Spring has been slow to show up here in the Midwest. So today, instead of being a nice day in the 70s (finally!), it decides to go nuts and hits 84 instead. When you’re used to temps in the 40s and maybe 50s, 84 is a bit too much of a good thing.
Not willing to turn on the AC, I decided to make a no cook meal. This is a great one. Few meals come together so fast and taste so good. Ready in about 15-20 minutes with chicken and slaw mix, along with some snap peas (springtime fav of mine!) and a spicy Asian dressing. I serve these in a jalapeno wrap with some lemonade or hard cider for the adults. Thumbs up all around! Not the most photogenic meal, but its just too tasty not to share!
You’ll need: for 4-5 wraps
2 cups of smoked chicken, cut in chunks (or deli chicken will work too!)
9-10oz package of slaw mix (I like broccoli slaw for this)
1 cup fresh snap peas, cut into 1/2 pieces (optional)
about 2/3 cup sliced almonds (or honey roasted peanuts are good here too!)
Asian style dressing
2 Tbs lime juice
3 Tbs orange juice
2-3 Tbs Hoisin sauce
1 Tbs soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs light olive oil, or vegetable oil
1 Tbs coriander chutney (or 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped and 1 tsp garlic chili sauce)
In your food processor, pulse the chicken chunks until pieces are almost shredded (5-7 one second pulses). Place chicken in a medium mixing bowl. Add slaw mix and chopped snap peas (if using). Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, combine dressing ingredients and stir well until well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Pour dressing over chicken and slaw. Toss until dressing has coated the chicken and slaw and all is well mixed. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
Heat your wraps for about 15 seconds in the microwave to improve their pliability. Spoon the mix down the center line and sprinkle generously with the sliced almonds. Fold over the ends and roll up the wrap. Cut in half and serve with a cold drink. Enjoy!
This dish is best eaten the day it is made. Spices in the dressing will wilt the slaw over time. Not as crunchy but still plenty tasty. Try it on your next hot day!