Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas

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Chicken Chimichangas Air Fryer

Chicken Chimichangas

Josh loves ordering chicken chimichangas when we go out for Mexican food. If chimichangas are on the menu, I know what he is getting, he loves a good deep-fried burrito! Well, now we make chicken chimichangas at home and they are just as delicious as restaurant chimichangas. And guess what? They are so easy to make and SO much healthier! You are going to love these easy Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas.

This chimichanga recipe comes from Gina’s new cookbook, The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook. That’s right, the chicken chimichangas are made in the air fryer. You still get the delicious fried taste, but not the extra calories, fat, and mess from frying with oil. These lighter chicken, green chile, and pepper Jack cheese chimichangas are a healthier twist on the classic and I am pretty sure they will become a regular in your dinner rotation. They are a favorite at our house, the boys love them!

How to Make Chimichangas in the Air Fryer

We used the new Skinnytaste Air Fryer by Vremi and it made perfectly crisp chimichangas in under 20 minutes. Talk about a winner, winner chicken dinner!

  • To save time, use rotisserie chicken or leftover shredded chicken.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, and drained green chiles.
  • You can use whole wheat tortillas, low carb tortillas, or regular tortillas. Use your favorite! On a work surface, working with one at a time, place one quarter of the chicken mixture (almost 3/4 cup) onto the bottom third of a tortilla. Sprinkle each with shredded cheese. Lift the edge nearest you and wrap it around the filling. Fold the left and right sides in toward the center and continue to roll into a tight cylinder, just like rolling a burrito. Set aside, seam side down, and repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Lightly spray all sides of the chimichangas with oil. Place 2 of the chimichangas seam side down in the air fryer basket. Make sure each chimichanga is tightly wrapped and seam side down in the basket or it will open during cooking. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden and crisp. Repeat with the remaining chimichangas.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries, you can bake the chimichangas in the oven at 400 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes…but you really should check out the Skinnytaste Air Fryer. It is awesome and can be used for SO many things!

What to Serve with Chimichangas

To serve the chimichangas, place shredded lettuce on each plate. Place a chimichanga on top, along with fresh pico de gallo, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and avocado. Garnish with cilantro.

If you want to make a fuller meal, you can serve the chimichangas with the following side dishes. They all pair well with the crispy chicken chimichangas!

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Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas

Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas

These lighter chicken chimichangas are easy to make at home and just as good as the deep fried version you get at Tex-Mex restaurants.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Total Time
23 minutes
Cuisine
Mexican
Servings
4

Ingredients

For the Chimichangas:

  • 12 ounces shredded leftover or rotisserie chicken breast
  • Juice of ½ navel orange
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 oz can mild diced green chiles drained
  • 4 tortillas 7 to 8-inch size
  • ½ cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • Olive oil spray

For Serving:

  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • Pico de Gallo
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 avocado diced
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, and drained green chiles. Mix well to incorporate.
  2. On a work surface, working with one at a time, place one quarter of the chicken mixture (almost 3/4 cup) onto the bottom third of a tortilla. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Lift the edge nearest you and wrap it around the filling. Fold the left and right sides in toward the center and continue to roll into a tight cylinder. Set aside, seam side down, and repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  4. Lightly spray all sides of the chimichangas with oil. Place 2 of the chimichangas seam side down in the air fryer basket. Make sure each chimichanga is tightly wrapped and seam side down in the basket or it will open during cooking. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden and crisp. For a toaster oven-style air fryer, cook at 350 degrees F, for the same amount of time. Repeat with the remaining chimichangas.
  5. To serve, place ¾ cup shredded lettuce on each plate. Place a chimichanga on top, along with 2 tablespoons pico de gallo, 1 tablespoon of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, and avocado. Garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook by Gina Homolka

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make the chimichangas in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas
Amount Per Serving (1 chimichanga)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.5g28%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 716mg30%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 16.5g66%
Protein 40g80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

air fryer, easy

Photos by Dishing Out Health

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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