Crispy Baked Chicken Chimichangas



Crispy Baked Chicken Chimichangas
Servings: 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken filling:
2 large skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves
2 cups water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
1 (7 ounce) can chopped green
chilies, divided [ I use about 2 TB]
1/2 cup diced onion [1 tsp onion powder]
3 large cloves garlic, minced [1 tsp garlic powder]

4 (8 inch) flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese [ I used sharp white cheddar]
sour cream
shredded lettuce

DIRECTIONS:
1.
Place the chicken breasts into a large saucepan. Pour in the water, and seasonings. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 35 minutes.
2.
Remove the chicken, shred, and return to the onion mixture.
3.
Remove Chicken from liquid with slotted spoon [don't worry if a little juice comes along for the ride]. Roll up about 2/3 cup portions in tortilla and spray with cooking spray, or lightly brush with oil [canola/vegetable/ or EVOO]. Place on foil-lined baking pan that has been lightly sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes--until golden in color.
4.
Remove pan from oven and immediately sprinkle [read: LOAD] with cheese while hot. [ replace back in oven if you want to help melt the cheese more quickly.] Then top with sour cream just prior to serving.
** Or** 
I made a white cheese sauce [see below] and served the chimis on a bed of shredded lettuce, covered in the sauce, with refried beans [also with a bit of the sauce], and mexican rice as sides. Soooooo GOOD!

WHITE CHEESE SAUCE:
1 cup milk
1 TB butter
1 TB flour 
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
1/2 grated or shredded Parmesan

1. In microwave safe bowl or 32oz. glass measuring cup stir milk and flour until smooth then add butter and heat for 2 minutes in microwave.
2. Stir well, then add 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar [or whatever cheese you prefer]
 plus 1/2 cup grated or freshly shredded parmesan.
3. Stir well [again] and heat for 1 or 2 more minutes.
4. Stir until smooth [again] when thoroughly heated. Pour over goodies.

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