Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

One of my most favorite fast food restaurants in the world to eat at is New York Burrito.  I don't know if it is a big chain or anything, but I have yet to encounter one in Phoenix, which basically has everything (except for Cafe Rio, Wingers and Maurice's...at least not anywhere near me.)  But there was one in my lovely hometown, and going back to Pocatello for visits, always meant a stop at New York Burrito for a chicken caesar wrap.  Until it closed down about a year ago.  It was heartbreaking news to me.  Every time I am home for a visit and I drive past the old building, I mourn.  They really did have the best wraps of all time.  As I mentioned before, my very favorite was the chicken caesar.  I have tried many times to recreate that wrap, with only sub par results.  Don't get me wrong, anything smothered in caesar dressing can't be bad, but they just never compared to that.  Then I found the recipe for this wrap and knew I wanted to make it immediately.  And I am in love.  It is super simple and you probably have most or all of the ingredients on hand already.  Now, it isn't quite the same as NY Burrito, but it is amazingly delicious and maybe one of my favorite new meals.  I saved the leftovers, and even with the lettuce having wilted a bit, it was still yummy enough that I had a wrap for both lunch and dinner the next day!  The whole in my heart from the absence of New York burrito isn't entirely healed, but this recipe has helped quite a bit and for that I am thankful:).

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

The original recipe called for 1 (2.5 pound) rotisserie chicken.  I just boiled several chicken breasts in chicken broth and then shredded them afterwards.  So you could do either.  Obviously a rotisserie chicken would make this even easier.  I have included that change in the recipe.

1/4 cup light or regular mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon) I used bottled lemon juice with amazing results
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups cooked chicken  
1 Romain lettuce heart (about 6 ounces), torn into bite sized pieces
4-6 (10 inch) tortillas or wraps (I have used both whole wheat, white tortillas and soft wrap bread...all work wonderfully)

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and garlic.  Whisk in the olive oil slowly until thouroghly incorporated.  

In a large bowl, toss the chicken and lettuce with the dressing.  Divide the chicken/lettuce mixture evenly among the tortillas or wraps.  Roll and secure with a toothpick, if desired.  Serve.  

Recipe Source:  Slightly adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe who adapted it from Cook's Country

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13 comments:

  1. What a great healthy lunch. I love Caesar salad with chicken so I'm sure this will be fantastic! Thanks for a great idea ;)

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  2. This looks delicious! Easy... healthy.. a few ingredients. Done! Thanks for the yummy wrap idea. :)

    Krista @ joyfulhealtheyats

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  3. This looks great, thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Bloom :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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  4. Yummy! When i was pregnant with my little girl I went through a chicken caesar salad phase! Wraps, salad, pasta--whatever it didn't matter! What is so funny is I had never liked caesar dressing before!! This looks delicious!

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  5. I love Caesar salad in any form. I didn't realize how easy the dressing is to make, though. I've pinned this because I'm definitely going to be making it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. During college I always had chicken Caesar wraps! This post makes me hungry and sad I am already out of college! LOL

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  7. I hate that, when the best places close down. I would love this for lunch, I love caesar!

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  8. So glad you found something that comes close to replacing your favorite wrap. I grew up in Phoenix...not sure if I realized that you lived there before. I live on the other coast now, but my parents are still there and I desperately miss the mountains and hiking!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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  9. Hi Heather, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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  10. I love chicken caesar salad. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

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  11. Loving your recipes, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can read more about it here:
    http://www.happyhouseof5.com/2013/03/nominated-for-liebster-award.html

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  12. Great idea for a lunch! I am always looking for healthy ideas to make myself!

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