This baked chimichanga recipe may be a far cry from a traditional chimichanga but the springtime flavors of the pesto, asparagus, and Havarti inside a crispy baked tortilla will have everyone asking for more.

Chimichanga on plate with salad.
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Okay, we can just go ahead and get it out of the way: I’m not really sure we can call these chimichangas but I’ll carry on and get to the reason why I am calling them that. (PS: I’m 100000% sure we can call them absolutely delicious and what really matters beyond that?)

Several baked chimichangas on sheet pan.
plated chimichangas and salads.

This is a spring-inspired baked chimichanga with pesto, Havarti, shredded chicken, and asparagus. I paired it with a fresh and bright arugula salad. It’s honestly one of our favorite recipes that I’ve created for Rachel Cooks. (Great leftover too – I just baked them again briefly in our toaster oven and they were crispy and perfect.)

roasted asparagus on sheet pan

I started with quickly roasting some asparagus – I used half of it for the chimichangas and half for the salad. After I roasted the asparagus, I used the same pan for baking the chimichangas…hooray for fewer dishes!

While the asparagus roasted, I prepped the chimichangas. I found it easiest to lay all the tortillas out so I could evenly divide each ingredient. Oh my goodness! I almost forgot to mention the caramelized onions! So much good stuff in these! Honestly, you guys have to try them.

Plated chimichanga with salad.

If you have shredded chicken prepped, so these came together quickly and easily. You could also use rotisserie chicken. Toss that with basil pesto and place it in the middle of a burrito-sized tortilla. Add the asparagus, caramelized onions and shredded Havarti.

Roll it up like a burrito and place seam-side down on the sheet pan you used for the asparagus. If you’re not sure how to roll a burrito or chimichanga, here’s a good step-by-step. It’s not exactly how I rolled mine but it’s probably a better method. Also, my tortillas were super soft and flexible, but if yours are stiffer, you might want to warm them briefly (20 seconds or so – I’d follow the package directions) in the microwave so they don’t crack.

Give each of them a spritz of cooking spray to help them crisp up and get golden brown. The chimichangas only take about 15 minutes to cook which is plenty of time to prep the lil’ side salad to accompany these.

I can’t say enough good things about these. They’re rich without being overwhelming, flavorful but you can taste all the components. They’re crunchy, satisfying, and easy to make.


Closeup front view of plated dinner displaying inside of chimichanga.

Baked Chimichanga Recipe with Chicken, Pesto, Havarti, and Caramelized Onion

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This baked chimichanga recipe may be a far cry from a traditional chimichanga but the springtime flavors of the pesto, asparagus, and havarti inside a crispy baked tortilla will have everyone asking for more.
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For asparagus:

For Chimichanga:

  • 6 burrito size (9 or 10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup roasted asparagus (from above)
  • 1 cup shredded havarti cheese
  • 1 cup caramelized onions
  • cooking spray

For salad:

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup roasted asparagus (from above)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Toss chopped asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper on a rimmed sheet pan. Roast asparagus for 10 minutes. Remove from sheet pan and place in a bowl. (Leave oven on!)
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine shredded chicken and pesto until chicken is coated with pesto.
  • Meanwhile, begin to assemble chimichangas. Lay out six tortillas and divide chicken evenly – placing it right in the middle with a border all around. Top with 1 cup of the roasted asparagus, again, dividing evenly between the six tortillas. Repeat with cheese and caramelized onions. Roll tightly like a burrito and place seam side down on the same sheet pan you used for asparagus. Repeat with all six chimichangas. Spray lightly with cooking spray (optional  – but it will help them get golden brown).
  • Bake chimichangas for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, prep salad. Add arugula, grape tomatoes, and remaining asparagus to a large bowl. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, and honey until combined. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Pour over salad and toss to combine.
  • Serve chimichangas with salad immediately when chimichangas are finished cooking.


Serving: 1chimichanga, Calories: 867kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 1660mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Jenny flake says:

    My kind of dinner! Great flavors going on!!

  2. Christine @ WRY TOAST says:

    absolutely adore everything about this post Rachel, especially these beyond yummy looking ‘changas!!! I’ve never seen them baked before so this has definitely caught my eye/will be made in the future – pinned! xo

  3. liz kasik says:

    Directions : #3 – mix chicken and pasta. What pasta .? No pasta in ingredients.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Ha! Thank you so much for pointing that out. Apparently my sleep-deprived brain gets pesto and pasta mixed up. It should read “pesto.” Thanks again for noticing and letting me know!

  4. Kim Beaulieu says:

    I live right across the border, we’re near Windsor, Ontario. I loved her answer to the last question. We live in a small town near farming country and we’re always shopping in the same places as the local farmers. It’s so important people know they care because they’re consumers just like we are. It was a great answer to a great question.

    I’d be all over these chimichangas, they are the perfect food. The flavour combination is fabulous. Havarti rules the world.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Kim! So glad you liked the interview!

  5. leslie says:

    Did you say Havarti?Ok, we are BFF’s now!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Yay! Hi BFF!

  6. JulieD says:

    This looks so good!! Love the mix of flavors!!!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Julie!

  7. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    Chicken and pesto chimichangas?! THESE ARE AMAZING! I love how spring-y they are that you baked them! Pinned!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Taylor – and thanks for the pin!