Chicken Chimichangas

by Katie on June 23, 2010

If you are in search of a great meal to have stored away in the freezer, look no further!

I have so many freezer meal favorites, that it is sometimes hard to narrow down the list. These are probably my favorite of all, and the reason is two fold.

First, they are easy enough for children to assemble… and taste wonderful…and really I am a sucker for all food that is Mexican.

Second, they are perfect for those days when you forgot to defrost what you planned to make. You don’t have to resort to eating out, just throw these in the oven frozen. By the way, please tell me I am not the only one who forgets to defrost…sometimes…or quite frequently.


1 lb. cooked chicken breast, chopped
1 jar salsa (16 oz.)
1 can refried beans (16 oz.)
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
2 cups monterey jack cheese
10 flour tortillas

In a large skillet combine the chicken, salsa, refried beans, and taco seasoning mix. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through.

In another skillet heat tortillas (1 at a time) for about 30 seconds per side so they roll up without breaking.

Remove tortilla from skillet and 1/3 cup chicken mixture on each tortilla near one side.

Top with cheese and roll up. Wrap individually in foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Unwrap and bake for 5 minutes longer.

Freezing: To freeze – prepare up to the point of baking and store the foil wrapped chimichangas in a freezer bag. When ready to serve, bake wrapped in foil for 40 minutes. Unwrap and bake 10 minutes longer.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

April June 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

Nope, your not the only one! :) Looks good.

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Kelly Morris June 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

OK, making this one. I love the way you cook!

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Kimi June 23, 2010 at 10:26 am

Wonderful. Kid's on summer break and these would make a great break from sandwiches lunch!! Thank you!

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Tightwad Mom June 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

What a great recipe! I have leftover chicken and home canned salsa I need to use up. Now I know what I am making for dinner! Thanks, Katie…you're the best!

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Regina June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

No – totally not the only one. I am ALWAYS forgetting. I'm usually doing good to plan for the meal that is 30 minutes away…much less to think ahead for tomorrow!

I think we will LOVE these! Now, if only I can remember to soak my beans overnight to make the refried beans!

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Tiffanee June 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

Yum! Sounds delicious. I am constantly trying to figure out dinner with no time to defrost. These are perfect and we love Mexican food. I have a bunch of tortillas. So I am going to make some of these with my childrens' help. Love the avocado on top!!

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Daniel June 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

These are fantastic! We love Mexican food at our house, so I'm always happy for chimichanga night!

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Jane @ Going Jane June 29, 2010 at 10:18 am

These look yummy…and I think I have enerything on the list. I'm gonna have to try these this week! :) Following from TMTT

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Michelle S. July 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

Katie-this is on my dinner list this week! Can't wait to try it!!:)

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Misty September 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Made a double batch of these with the chicken on sale… one word, DELICIOUS!!

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mamma time April 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Love this idea. Always on the look out for great food ideas. I did tweak it a bit. I added 1/3 tsp of cilantro and lime to the mixture and came out perfect. We did bake them for the first 30min then threw them into the oil for 5 more min. to give that traditional taste.

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Katie April 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Mamma time, your changes sound delicious!! I bet they were good fried :)

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