Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Tonight was fun. This weekend I submitted to a craving and headed to Chipotle for a burrito. That thing sat in my belly like a lead weight for nearly 1/2 the day. So when I looked in the fridge tonight I saw some things that I thought might make for an interesting Middle Eastern Wrap. The recipe that follows is pretty much estimates, I didn't write anything down.

Middle Eastern Wraps
2 chicken breasts
4 TB Baharat/Middle Eastern 7 Spice
2 TB Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt
1/2 Bell Pepper, Sliced
1/2 Medium Onion, Sliced
1/2 can diced canned tomatoes, drained
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup almond slivers, toasted
2 large tortillas (What we had were labelled as "Lavosh" but these were just LARGE tortillas)

Rub the chicken breasts with the baharat spice blend. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and lay the chicken breasts in the pan. Cook for about 10 minutes, flip over and cook another 10 minutes. (Time depends on the size of the chicken breasts).

Remove to a plate, allow to rest. If the pan is dry, add a small swirl of oilive oil. Toss in the onions and peppers. Allow to cook and soften slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, saute for about a minute. Slice the chicken.

Warm your tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds or warm in an oven.

Now time to assemble your goodies!

Lay out your large tortilla on a plate. This tortilla is about 12 inches across.

Lay out 1/2 of your rice on one tortilla.

Top the rice with about 1/2 the chicken.

Top the chicken with about 1/2 of your vegetables.

Top the veg with about 1/2 your slivered almonds.

Wrap the wrap. Fold the top and start to roll. When you have rolled about 1/2 the way across the plate, fold in the sides and continue rolling. Here's a bit of a visual.

This really was tasty and I look forward to trying it again in the future. I have some ideas for the future though...maybe some saffron in the rice? How about some chickpeas or hummus? Maybe some chopped mint or parsley? How about a little yogurt sauce? Really it was satisfying and perfect as is! And I can't begin to explain how amazing the aroma coming from that baharat seasoning is. Yum!


Stef said...

That looks tasty. I had been craving Middle Eastern food all weekend from reading that book, and yesterday I had lunch at the Old Post Office. I got an amazing chicken shwarma platter with a bunch of sides. Oh, so damn delicious!

Dancer in DC said...

With some mint and some yogurt sauce, this would be perfection!

(Just don't forget your fork, this is stuffed big!)