With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!
I remember the first time I made these wraps. It was a couple of months ago, and we were hunkered down in the midst of a blizzard. Laura was working from home, and Robbie’s daycare was closed for the day. I spent part of the morning shoveling snow, and I was really feeling something fun for lunch that day. Since the whole crew was at home, I asked Laura to help me come up with a fun idea. She suggested an Asian chicken wrap, and I remembered that we had some canned mandarin oranges in Robbie’s stash of fruit. I figured Robbie wouldn’t mind (or even know) if we borrowed his fruit for our wraps!
I marinated a couple of chicken breasts for about 30 minutes and then cooked ’em up in a cast iron skillet. Meanwhile, I whisked together an easy sesame dressing and mixed up the filling (including Robbie’s mandarin oranges!) in a large bowl. Once the chicken was done, we stirred it all together and rolled it into wrap form. Lunch done!
Sure, this lunch took a little longer to make than a normal weekday lunch…but it was a snow day! Plus, this recipe makes a decent amount, so we had easy lunches for the rest of the week. (We did store the filling and the dressing separately so that the cabbage/lettuce wouldn’t get soggy. We just filled a wrap up each morning before work.) Oh, and did you catch the ‘first time I made these wraps’ earlier? That’s because I’ve now made these wraps 3 times…in 3 months. They’re that tasty! I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit over time (like adding the chow mein noodles), but the base recipe is the same.
We always keep a stash of Flatout flatbread wraps in our freezer for fun lunch ideas. Those wraps have come in handy for everything from Turkey Pesto Pinwheels to BBQ Chicken Pinwheels to Thai Peanut Wraps. (On a side note, those Thai Peanut Wraps are one of the most popular recipes on Spiced!) I used Flatout’s Original flatbreads for these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps. These wraps are lowfat, and they come in at just 130 calories each. Honestly, though, I think these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps would be delicious on any of Flatout’s wraps. (Check out their different flavors!)
Oh, and funny story about the filling for these wraps! Robbie definitely went through and picked out all of the mandarin oranges from the bowl. And then he did it again the next time I made these wraps. So our Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps are more like Chicken Salad Wraps with a hint of mandarin flavor. Thanks, Robbie! Maybe he did notice that I stole his mandarin oranges after all…
Just remember…weekday lunches don’t have to be boring! Whip up something fun on the weekend, and then roll it into a wrap. I promise your coworkers will be jealous when they look over and see your Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps. Enjoy!
Disclosure: This Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps post was sponsored by Flatout Flatbread, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
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