Recipe by Chef John
"This is not Mexican food. It's a 100% American invention. They are not deep fried; they are pan-fried in a little oil. I like to serve with dollops of guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Moist chicken and earthy mushrooms combine with fresh green chiles and pepperjack cheese encased in a crispy tortilla."
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vegetable oil, divided
diced poblano peppers
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
dried Mexican oregano
water, or as needed
shredded pepperjack cheese
cayenne pepper, or to taste
egg white, beaten
I didn't change a thing. Quite delicious and very easy to make. I love how crispy they were on the outside with the ooey gooey yummy center. The pan I warmed the tortillas in was already heated to medium so when I was done with that, I put the oil in to "sear" the tortillas and it was too hot I guess and I almost burned them. So uhm don't do that haha
I created a different variation of this dish many years ago. This recipe is great for flavor, although I feel that there are few mistakes or shall I say time consuming steps in this process of preparing. I like to use chicken tenderloins because they cook faster. I broil the chicken until fully cooked as I am sautéing whatever veggies I choose to use or have on hand. After everything is fully cooked and cool enough to handle, I shred the chicken in a bowl and mix all of my ingredients together as well as my cheese and a homemade version of salsa. The salsa and cheese bind all of the ingredients together. I stuff and roll the tortillas and shallow pan fry in oil until crispy and done. This cuts out the need to bake and you get to enjoy a little sooner!
This is more of a review of the process rather than the recipe, as I used a different filling. However, I made these tonight, and they were great!
I sautéed the peppers and onions as directed, and then instead of using chicken I used ground venison and seasoned it to taste. I followed the video and let the mixture cool and added the cheese before heating the tortillas and filling them. I, apparently, did not let my pan heat up enough before warming the tortillas as the later ones were easier to wrap than the first ones. Using egg white to seal the tortillas really helped!
I was concerned that the filling would not be warm in just 12-15 minutes, since I baked them several hours after I made the filling. However, that did not seem to be a problem, and they were warm all the way through.
I wrapped a few of the leftover chimis and stuck them in the freezer. I am excited to have a quick, yummy meal waiting for me next time I need it!
My family loved this. I'll definitely make these again. I made them nearly the same as the recipe stated. Instead of putting them in the oven, I let them stay longer in the skillet. This was a mistake. They got a little too tough - hard to cut through with a fork. Putting them in the oven would have been better. Thank you Chef John, for another fantastic recipe!
I have never made rated anything on this site before, even though I use it quite often. These were delicious and easy to make. Follow the recipe to a tee and you will have a flawless meal
We had this tonight for Cinco de Mayo. Although it's not an authentic Mexican dish, we enjoyed it very much. The chimichangas were crispy and not fried! I will make this again in the future. I made it exactly as written with no substitutions.
These chimichangas are fantastic! They taste as good or better than restaurant ones without the deep frying. My husband loved them and wants me to make them regularly. Make sure you brush the tortillas with egg white or they'll come apart. I served them with Chef John's Spicy Spanish style rice which was also very good.
Awesome! Just one problem...it says the recipe serves 4 so I was planning on a meal of leftovers for my hubby and me! I ate one...he ate 3! No leftovers! Plan to serve this again and try shrimp in place of chicken. Has anyone tried freezing this? If so, bake from frozen state? Thaw first? How much extra baking time?
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chicken and Mushroom Chimichangas
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 291
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