Buffalo Chicken Chimichangas

In case you didn’t know, Saturday was Cinco de Mayo. That meant lots of tequila and Mexican food was enjoyed by many, including us! I made these amazing burritos for lunch, fried tacos (yes because they are that good) for dinner and a batch of cranberry margaritas. I hope you had a tasty weekend too!

I may have to swear off frying for a while though. Two fried recipes in a single day? There is something wrong with that, right? It shouldn’t matter when they’re this good though!

A chimichanga is basically just a fried burrito. I’m not sure why they can’t just call it a fried burrito, seems easier. Or maybe the fancy name lures people in. Whatever the case, if you love buffalo chicken anything you need to make these the next time you’re craving Mexican. You know I’m always looking for an excuse to turn something into a buffalo chicken dish!

A flour tortilla stuffed with shredded buffalo chicken, black beans, brown rice and fried to perfection. There should be no other way. Make it now. You’ll be in heaven.

The Mr even said he’d pay for this at a restaurant… that good!

Yield: Makes 5-6 burritos

Buffalo Chicken Chimichangas

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast
1-2C liquid (water or chicken broth)
1/3C onion, diced
1/3C celery, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed well
8oz brown rice (I used Uncle Ben's)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/2C buffalo wing sauce (I used Frank's)
blue cheese crumbles
5-6 flour tortillas burrito size
toothpicks
vegetable oil for frying
sour cream, creamy blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing for dipping

Directions:

In a small saucepan, add trimmed 1 chicken breast and enough liquid to cover. Cook over medium heat until cooked through. The meat should no longer be pink. Return to liquid and continue cooking if needed. Remove chicken and shred.  Transfer to a large bowl, sprinkle with pepper, salt and celery seed. Mix well. Set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium low heat in a medium skillet. Add celery, onions and 1 cup of black beans (or all if you do not want any for a side). Stir for several minutes until onions are translucent. Add to chicken.

Cook brown according to package directions. Transfer to chicken and bean mixture, reserving a portion to eat on the side if desired.

Mix chicken, beans and rice together well. Add 1/2 cup buffalo sauce to filling and mix well to coat completely.

Add 2 large cookie scoops worth of filling to the center of your tortilla. Fold top over the filling, then both sides followed by the bottom. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining filling and tortillas.

In a large pan, heat oil to 340-350 degrees. Add one burrito at a time, holding gently with tongs. Cook until golden. Remove and wrap in a paper towel while cooking the remaining burritos.

Serve hot with optional dipping sauces, beans or rice.

**If planning to eat rice and beans on the side of your burrito, be sure to save some prior to mixing the filling together.



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24 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Chimichangas”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    yes! so you did fry something! awesome :) these look like the perfect cinco de mayo meal..and i love that you incorporated buffalo in this. we all know how much us food bloggers LOVE buffalo!! yum :)

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love chimichangas! And…the Mr. *should* say he would pay for ANY of your amazing recipes at a restaurant ;)

    • Rachel — May 7th, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      Haha! Well that’d be nice but it’s sometimes a struggle to just get a comment out of him when testing a new recipe. :)

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    Cassie — May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    You know that I am all over this. Love, love it!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I knew Cassie would be all over this when Buffalo Chicken was put in the title! haha These do look mighty fine, Rachel. :)

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    Tracey — May 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Fried burritos?? How did I not even know that was possible. I have been missing out, I need these!! :)

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    ooo sounds good! another great Buffalo Chicken recipe from you!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Yum! Love Chimichangas, and this is such a fun twist!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    omg my kids would be all over these!

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    Meghan — May 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t know anyone who could say no to one of these! They look divine, and need to be made!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    What a fun chimi filling. I haven’t made them at home. I’ll have to give it a try.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Two fried things in one day and no horror stories?! Girl, you’re getting good at this! ;)

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    TastefullyJulie — May 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thank gawd you used Frank’s! It’s true Buffalo style now. Yum!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — May 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    This looks and sounds fantastic!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 8, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I think the name “fried burrito” is more inviting than a chimichanga. I mean anything with the word “fried” is a game-winner. Anyway, these babies look packed with all sorts of good stuff. I have to make this for the boyfriend. He is going to be thrilled!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 8, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Ooh this looks like a winner…I agree w your hubby. Yum

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I actually don’t like burritos but this fried burrito is calling my name… dangerous!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Two fried things in one day is the way to go! You get more use out of your oil so really, you’re doing the environment a favor. :) I don’t really eat Mexican food but I’ve always wondered what chimichangas were because it’s what my parents always ordered. Now I know!

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    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) — May 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    oh man those look delicious!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Mercy! My family will love these!!!

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve been craving buffalo chicken and this looks like the perfect thing to quench my craving!!

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    Judit and Corina @WineDineDaily — May 9, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Oh my…we love Chimichangas. These look so inviting!
    Cheers :)

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    Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook — May 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Can you please just move to NJ already so we can come by for all these amazing buffalo dishes you’ve been cooking? Seriously!

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    tina {my life as a mrs} — May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    OH. MY. I am all about anything buffalo!!!! This sounds delish! :)

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