Cajun Chicken Wraps

Another school year is winding down and what a bittersweet feeling that is.  We’re all thrilled that summer is on the horizon, but in the here and now, there are big projects due and exams to study for and class trips to take, and that means we’ve reached DEFCON 4 on the organization level at our house.  We need to keep our eyes on the prize.  We must stay focused!  To that end, quick and easy dinners are the name of the game.

These simple wraps fits in beautifully with Sendik’s Wellness Month – in fact, the recipe comes from weightwatchers online.  Don’t be leery, it doesn’t taste like ‘diet’ food.  In face, it packs a little bit of a punch, so depending on what brand of Cajun seasoning you choose, you might need to watch the heat.  Basic bottled Ranch would be a good substitute for the spicy dressing if you’re serving sensitive diners (Marzetti’s Dressings are on sale).

I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because I had a package in the freezer, and I grilled them outside instead of sauteeing them.  I cleaned my stovetop last night, see — and it was all sparkly and shiny and purty, and I have this thing about not wanting to mess up my stove if I don’t absolutely have to.  I know, lame.  Now you (and anyone who’s ever been a houseguest here) know that I’m weird about my cooktop.  And my countertops too — messy countertops drive me nuts.  But everybody has something, right?  Like, some people can’t stand it when their floors are messy?  Not me.  You could probably walk in here any day of the week and sweep up enough black fur to build another DamDog.  Who cares.  Just don’t try to get between me and my purple Sparkle bottle…Sparkle…it is some awesome stuff.  Makes for some super shiny counters…I’m serious.

Speaking of staying focused — I think that’s about enough for today.  The crazy train has left the station!

Serves: 4

2 T. Cajun Seasoning (I used Emeril’s Bayou Blast)
1 T. all purpose flour
1 t. paprika
3/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips (Gerber Amish Country Chicken Breasts are on sale this week, 5/11/11 – 5/17/11) **See Note**
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
cooking spray
4 t. reduced fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 t. fresh lemon juice
4 large tortillas (LaTortilla Factory Tortillas are on sale this week, 5/11/11 – 5/17/11)
1/2 small red onion, julienned
2 c. greens, cleaned and torn (Green leaf, red leaf, and romaine lettuces are on sale this week, 5/11/11 – 5/17/11)
1/2 t. Cajun seasoning
1 t. fresh lemon juice

In small shallow bowl, combine 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, flour, and paprika.  Season chicken with salt and pepper, then dredge in seasoning mixture, turning to coat.

Coat a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat.  Add chicken to pan and saute until cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes per side; remove from pan and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and remaining 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning; spread 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise mixture over each tortilla.  Layer each with 1/4 onion, greens, and chicken; sprinkle with fresh lemon juice, roll up, and serve.

NOTES:  If you decide to grill the chicken, obviously leave the chicken pieces whole and slice them after they’ve been grilled.  Hit them lightly with some cooking spray before you put them on the fire.  :-)

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | May 10th, 2011