Monday, January 21, 2013

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps

Saturday night, I channeled my inner 80-year old and stayed home for the evening. I drank juice box wine, talked to my sister on the phone for an hour, watched old episodes of What Not to Wear, and read the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook from cover to cover. It was glorious. I also got sucked into a really bizarre Wikipedia vortex that resulted in me reading about obscenity laws in America...don't even ask. Clearly, my New Year's resolution to use my free time more productively is not going very well.

Apparently, these seemingly mundane activities got the creative juices flowing in my brain, and I woke up at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning with a really funny idea for a blog post. Usually, when I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, I send myself an email from my phone and deal with it in the morning. However, I must have fallen asleep again too quickly to email myself, and now I forget what I wanted to write about. I remember that I had an awesome idea, but I have no clue what it was. I am so stinkin' pissed right now. Just know, it was really, really good, but probably super weird since it came to me in a dream. I've been rendered completely incapable of remembering things on my own, without the aid of technology. Awesome.

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps

Let's move forward and discuss these wraps. This chicken salad is outstanding. Who knew that putting loads of green onions and cilantro in chicken salad would take it from good to great? This is usually where I'd try to convince cilantro haters to just taste it one more time, but I recently learned that cilantro hatred is actually genetic. Apparently, those of you who hate cilantro have a gene that makes it taste like soap! That makes me very sad for you, because I think cilantro tastes like unicorns, pug puppies, and angels are having a wildly delicious fiesta in my mouth. To each their own.

The chicken salad gets wrapped up with a generous amount of extra-sharp cheddar, and then the wrap is toasted in a skillet. The wrap gets crispy, the cheese gets melty, and lunchtime nirvana is yours.



Here's what you'll need:

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sour cream (I used light)
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3 cups cooked, shredded skinless chicken breast (about 3 boneless chicken breasts, OR make it really easy on yourself and just use a rotisserie chicken!)
Salt and pepper
2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
4 10-inch flour tortillas

In a medium bowl, stir together mayo, cilantro, scallions, celery, sour cream, and hot sauce. Add chicken, toss to combine, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over each tortilla, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Scoop 1/4 of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla, like so:

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps

Roll up, and spray all over with cooking spray.

Coat a non-stick skillet in cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. Seam side down, cook 2 wraps until golden brown 1-2 minutes. Turn the wrap over, and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a plate, and repeat with the remaining 2 wraps.

Cut each wrap in half with a serrated knife, and serve immediately.

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Source: Adapted from The Best Simple Recipes (I'm seriously in love with this cookbook - the vegetarian chili I made earlier this month is adapted from here too!)

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24 comments:

  1. I love extra sharp cheddar - I would love to have this for lunch today!!

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  2. i love the idea of browning the wrap! Sometimes I truly wonder - why haven't I thought of that! I love toasted wraps at delis and restaurants but have never made them myself that way at home. I want one right now - for breakfast. :)

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  3. GAH, I hate when that idea thing happens. Genius tends to strike for me when I'm in the shower. Hello, where am I going to find a place to write something down in there?? Anyone invented a whiteboard you can hang in the tub?
    PS. I am totally oogling that cookbook. I think it will be my Valentine's Day present to...myself.

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  4. Looks simple and delicious--a perfect pair!

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  5. These look great...I love a good wrap! I also love a relaxing Saturday night!

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  6. Hahahahah. I also think that cilantro tastes like unicorns, pug puppies, and angels are having a wildly delicious fiesta in my mouth. Awesomeness.

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  7. I wish I liked cilantro. I feel like there would be all these awesome foods that I would like, but my cilantro aversion is apparently here to stay. This wrap look insanely good, though!!

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  8. I love cilantro too! Haters gunna hate but at least we know why, genetics, who knew! I hate when I think of a really funny blog post and then foprget it. I usually do most of my genius thinking in the shower. Who knows why... But I really wish I could have some sort of technology to help me remember these ideas when I was in there! These wraps are so pretty, mine never look like that. And the flavors are perfect together!

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  9. I LOVE cilantro! These sound amazing!!!

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  10. This wrap sounds incredible and I looove that it is toasted! The little kick from the hot sauce sounds wonderful too. Can't wait to make this for lunch this week!

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  11. This wrap sounds incredible and I looove that it is toasted! The little kick from the hot sauce sounds wonderful too. Can't wait to make this for lunch this week!

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  12. Such a yummy idea for lunch! Lovely recipe, Maggie!

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  13. I currently just so happen to have chicken, green onions, cilantro and a bunch of cheese in my fridge. Now I could just go for a snow day tomorrow to stay home and make this for myself ;-) Looks so yummy; I love toasted wraps! I will be panini pressing the shit out of my creation I am sure. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. I love you for using the phrase "panini pressing the shit" hahaha. That sounds like a great idea!

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    2. Yum these look delicious! Sadly I got the evil cilantro hating gene, but think I will give these a try with all the other ingredients!

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  14. I hate when I have a really good idea and then totally forget it -- so frustrating! But this chicken salad wrap looks amazingly awesome!

    Sues

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  15. I think these look fantastic!! :) I found your blog through another cooking blog- and am going to be on the search for your pudding cookies!

    HOW interesting about Cilantro?! WOW. I had no idea. I'm thankful that I don't have this gene!

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  16. Chicken salad is like one of my favorite foods. I have to make this soon!

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  17. Would it be crazy to swap the chicken for tuna? I have a vegetarian over for lunch and Im out of ideas!

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    1. Hi there! Hopefully I'm not too late replying :)

      I'm the worst person to ask this question because I hate hot tuna, but I imagine it would be kind of similar to a tuna melt, and that most normal people would like it!

      Good luck!

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  18. I made this tonight...loved it. It is quick and easy and very tasty. I used Fage plain yogurt instead of mayo and whole wheat flatbread. I will be making this again. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Hi, I made this last night. I found your recipe on Pinterest. I loved it. I used Fage plain yogurt instead of mayo and whole wheat flatbread. Very tasty, I will be making this again. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. What are the nutrition facts for this recipe?

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