Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Thursday, June 14, 2012

These wraps are so delicious! The tortillas had a nice crisp on the outside, and the filling tastes wonderful. I use shredded rotisserie chicken, but I think this would be good even without meat. The recipe says to spray with cooking spray, but this is a recipe where my olive oil mister comes in handy. I use my favorite base rice, which is almost always on hand in the fridge. Everyone in the family loves these!

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps
*Makes 6 wraps*
1 cup cooked rice, warm or at room temperature
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green onion, finely sliced (white and green parts)
1/2 red or green pepper, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of monterey jack and sharp cheddar)
Sour cream (optional)
6 burrito-sized flour tortillas
Mix rice together with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and sour cream. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges, then arrange chicken and rice mixture down the center of each tortilla. (Optional: on some of the wraps, I dotted the cheese with about 1-2 tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream before arranging chicken and rice mixture down the center (it made the wraps delightfully creamy.) Roll stuffed tortillas, leaving edges open. Spray the tortillas all over with cooking spray.
Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for 1 minute. Arrange 2 wraps, seam-side down, in pan and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining wraps. Serve.

My Favorite Base Rice

Sunday, June 3, 2012

This is the base rice I use for most dishes that call for cooked rice. I learned the method from someone on the babycenter cooking board (as soon as I remember, I'll give you credit, promise!) The barley adds awesome texture and flavor! Tastes wonderful on its own too.

Put into rice cooker:

1 1/3 c. brown rice
1/2 c. pearl barley
4 c. chicken or veggie broth, or 4 c. water with 2 bullion cubes

Cook per directions on your rice cooker. My rice cooker likes to burn things, so I watch for the 'fish eyes' to appear (little holes all across the surface), telling me the rice is ready.

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