Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thai Chicken Peanut Wrap

Just this past weekend, I was bartending a 50's themed birthday party. It was sold to me as being a quiet fundraiser. It turned out to be a raging poodle-skirt laden, grease lightning, booze-fest. Absolutley my favorite events to bar-tend.

The host was nothing sort of hilarious and he told me the best pick up line I have heard to date (and that's saying something). He said to me shortly after our first introduction, "Honey, I would swim through a lake of beer with my mouth closed just to hold your hand."

I howled with laughter and replied, "That sure beats, 'Hey, what's your name?'"

Although, it doesn't beat the line delivered by my honey in a smokey lodge with blues music swinging in the background it was a very, very close second.

Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with this amazing Thai Chicken Peanut Wrap recipe.
My best answer is; nothing really. Except for the fact that I love to laugh and be ridiculous almost as much as I love a wrap.

I crave wraps like some people crave butterfinger Blizzards from Dairy Queen. There is something about a soft shell craddling warm nuggets of chicken drenched in sauce with crispy cabbage, lettuce, or my personal favorite, avocado. 

I will take leftovers straight from the fridge, wrap them in a tortilla add some fresh lettuce and cheese and call it delicious.
This recipe is no different. It starts with leftover Soy Ginger Grilled Chicken, however you can use any leftover chicken you have laying around and gets dressed up with crunchy cabbage and green pepper.
Then as if that wasn't enough, it is smothered in a savory peanut-honey-soy dressing. 

Simply swoon worthy if you ask me. During dinner I did my usual moaning and ooohhing and aahhing to which my honey responds, "Even if you didn't like it, I think you would still moan. It's just your thing."

Pretty much, but this deserves every lip smacking moan I gave it.

The End

Now on with the recipe! It's great for lunch, dinner, or a midnight snack!

Thai Chicken Peanut Wrap

For the Peanut-Honey-Soy Dressing:
1/4 Cup All Natural Peanut Butter
3 tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 tsp. Garlic Powder

For the peanut-honey-soy dressing:
1. In a small bowl combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, cayenne pepper, oil, and garlic powder. Stir together with a whisk or fork until a smooth paste is created. Then set aside.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Skinny (just the dressing): 

95 calories / 8 g fat / 2.5 g carbohydrates / .7 g fiber / 2.8 g protein  

For the wrap contents:  

3 Cups Leftover Soy Ginger Grilled Chicken Breasts (or 3 cups of any cooked chicken will do)
2 Cups Green Cabbage; thinly sliced
1 Green Pepper
2 tbsp. Paul Newman's Low Fat Soy Ginger Dressing
6 Low Carbohydrates Flour Tortillas (I love Mission's Carb Balance Plus!)

1. Slice the chicken, cabbage, and green pepper into thin slivers. 
2. Heat a large skillet and add the green peppers and half of the soy ginger. Cook until the peppers have softened and charred slighty, about 3-5 minutes. Then add the sliced chicken breast and the remaining dressing. Heat for another 1-2 minutes tossing to coat the chicken and heat it through. Then add the cabbage and stir over the heat for one more minute tossing to coat. Once the cabbage is added, toss your tortillas on top of the steaming skillet and allow to heat slightly turning them once. Then remove from heat.
4. To plate: Take the warmed tortilla and smear a generous amount of peanut sauce on the bottom of the tortilla. Top with the cabbage and chicken and roll up! Eat right away!

Servings: 6

Nutritional Skinny (per wrap):

 280 calories / 11.5 g fat / 15.7 g carbohydrates / 9 g fiber / 23 g protein

Mental Health Benefit: This wrap is loaded with fiber from the high fiber wrap and the vegetables and loaded with lean protein from the chicken, wrap, and peanut butter. Now, there is a little bit of fat in these. This comes from the all natural peanut butter. You can reduce that by using reduced fat, however nut oils contain the good fats that keep our metabolisms alive and thriving and our energy soaring. These aren't empty cotton-candy calories here. This is the real, whole-food, energy-packed sort of lunch or dinner that will carry you across that lake of beer to that sweet girl on the other side and you'll still have energy left to hold her hand and possibly swirl her around the dance floor like my honey did our very first night.

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