Chimichangas de pollo (Chicken chimichangas) recipe

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Easy, delicious chicken Chimichangas served with guacamole, sour cream and Mexican fried rice for a perfect meal.
Preparation time: 60 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes, Serves: 4 - 6 


3 1/2 lb chicken pieces (breast, legs and/or thighs)
6 cups water
1 medium onion,
2 whole cloves
2 stalks celery
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1 bay leaf

For cooking the chicken
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large tomato, cored and diced
1 Jalapeno chile, chopped
1/4 tsp crushed leaf basil
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/8 tsp black pepper (or to taste)

8 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed according to instructions

For garnishing
Sour cream
Grated Cheddar cheese
Shredded lettuce
Mexican fried rice (optional)


Place the chicken, water, onion, celery, 2 garlic cloves, and bay leaf in a cooking pot and cook over medium heat for approximately 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through. Let the chicken cool down, remove and discard the bones and skin and chop the meat.

In a skillet over medium heat add the vegetable oil and heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes until the onion is soft. Add the chopped chicken, tomato, Jalapeno chile, basil, cinnamon, dried oregano, salt and black pepper and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

To assemble a chimichanga, spread about half a cup of the chicken mixture across the bottom half of a tortilla, starting 1 1/2 inches from the left and right sides of the tortilla. Fold the sides of the tortilla in over the filling, then roll the tortilla into a cylinder. Place the tortilla on a plate, seam side down and repeat with the remaining tortillas and chicken filling.

Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy pan over medium to high heat. Fry the chimichangas (2 or 3 at a time, do not overcrowd) until lightly browned and crisp. Remove and place on paper towels, then continue with the remaining.

Serve chimichangas on a bed of lettuce topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and guacamole and Mexican fried rice on the side.
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