over the years i have purchased a couple of almost famous recipe cookbooks, where individuals have submitted recipes that are very similar to restaurants nationwide.  here is a recipe for chimichangas that is very similar to those found in Mexican restaurants, however; this recipe is baked, rather than fried.  this technique works very well and this dish is very tasty.

if making this recipe for two, use one large grilled chicken breast. once the chicken is ready, prepare the rest of the ingredients.  on a sheet pan, brush two tortilla shells with a mixture of melted margarine and olive oil. 

in a skillet on the stove top, brown one chopped onion and mix with chopped fresh tomatoes.  heat until softened.  i usually season the mixture with a dash of chili powder, a dash of cinnamon, salt and pepper. mix in the chicken and then add these toppings to the shells on the sheet pan.  add some shredded cheese on top.  this could be mozzarella, monterey jack or Italian blend.  wrap the chimichangas into bundles and turn over so the more open end is at the bottom of the sheet pan.

brush the top with more of the margarine and olive oil mixture.  bake in the oven for 8 minutes on each side.  these will brown very nicely and become crisp.  when done and ready to serve, top with mild GREEN enchilada sauce, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, black olives, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream and salsa.  any or all of these toppings are delicious.

these can be served with a side dish of Spanish or white rice.


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