As #RecipeMakeover week continues, my second offering for favorite foods made healthier is this recipe for Baked Chicken Chimichangas. Working with Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, these baked-not-fried chimichangas undergo a transformation in calories only. All the crispy crunch of the tortilla remains; you’d never know they weren’t fried.
Barlean’s is family-owned and operated company whose mission, Pathway to a Better Life, is truly inspirational. Not only that, but their history as innovators and examples in quality and excellence have shown that they are a representation of ingenuity, exemplifying the American dream.
For the purposes of this post and event, I received products from Barlean’s to sample, at no cost to me. Those products were their Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil and Digestive Blend.
For this recipe, I used boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders that I baked (from frozen), wrapped in foil. The chicken bakes to perfection in just 25 minutes, without any added fat. After it’s baked, it’s simple to shred the chicken for this recipe. Of course, if you’re in a hurry, you could pull the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken; although this will increase the fat.
Once shredded, I combined the chicken with green chiles, some tomato-based sofrito (a combination of tomato, onions, green pepper, cilantro and garlic), cumin, coriander, garlic, and some fresh mozzarella cheese. I rolled and folded half a cup of the chicken mixture into a burrito-sized flour tortilla, brushed them with some melted Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil and baked them for 15 minutes (at 450°F) before adding a small slice of fresh mozzarella to melt on top.
The stuffing is spicy and cheesy; the tortilla is crispy and flavorful, and it stays that way, not being completely saturated with cheese or cheese sauce. The Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil was perfect for this project!
I served ours with shredded lettuce and a fresh pico de gallo (fresh tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper). Mr. Saucy (being the condiment king) also added sour cream and guacamole to his.
The difference in a typical fried chimichanga (about 1090 calories) and a baked chimichanga (about 270 calories) is huge!
I hope you’ll try them!
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, baked and shredded*
- 1 -4.5 ounce can diced green chiles
- 2 tablespoon tomato-based Sofrito (or your favorite salsa)
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder (my Sofrito has a lot of garlic in it, so if you use salsa, you might want to increase the garlic powder to ¼ teaspoon, or more to suit your taste)
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, divided (3 ounces for the stuffing, one ounce for the tops)
- 6 burrito-sized flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons Barlean's Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, melted
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the shredded chicken, the green chiles, sofrito, cumin, coriander, salt, garlic powder and 3 ounces of the mozzarella cheese (diced into small cubes).
- Take a burrito-sized flour tortilla and place ½ cup of the chicken mixture in a small pile on about 2 inches from the edge on one side of the tortilla. Fold over the 2 inch edge and fold in the sides to surround the stuffing, then roll the remaining tortilla to form a packet. Place a toothpick in tortilla where the edge meets to hold it in place.
- Place on the prepared baking sheet and continue to stuff and roll the remaining tortillas in a like manner.
- Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place the remaining mozzarella, in small slices, on top of each of the chimichangas.
- Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
p.s.: While I received these products from Barlean’s at no cost, the opinions about their products are my own, and are heartfelt.
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