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Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

Pace Oven Fried Chicken Chimichanga
  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 331 1 serving

Oven-Fried Chimichangas are a delicious way to enjoy chimichangas without all the mess from deep-frying...and guess what? We think they taste better this way!  Tortillas are stuffed with chicken, spices, picante sauce and cheese, then brushed with melted butter to crisp in the oven- so easy and so good!  You can also bake these chimichangas in the air fryer, quickly and without the butter- see the tip below for how.


  • 2/3 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 green onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 6 flour tortilla (8-inch), warmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Tips

    • Make without the butter and in half the time in your air fryer!  Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.  Place the filled chimichamgas onto the rack (if your air fryer is small, cook them in 2 batches).  Air fry for 8 minutes or until golden brown.
    • For the best air fryer results, preheat your fryer according to the manufacturer's directions (usually 3 to 5 minutes).  Spray the basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking, and for optimal crispiness, spray your food with cooking spray before air frying, too.
  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 400°F.  While the oven is heating, stir the picante sauce, cumin, oregano, chicken, cheese and onions in a medium bowl.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Place about 1/2 cup chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla. Fold the opposite sides over the filling. Roll the tortillas up from the bottom and place them seam-side down on a baking sheet. Brush the tortilla rolls with butter.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with additional picante sauce.


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  • A Healthful Hint

    June 3, 2013

    When I make these I use a can spray of either butter or oilve oil comes out the same and I saved a few calories too...

  • Me who usually turns my nose up at this kind of recipe........

    Tricia B.
    February 18, 2017

    actually found it delicious and very quick to make. I used a roasted chicken I got from Costco. My husband asks me to make this sometimes.

  • Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

    Howie S.
    September 23, 2012

    So simple! Used taco seasoning and sourcream in the mixture for extra flavor/creaminess.

  • So easy and so good!!!!

    October 2, 2012

    I used the precooked cut chicken in a bag and sautéed it for a bit before I mixed it all together to make sure it wasn't cold before I put it in the oven. I also used hot picante salsa to give it more flavor. Yummy!!!

  • Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

    Mary R.
    August 20, 2012

    This recipe is easy and delicious. I added a little taco seasoning to the chicken before I cooked it (stirfry style) and it gave it a great flavor. Other than that I followed the recipe as written. Even my picky eaters ate it so this will be a regular meal/snack in our house. We topped it with sour cream and chopped green onions. DELICIOUS!!

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    Calories 331
    Total Fat 17 g
    Sat. Fat 7.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 60 mg
    Sodium 740 mg
    Total Carb 25 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 2 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 17 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 17 %DV
    Iron 12 %DV
    Potassium 4 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.