Air Fryer Chimichangas (Gluten Free)

Are you looking for an easy and delicious gluten-free meal? Then, try these air fryer chimichangas! Light and fluffy gluten-free tortillas are stuffed with a delicious filling, then cooked to perfection in the air fryer. Eight minutes later, you’ll have a crispy and satisfying chimichanga that’s perfect for any time of day!

Two air fryer chimichangas on a plate loaded with toppings. Wooden fork and knife next to the plate.

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Chimichangas are the perfect meal for anyone looking for a delicious and nutritious gluten-free alternative to their favorite Mexican dish.

Chimichangas are usually deep-fried, but you can enjoy all the flavor without the extra added fat and calories by using an air fryer.

Air fryers work by circulating hot air around the food, so no oil is necessary. To make these gluten-free, simply use your favorite gluten-free tortilla wrap. We really love the Misson brand.

These Chimichangas are stuffed with chicken, cheese, and other delicious Mexican-style ingredients. They are perfect for anyone on a gluten-free diet, or anyone looking for a healthier alternative to deep-fried foods.

So if you’re looking for a gluten-free meal that is both tasty easy to make, then look no further than this Air Fryer Chimichangas recipe!

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Why This Recipe Works 

Easy – These air-fried chimichangas are incredibly easy to make! Simply stuff, wrap, and air fry! You’ll have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Flavorful – This air-fried chimichangas recipe is packed full of flavor. The chicken is juicy and tender, while the cheese is melted and gooey. The perfect combination!

Kid-Friendly – Kids absolutely love Mexican food, and these chimichangas in the air fryer are no exception! They make a great weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients for air fryer chimichangas on a marble table. The ingredient name in text next to each ingredient.

Ingredients and Notes

Chicken – I used shredded rotisserie chicken breast for this recipe to make it easy, but you can use chicken of your choice. You could try shredded grilled shredded chicken breasts or thighs.

Minced Garlic Clove – If you do not have a way to mince garlic, you could buy pre-minced garlic in a jar for this recipe. You could also use 1/4 tsp of garlic powder instead.

Pepper Jack Cheese – You can use shredded sharp cheddar or your other favorite shredded cheese if you do not like Pepper Jack.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Prep

  1. First, combine the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, drained chilies, cumin, and chicken in a large bowl and mix well together.
  2. Next, scoop out about one-quarter of the mixture and place in the middle of a tortilla. Sprinkle the top with about 2 tbsp of cheese. 
  3. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and wrap it around the mixture somewhat tightly. Set it aside with the seam side down.
  4. Repeat the last two steps for the rest of the mixture and tortillas.

Step 2: Cook

  1. After that, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Then you will want to lightly spray your air fryer basket as well as all sides of the chimichangas with the cooking spray.
  3. Place 2 of the chimichangas with the seam sides down in your air fryer basket and make sure they are not touching.
  4. Cook the chimichangas for about 7 to 8 minutes, making sure to flip halfway them halfway through. You will know they are done cooking when they are slightly golden and crisp.
  5. Repeat the last two steps with the rest of the chimichangas.

Step 3: Serve

Top each chimichanga with shredded lettuce, two tbsp of pico de gallo, 1 tbsp of sour cream, and 1 oz of avocado. Garnish will cilantro if you like and enjoy!

Close up image of air fryer chimichanga loaded with toppings.

Storage and Reheating

If you want to store and reheat your leftover air fryer chimichangas, you have a few great options!

Best Way To Store

Store any leftover chimichangas in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can also wrap them individually with cling wrap or aluminum foil.

How Long Will The Leftovers Last In the Fridge?

As long as your chimichangas are stored properly, they can last in the fridge for up to 7 days. However, I recommend eating them within two days if you can.

Can I Freeze Leftover Air Fried Chimichangas?

Yes, you can! As long as they are properly stored, you can freeze your leftover chimichangas in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How To Reheat Air Fryer Chimichangas

If the chimichanga has been kept in the refrigerator, warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. If frozen, heat it in the microwave for about one minute.

To reheat them in the oven, just bake at 350°F for about ten minutes, until the outside is crispy once again. You can also try your toaster oven!

Expert Tips

  • If you do not have lime juice on hand, lemon juice will also work.
  • You can use guacamole in place of the diced avocado if you prefer.
  • If you are not a fan of pico de gallo, you can use your favorite salsa instead.
Two air fryer chimichangas on a plate loaded with toppings.

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Air Fryer Chimichangas FAQs 

How Long Do I Air Fry Frozen Chimichangas?

Wrap your frozen chimichangas in foil and air fry them at 320 degrees F for 18-20 minutes, making sure to flip halfway through. Just make sure the outside is crispy, and the inside is completely heated through.

How Do You Reheat a Chimichanga in an Air Fryer?

If you have leftover chimichangas, the air fryer works excellent for reheating! Place your leftover refrigerated chimichangas in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Cook at 320 degrees F for about 4 minutes or until completely heated through.

What’s The Difference Between Burritos and Chimichangas?

Burritos are typically rolled up and eaten with your hands. Chimichangas are generally fried and served on a plate with many toppings and eaten with utensils.

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Two air fryer chimichangas on a plate loaded with toppings. Wooden fork and knife next to the plate.
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Air Fryer Chimichangas (Gluten Free)

Are you looking for an easy and delicious gluten-free meal? Then, try these air fryer chimichangas! So tasty and full of Mexican flavor!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Air Fryer, easy, gluten free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Jessica

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 12 oz shredded rotisserie chicken breast
  • Juice of ½ an orange
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can 4 oz mild diced green chiles, drained
  • 4 gluten free tortillas we love Mission brand
  • ½ C shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • Olive oil spray
  • 3 C shredded lettuce
  • 4 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 small avocado diced
  • ½ cup pico de gallo

Instructions

  • First, combine the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, drained chilies, cumin, and chicken in a large bowl and mix well together.
  • Next, scoop out about one-quarter of the mixture and place in the middle of a tortilla. Sprinkle the top with about 2 tbsp of cheese.
  • Fold in the sides of the tortilla and wrap it around the mixture somewhat tightly. Set it aside with the seam side down.
  • Repeat the last two steps for the rest of the mixture and tortillas.
  • After that, preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Then you will want to lightly spray your air fryer basket as well as all sides of the chimichangas with the cooking spray.
  • Place 2 of the chimichangas with the seam sides down in your air fryer basket and make sure they are not touching.
  • Cook the chimichangas for about 7 to 8 minutes, making sure to flip halfway them halfway through. You will know they are done cooking when they are slightly golden and crisp.
  • Repeat the last two steps with the rest of the chimichangas.
  • Top each chimichanga with shredded lettuce, two tbsp of pico de gallo, 1 tbsp of sour cream, and 1 oz of avocado. Garnish will cilantro if you like and enjoy!

Notes

Dairy-Free Sub: use vegan sour cream and shredded cheese or omit.

Expert Tips

  • If you do not have lime juice on hand, lemon juice will also work.
  • You can use guacamole in place of the diced avocado if you prefer.
  • If you are not a fan of pico de gallo, you can use your favorite salsa instead.
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    Are you looking for an easy and delicious gluten-free meal? Then, try these air fryer chimichangas! Light and fluffy gluten-free tortillas are stuffed with a delicious filling, then cooked to perfection in the air fryer. Eight minutes later, you’ll have a crispy and satisfying chimichanga that’s perfect for any time of day!

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