Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!

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!

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!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.

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!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!)

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!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!

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!

Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 670kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts

For the Sesame Dressing

  • cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds

For the Wraps

  • 2 cups bagged cole slaw mix
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • ½ cup carrots shredded
  • 2 11-oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup sliced almonds lightly toasted
  • 4 Flatout flatbreads

Instructions

For the Chicken

  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Place chicken in a shallow glass baking dish; pour marinade on top. Let chicken marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place into hot skillet; discard any remaining marinade.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until chicken is fully cooked. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes and then slice into strips.

For the Sesame Dressing

  • Using a medium bowl (or a jar with a tight-fitting lid), add all ingredients; whisk together until well combined.
  • Store any leftover dressing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Before using, shake well to recombine.

For the Wraps

  • Using a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients (including cooked chicken) except for the wraps; mix until well combined. Add desired amount of Sesame Dressing; toss until well coated. (Note: We used 2-3 teaspoons of dressing per cup of filling.)
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the wraps. Roll up flatbreads; cut in half before serving.

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!

With just a little prep work on Sunday, these Mandarin Chicken Salad Wraps will turn into some tasty weekday lunches!

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28 Comments

  1. I’m totally on board with all the great flavors you’ve wrapped into these wraps! And so glad to say goodbye to snow shovelling for another year!

    1. Oh yeah! I am definitely happy about putting that snow shovel away until next year…in fact, I’d be happy to put that thing away permanently! Thanks, Jeff!

  2. Hahahaha! Robbie is nobody’s fool! I’d take back all my mandarin oranges too :). Those little wedges of heaven add so much flavor to everything. But tell him thank you for the loan so we could all see this awesome recipe. I usually just have yogurt for lunch but I aspire to eat real food someday. . .this is a great place to start. Have a great Thursday, David!

    1. Haha! Yeah, I tried to steal Robbie’s food to make a recipe, and he let me know that wasn’t cool at all. Plus, that kid can put down some mandarin oranges like a champ! We do yogurt for breakfast usually, but I try to always keep some sort of fun leftover (like these wraps) around for lunch. You can do it, Kelsie! Plus, you need something more fun that yogurt to keep you going through all of the unpacking. 🙂

  3. It’s been such a long time since I have had those canned mandarin oranges; what a kick ass idea adding them to this wrap! I agree that it’s ok to have recipes during snow days that take a little longer to make. Why not, right? It’s fun to make up something and you probably burned a bunch of calories shoveling so you deserve something good, right 😉 I bet Robbie will keep a closer eye on those mandarin oranges next time, though, lol 😀

    1. Yes! Those canned mandarin oranges are now a staple in our pantry thanks to Robbie. He loves them! So I decided to steal (ahem, borrow apparently) some of them to make these wraps. So yummy! 🙂 And, yes, Robbie is very keen on what I’m up to these days…and he let’s me know if he doesn’t approve. Hah! Thanks, Dawn!

    1. The little bit of sweetness from the mandarins is such a fun addition to a wrap! Give it a shot sometime, Johlene. I hope you guys had an awesome weekend! 🙂

  4. These wraps look fantastic!! I just tried Flatout flatbreads for the first time recently and was impressed. I love the addition of chow mein noodles in these – I bet they a great crunch!

    1. Why thank you very much, Mara! We seriously do love Flatout flatbreads around here. We’re always making wraps for lunch or dinner! This time I “borrowed” some of Robbie’s mandarins, and they made for a fun addition. And, yes, the chow mein noodles bring a nice crunch, although you can’t add those in advance since they lose their crunch. Hope you had a great weekend, my Michigan friend!

    1. Well, Robbie might have gone in and stolen all of his mandarins back from this wrap filling. Haha! But these wraps are indeed a fun way to mix up weekday lunches. Plus, you can make the filling ahead of time, so lunches are nice and easy for the week! Thanks so much, Dawn!

  5. Ok David… I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I hate wraps. I know I know that sound crazy but I hate wraps, I don’t really know why but I absolutely despise them. Yay Laura is working from home! No rules 🙂 I would devour this Asian chicken wrap without the wrap. Mandarin oranges are delicious. Oh wait… I just realized there was a blizzard a couple of months ago, lol

    1. Seriously? You hate wraps?? What did wraps ever do to you?? Haha! You could totally deconstruct this one and eat it in non-wrap form. Robbie didn’t mind too much that I stole his mandarins…well, that’s not true. He went and stole all of his mandarins back from the bowl after I shot these photos. Haha! Thanks, Mary! Hope you had a great weekend, my friend!

  6. Store flatbread wraps in the freezer. How simple is that? I’ve seriously never thought of that. David you’re a genius! You can’t get anything else into my freezer but wraps being flat, you sure could!

    And I love the flavours you’ve got going on here. Mandarin oranges too? Brilliant. My mouth is currently imagining all those sweet flavours mingling.

    Because this is such a great recipe and for the storing flatbread wraps in the freezer idea I wont tell Robbie you “borrowed” his can of mandarins from his stash of fruit. 😉

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

    1. Haha…I totally hear ya about the freezer space, Neil! I swear it’s like playing a game of Tetris whenever we go into our freezer. I try my hardest to get something out, and then 2 more things show up to take it’s place. 🙂

      These wraps are super simple to make, and they are quite tasty! The mandarin oranges provide a fun, sweet addition…even though Robbie went through and took all of his mandarins back afterwards. Haha! I hope you guys had a great weekend, my friend!

    1. It really is an easy wrap filling to mix up, and it makes for great weekday lunches! The wrap form just makes it much easier to pack and eat. 🙂 Thanks, Kathy! I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend, my friend!

  7. Haha – Dude – now that Robbie is apparently keeping an eye on his stash of canned orange slices, y’all are in trouble! He might start using it in some sort of barter system – say like 2 oranges slices for two wraps with chicken and chow mein noodles? 🙂
    On a serious note though – you come up with some fantastic wrap ideas! This is just too fun – loving all the flavors and good tip regarding storing the filling and the dressing separately – I cannot tell you how many times I’ve forgotten that step and ended up with a soggy mess the next day!
    Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Haha! Don’t give the little guy any ideas, Shashi. He’s already getting into enough trouble on his own! (The latest stunt is asking us to wipe his nose nonstop because we started letting him walk over and throw away the tissues on his own…and now he loves doing it!)

      Thank you so much for the kind words about the wraps. These are super easy and super tasty. And Robbie’s mandarins added a nice little sweetness…at least until he went through and stole them all back! 🙂 Thanks, my friend, and I hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day weekend!!

    1. Oh, it’s so much fun in wrap form! It’s easy to mix up the filling ahead of time, too…so you’ve got delicious lunches all week long. Thanks, Kevin!

    1. Why thank you so much, Pamela! The mandarins in here add a fun little sweet touch. 🙂 I hope you had a great weekend, my friend!

    1. Oooo…you’re totally right, Bethany! These would be great for a summer picnic. I’ll have to make another batch soon…and hope that little Robbie doesn’t steal all of his mandarins back again! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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