Friday, February 22, 2013

Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad Wraps

Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad Wraps

I have to tell you one glorious thing about yesterday. Ok, well maybe two: I didn’t leave the house once. It snowed a blizzard. I have no idea how much snow we have because I did not stepped one foot outside. In addition, I wore my PJ’s all day. I got up, took a bath, and then put my pajamas right back on. They might have some magical powers – just because we checked some things off of our list yesterday – Paul finished painting the bathroom, it’s now clean and tidy and usable. Our walls have things hung on them and we are ready for guests. It was beyond glorious.

So who is visiting? Want to guess what I’ll feed you for lunch?

One of my favorite lunches of all-time is chicken salad. More often than not, if I see it on a menu, I will order it. I like all different versions – including different nuts, various fruits, Greek yogurt, celery, etc.

But there are two problems – they are usually full of mayonnaise and most-often served on soft and buttery croissants.

Don’t get me wrong – there is everything to love about a soft and butter croissant. Except when you are trying to be conscious about what you are feeding yourself.

Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad Wraps

But what’s a girl to do when she’s craving some chicken salad, yet doesn’t want to blow the calorie budget? She invents a new chicken salad, of course!

This one a cross between Mediterranean and Asian flavors – both top my list of favorites. I used balsamic vinaigrette, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, garlic and honey; added in some rotisserie chicken and threw in some chow mein noodles for a little extra crunch.

Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad

This chicken salad will ensure that your jeans continue to fit you but will deliver some awesome flavors in a super fast, super simple weekday lunch! Annnd, if you are feeling up for a little splurge, go ahead and enjoy it on one of those croissants!

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Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad Wraps

Yield: 4 wraps

Total Time: 20 min

A new chicken salad recipe with balsamic vinegar, sesame seeds, honey and wrapped up in a tortilla for a quick, simple and healthy lunch.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried chives
1 Tbs. honey
1/4 cup chow mein noodles

Directions:

Heat the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and honey in a small sauce pan over medium heat until just slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

While the above mixture heats up, mix the chicken, garlic, chives, chow mein noodles and sesame seeds in a large bowl. When the balsamic mixture is ready, pour over the chicken mixture and mix thoroughly.

Serve on toasted sandwich bread, croissants, tortillas or with crackers.

Some other Chicken Salads you might like:

Chipotle Chicken Salad by Simply Scratch
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad by Damn Delicious
Maple Dijon Chicken Salad by Mother Thyme
Italian Chicken Salad by Bev Cooks
Guacamole Chicken Salad by Perry’s Plate

Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad Wraps

 

46 Responses to “Balsamic Sesame Chicken Salad Wraps”

  1. #
    Leslie — February 22, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Nothing wrong with a PJ day… Those are the best.
    This looks like a scrumptious chicken salad…I didn’t see the recipe?

  2. #
    Tracey — February 22, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I love Pj days, I have them pretty frequently around here! Love this chicken salad idea, balsamic vinegar is my favorite 🙂

  3. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 22, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    Umm…hello my perfect lunch!!! YES please!! I think you should make this for us in Austin. 🙂

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — February 22, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Yum! I also love chicken salad but don’t often order it because of the mayo factor. This seems so much lighter without sacrificing flavor!

    I would love to come over for lunch and see your new place! 😉

  5. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — February 22, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    What a perfect lunch!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 22, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    I love chicken salad too..whenever we’re ordering sandwich take out..we usually both get it! I love this twist on it..some of my favorite flavors..and its even better that it’s calorie conscience!

  7. #
    Amanda — February 22, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    Healthy AND delicious? Sold!

  8. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 22, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I love that these aren’t your traditional chicken salad sandwiches. Don’t get me wrong I do love those just as much! I miss the days where I could stay in my pj’s all day long.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 22, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I’m in KC this weekend and WOW hello snow. We too were snowed in and went the taco route. Next time around, I’m planning for wraps!
    I share all of your feelings about ordering chicken salads. One of my all time favorites, but I absolutely prefer to make it myself, the healthy way. Love your twist with the balsamic. Keeper!

  10. #
    John @ThisTexanCooks — February 22, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Heck, for me chicken salad is an excuse to eat mayo, but since we’re trying to cut back I need something lighter. Looks like a winner!

  11. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 22, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    All my favorite flavors in one little roll!

  12. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 22, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Hey thanks for the link love, love!

    And yours makes me weepy. The sexy kind.

  13. #
    Meghan {For the Love of Dessert} — February 22, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    This looks awesome! Aaaand my bf accidentally bought some chow mein noodles last week (he was supposed to get rice noodles for pad thai… !??!). I’ve been wondering what to do with them. I think I found it! 🙂

  14. #
    Julia — February 22, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I am all about wraps, especially for lunch. This looks awesome–love the sesame!

  15. #
    Diane Roark — February 22, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    We get some snow in Arkansas but I could not imagine having a blizzard. It sounds like you did get a lot done and had a great lunch. I also love chicken salad. This is an interesting spind. I really do think I might try it. I love food with a lot of flavor. I think because it is a wrap my kids would eat it too.
    I have not visited blogs lately because I have been changing my blog design. Please visit and let me know what you think. Blessings Always, Diane Roark http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com

    • Cassie replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      I love the new design, Diane – very classic!! Hope you stay warm!

  16. #
    Jenn S — February 22, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Looks yummy Cassie! I have everything here at home but the sesame oil. I don’t know if I want to venture out in the snow for it! 🙂
    We PJed all day yesterday too! Stay warm!

  17. #
    Joanne — February 22, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I just can’t get into globs and globs of mayo either…I’d much rather eat a pint of ice cream for the calories!!

    Your healthified version sounds awesome. love the fusion of flavors!

  18. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 22, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    This is so my kind of lunch! Love balsamic chicken!

  19. #
    Jackie @ Domestic FIts — February 22, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I think balsamic has magical powers, I love this idea!

  20. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 22, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Love these flavors, Cassie! This chicken would be great in lettuce wraps too!

  21. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 22, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I love a good chicken salad, and love even more that you found a way to make it happen without the mayo and croissant!

  22. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 22, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Mmm, love all of these flavors together!

  23. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 22, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Thats going to be my day today. Not stepping foot out of my pj’s at all today. And its going to be a great day! Especially if I can have some of these! So DE-lish looking!

  24. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 22, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I love love love BALSAMIC! and I totally had one of those days last week, but no snow to blame it on, just me being laze, haha!

  25. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 22, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    what a lovely and light lunch. Love the flavor combinations.

  26. #
    Natalie — February 22, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    I’m in my pjs all day today, but laundry is not as cool of an excuse as a blizzard. I’d kill for one of those!! Love this salad, and thanks for linking up!

  27. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — February 22, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    I adore the flavors in this chicken salad, and the chow mein noodles for crunch make it just perfect.

  28. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 22, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Great flavors and so creative!

  29. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — February 22, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    on days i work at home, i’m in yoga pants alllll day! i love your addition of balsamic vinegar to this chicken! it’s one of my fav ingredients 🙂

  30. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — February 22, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    This looks AMAZING. I am on a mission to get my jeans to be lose and this looks right up my alley. 🙂 Thanks for sharing a nice healthy recipe.

  31. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 23, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    I’m so making this to bring to work for lunch!

  32. #
    angela @ another bite please — February 23, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    this is my kind of wrap…love all these flavors!

  33. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — February 23, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    This is a great variation on regular chicken salad! I can’t wait to try it!

  34. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 23, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Not gonna lie, sometimes I look forward to being sick so I can stay in Pjs all day. Your version of chicken salad sounds right up my ally. I am not a huge fan of mayo.

  35. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 24, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    If I could, I would have a buttery croissant every morning! But of course, I need to be counting calories constantly and hit the gym 6x a week. That being said, this chicken salad wrap is just perfect for my diet – I could have it all week long!

  36. #
    tina | my life as a mrs — February 24, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    LOVE this idea to lighten up a chicken salad without losing all the flavor! must try! 🙂

  37. #
    Jess — February 24, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Cassie – just another example of your amazing creativity in the kitchen. I definitely never would have thought of putting those flavors together, but when I look at this recipes, I can totally imagine how well it would work! I love that salty/sweet combination, but a bit of vinegar kick probably totally makes the dish. Love it!

  38. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — February 25, 2013 @ 1:48 am

    Perfect Lunch!!!!
    I love chicken salad n totally loving the idea of lightening it up…
    Between I was just reading your wednesday/thursday post… So much snow… I bet it looks beautiful but must be soo cold… I live in Orange County. ..we dont get any snow.. anyways stay warm my dear..

  39. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 25, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Cassie – I love with how creative you are. Kevin and I make shredded chicken all the time. BBQ or buffalo. That’s about how far we’ve gone with it. I’ve never thought to make it with sesame or balsamic before. I am in love with the idea and can’t wait to try it!!!

  40. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — February 25, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Love lightened up anything!! Especially things that call for mayo!! Oh and I did the same thing on Friday – PJ’s didn’t leave, did NOTHING!

  41. #
    katie — February 25, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Oh man these look so good! I’ve never thought to make a balsamic sesame wrap before.

  42. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 26, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    What a delicious and easy meal! Time to buy some chicken! 😀

  43. #
    Angie — February 26, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    These look amazing! I love little wraps like this!

  44. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 26, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    I am not a huge fan of chicken salad, mainly because I don’t like mayo. But I love balsamic, and this version looks wonderful!

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