Thursday, May 21, 2009

eat your heart out thursday - chimichangas

the chimichangas that i ate for mother's day were amazing. so much so that i made them again last friday. i could probably eat them everyday, but since that would not be so good for my body i'll stick to posting the recipe for you to try it. all i ask is that you let me know how they turned out and how amazing you find them.

chicken chimichangas

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus 8 cups for frying
1/2 cup diced white onion
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 pounds cooked chicken breast, shredded while warm
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
8 (10-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
1 cup shredded monterey jack
wooden toothpicks
chipotle Salsa, recipe follows
sour cream, for garnish
fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. add onions and saute until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. add the garlic, chili powder, oregano, and cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. add the shredded chicken. season with salt and pepper. stir in the green chiles. cook mixture for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. set aside and cool slightly.

one at a time, place the tortillas on a work surface, keeping the remaining tortillas covered with a damp towel. (for pliable tortillas, sprinkle lightly with 1/4 teaspoon water and cover with a damp paper towel. microwave for 10 to 20 seconds just before ready to stuff, and keep covered until ready to roll.) spread 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture in a rectangle in the center of the tortilla. sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cheese. fold the bottom of the tortilla over the filling and then fold the sides over. fold the top of the tortilla over the folded sides and secure the sides with wooden toothpicks. place folded side down.

heat the remaining vegetable oil in a deep stockpot or deep fryer to 360 degrees f. using tongs, lower the chimichangas folded side down, 1 at a time into the hot oil. (it is helpful to hold the chimichanga with the tongs until it has "sealed" together.) cook until golden brown on all sides, about 3 minutes. drain on a paper towel-lined plate and continue with remaining chimichangas.

remove toothpicks from the chimichangas and serve immediately with chipotle salsa, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.

yields: about 8 chimichangas

**note** instead of a stockpot/deep fryer, i used a skillet to fry one side at a time. it worked just as nice without the massive amounts of oil. and i used pepper jack cheese because it is the best cheese is the world and the only one i buy.

chipotle salsa:

3 1/2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes
1/3 cup diced sweet onions
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt

combine tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime juice, chopped peppers and cilantro in a medium bowl. season with salt. cover and chill until ready to serve.

serve chilled or at room temperature with chicken chimichangas.

yield: about 4 cups

recipe by emeril taken from food network

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