I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Oven Baked Chimichanga

I do enjoy Chimichangas, but they are normally loaded with calories & fat.   This recipe is oven baked and far less cheese & sauce in it.   I think it's very good.

(serves 4)

*1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (around 12 ounces)
*1/4 cup red pepper, chopped small
*1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped small
*1 small yellow onion, chopped
*1 garlic clove, minced
*1 (1.25 ounces) package taco seasoning
*1 cup water
*1 teaspoon ground cumin
*1 teaspoon dried oregano
*1/4 teaspoon chili powder
*1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
*1 (7 ounce) can fire-roasted green chiles
*1 small tomato, chopped
*1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
*1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
*4 whole wheat, light Italian Flatbread
*1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
*cooking spray

~Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
~Spray a large skillet with a cooking spray.
~Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.
~Cook chicken in skillet, over medium heat until done, about 10 minutes.
~Once chicken is done add taco seasoning & water and stir until mixed.
~Add red pepper, green pepper, onion & garlic.
~Cook over medium heat, stirring often until the liquid has reduced by 2/3.
~Add cumin, oregano, cilantro, chili powder, chiles & tomatoes.
~Simmer until the remaining liquid has evaporated.
~Remove from stove and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
~Stir in sour cream & 1/2 cup cheese.
~Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
~Spray both sides of flat bread with cooking spray.
~Divide the chicken mixture down the center of the 4 flatbreads.
~Roll the flatbread, tucking in the ends to prevent the filling from spilling out.
~Put the flatbread, seam-side down into the prepared baking dish.
~Space the chimichanga so that they do not touch each other.
~Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.
~Remove from oven, sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of the chimichangas.
~Return to over for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese melts.

  • Variation:
  • -spoon salsa over top of chimichangas when removing from oven.
  • -top salsa & chopped green onions over top when removed from oven.

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