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Chicken, Kale, and Mushroom Chimichangas

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Caroline Cunningham
Hands-on time 1 hr
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces presliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped Lacinato kale
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 3 ounces preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese (about 3/4 cup)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup ripe peeled avocado, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 cups chopped grape tomatoes

Nutrition Information

  • calories 296
  • fat 10.3 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 20 g
  • carbohydrate 32 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • cholesterol 39 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 625 mg
  • calcium 245 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine stock and chicken in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Cook 8 minutes or until done. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon; let stand 10 minutes. Shred chicken; set aside. Drain cooking liquid through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Set aside 2 tablespoons liquid.

  2. Return remaining cooking liquid to pan. Add salsa verde; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 11 minutes). Reduce heat to low. Add cream cheese and cumin; stir with a whisk until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in chicken and 1/4 cup cilantro.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Add kale, black pepper, and reserved 2 tablespoons cooking liquid. Cook 2 minutes or until kale wilts, stirring occasionally. Add kale mixture to chicken mixture. Divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each with about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Fold in edges of tortilla; roll up.

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat all sides of each chimichanga evenly with cooking spray. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.

  5. Combine avocado, milk, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a mini food processor; process until smooth.

  6. Combine tomatoes, remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro, and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice in a bowl; toss. To serve, arrange 1 chimichanga on each of 8 plates. Top with 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado cream and about 1/4 cup tomato salad.