MMMmmmm Food!

MMMmmmm Food!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chicken Salad Wrap!

What's for lunch today...?

I've been craving this for awhile now.  When I was in high school, my part-time job was at a small patisserie that made the only chicken salad I've ever liked.  

I hate when you see the chicken salad in a deli - it usually looks more like tuna fish or something so ground up it takes an ice cream scoop to plate it.  Yuck.  This is a much more chunky, lightly "dressed" salad.


Let's talk about what you need:
(Makes about 4 wraps with a little extra - for the cook!)

Chicken Breast (3 piece package)
1 cup chopped celery (inside of stalk for boiling)
1 onion (for boiling)
1 cup grapes (cut in half)
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup roasted sliced almonds
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp dijon
2 tbsp whole grain mustard
boston/bibb lettuce
flour tortilla

First, boil your chicken in a pot with some celery hearts/leaves and an onion (this is just for extra flavor). Put enough cold water in the pot to just cover the chicken and vegetables.  Grind some black pepper also.  For fully cooked chicken, make sure it is at least 160 degrees inside.  I think mine took 8-10 minutes.  While that is boiling, prep everything else...
Chop up the celery, scallions and cut the grapes in half (as seen above).  Those three items can wait in one bowl.

Mix up the mayo, and two mustards in a different, small bowl - if the chicken isn't done yet, keep the "dressing" and bowl of "greens" cold in the refrigerator.
I wanted to make this and eat it right away - so if you are going to do that too... let the chicken cool on some ice.  You don't want warm chicken salad - ew - Once it is cool enough, chop it up into small chunks.
Put the chicken and "greens" into a bigger bowl.  Spoon in the mayo/mustard - I used most of this mixture, but didn't want it too full of mayo.  Put in as much as you want.  It's better to spoon it in a little at a time - you can't take it out if you put too much in!
Finally, add in the almonds and season with salt and pepper to taste.

You could stop here and just eat the chicken salad in a small bowl - Yum!  But why stop there?  We can make a wrap!
Microwave a flour tortilla for 12 seconds.  This will make it easy to fold up.  (MMMmmm think of a Chipotle burrito when they "flash warm" it!  We'll fold ours the same way too!)  Put some of the chicken salad in the middle.
Then lay a few leaves of the boston/bibb lettuce on the chicken.
Fold the side closest to you over the lettuce, then bring in each side, then roll the whole thing onto the far side.  You should hopefully get something that looks like this!  Cut it in half and plate with anything you'd like!
All that wrestling with monkey toy sure wore Tazzy out!!!  Now Daddy can eat in peace!!!

Tip - this is almost better the next day!  Let all those flavors come together.  You could make this some evening and then have it for lunch the next day!

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