Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quick Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Spring starts Sunday night at 7:21pm EDT but it sure feels like Spring today!  The trees are blooming, the male birds are trying out their best pick up lines ("Hey chickie, you know what they say about the size of a bird's beak?"), and even my neighbors are breaking out their dormant grills.

TIP:  If your grill has been neglected all winter, Clint wrote a good article about how to tune up your grill for action.

I had a couple of chicken breasts and wanted a quick lunch.  How about a grilled buffalo chicken wrap?

This really isn't a recipe, it's just a quick and easy lunch.

I gave the chicken breasts a fast 30 minute bath in KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade.  It is one of the sauces they gave us at Kingsford University.  WARNING:  Do NOT attempt to marinate a buffalo with this sauce.  It only makes them angry.  

I set up the Big Green Egg for direct heat at 350f.  To add a little smokiness I toss in a handful of cherry wood chips into the coals just as I put the breasts on the grate.  

I grilled them for about 5-7 minutes per side, until they hit 160f in the thicker part of the breasts.  TIP:  Breasts come in all shapes and sizes so they will cook differently.  I check each one, not just one.  For example, today the first one was done 4 minutes before the last one.   

TIP:  When grilling chicken breast, arrange them so the thinner end is further from the hotter spots of the grill.

I grilled some flour tortillas and then it was just a matter of assembling the wraps.

First a handful of rinsed baby spinach leaves, thin sliced red onion, and blue cheese dressing...

...then the sliced grilled chicken and an extra squirt of the Buffalo marinade.  (Look, if they can claim it is a marinade for buffaloes then I can use it as a sauce instead of a marinade, right?)

Just about perfect for a sunny almost Spring Saturday afternoon.  Plus it was fast & easy.