Air Fryer Chimichangas

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Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or a party-pleasing appetizer, Air Fryer Chimichangas are the perfect option. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to make our favorite version of chimichangas in the air fryer.

air fryer chimichangas

Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

Making air fryer chimichangas is a healthier alternative to deep-frying. Air frying cuts down on the amount of oil used, as well as the calories and fat content. Plus, it’s much faster than traditional deep-frying methods.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed for this Air Fryer Chicken Chimichanga recipe which makes 5 servings:

  • Chicken (Cooked And Shredded): Is the primary protein in the dish, providing a hearty, satisfying base with a tender and juicy texture.
  • Shredded Cheese: Adds a creamy, rich element that melts beautifully inside the chimichangas, binding the ingredients together.
  • Diced Tomatoes And Green Chiles: Add a burst of bright, tangy flavor and a hint of heat, complementing the savory chicken and cheese.
  • Pickled Jalapeños: Bring another level of heat but also a tanginess that cuts through the richness of the other ingredients, creating a balanced flavor profile.
  • Ground Cumin: Adds a warm, earthy note that enhances the overall savory flavors of the chimichangas.
  • Large Flour Tortillas: Serve as the envelope for our flavorful filling, crisping up beautifully in the air fryer to provide a delightful contrast in texture.
  • Butter (Softened): Brushing the tortillas with butter before air frying gives them a golden, crispy exterior that’s irresistibly delicious.
air fryer chimichangas

How To Make Air Fryer Chimichangas?

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making air fryer chicken chimichangas:

Step One: Combine Chicken With Filler Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl combine your shredded chicken with cheese, tomatoes, diced jalapeños, and cumin.

air fryer chimichangas

Step Two: Add Filling to the Tortilla

Add 1/2 cup of chicken filling to the center of the tortilla.

air fryer chimichangas

Step Three: Fold the Tortilla

Fold the left and right-hand sides of the tortilla edges. The fold should reach the inside fold.

Step Four: Fold the Bottom of the Tortilla

Fold in the bottom edge and roll the chimichanga to the top, sealing the meat tight. Repeat steps 2-4 for all the tortillas.

Step Five: Place Chimichangas Into Airfryer

Place the chimichangas into the sprayed air fryer basket with the top fold face down. 

air fryer chimichangas

Step Six: Add Butter to Chimichangas

Brush the top, sides, and ends of the chimichangas with butter. Alternatively, you can use cooking spray. I like to use olive oil spray.

Step Seven: Air Fry Chimichangas

Cook the chimichangas at 400°f for 4 minutes, flip, and brush with butter. Cook for a further 4 minutes.

air fryer chimichangas

Step Eight: Remove Chimichangas From Air Fryer

Remove the air-fried chimichangas and let them rest. Once ready garnish with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and/or cheese. Enjoy your air fryer chicken chimichangas!

air fryer chimichangas

Variations

  • Add Spice: To give your air fryer chimichanga spicier consider adding more diced green chilies, a dash of chili powder, taco seasoning or some garlic powder.
  • Remove Cheese: You can make air fryer chimichangas without shredded cheese. The recipe will still taste delicious even without the cheese. Alternatively, you can use vegan cheese if desired.
  • Use Cream Cheese: You can add cream cheese to the chicken mixture. Cream cheese adds a delicious cheesy flavor and creamy texture to the chimichangas.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Cool chimichangas, store in an airtight container, and refrigerate within 2 hours. Consume within 2-3 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze chimichangas on a baking sheet, transfer to a freezer-safe bag, and store for up to 2-3 months.
  • Reheating: Air fry refrigerated or thawed chimichangas until crispy. For frozen ones, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before air frying.

Enjoy the deliciousness of Air Fryer Chimichangas with these quick storage and reheating instructions!

air fryer chimichangas

What to Serve With This Recipe?

We hope you enjoy making air fryer chicken chimichangas! They’re a great weeknight meal or party appetizer that everyone will love. Happy cooking!

FAQ’S

What Are Chimichangas?

Chimichangas are a Mexican dish made of deep-fried burritos. They’re usually filled with ground beef or shredded chicken, beans, cheese, and other fillings, such as onions and peppers. The burrito is then folded in half and deep-fried until golden brown.

How to Pronounce Chimichanga?

This deep-fried burrito is pronounced as “chi-me-CHANG-uh”. It’s Mexican food without the need for a Mexican restaurant.

How Long to Cook Frozen Chimichangas in Air Fryer?

To cook a frozen chimichanga in air fryer, cook at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Best Chicken for Chicken Chimichangas

We recommend using cooked and shredded chicken for this recipe. You could either use leftover rotisserie chicken or make your chicken mixture at home in the Instant Pot.

Can You Make Chimichangas Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make chimichangas ahead of time. To do this, prepare the chicken mixture and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
When ready to eat assemble the chimichangas, cook in the air fryer, and enjoy.

air fryer chimichangas - Serve on to a plate and Garnish

Air Fryer Chimichangas

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or a party-pleasing appetizer, air fryer chimichangas are the perfect option.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Chicken, Cooked And Shredded
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Cup Diced Tomatoes And Green Chiles, Drained
  • 3-4 Pickled Jalapeños
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 5 Large Flour Tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened

Instructions

  1. Step One: Combine Chicken With Filler Ingredients
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine your shredded chicken with cheese, tomatoes, diced jalapeños, and cumin.
  3. Step Two: Add Filling To The Tortilla
  4. Add 1/2 cup of chicken filling to the center of the tortilla.
  5. Step Three: Fold The Tortilla
  6. Fold the left and right-hand sides of the tortilla edges. The fold should reach the inside fold.
  7. Step Four: Fold The Bottom Of The Tortilla
  8. Fold in the bottom edge and roll the chimichanga to the top, sealing the meat tight. Repeat steps 2-4 for all the tortillas.
  9. Step Five: Place Chimichangas Into Airfryer
  10. Place the chimichangas into the sprayed air fryer basket with the top fold face down. 
  11. Step Six: Add Butter To Chimichangas
  12. Brush the top, sides, and ends of the chimichangas with butter. Alternatively, you can use cooking spray. I like to use olive oil spray.
  13. Step Seven: Air Fry Chimichangas
  14. Cook the chimichangas at 400°f for 4 minutes, flip, and brush with butter. Cook for a further 4 minutes.
  15. Step Eight: Remove Chimichangas From Air Fryer
  16. Remove the air-fried chimichangas and let them rest. Once ready garnish with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and/or cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 975mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 35g

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