Mindylynns Kitchen

January 25, 2010

Chicken Chimichangas

Filed under: Chicken,Entree,Food — Mindy M. @ 2:35 pm

My first real job was working in the same real estate office as my mom, awkward at times, but it had some perks.  Lunch was one of them.  We’d often go to this Mexican restaurant and I ALWAYS ordered the same thing.  A chicken chimichanga.  I’ve never been able to find another to compare, and since that’s the only thing I like from that restaurant and that restaurant is 250 miles away, I had to come up with my own recipe.   The most important thing for me is large amounts of jack cheese.  YUM that’s my favorite part lots of cheese.  Unfortunately there is one hard to find ingredient…GIANT 13 inch flour tortillas.  I get mine from Winco, they also make great salad wraps that I send my husband to work with.

white rice substitute chicken broth for cooking water
1/3 cup salsa (not a sweet variety)
2 tbsp canned chopped Ortega fire roasted chilis (in the mexican food section of your grocery store)
prepare rice as instructed by the package

6-8 chicken tenders
4 cups Chicken stock
1/2 cup Salsa
2 tbsp. Ortega canned fire roasted chilis
Poach chicken tenders in stock, salsa, and chilis.  Chop into bite sized pieces.

Can of refried beans (warmed)
2 cups of shredded jack cheese
3-4 Giant flour tortillas
Oil for frying

To assemble the chimichangas.  Smear beans on tortilla (not too much, the chimichanga gets fat enough as it is), an equal amount of rice, couple of scoops of chicken, 1-2 handfulls of cheese, a teaspoon of the roasted chilis. Wrap tightly and CAREFULLY place folded side down into the frying oil (once the folded sided cooks it hardens and wont open, but if you put the folded side up to start with it will…open up and make a mess and be rather dangerous seeing as there is a lot of moisture in the ingredients in the chimichanga) remove when golden brown. Serve with sour cream and some fresh guacamole.  YUM!

THIS IS A KEVIN APPROVED DISH…not only that it’s probably his favorite thing I make.

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