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Chicken Chimichangas

A delicious Chicken Chimichangas recipe from the Edgewater Cafe - a popular North of Boston-area restaurant.

I’ve mentioned before that my husband Jack used to work at a popular Mexican Restaurant called The Edgewater Café, in a small, out-of-the-way coastal town about an hour north of Boston.  These Chicken Chimichangas were one of the most popular dishes on the menu.

To continue the story – whenever I went to that same restaurant (not knowing years ago that my future husband was working back in the kitchen!), the two things I ALWAYS ordered off the menu were the chile con queso appetizer and these chicken chimichangas.  So can you imagine how thrilled I am that Jack now makes these for me at home?!?

These chicken chimichangas are filled with moist and delicious Mexican pulled chicken and a blend of cheeses, then deep fried until perfectly crisp and golden on the outside.  Then the chimi’s are smothered in a white cream sauce that has the perfect amount of heat and seasonings – this is my idea of Mexican comfort food!


A delicious Chicken Chimichangas recipe from the Edgewater Cafe - a popular North of Boston-area restaurant.

We’re also sharing a restaurant tip with you today!  The best way to hold the folded tortilla shells together when frying these chicken chimichangas is to use a stainless steel bulldog or binder clip (see example here) on each end!  Just be sure to buy the stainless steel versions and not the clips that are painted black because the paint will come off when you are frying the chimichangas in the oil.

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Chicken Chimichangas

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Bulldog Clips (mentioned above) are preferred over binder clips for this recipe because they have a flat surface that would pinch the tortilla end without leaving an impression in the tortilla. But binder clips will work in a ‘pinch’ (ha ha)! We couldn’t find the correct size bulldog clips so we used the binder clips in our version picture here. Either way, it doesn’t affect the taste of the finished chimichanga and both kinds of clips do a great job holding the tortilla closed during the frying process.


  • ¼ cup butter (4 tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock, heated
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chilies, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon or more of Rocket Fuel, or your favorite hot sauce
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces Mexican Pulled Chicken
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • Vegetable oil for cooking
  • 1 1/2 to 2 inch Stainless steel bull dog clips or binder clips (available in any office supply store)


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter and add flour. Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the raw flour smell is gone.
  3. Add heated chicken stock 1/3 at a time stirring with a wire whip for each third. This step will ensure no lumps.
  4. Add sour cream, chilies, cayenne and Rocket Fuel and stir. If you like it spicy, use more Rocket Fuel. Remove from heat or keep sauce on low heat until ready for service.
  5. Fill the center of each tortilla with warmed Mexican Pulled Chicken and both cheeses.
  6. Start rolling away from you in a tight roll until you reach the end, then flip the roll back to have seam side up. Now fold each end up and over about an inch or so and bind with stainless steel clips.
  7. Heat enough oil in a heavy bottomed pot to 350 degrees using a thermometer to get to the correct temperature.
  8. Place two chimichangas in the hot oil making sure they are completely covered by the oil and cook until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. (Hold down with a metal strainer if necessary). Remove to paper towels and drain, then hold in warm oven. Heat oil back to 350 degrees and cook the other two chimichangas.
  9. With a pot holder or towel, gently remove hot binder clip.
  10. Place on serving platter and cover with the sauce.

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  1. oh how I adore Mexican food! Thank you a million times, to both you and your husband 😉
    What a TREAT to have such deliciousness prepared for you! I think I may need to try this 🙂

  2. or just use toothpicks to hold it together.

    Anyway, they look amazing! I love chimichangas.

  3. yumm. everything about these have my mouth watering. love that white sauce, too!

  4. I am loving the wonderful mexican dishes you have brought over the past few posts! Each one is more enticing than the one before! Thanks for sharing these fabulous recipes!!!

  5. Next time you have Mexican night, please make these and please invite me over! Everything looks sooo delicious!

  6. Can you make this in the oven? I would love to try these but am trying to get away from deep frying things if I can.

    • Hi Andrea! You can bake these but it would be more like a burrito than a chimichanga! We would recommend that you put sauce over it before baking. Let us know if you have any other questions! Martha

  7. These sound SOOOOOO good!

  8. These look and sound so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I have been many times to the restaurant. When I moved to Arizona my husband a native took me to a Mexican restaurant. To my surprise no white sauce and there was no hamburger. Green and red sauce and shredded beef what?……oh I want to go home…. Thanks for the recipe. My husband is laughing right now.

  10. OMG, these look incredible! I am really hungry now. 🙂

  11. I am sorry if this is a stupid question, but what is a bulldog clip?

    • Hi Shari – Not a stupid question at all!! A bulldog clip is a type of metal clip usually used to hold papers together – like a ‘binder’ clip but a ‘bulldog’ clip has a flat edge that won’t puncture the tortilla so it’s perfect for this recipe. You can find bulldog clips at your local office supply store. If you want to see a picture of it, you can click on this link and view it at Hope that helps – thanks for visiting our site! Martha

  12. Oh my goodness! My husband’s birthday is coming up in a few days and now I know just what to make for his birthday dinner. He will love them! Thanks so much for sharing! Could you do a beef version sometime as well?

    • Hi Jen! I’ll check with Jack to see if he has a beef version and if so, we can definitely share! Thanks for visiting our site and happy birthday to your husband! Martha

  13. I’ll have to try this … My father was a chef and owned his own restaurants and when he got older sold them thinking he would retire…It wasn’t long before he was back in a restaurant -this time a Mexican one (yet when he retired he was head chef a country club). Due to my foodie spoiled up bringing – I also love to cook. I am not sure if an egg yoke wash would seal the tortilla making the bulldog clip unnecessary? It works well in Japanese and Chinese cooking.

  14. Love this recipe! Found your recipe thru Pinterest, now Im a follower! =)
    I am definitly going to try this Chicken Chimichanga recipe very soon!

  15. Just made the chicken chimichanga recipe and it was fantastic. I have to say that is was better than any I have had at my local restaurants. I have tried for years to make these, but could never find a good recipe for the filling. This is a keeper…..Thanks for sharing!

  16. I use metal turkey skewers to hold tortillas together when frying. They are very HOT after so be careful removing them!
    Great sounding recipes! Going into my “to try” file… Thanks!

  17. Kathleen Johnson :

    I don’t use anything to secure them while frying. If you fold the ends first and then roll it, they stay perfect and together with no problem. JUST DON”T OVER FILL THEM. If you make them too fat then they may come apart while cooking. Then I use to spatula’s to flip them to brown the other side. Presto…. perfect Chimichangas every time. Good luck!

  18. I just made this. It was delicious..better than restaurant quality! I only cheated with one thing. I bought a rotisserie chicken to save some time, but I did put it in a pot with all of the ingredients as per your Mexican Pulled Chicken recipe. Thanks a lot for the recipe. I will definitely make this again 🙂

  19. What do you do with the cheese?

  20. Just saw this on pinterest, and I’d love to try it, but I’m confused – what’s the white sauce you mention?

  21. I have been craving Edgewater white sauce for a long time!!! I am so glad I checked out your post!!! Can’t wait to make them. Yum!!! The Edgewater was a favorite fun place to hang out with friends and walk next door for wine, beer…. Thank you!!! Kathy

    • You’re very welcome Kathy! (Such a small world hearing from readers who have also been to the Edgewater!) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  22. I rarely leave comments on blogs about the recipes I use but I just had to this time. This recipe was so easy to make and it scored a big 10 with my family! Thanks for the great recipe! I will be back often to check for more! This one is getting added to my rotation.

    • Thanks so much Elaina! We’re very glad you (and your family) enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for writing to us and have a great evening!

  23. what is Mexican pulled chicken???

  24. I recently discovered your site; I love Mexican food and your recipes have me drooling. Thank you for posting such wonderful posts.

  25. Yummy and mouth watering. I feel like snatching all this from those pictures…lol…love that white sauce, too!

  26. I found a recipe of yours on Pinterest over an hour ago and I haven’t left your blog since. I have over 20 open tabs with your recipes waiting for me to check out. Everything looks so delicious and your pictures are beautiful!

    I make chimichangas by chopping a sweet onion, jalapenos, and different colored bell peppers, then slowly sauteing them in butter with salt and pepper. In the meantime, I chop chicken tenderloins in 2 inch hunks and cook in olive oil until almost done. I shred the chicken and add it for the last few minutes to the vegetables. Fill a tortilla and fold the short ends over about an inch and then fold each long side over. No need for clips. Then fry them in about 1/2 inch of oil. I take the lazy route and use Velveeta white queso if I’m in the mood for cheese, but I really prefer them plain with fresh salsa and avocado. Delish! They’re also good with mushrooms and/or squash. Sometimes I add a little garlic and cumin.

    • Samantha

      This is Jack. In the 2+ years we have been sharing recipes on our blog, I have responded to maybe one or two comments. Martha usually handles all communication and I concentrate in the kitchen. However I would like to respond back to you since you really made my day. I have been out shoveling snow all day and really needed something like this to put the smile back on my face. Thank you so much for the kind words, both Martha and I appreciate you taking the time to write to us. P.S. Your chimichangas recipe sounds delicious!

      • You’re very welcome! Thank YOU for this amazing blog. I’ve passed on several recipe links to my sister. She already has plans to make your carnitas, and my daughter can’t wait for me to make your potato salad. I’m most excited about the Mexican chicken(along with many others). It looks similar to something my aunt made once when I was visiting with them when I was a child. I’ve never forgotten it and was extremely excited to see it here.

        Also, the fact that you do so much of the cooking reminds me of my dad. He was raising 4 girls and 1 boy by himself, and he did a lot of cooking. Most of his dishes were completely thrown together based on what he had on hand and they always came out wonderfully(sometimes they didn’t even look edible. Ha!).

  27. Oh man! Made the sauce that goes along with this recipe and it was D-licious! I didn’t have time to make the Rocket Fuel, but added 1 Tbs. of Cholula instead.
    Thank you.

  28. can’t wait to try some of these recipes

  29. Laurie McMullen :

    OMG! I used to got to the Edgewater Cafe ALL the time! This was my favorite dish to order there. I am soooo thrilled to get this recipe.

  30. Can you put these in the deep fryer?

  31. Kevin Furlong :

    I will always cook the Chimichanga Food Products for my Familia.

  32. This Arizonan loves Chimi’s!

  33. I do not remember how I came across your blog, but am sure glad I did! I don’t know how many times I have pulled up your site when I need inspiration.

    Thank you!

  34. Thats a great recipe will be trying it soon

  35. Neha Patankar :

    Please give substition for canned green Chiles. Also can I make the pulled chicken on stove top?

    • Hi Neha – You can try roasting some banana peppers – removing the skin and seeds after roasting – and then chopping. These will give you a similar gentle heat as the canned chiles. Yes – you can make this on the stove top. I’d suggest a heavy bottomed dutch oven with a tight cover.

  36. I’ve never left a comment on any recipe before, but these recipes are very delicious and easy to follow. Im totally impressed and very appreciative for you guys sharing for all to enjoy.

    Thank you

  37. Hi! I was wondering if these could be frozen, before frying, to be used for later? They look delicious!!!

  38. I was going to make your white BBQ chicken tonight and have already made the sauce lol, but it will have to wait because we don’t have access to a grill. I guess I’ll make this instead…looks so good!

  39. Oh my ♡..I’ve found a new fav recipe site♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  40. Steps 1-4 after making says to set to side until ready to use. But im not seeing where it says to do with it. Is this the white cheese sause that you pour over yhe top after your done frying them? Thx for help.

  41. I’m so excited to find this mostly because the Edgewater was our go to family restaurant and I miss it terribly!!! Can’t wait to try this!!

  42. I am making this for supper tonight. I have made many wraps that needed to stay together while cooking, and I will openly admit I never thought of a bulldog clip. I just fold the first part over then the sides up and roll and seal with flour/water. Just thought that might make things a bit easier/ less supplies needed for some. I know I’m not trying to run to Walmart before dinner for clips lol. Happy feasting everyone.