Asian Sesame Chicken Wraps


Sorry for the delay in posting but we've been super busy with a bunch of wedding decisions lately. We're also in the midst of buying our first home. Not to mention that Blogger had a huge fart and decided to try to tell us that our blog was no longer hosted on Blogger's servers. This has since been fixed as of yesterday, and was an issue from our custom domain. This was the cause of that annoying redirect page you may have been seeing. It may have caused some of you (those running IE 6 or 7) to not even be able to view our blog. This episode has made me question moving Chef Fresco to Wordpress. Many of you have Wordpress food blogs. Wordpress is completely open source and there are many more possibilities with it. Give us your thoughts Wordpress or Blogger? - Michael

This is another recipe from the Today's Kitchen Cookbook, with a little of our own adjustments. It's something a little different that your average ole' chicken wrap. The original recipe called for sunflower sprouts, but we used pea sprouts. I've never tried those things, but they're pretty good! The original recipe also called for bok choy, but Michael's not a fan of it so we left it out (if you want to use it, just add 1/2 cup of it, finely chopped). We served the wraps with some peanut sauce from Trader Joe's for dipping (any peanut sauce will do).

For the dressing, you have to thicken 2 cups of vegetable stock. I wasn't really sure how to best go about this, but decided to use about 1.5 tbsp. of cornstarch. I mixed the cornstarch in about 1/4 cup of the stock. I heated the rest of the stock in a small sauce pan over medium heat, then added the cornstarch mixture. I continued cooking, stirring frequently until the mixture was thickened. It turned out to be pretty thick, so you could maybe get away with using 1 tbsp. of cornstarch instead of 1.5 If anyone has a better way of thickening stock, let me know! :) The dressing recipe makes lots extra, so you could definitely half it. I don't know that I'd use the dressing on a regular salad, so don't worry about having some for later.

Ingredients

SESAME DRESSING:
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. tahini oil
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups thickened vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sriracha (hot chili) sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chopped green onions
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped cilantro
WRAPS:
  • 1.5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded napa cabbage
  • 3 tbsp. julienned water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup julienned carrots
  • 4 tbsp. sesame ginger dressing
  • 8 oz. grilled chicken breast, sliced into strips
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup pea sprouts
  • 3 tbps. peanut sauce (optional)

Directions

  1. First, make dressing: combine garlic, ginger, vinegar, tahini, soy sauce, and vegetable stock in a blender. Blend until garlic and ginger are mixed in well. Add sesame oil, sriracha, pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Blend for 1 minute. Season with salt to taste.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, water chestnuts, and carrots. Stir-fry about 1 minute and add sesame dressing. Cook another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Add chicken and toss.
  3. Divide chicken/veggie mixture among tortillas. Add sprouts & wrap-up. Serve with peanut sauce, if desired.

16 comments:

Esi said...

The wraps sound delicious! Good luck with the wedding planning on congrats on the house!

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

I love the Asian ingredients that you added to your wrap. Beautiful flavorful dish, as usual.

One note: do you know that your website has been down. I couldn't have access to it in the last few days. ... :(

♥peachkins♥ said...

This sounds absolutely heavenly! Love the new photo!

Donna-FFW said...

These wraps sound so flavorful..Id imagine it was most delicious!

girlichef said...

Awesome flavors! I could go for one of these right now. I don't know anything about Wordpress, so I can't can't give any sage advice here...

Melissa said...

Buying a new house? That's exciting! These wraps would be perfect for lunch, they look delish!

Grace said...

oh, wedding plans--how exciting! never apologize for having your priorities straight. :) meanwhile, these are some pretty stellar wraps, and that's coming from someone who isn't wild about asian flavors. just lovely.

Culinary Wannabe said...

The flavors in this sounds so up my alley. Good luck with all the planning - it will settle down after you get through the initial bookings, I promise! :)

Sophie said...

Very nice wraps. I'm sorry to hear you all were having trouble with blogger, Wordpress works pretty well but from what I understand, I think (again, I think) that one might have to pay extra for changing up the blog template.

Love the picture in this post! I've used corn starch as a thickener but also like using flour, I find it works better sometimes.

Steph said...

Those look delicious! I love chicken wraps... so much more fun to eat!

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Kerstin said...

What gorgeous and flavorful wraps! The sesame dressing looks really yummy. I like Wordpress :)

JustJolita said...

Looks so delicious!!! I love your site and your recipes!!!

Amanda said...

Wow this looks really amazing! Your photos are always gorgeous :)

Lexie said...

Oh wow! Yummmm! I never make Asian for some reason, but I definitely need to try this wrap!

Sara said...

These sound great - and healthy. I am all about wrapping things in tortillas these days. It's so easy and delicious.

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