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Friday, January 16, 2009

Blackened Chicken Wraps

I really like wraps and this is probably my favorite one. The spicy chicken and the coolness of cole slaw just blend together so well. I love it. I'll add a photo as soon as I make this!

Chicken Marinade:
2 cups water
6Tablespoons lime juice
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire

Cajun Spice Blend:
1 Tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 Tablespoons butter

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

About 2 cups of cole slaw

4 Burrito size Tortilla Wraps - spinach, tomato, or even regular flour tortillas work well.

  1. Combine water, lime juice, soy sauce, and worcestershire in a medium bowl and stir. Add the chicken breasts to the marinade, cover bowl and keep in the refrigerator for several hours. Overnight is even better.
  2. Combine the spices for the Cajun spice blend in a small bowl. Sprinkle a teaspoon of the spice blend over one side of each of the chicken breasts. Cover the entire surface of the chicken with spice.
  3. Melt the butter in a hot pan, then sear the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes on the side with the spices. While the first side cooks, sprinkle another teaspoon of spices over the top of the other side of each chicken breast, coating that side as you did the other. Flip the chicken over and sear for another 2-3 minutes. The surface of the chicken will be coated with a charred, black layer of flavor. *You may want to do this in an electric griddle outside if you don't want to smoke up the house.
  4. Finish cooking the chicken on a barbecue grill for 2-3 minutes on each side; or heat oven to 350F and finish baking for 10-15 minutes, checking temperature towards end of time to make sure the breasts don't dry out. *The chicken can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
  5. Let chicken cool and then slice each breast into several pieces.
  6. Take wraps and layer chicken, about 1/4 cup black beans, and 1/4-1/2 cup of cole slaw (depending on taste). Fold in edges and wrap. These don't store well so eat immediately!

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