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Southwest Chicken Salad Wrap- So Much Yum!

I have done a lot of faith pieces, character pieces, and have a lot of those kinds in the works, but I think today it is time for something a little less meaty, or more meaty, depending on how you want to look at it ;-).

I can’t tell you where I originally found this- pinterest, facebook, another blog.  Hard telling as much time as I spend on the internet…..

But let me tell you, I am ever so grateful I did!

Valarie’s Kitchen provides this recipe with a serving suggestion of pinwheels.  Which are fun, and pretty, in some settings, I might even take the time to do that much slicing.

But, the first time I made these was for a church dinner, and I was in a hurry so I took a bread knife and sliced them all in half and called it done.  And they LOVED it.  So much so that I was commanded to bring it for the next dinner, and likely every dinner thereafter.

They don’t know me too well at that church yet, and likely think I can’t cook, because I never know what to bring to our potlucks that isn’t duplicitous.  But I’m pretty sure I will have a hard time getting out of bringing these.

Now, in case you don’t read it in the recipe for some reason, when she says these are better eaten within a few hours of them setting up in the fridge, she is right.  The next day they are tolerable.  For the most part.  Anything after that, they need a trash can.  Even my “I refuse to waste any food ever.  And I mean ever.” husband will refuse to eat them after they have been around for longer than a day.

Also, I am lazy (have I ever mentioned that on here before?  Pretty sure I have.)  So, um, shredding chicken isn’t likely to happen.  So, I use canned chicken- like what you find in the canned tuna aisle.  It probably makes for a saltier wrap, so you might reduce how much salt you add when that part of the recipe comes along.  Maybe someday I will actually shred chicken.

It’s pretty easy really-

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For her recipe you will need the following:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel (light) or regular cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light sour cream
  • 1 (10 ounce) can RoTel Tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (like Lawry’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can chopped olives
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded as desired and diced (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 5 large burrito size flour tortillas or wraps in assorted flavors

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And you will need a few tools such as:

  • Mixer (I don’t think they make mine anymore, but it’s an inexpensive little sunbeam number my MIL got for me.  It has served me quite well. Amazon has similar ones.)
  • spoon
  • can opener (purchasing a decent can opener is a purchase I have NEVER regretted.  Sure, it cost $15, and I probably saved that much in cheap replacements.)
  • measuring spoons
  • saran wrap (not pictured)

Then it’s a simple matter of combining the cream cheese, sour cream, drained Rotel, garlic and seasonings.  I like to mince my own garlic, don’t ask my why I mince my own garlic but won’t shred a chicken…..

It would help if I had a nice Garlic Press though… I have a dollar store cheapy, and it’s getting annoying. I bet, like my can opener, I wouldn’t regret the purchase.  Thinking about getting this one.

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Then you stir in the remaining ingredients:

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Once that is all mixed up, you spread it in your shells, leaving a little room on the edge, and roll it up:

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What?  You don’t use your food scraps to make smiley faces?  It’s like a mandatory part of making food isn’t it?

Wrap each one in saran wrap and put it in the fridge, ideally for an hour, though I have been known to rush it without too many ill effects:

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At times, I have made up the salad in advance, stuck it in the fridge and put it in the wraps just a little bit before they need to for the occasion I am going to.  That keeps the wraps from getting slimy.

Get the full recipe here, and check out her blog for more yummy eats.  I loved this one and am so grateful she posted/ created it for us all to enjoy!

There it is- see sometimes I do normal housewifey things, like cook.  I don’t make my own recipes, but I am more than happy to share the recipes that I find and love.

Give this a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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