Monday, July 13, 2009

Tex Mex Med Chicken Burritos with Cilantro Lemon Dressing

Want an alternative as easy to make as burgers and hot dogs without the heart-burn and calorie-guilt? Want to re-define a summer staple you eat with your hands that is fresh, full of flavor, and low-in-fat? Than I have the dish for you-Tex Mex Med Chicken Burritos with Cilantro-Lime Dressing. This dish is my attempt at pairing my native flavor-base of the Mediterranean by preparing the chicken in olive oil with fresh garlic and roasted red pepper and combining it with the popular Tex Mex and Latin cuisines of my current community highlighting cilantro and fresh peppers and onions for texture, flavor, and health. The lemon of the dressing bridges the gap of these regional fares making for a light yet filling dish that both is familiar and different.


Tex Mex Med Burrito Recipe, Serves: 4
1 lb. ground chicken
4 garlic cloves
2 large roasted red peppers
shredded iceberg lettuce
shredded Monterey jack cheese or any cheddar mix
diced red onions
diced orange peppers
diced tomatoes
4 large tortillas


Pre-chop all vegetables and prepare dressing ingredients. Heat 3 tblsp. of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add fresh garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. Add chicken meat. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for about 8 minutes. Add roasted red peppers for another 2-4 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned and cooked through.


Cilantro Lemon Vinaigrette from Food&Wine.com
2/3 cup cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot: I used fresh garlic instead.
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey: I used white sugar instead.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

In a blender, combine the cilantro leaves, shallot (garlic), lemon juice, red wine vinegar and honey (sugar) and pulse until the cilantro is finely chopped. With the machine on, add the olive oil in a steady stream and blend until smooth. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.


Assemble the burrito about 1/3 up on the shell and be sure to keep all components in the middle leaving enough room to fold-in on both sides. Drizzle about 1-2 tsp. of dressing on top, fold, and ta-da! You've got a hearty, healthy, burrito sure to make everyone in the family happy and full with a new summer favorite.

24 comments:

mardi said...

Looks great!

Angie's Recipes said...

I haven't made Tex Mex food for a while...maybe it's about time to try something again.
Well done! Rachel

Angie's Recipes

Miranda said...

These looks terrific...I am keeping this recipe. My husband would love this...

The Duo Dishes said...

We're so used to cilantro and lime that we rarely break away from that. Lemon is a nice match for this dish.

Adam said...

yuuuuummmmmm...

Mathilde said...

This recipe gives me a lot of inspiration for my upcoming lunches, thanks a lot!

Laura said...

This is what i"m looking for dinner in 30 minutes.I might have to make double the recipe, you have no idea how much teenage boys are eating. Thanks

Jessie said...

I love tex mex cuisine, it's one of my favorites. These burritos are delish!

Lo said...

Definitely a great summer dish.

I can think of all sorts of applications for that cilantro dressing... hmmm!

s. stockwell said...

This will be a big success here in Montecito, CA. We are going to be doing lots of these kind of dishes very soon when we all celebrate Fiesta in Santa Barbara. love it! best, s

foodnfit said...

I love it...definitely saving this recipe!

Diana Bauman said...

Looks super yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing!!

link said...

love burritos! So easy and they can be made in advance! Thanks for the recipe

link said...

love burritos! So easy and they can be made in advance! Thanks for the recipe

Kristin said...

I'm addicted to anything involving chicken and cilantro. Thanks for this recipe!

Cookin' Canuck said...

The vinaigrette looks as though it's packed with flavor. What an easy weeknight meal!

Miranda said...

This looks terrific...Saved it..I hope to make it for the husband.
THanks

Cate said...

this looks amazing. now, you don't find that the ground chicken is sort of dry? i guess it's that incredible vinaigrette that keeps it so delicious. this is a great family meal. thank you! totally going to try it this week.

ValleyWriter said...

Looks great! I love anything with cilantro - so I'll definitely be trying this.

Proud Italian Cook said...

That dressing with everything combined sounds amazing and fresh. Who would ever go out for take-out?

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I always like Tex-Mex - I frequently add in cilantro and lime to a lot of summery dishes I prepare. Lemon is a nice variation on that. And the kids love burritos! Great job.

Cameron said...

Going to try this out on the husband! SO up our alley as native Californians! You might like our Cameron's Kickin' Crispy Cheesy Wrap too! Check it out!
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Tana said...

Hey Rachel,

Nice to connect with you on Foodbuzz.
Wow, your chicken burritos looks really good. It's hard to find a good Tex Mex restaurant here in Vancouver:(

If you have time please check out my blog at http://CheapAppetite.com

Cheers,
CheapAppetite

viagra online said...

Excellent burritos, actually this is the original way to prepare them, I'm a Mexican man and this is the way we use to prepare burritos but with other ingredients.

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