Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos

Smothered BUFFALO Chicken Baked Burritos AKA “skinny chimichangas” are restaurant delicious without all the calories! stuffed with the BEST buffalo chicken and then baked to golden perfection and smothered in most incredible Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce!  Your family will go crazy over these!!

Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos with Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce

Before there was my extremely popular Smothered Baked Chicken Burritos with Cheesy Green Chili Sour Cream Sauce there were these extremely delicious Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos.  Because every food is better when its smothered.

Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos.

When you smother an already delicious food with an equally or exceedingly delicious sauce, something magical happens – the delicious food becomes even more delicious as the complimentary sauce coats and blankets and slips into the nooks and crannies transforming every crevice of food into a small taste of heaven.

Like Thai Pineapple Peanut Chicken Satay smothered in the most incredible pineapple peanut butter brown sugar sauce…

Like Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad smothered in the most tantalizing 5 Minute Tomatillo Avocado Ranch…

Like Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs smothered in to-live-for homemade sweet, spicy, tangy barbecue sauce…

Like Toffee Pecan Cake smothered in the most velvety, so-delicious-you-will-want-to-drink-it homemade caramel sauce…

The list goes on and on and on

These Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos with Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce are no exception.  The chicken is first marinated in hot sauce (I use Frank’s), lime juice and an array of spices, then simmered in the bath of juiciness until tender enough to shred.

Showing how to make Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos by cooking the chicken.

The crazy tasty shredded chicken is then combined with sauteed carrots, onions, celery, green chilies, sour cream and hot sauce for a creamy spiced filling with a huge depth of flavor (you can completely control the heat by adding less hot sauce).

Showing how to make Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos by adding chicken to the pan.
Showing how to make Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos mixing filling in a pan.

The burritos are then rolled, brushed with olive oil and baked until crispy golden brown, ready for the moment we have all been waiting for…

The burritos are then smothered with Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce for a fresh, tangy creamy hug to to you taste buds.  So good.  So right. So waiting for you to make ASAP!!!

Fininshed Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos pouring the Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce over top.

Everything is better when its smothered.

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Smothered Baked BUFFALO Chicken Burritos AKA "skinny chimichangas" are restaurant delicious without all the calories! stuffed with the BEST buffalo chicken and then baked to golden perfection and smothered in most incredible Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce! my family goes crazy over these!!

Smothered Buffalo Chicken Baked Burritos with Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce

Servings: 6
Total Time: 1 hr
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins

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  • 6 burrito size flour tortillas (raw if you can)*

Chicken Buffalo Marinade

  • 1 1/2 pounds Chicken (3-4 chicken breasts)
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s hot WINGS Sauce NOT their original hot sauce**
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp EACH salt, chili pwdr, cumin, paprika, garlic pwdr
  • 1/2 tsp EACH onion pwder, dried oregano, pepper

Burrito Filling

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup matchstick/shredded carrots ***
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 4 oz. can mild chopped green chilies,
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2-4 tablespoons hot sauce depending on your heat preference or more
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese

Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons dry Ranch seasoning (1 packet)
  • 2-3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)

Optional Toppings

  • cilantro
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Blue cheese crumbles


  • Whisk together marinade ingredients in a freezer bag and add chicken, turning to coat. Marinade for 2-24 hours (the longer the better!)
  • To easily cook and shred the chicken: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot and rippling. Add the chicken breasts (and any extra marinade) and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. Flip the chicken over, then add 1 cup of chicken broth or water to the skillet. Cover and reduce heat to medium and simmer 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked though and tender enough to shred, adding additional chicken broth/water if the liquid evaporates too quickly. Remove chicken from skillet and let rest 5 minutes before shredding.
  • While the chicken is cooking and resting, prepare burrito filling. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and carrots and sauté for 4 minutes. Add celery, green chilies and garlic and sauté an additional 2 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Shred chicken and add to filling. Stir in ⅓ cup sour cream and hot sauce to taste until well combined.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and add a baking rack on top. Prepare burritos by adding a heaping ½ cup filling to each tortilla (uncooked if using raw tortillas), top with desired amount of cheese and roll up burrito style. Place burritos on the baking rack and brush both sides lightly with olive oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Broil to desired crispiness, flip over and broil the other side until golden.
  • Meanwhile, prepare Sauce by melting butter in olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low then gradually whisk in chicken broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir in sour cream, ranch seasoning, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Add hot sauce to taste and additional lime juice if desired. (optional).
  • To serve, top burritos with Creamy Lime Ranch Sauce and desired toppings.


*Raw tortillas are found in the refrigerated section (I buy mine at Costco). They are thinner so they bake and crisp beautifully!
**SEE BELOW for more recipes using Frank’s Hot WINGS sauce.
***I buy a bag of matchstick carrots and use them for filling and topping

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  1. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says

    O em Geeee! This looks fabulous! YUM! Your photos are just amazing! I LOVE them! I need a good place to shoot, your pics always look GREAT!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Sophia! I shoot in natural light light with a reflector which seems to work for me 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thanks Krystal, hopefully you can soon :)!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Becca! I put the world in a burrito!

    • Jen says

      Thank you, and thanks for all your support!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Sarah! I think you’ll like them :)!

  2. Jodie says

    OH my goodness! These look so good and I know my husband would love them too! Gotta try!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Neva! I try my best for my food to look equally pretty as it is delicious! You will love these!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Becky! It is pretty close :)!

  3. Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 says

    These burritos look fabulous, Jen! Thanks for sharing the recipe at Saturday dishes. I’m pinning and featuring your post in a Cinco de Mayo roundup on Friday!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Jamie! I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s yummy recipes!

  4. Danielle says

    I made these for some guests last night and they were a huge hit! the chicken was so flavorful and I loved the lime sauce.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for letting me know you loved them Danielle!

  5. Molly says

    Made these tonight – seriously SO amazing. I used 6 whole wheat tortillas and baked them like enchiladas, pouring the extra marinade over the top. I also subbed fat free Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Best enchiladas of my life!

    • Jen says

      What a great idea to make them “enchilada style”! Thank you so much for letting me know they were “the best enchiladas!” You seriously made my day! I love it when people share my same passion about my food! Thanks Molly!!! (just realized that’s a lot of !!! 🙂

  6. Seana says

    Oh my gosh – these are amazing. I used mild buffalo wing sauce (since my hubby isn’t fond of overly spicy food) instead of hot sauce and it worked out really well. I did have quite a bit of filling left over, but that’s ok. I think I might cook up some rice and have a buffalo chicken rice bowl for lunch. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jen says

      I am so happy you loved them Seana, that makes me so happy! and I think a buffalo chicken rice bowl sounds amazing!

  7. christina says

    Yummy! This is one of my new favorites! The whole family loved it. Thanks you!

    • Jen says

      You are most welcome and thank you for letting me know its a new favorite! It can be hard to find a recipe the whole family likes so I am so happy everyone loved it!

  8. Andrea Nelson says

    These were AMAZING!! Honestly, one of my favorite buffalo chicken dishes to date! The filling was so delicious. I added the boiled marinade mixture back to the filling mixture and it was delish! Thank you for another outstanding recipe! We love your chipotle chicken bowls too!!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Andrea, It was so fun to open my email to such a rave review, thank you!!! I am so happy you all loved them and my chipotle chicken bowls as well – you have good taste 🙂 Hope you enjoy many more recipes here!

  9. Dawn Brand says

    Question: When making the sauce that goes over the baked burritos, there’s no mention of when to add the “lime” juice.

    • Jen says

      Hi Dawn, thanks for catching that! It should be stirred in with the sour cream and ranch seasoning, etc. – just corrected the recipe. Enjoy!

  10. Malinda @Countryside Cravings says

    WOW!!!!! These look absolutely amazing!!! My hubby is a big time buffalo wings guy (so am I) so he will love these! I love your choice of sauce too!

    • Jen says

      If you love anything buffalo, I think you will especially love these! I have a hard time not putting hot sauce in everything 🙂 Thanks Malinda, I hope you are having a great summer!

  11. Alaina @ A Not So Quiet Kitchen says

    Holy Moly!! These look SO good Jen!! If it has hot sauce (especially Franks) I’m in!! My family has been loving your Bean Beef and Cheese Burritos and I’m sure they will love these too!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Alaina! I love that your family loves hot sauce – great palates 🙂 and I love hearing that they are enjoying my Bean and Beef Burritos – yay! Nothing quite like a good burrito – so cheesy and comforting 🙂

  12. Layne says

    these.were.phenomenal. I was a bit jealous that Jesse got the leftovers for work! I would have never thought to put carrots in there and was honestly wondering how it’d all turn out as I was making it. The only question I had was if I use the leftover marinade the chicken cooks in but I noticed how moist your pictures were and added it in. Thanks again!

    • Jen says

      YAY! I am thrilled you loved these Layne and thanks for trusting in my addition of carrots 🙂 The leftover marinade gets added when you flip your chicken over as it cooks. Hope that helps 🙂 Excited to see you next week!

  13. Ursula says

    Great recipe, these came out amazing! Put extra Franks Hot Wings Buffalo sauce into the shredded chicken mixture and in the sauce. My boyfriend had already gobbled down two by the time I finished one. So good!

    • Jen says

      Thanks for the awesome review Ursula, I’m so pleased this recipe was such a hit!

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