Cilantro Lime Rice & Avocado Chicken Chimichangas (no deep fry!)

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Crispy, golden brown tortilla filled with flavorful chicken, cheese, and creamy avocados. This is a healthier version of a traditional deep fried Chimichanga!

Cilantro Lime Rice & Avocado Chicken Chimichangas (no deep frying!)- www.togetherasfamily.com

Whenever I go to a Mexican Restaurant I always have to order the chimichanga. There is just something about the crunchy deep fried tortilla combined with the cheesy mix inside. During college I worked at Shopko; some of you wonderful readers may know what this is πŸ™‚ . Every two weeks, on Friday when it was payday, a group of us would always order from this restaurant called Bajio (it no longer exists in Utah, but I still crave it. It was amazing!). I always looked forward to that day because then I could have my chimichanga. If I had one wish in life, I would probably ask for Bajio to come back…….

I don’t own a deep fryer at my house, so I wanted to come up with a way to have the same golden brown, crunchy chimichanga-esque shell without the deep fry part. These are so good. There are 3 different ways you can cook it, and they are all 100x healthier than the traditional way. Try it out and see which way you like better. Enjoy friends!

Serves 8 Chimichangas or Burritos

Cilantro Lime Rice & Avocado Chicken Chimichangas (no deep fry!)
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  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (about 3 cups shredded)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, colby jack or monterey jack (divided)
  • 2 avocado, cut into small chunks
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 8 large burrito-size flour tortillas
  • 1 recipe of cilantro lime rice
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil


  • Make 1 batch of the cilantro lime rice, according to the recipe directions.
  • In large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, chopped cilantro, 1 cup of the shredded cheese, avocado, lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. Mix together well.
  • Microwave the flour tortillas for 30 seconds to get them soft. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, put 1/3 cup of the rice onto the tortilla, and 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla, and some of the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Roll up. Fold in the two sides, and then roll like a burrito. Repeat for the remaining tortillas. You should have exactly enough filling. The 1/3 cups can be heaping, don't have to be exact.
  • In a fry pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil. Place 2-3 burritos (depending on size of pan) and heat until toasty brown for 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate or cookie sheet.


** If you want a soft burrito, instead of pan frying, roll each burrito in tin foil and place onto a cookie sheet. Heat oven to 375 degrees, and bake for 12-15 minutes **

** If you don't want to pan fry them in the oil, another way is to place the burrito onto a cookie sheet, spray the tops with cooking spray and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are toasty and brown **

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  • Reply
    Katie Black
    June 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm I will definitely be making these soon. Yum!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      June 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm Oh good!! I hope you all like them :)
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    Katie Black
    June 7, 2015 at 11:25 pm Made these last night and they were AWESOME! Such good flavor! I tried the rice in the rice cooker and it turned out great doing it that way too. Definitely going to make these again, loved them!
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      Together As Family
      June 9, 2015 at 10:36 am Thanks for letting me know about the rice cooker. I've never tried it that way, but I will now :) I am so glad you all liked them Katie!!
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    August 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm Hey! I am excited to try this recipe tonight. Just a question though, technically what size is a burrito sized tortilla? Or what size tortillas did you use? Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      August 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm Hi Aly. I am so sorry I got to your question so late. The burrito size is the largest size of tortilla. It will normal say on the package "burrito size" or something like that. I would say they are about 8"-10" (give or take some). I hope my reply is not too late!
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    Jackie @Kitchen Gadget Reviews
    March 31, 2016 at 2:12 pm WOW! That looks like some serious, serious deliciousness. I'll be making these ASAP.
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