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Chicken Parm-urritos!
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Chicken Parm-urritos!

A fun, easy, healthy take on Italian Chicken Parmesan wrapped up like a Mexican burrito


Chicken Parmesan Burrito

By Monica              8 servings
A fun, easy recipe for Italian Chicken Parmesan wrapped up like a Mexican burrito. A whole grain tortilla, lean chicken, & spinach make it a healthy choice.

A fun, easy recipe for Italian Chicken Parmesan wrapped up like a Mexican burrito. A whole grain tortilla, lean chicken, & spinach make it a healthy choice.

Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast, or white and dark meat from rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara or red pasta sauce
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, cut into 1/4 inch shreds
  • 8 (8-9 inch) whole grain tortillas or wraps
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil or olive oil spray
  • 2 cups grated part skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add chicken and 1 cup marinara sauce to 2-quart pan and heat on medium-high until hot throughout. Remove from heat and stir in spinach shreds. Wrap tortillas in dish towel and heat in microwave for 20-30 second until warm and pliable. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken mixture along one side of tortilla. Roll up tortilla lengthwise, folding in each end as you roll. Place seam side down in a large baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Repeat with each tortilla, placing them side-by-side in the baking dish without touching. Bake 15-20 minutes until browned on top. Remove from oven, sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top and return to oven for 2-3 minutes until melted. While burritos bake, heat remaining marinara sauce over medium heat until hot, lower heat and keep warm until time to serve. Spoon additional marinara sauce over melted cheese on top of baked burritos.

NUTRITIONAL INFO for 1 burrito: 364 calories, 10g fat, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 35g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus = 9 points


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This fun, quick & easy recipe combines two international cuisines -- Italian flavors wrapped up like a Mexican burrito. A hearty whole grain tortilla, lean chicken, fresh spinach, and a tomato-based sauce combine to make this healthier than your typical  chicken Parmesan or burrito. Pair it with a salad, and you've got a delicious, nutritious meal.

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This is a Secret Recipe Club (SRC) post. In case you're new to this, here's how it works. Each of the food bloggers participating in the SRC is secretly assigned another food blog. The assignment is to choose a recipe from that blog, make the recipe (or an adaptation of it) and feature it in a post. The blog matches are a secret to the other blogger until reveal day. That day is today! Make sure you read to the end of this post for links to the other participants and their recipes. Someone will be blogging about one of my recipes, but I don't know who. (It's a secret!)

This month, my SRC assignment was to choose a recipe from Connor's Cooking. It's a fun blog by Raina who loves to cook for her friends and family. She is a busy mom who runs a daycare business in her home and still has time to cook and blog about it--admirable at the end of a long day. I had fun browsing Raina's extensive and varied recipes and eventually settled on Italian Burritos, because it looked like a fun way to combine two of my favorite foods, Italian and Mexican. I made a few tweaks to the recipe. Raina used ground beef in hers, and I used shredded chicken. I also threw in some fresh spinach for some additional nutrition and color.

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Speed scratching
Although I prefer to make everything from scratch most of the time, sometimes I'm too busy or just not in the mood for a lot of cooking. Enter a speed scratch recipe like this one! I have a marinara sauce recipe that I love, but opted to use a good quality store-bought sauce for this recipe. Combining the pre-made sauce with fresh spinach gives it a quick, healthy, homemade touch. I also used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken instead of cooking my own, like I usually do. The speed scratching made it possible to assemble these burritos in 15 minutes. Bake them for 20-30 minutes and dinner is served without breaking a sweat! 

Nutritional information for 1 burrito:

  • 364 calories, 10g fat, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 35g protein
  • high in potassium, calcium, and vitamins A & C
  • Weight Watchers PointsPlus = 9 points

You can lower the calories and fat by omitting the melted cheese on top; there's still plenty of flavor for these to taste great without it!

Step-by-step photos for making
Chicken Parmesan Burritos

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: marinara or red pasta sauce, fresh spinach, shredded chicken, grated Parmesan cheese, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, whole grain tortillas or wraps, olive oil (not pictured)

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Step 2. Add the shredded chicken and marinara sauce to a pan and stir. Cook on medium-high just until heated throughout. Remove from heat. 

Step 3. While the chicken mixture is heating, chop spinach into approx. 1/4 inch shreds. Stir into hot chicken mixture. (No need to cook the spinach--it will cook just enough when the burritos are baked.)

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Step 4. Wrap tortillas in a dish towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds, just until soft and pliable.

Step 5. Scoop 1/2 cup chicken mixture onto a tortilla.

Step 6. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese on top of chicken mixture.

Step 7. Roll tortilla, folding in the two ends as you roll.

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  • MAKE-AHEAD TIP: You can assemble the burritos to this point, wrap them in plastic wrap or place in covered container and refrigerate them up to two days ahead. When it's time to bake them, remove from fridge and bring to room temperature before proceeding with the remaining directions.

Step 8. Place rolled burritos, without touching each other, in a greased or sprayed large baking dish. I used two 9x13 baking dishes for 8 burritos.

Step 9. Brush or spray each burrito with a light coat of olive oil.

Step 10. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned.

Step 11. Remove from oven, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and return to oven for 2-3 min. until cheese is melted.

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Step 12. Heat remaining marinara sauce and spoon over cooked burritos; serve extra sauce on the side.

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A fun Mexican twist on Italian flavors.

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A quick, easy meal that's sure to please.  Saucy, cheesy, and delicious!

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Make it a Yummy day!

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Chicken Parmesan Burrito
By Monica              Servings: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast, or white and dark meat from rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara or red pasta sauce
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, cut into 1/4 inch shreds
  • 8 (8-9 inch) whole grain tortillas or wraps
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil or olive oil spray
  • 2 cups grated part skim mozzarella cheese
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add chicken and 1 cup marinara sauce to 2-quart pan and heat on medium-high until hot throughout. Remove from heat and stir in spinach shreds. Wrap tortillas in dish towel and heat in microwave for 20-30 second until warm and pliable. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken mixture along one side of tortilla. Roll up tortilla lengthwise, folding in each end as you roll. Place seam side down in a large baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Repeat with each tortilla, placing them side-by-side in the baking dish without touching. Bake 15-20 minutes until browned on top. Remove from oven, sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top and return to oven for 2-3 minutes until melted. While burritos bake, heat remaining marinara sauce over medium heat until hot, lower heat and keep warm until time to serve. Spoon additional marinara sauce over melted cheese on top of baked burritos.

NUTRITIONAL INFO for 1 burrito: 364 calories, 10g fat, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 35g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus = 9 points
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Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012








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