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chicken and mushroom chimichangas

a recipe by
Krystal McDow
San Jose, CA

This is Chef John's recipe from and Food Wishes. Nutritional Facts: Cal- 618; Fat- 32; Chol- 85mg; Sodium- 945mg; Potassium- 539mg; Carbs- 48g; Fiber- 4g; Protein- 33g; Sugars- 4g; Calcium- 33%; Iron- 38%

serves 4
prep time 25 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chicken and mushroom chimichangas

  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 c
    onion, diced
  • 1/2 c
    diced poblano peppers
  • 1/2 c
    sliced mushrooms
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 oz
    skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground chipotle
  • 1 pinch
    dried mexican oregano
  • 1 Tbsp
    water, or as needed
  • 4 oz
    shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 4 lg
    flour tortillas
  • 1
    egg white, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c
    guacamole (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    salsa (optional)
  • 1/4 c
    cilantro leaves (optional)

How To Make chicken and mushroom chimichangas

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • 2
    Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, poblano peppers, and mushrooms in the hot oil, sprinkling with salt, until they soften and release their juices, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook until vegetables begin to brown, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Move vegetables to the edges of the skillet, leaving a space in the center. Drizzle 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil into the center. Add chicken breast pieces to the center of the skillet and sprinkle with salt, cumin, ground chipotle, and dried Mexican oregano. Cook and stir until chicken pieces are browned, about 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Stir chicken and vegetable mixture together in skillet; remove from heat. Drizzle water over chicken mixture and scrape the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside to cool to a warm temperature.
  • 5
    Mix pepper jack cheese into chicken mixture; stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • 6
    Place a heavy skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, heat a tortilla in the skillet until warmed and flexible, about 30 seconds per side.
  • 7
    Place tortilla onto a work surface and spoon 1/4 the filling into the center of the tortilla. Fold bottom of tortilla just over filling. Brush top and the exposed parts of the inside of the tortilla with egg white. Fold right and left sides towards the center like an envelope, enclosing the filling. Roll tortilla over to fully enclose filling in a rectangular packet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  • 8
    Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Brown chimichangas on both sides in the hot oil until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • 9
    Bake in the preheated oven until puffed up, golden brown, and the outside is crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon guacamole, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 tablespoon cilantro onto each chimichanga.

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