Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chicken Caesar Wraps

Chicken Caesar WrapsAh, the tortilla. Possibly nature's most perfect food.

It's like the sandwich bag of the food world, stick something in it and you've got an instant on-the-road meal.

I recently got a new cookbook (well, new to me) all about wraps and this chicken caesar recipe was pretty darn good. Nothing too earth-shattering, just a way to take your salad with you everywhere. Quite an American concept really.

In fact, if you think about it, the concept of the wrap is diametrically opposed to the Mexican way of life and everything that Mexico stands for. I think that if the country responsible for canonizing the siesta had any idea that Americans would take their perfect food and then use it as a way to eat on the run they would have forbidden anyone north of the Rio Grande to ever touch a tortilla.

Finding ways to eat faster and with greater mobility doesn't exactly sound like a Latino thing to me. But these wraps are tasty anyway--just don't eat them on the go. Take some time to sit down and slowly enjoy each bite, preferably with family or friends gathered around. If you won't do it for me, do it for the Mexicans.

2 1/2 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons orange juice concentrate
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
6 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing chicken
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresher the better)
1 pound chicken breast
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup croutons of your choice
4 large flour tortillas

Preheat grill.

Combine the mustard, juices, concentrate, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Gradually beat in the olive oil until thoroughly combined. Stir in the cheese and set it aside.

Brush your chicken breasts with oil and grill until done. Once cooked through, slice into strips on the bias.

Lay out the tortillas and brush each with the dressing mix to taste and divide lettuce and croutons among them. Divide out the chicken. Salt and pepper to taste, roll and eat.

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jacjewelry said...

These sound wonderful! I like all the flavors in the dressing. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Sounds heavenly! I love wraps. I get the Chicken Ceasar wrap at Chik-fil-A but yours sounds better! Do you have Chik-fil-A there?

Anonymous said...

What is the name of the cookbook?

Scribbit said...


Original huh?

I changed the recipe a bit for us but the essence is still there.