Last week I used my big bottle of Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning to make a delicious chicken casserole that my family loved. Well I need more than casseroles to use up all that seasoning I picked up at Costco so this week I’m sharing my Chicken Chimichanga.
Chimichangas are my all time favorite Mexican dishes. I love the crunchy fried burrito filled with tasty meat then topped with cheese, salsa, and sour cream. I mean seriously what’s not to love? I usually make it with shredded beef, but I still had a big bag of chicken thighs so I figured why not make chicken chimichangas. I’m so glad I did! Everyone loved them, including my 4 year old grandson who’s always a very picky eater!
I serve this with refried beans and Mexican rice for a filling meal. I try to make enough for leftovers because everyone loves them, but that’s not always easy. They’re eaten up in one meal! My son even comes over to take a bunch of chicken chimichangas home for his family’s dinner!
You can top or garnish it with anything you want like shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, hot or mild. We love the hot!
One of my favorite Chinese seafood dishes is Salted Pepper Shrimp, we used to order it every time we dined at a Chinese restaurant. Since I found a recipe for it we can enjoy it at home. I modified it to fit our tastes and I think made it a bit simpler to make. Served over steamed white rice it’s yummy!
1 lb. Medium to Large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 tbls. sea salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tbls. ground white pepper
2 tbls. ground black pepper
1 tbls. garlic powder
3 tbls. chopped green onions
2 tbls. minced garlic
1/4 + cup peanut oil
Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour
In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch, 1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder
Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel
Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot
Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok
Cook until shrimp turns pink – turn halfway for even cooking – you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry
Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain – Do not turn stove off
If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil – add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden
Add fried shrimp back into pan
Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften
I’m not a big fan of barbeque sauce, specially the bottled varieties. But every so often I get hungry for that sweet and tangy sauce that’s slathered on chicken, as long as it doesn’t result in in sticky greasy grill that’s so difficult to clean. My answer to this is my Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken using my simple homemade barbeque sauce.
I’ve been making this Baked Barbeque Chicken for years. The sauce is simple and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes. It’s sweet and tangy and very delicious. I use it on short ribs too! My family loves it!
For this recipe I use bone-in chicken thighs. I’ve tried it on chicken breasts but it gets dry and doesn’t soak up the sauce the way thighs do.
Here’s the recipe!
8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs
1 Onion, sliced
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Bottle of Beer, any type
Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.
Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.
Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.
Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
Pour sauce over chicken thighs.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until chicken is done.
Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.
One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Marsala. I’ve tried many different recipes in my quest for the perfect one; tweaking each one until it was just right.
Here is the recipe I use and my family loves it. The sauce in this version is thicker and creamier than other versions due to the heavy cream and corn starch. If you want a thinner sauce please read the notes at the end to see what ingredients can be omitted or substituted.
This recipe is very easy to make and should be served soon after cooking. Left overs can be refrigerated, in fact it tastes even better the next day!
I serve Chicken Marsala with garlic mashed potatoes or my cousin’s “poor man’s pasta” the recipe for that is at the bottom of this post.
The Best Chicken Marsala Ingredients: 1 lb. mushrooms
4 tbls. butter
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 cup Marsala wine
1 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, pounded to 1″ thickness
2 tbls. olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. ground sea salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh parsley chopped
1. Wash mushrooms and pat dry. Slice into thin slices.
2. Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
3. Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms. Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.
4. Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt. It should thicken slightly. If it’s too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup. Set aside. *
5. Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.
6. Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.
7. Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.
8. Pour Marsala sauce over chicken. Add cherry tomatoes. Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.
9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
* For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4. Add salt and set aside. Cook chicken as directed. In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts. Sprinkle with parsley.
Poor Man’s Pasta Ingredients: 1 lb. Pasta
3 tbls. butter
1/4 shredded fresh parmesan cheese
1. Cook pasta as directed on box.
2. Drain pasta.
3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
4. Add cooked pasta. Toss in butter until pasta is covered.
5. Add parmesan cheese. Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.
Wash mushrooms and pat dry. Slice into thin slices.
Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms. Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.
Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt. It should thicken slightly. If it's too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup. Set aside.
Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.
Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.
Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.
Pour Marsala sauce over chicken. Add cherry tomatoes. Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Poor Man's Pasta
Cook pasta as directed on box.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
Add cooked pasta. Toss in butter until pasta is covered.
Add parmesan cheese. Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.
For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4. Add salt and set aside. Cook chicken as directed. In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts. Sprinkle with parsley.
Chimichangas are my favorite Mexican dish. It’s always what I order at Mexican restaurants. They are delicious!
You may be wondering what exactly are chimichangas. It’s really nothing more than a deep fried burrito! I’m not a burrito fan at all, but I’m definitely a chimichanga fan!
Actually you can turn just about any burrito into a chimichanga by simply frying it. In fact I’ve deep fried frozen store bought burritos. Of course they don’t taste as good as homemade, but they’ll do when you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table.
Now you can fill chimichangas with just about anything. Shredded Beef, Chicken, or Pork seem to be the most popular filling. But I’ve had seafood chimichangas as well as bean filled ones. One of our family favorites are ground beef chimichangas. They’re the easiest to make.
I serve them with shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on the side. Everyone can add their own toppings. It goes great with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.
Today I’m sharing my recipe. Hope you love it!
Ground Beef Chimichanga
1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
2 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Ground Cumin
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper flakes
1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
10 Flour Tortillas, the 8″ size
Oil for frying
Toppings of your choice (salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.)
Place beef in a pan over medium heat
Add all the spices and cook until beef is crumbly
Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese
Place about 1/4 cup of beef filling on the middle of a tortilla, fold in ends and roll like a burrito