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Cheesy Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

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 Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: air fryer, easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 391kcal


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


  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, and drained green chiles. Mix well to incorporate.
  • 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.
  • 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. For a toaster oven-style air fryer, cook at 350 degrees F, for the same amount of time. Repeat with the remaining chimichangas.
  • 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 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.


Serving: 1chimichanga | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 18.5g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 716mg | Fiber: 16.5g