Friday, July 3, 2009

Foodie Friday — Chicken Mango Wrap

I don't know about you, but when the summer heat arrives I do whatever I can to avoid turning on the oven in the house. With the humidity in Florida, our air conditioner stays on 24/7 this time of year, because there's nothing worse than climbing into a bed with damp sheets. Several years ago I bought a large electric roaster and I use it in the garage, yes, the garage! Does this practice make me white trash or one smart cookie? You decide.

Anyway, last week when the thermometer was reaching 100 degrees F and the heat index was putting air temps at 110, I pulled out my trusty roaster and baked a couple of chickens. Cooled, they went into the fridge cut up, sliced and diced and I didn't have to cook for days. For lunch everyday I made my favorite wrap — Chicken Mango. Here's what I use for mine:

Sliced chicken breast
Chachie's Mango Peach Salsa
Sliced Romaine lettuce
Avocado slices
Sundried Tomato Flatout Wraps

Directions: Layer everything in the wrap and roll it up. What could be easier? I served mine with watermelon slices. Yes, we're still eating the watermelons that Sis found for $1.00 a piece from a roadside vendor.

I am a product person and if I find something new and interesting at the market, chances are it will end up in my basket. Several years ago I discovered Chachie's Salsas and their Mango Peach is my favorite. I also love their Roasted Garlic and Key Lime salsas, but our fridge is NEVER without the Mango Peach. We use it on grilled salmon, in salads, on black beans, shrimp; you name it, we try this salsa on it. Chachie's is available in most states, to see if they have it in your area check their website. PLUS, Chachies comes from Oceanside, California and Shellbelle loves supporting beachy businesses!

My favorite wraps are the ones recommended by the Best Life Diet — Flatout. Each one has only 90 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. There are only 8 net carbs and they contain 9 grams of fiber. They have no trans fat and less than 1 gram of sugar. The best part? They are sooooo…good! Find a store near you at their website.

Another delicious way to serve this meal is to forget the wraps, chop everything else into bite-size pieces and gently mix. Put everything into a pretty bowl and surround it with additional Romaine leaves. Add a spoon to the bowl, pour a glass of sweet tea or lemonade and head to the porch. Watch the ocean waves, the birds or the sunset and enjoy yourself! (Spoon mixture onto a lettuce leaf and munch away.)

Last week you met Fannie Flamingo in my post. Today you can see Suzy the Fish in my product photo. I bought Suzy at the World Famous Ron Jon Surf Shop about two years ago while vacationing in Cocoa Beach, Florida with my California friend Marice. {Hi Marice, I know your reading this.} I don't use her as a vase, because she's so cute on her own. She sits on the windowsill in my kitchen under a big teardrop shaped crystal that splashes rainbows all over my kitchen at the right time of year. The crystal hangs on fishing line and it looks like a lure that Suzy is getting ready to snap up.

Last week Barbara, of The Book Blog, asked if the Wickle's Pickles I use in my potato salad is available north of the Mason Dixon Line and the answer is yes. Wickle's is a family-owned business out of Alabama and they distribute their products nationwide. According to their website you can find them in speciality and gourmet food stores and finer supermarkets. I just buy mine at the local Publix. Check out their website for other pickled products to try. In addition to the relish, I keep their banana pepper rings and hoagie relish on hand.

Stop back by on Monday, I've started posting vintage beach photos and they are really fun. Last week we had a 1922 photo of the beach police measuring the bathing suit hemline of a beachgoer in Washington, D.C., did you know there was a law? And, of course, on Sundays we have the seashell identification competition and giveaway.

Well, I've enjoyed chatting with you and sharing my Chicken Mango Wrap recipe, but I know it's time for you to get other Foodie Friday Recipes over at Designs by Gollum, be sure to give her a big hello for me. Y'all come back now, y'hear?

21 Thoughtful Comments:

Neabear said...

This sounds yummy! The heat is why we have yet to visit Florida in the summer. So far was have visited our son in the more comfortable months.

Shellbelle said...

You are absolutely right! Florida is not where you want to come in the summer — come here when your ready to escape the cold of winter, or you want to leave the chill of autumn and bathe in sun. Summer? Do what I do most of the time — stay home! lol

Signing Out said...

That wrap looks so yummy, and best of all, it's healthy! Darn ... I went on the website, and they don't sell Chachies here. I wonder if there is another brand I can buy?


Shellbelle said...

If you live in an area that has Trader Joe's try theirs, it's also very good. (Not as good as Chachie's though!)

Mary Bergfeld said...

These look so cool and refreshing. They're perfect for a hot and lazy summer day. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a great holiday.

Suzy said...

What a great sounding wrap! Love the flavor combination. I am a fan of mango salsa too. I'll have to look for that brand. Beautiful presentation of your food too! The watermellon really sets it off. Reminds me I have one in the fridge. Thanks for stopping by my blog..I'll be back to yours to see whats going on at the beach :-)

Eclectic Chic Style said...

Oh, YUM!!
Found your lovely blog while blog surfing so I'm here to stay. :)
♥ Teresa

Shellbelle said...

And surfing is our favorite sport around The Tiki Hut, Teresa. Come by anytime, kick off your shoes and enjoy the beach!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Adorable blog! I love your rules :)

The mango salsa and your recipe sound wonderful. I'll have to see if stores in my area carry that brand.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Now those look delicious and oh so easy! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

The Fajdich Times said...

Chicken and them both. I bet that was excellent:) I'll be back to check out your beaches on Monday. Have a wonderful 4th:)

Unknown said...

Yum yum! Mangos are my favorite fruit of all time and something I indulge myself in several times a week. I'm not a wrap person, but am definitely going to follow your suggestion to use those ingredients in a big salad one night this week.

bj said...

Oh, dear...since I live in West Texas, a million miles away from any serious body of water, I can't talk BEACH with ya. So sorry but I don't know a freakin' thing about them.
Another thing they made a lot during the depression...water gravy. Not much milk to be had so when they got flour and salt and a little grease of some kind, they made gravy with water instead of milk. Not too many years ago, I just wanted to try it...not too bad..especially with salt...xo bj

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks great - and cooking in the garage sounds like a good idea to me!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhonda! Well, I say you're one smart cookie for roasting in your garage! Living on the Gulf Coast of Texas, I know heat too. Cooking just heats up the kitchen so much! I'd never thought of doing what you do. Cook one and eat lots! The wrap recipe sounds wonderful.
Be a sweetie and happy Fourth of July,
Shelia :)

Unknown said...

That looks soo good... I made a Pineapple Salsa on my Foodie post this week.. that would work in that wrap too! I like yer blog! I get the feeling you are in SoCal? I grew up in Manhattan Beach... Long ago...
Have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous 4th!
~Really Rainey~

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will keep coming back. I really enjoy reading yours...I so love the beach! I am going to have to check out this salsa and this wrap....sounds delicious and just like me. I hope you will join me for Crock Pot Wednesdays beginning in August. I use mine so much during the school year. It's a lifesaver.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi -- great blog! I'm a big beach fan -- family always had a beach house on Long Island where we'd spend the entire summer in bathing suits and flipflops.

Umm.. great looking recipe, too. I'm going to have to look for that mango salsa -- it looks fantastic. Now, if only I could find watermelons for a buck apiece!

have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Kathy said...

These look so good Rhonda, I am feeling quite hundry now :-). happy summer days on the beach, Kathy.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Rhonda honey that makes you one smart cookie. I have a gas oven and it heats my house up quicker than anything. I live in Phoenix and where it is already hot, I look for any hints I can. Smart cookie for sure. Loved your post, and these look scrumptous. Going to have to try the recipe. I have signed up to follow your blog. I want to read more about your son the tiki carver. I have never known a tiki carver. He would make a great outdoor wednesday story for you. Please stop by and say hi. I would love for you to follow my blog as well. Country Hugs, Sherry

Regina said...

I like this. So yummy.
Happy summer days.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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