Monday, February 28, 2011

Balsamic Chicken Wraps

I bought the Jessica Seinfeld "Double Delicious" cookbook a few weeks ago.  I like her practical, easy recipes that sneak in vegetables, I really do.  Her balsamic chicken was one of the first recipes that caught my eye and made me want to purchase the book.  I was inspired a lot by her first collection "Deceptively Delicious."  She helped me jumpstart the idea of pureeing vegetables into foods to make them more filling and to get us eating them too.  Maybe you're one of those people who just loves veggies but my family isn't like that.  So recipes like this one (posted below) where we can add them in really works well for us!

Balsamic Chicken Wraps
(Makes 6 wraps)

Adapted from Jessica Seinfeld's Double Delicious cookbook

Cooking spray
1 tbsp olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts thawed and cut into strips (or bites)
1 cup of all natural chicken broth
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of pepper
1/4 cup of whole wheat flour (I use the white wheat kind)
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
6 tbsp brown sugar (I used light)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of broccoli - pureed or chopped very finely (Next time I make this I think I will add more!)
6 whole wheat tortilla wraps
3/4 cup of shredded cheese, reduced fat and any variety

Generously grease a skillet with cooking spray and warm it on the stove at medium heat.   Then add the tablespoon of olive oil.  Toss in the cut up chicken.  Sprinkle the pieces with salt, pepper and flour.  Stir them around until completely coated.  Add in the minced garlic.  Cook for about 10 minutes or until a knife can be inserted easily through the chicken.  Pour in the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, chicken broth and pureed (or finely chopped) broccoli.  Stir and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Note: You shouldn't even really notice the pieces of broccoli in the sauce since the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar is so dark. 

Remove skillet from heat.  Set aside.  Warm your whole wheat flour tortillas in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  Then scoop out balsamic chicken into the center of each tortilla.  Top with shredded cheese.  Then fold over and tuck in sides so you have the chicken wrapped up inside. 

This was surprisingly easy, quick and very delicious!  My husband really enjoyed this.  My three year old took a few bites but she's a bit more picky.   We ate our wraps with sweet potato fries and a special dip recipe which I will share with you tomorrow!   These would also be great with a side salad, green beans or any other vegetable. 

Do you ever puree vegetables and put them in your foods?  I know many people have different opinions (negative and positive) on that style of cooking but when your family is super picky about meals (like mine is), purees are a very easy way to have my loved ones eating more of the good stuff! 

1 comment:

  1. yum - looks great! i have the sandwiches on my meal plan! as you know, i have jessica's book and have done the puree thing. i don't even think it's so much about "sneaking it in," I just think it's a great way to pump up the nutrition of recipes that we make all the time. we're pretty good about eating regular veggies too, so the more, the merrier!