Tonight, my husband and I were talking about this week’s menu, and he said, “You can make those Mexican chicken roll up things again”. Whenever he asks for something again, I know it is a keeper recipe, hence this week’s Must Try Monday-Southwest Chicken Wraps.
I have to agree with my husband…they are REALLY good. And, the good thing about this recipe is it can easily be adapted to include ingredients you have on hand or omit ones you don’t care for.
Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps
1 cup cooked rice
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can black beans-rinsed and drained
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 8 oz package shredded monterey jack cheese (cheddar will work fine)
8 burrito size tortillas
1/4 cup olive oil
*Mix the rice, chicken, chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic powder together.
*To this gently add the cilantro, black beans, and red pepper.
*Heat your griddle to 350 degrees. (If you don’t have a griddle, you can heat a pan over medium heat)
*Sprinkle some cheese in the center of a tortilla. Add the chicken mixture on top of the cheese.
*Fold the tortilla together-burrito style.
*Brush the seam side of the tortilla with some olive oil. Lay this seam side down on the hot griddle. While it starts to cook, brush the top of the tortilla with olive oil.
*Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes with the seam side down. Flip it over and crisp the other side for 2-3 minutes.
*Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole for dipping….and a tall, icy margarita goes great with it, too :).
Note: To shred my chicken, I work it into a “batch cooking” day. While I’m cooking up a few other things to stock the freezer, I put 4-5 chicken breasts in my crock pot, enough water to just cover them, and cook them on high for about 4 hours. They practically shred themselves….but I use a fork to shred them. They come out so nice and tender, juicy, and almost falling apart. I just bag them up in 2 cup portions, and put them in the freezer. Then, it’s ready to go for meals like this.