From Family Meals, 2014
Is your family in the sandwich business? A soft tortilla wrap is just as easy a sandwich start as a slice of bread and a great way to pack a lunchbox. If you want to make it even easier, let your grocer do the heavy lifting and just toss a rotisserie chicken into your cart!
Yield: 4 to 6 large wraps
For the dressing
The zest and juice of 1 juicy lemon
2 tablespoons (30 mL) of olive oil
1 tablespoon (15 mL) of honey
1 tablespoon (15 mL) of your favourite mustard
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) of salt
A few turns of your pepper grinder
For the wrap
1 rotisserie chicken, hot or chilled
2 avocados, peeled and cubed
1 pint (500 mL) of cherry tomatoes, halved
Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh basil
4 to 6 large soft tortillas
Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Use your hands or a pair of forks to pull the chicken meat from the bones and shred it into bite-size pieces. Add to the bowl along with the avocados, tomatoes and basil. Gently toss the works together.
Ready the tortillas by briefly microwaving them until soft and pliable, 30 seconds or so. Arrange the tortillas on your work surface. Place a scoop of chicken salad just below the “equator” of each. Fold the bottom of the tortilla over the filling, fold in the sides, then finish rolling. Serve and share!
© Chef Michael Smith, Family Meals, 2014
Usually when you’re cooking a whole chicken, the focus is on the crispy skin, but what if the goal is deeply flavoured moist chicken meat instead? Baking in a tightly covered pot is the answer. It also happens to be one of the simplest ways to cook a chicken, and the tastiest because this covered cooking method makes lots of true, concentrated chicken flavor.
A pot full of simmering chicken broth is the essence of home cooking: true flavour brimming with hearty goodness, ready to launch a thousand other dishes. Try making a batch, dividing it into easily used amounts and keeping them in your freezer, ready for whatever idea comes along. You can use any chicken, but a stewing hen will have the most flavour.