you like to light up your mouth with fire add some hot peppers, hot sauce or top it with some fiery salsa.

David likes rice, so for his burritos I added a spoon full of cooked rice and used regular white flour tortillas. I didn’t need the extra carbs from rice so mine were made with out and I used a high fiber, whole wheat low carb tortilla. You get the idea, use the recipe as a guide line here and adjust to your personal taste. It is the baking technique that is unique,  using a very hot 500 degree oven that results in a deliciously fun, crunchy Chimichanga! Ole!

The recipe called for 8 inch tortillas but I used the next size up so they were big enough to tuck the ends in and completely close. I like the La Tortilla Factory Low Carb High Fiber tortillas. It browned up nicely and was crispy!

Top it with your favorite salsa, this one is Trader Joes’s Hot Chipotle and it added just the right amount of heat.

Baked Grilled Chicken Chimichangas

  • 2 1/2 cups grilled chicken breasts, diced (use whatever chicken you have on hand, roasted, poached etc.)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled queso fresco cheese  or sub shredded Monterrey Jack
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup hot salsa
  • ½ cup canned corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

6 Large La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat  Low car High Fiber tortillas or what ever you prefer

Salsa for topping finished product.

  1. Preheat oven to 500°.
  2. Combine filling ingredients in a large bowl; toss well.
  3. Warm the tortillas so they will roll easily either in a warm skillet or in the microwave.
  4. Top each tortilla with 1/6th of the filling, about 1 cup cup chicken mixture; roll up like a burrito folding in the sides to fully contain the filling.
  5. Place seam sides down, on a large baking sheet lined with foil and coated with cooking spray.
  6. Spray tops of chimichangas with cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 500° for 7 – 12 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved.
  8. Serve with salsa. Optional toppings would be sour cream, black olives, guacamole, shredded lettuce and green onions.
Note: Only make the amount of chimichangas you intend to eat right away. They lose thier crispness if left sitting, so they need to be made fresh.

Yield:  6 servings
Nutritional Information

Per Serving: 290 Calories; 7g Fat (19.0% calories from fat); 36g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 16g Dietary Fiber; 62mg Cholesterol; 294mg Sodium.

Old WWP 6 / New WWPP 7


Recipe updated 3/25/11

Well this cold virus has not allowed me to feel much like a “hottie” this week! Even so I persevered and worked on my goals.


1. Work out with weights 3 times a week concentrating on upper arms.

2. Eat 3 fish meals a week with a focus on getting Omega 3′s.

3. Take vitamins and supplements every day as recommended by my doctor.


1. I DID IT! I worked out with weights 3 times. It felt great once I got in the groove again. I already feel a difference and I look forward to building on this and saying bye bye to the flabby skin!

2. I ALMOST DID IT! I actually had 4 fish meals this first week, just no fish high with Omega 3’s. I had scallops and tilapia. It is a good start though and I enjoyed all of my fish meals. With not feeling well I couldn’t fathom eating a fishy fish like salmon so I opted for the more mild flavor of tilapia. Next week I will incorporate some salmon into the menu.

3. I SORT OF DID IT! I started out good with this. I got out my weekly pill box, filled it and set it out by the coffee pot and got off to a good start. However; with this scratchy throat I could not get down a hand full of pills yesterday. I even went in the kitchen last night and looked at them and decided no way! I am not sure about today either but as soon as my throat feels better I will resume popping pills of the vitamin variety!

This next week my goals are the same and I plan to be at 100%! My starting weight for the challenge was 132.4 and it has remained the same. I still have not lost the 2 pounds I brought home with me from San Francisco. But since then I have received several comments about how thin and fit I look. Go figure! I still have a goal of reaching 130, all in good time.

Grateful for your advice.

Thanks to everyone who gave me their cold remedies and soothing sore throat ideas! You are the best! I feel a little bit better today and I am going to brave the Friday crowds and head out to Costco to stock up for the week ahead. I am sticking with lots of fluids, hot tea with ginger and Vitamin C.

I can’t say that my food choices were the best yesterday. I didn’t feel like cooking and nothing sounded good to eat so while I lounged on the sofa, I munched on a couple of David’s soft Cliff energy bars that ended up being pretty high calorie when I took a look at the nutritional information! Sigh! I would have been better off eating a full meal. Sigh! No guilt, I did what worked for me at the time and today there will be no energy bars on the menu!

At the Warehouse stores (Costco & Sam’s) I like to get, Kashi bars, Z bars by Cliff, Protein bars, Power Bars,(David eats a lot of different kinds of bars) bottled water, big bags of lettuce, berries, peaches, apples, bananas, pineapple,asparagus, broccoli, frozen chicken breast, lean hamburger,pork or beef roast, whole wheat bread, bagel thins, Fage FF Greek Yogurt, Frozen Tilapia, Salmon, Boca burgers, La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat tortillas, Laughing Cow Light Cheese wedges, Edamame, Canadian bacon, whole wheat English Muffins, Oatmeal, ground turkey and turkey breakfast sausages. I am sure there is more but I can’t think of anything else right now. I also have to look at the clothes,books, dishes and housewares!

Hope everyone has an amazing Fall weekend.





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  1. Vicki says:

    I should have added eating fish as one of my goals since I very very rarely eat it, I just plain don’t like fish. I will eat Tilapia once in a while, and your recipe below looks really good so will give it a try!

    I did ok this week too.

    Good luck this next week!

  2. Marsial2010 says:

    That Chimichanga looks delicious. I will search for those tortilla shells this coming week and make them. Thanks!

  3. Karen says:

    Looks yummy!! My husband is our Costco shopper; he has gotten smart and keeps a list on his smart phone now:)

  4. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    That is one BIG Chimichangas!!! 😉

    I do belong to Costco but I am careful what I buy or I would go broke & with just 2 of us… the big sizes get freezer burn before we eat it!

    I do buy a few things like frozen veggies/fruit, Fage yogurt, some meats.. things like that.

    I would be careful of some of those bars… read the labels!

    Since I started baking my own protein bars & cookies, it has help me with my age hormone related weight issues….

  5. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    Ohh my…. They look so good.. I can’t wait to try this one as well… I love your recipes sooooo much!!! So does the hubby!!!!

  6. Dawne says:

    You are a good cook, wife, Mama and blogger friend!

  7. Sharon says:

    O.K. Tami, this is it! I’m coming to California for cooking lessons! Chi-Chi’s Restaurant served a yummy chimichanga (deep fried, of course!), but they went out of business several years ago. I’d love to try this recipe!

    I belong to Sam’s Club and find it very useful for many things, but the demon sample pushers became my nemesis, so I’ve tried limiting my visits there to once weekly on the same day I now grocery shop weekly. Raw sugar snap peas have become my “chips” and I buy them at Sam’s in large quantities. I also buy all nuts, cheese sticks, chips for Mr. B (I take them to him at school after I buy them), sweet peppers, coffee, butter, craisins, bananas, sandwich thins, some produce in off season, and like you, other things I can’t remember. Have never been in a Costco, but would like to visit one just to compare.

    Have a great Saturday! Sharon

  8. Genie@dietof51 says:

    Photo #3 is definitely the winner!

    I have shifted much of my grocery shopping to Costco. I think that their product choices are excellent, including the stuff that they sell as their Kirkland house brand. My little cookie side-empire depends on their bulk ingredients.

    Sonny and I eat protein bars. I like Zone (of course, because they are similar to candy bars); he likes Pure Protein which pack a protein punch.

    I was stopped at Costco on the way home from work last night. Big night out.

  9. Genie@dietof51 says:

    P.S. Make that second last sentence “I stopped at Costco….”

    The way I originally typed it makes it sound like I was arrested by the Costco police. For eating too many samples?

  10. fittingbackin says:

    This looks fabulous! I love chimichangas – and i’m with you on using a bigger shell to ensure that everything fits and that it folds right! 🙂

  11. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had chimichangas, and I certainly have never made them. Yours sound delicious and healthy! And I’m all for customizing meals! I think it’s so important that everyone enjoys what they are eating…

    Hope you are feeling much better today! Happy Weekend! 🙂

  12. Kat says:

    That chimichanga looks yummy! Good job on your goals this week! I hope you are feeling better!

  13. Carla says:

    Yes, I love Costco! We buy a lot of great things there! We buy precut lettuce, yogurts, meats, fruits and veggies!!! And I always manage to convince my husband to buy me a little something extra while we’re there – last time it was a set of frying pans and some workout pants! 🙂

  14. sunshine mama says:

    Baked and crispy sounds good to me.

    I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I had the stomach flu last week and I much prefer feeling well. Hope you feel better soon!

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