It can be overwhelming and frustrating to learn that you, or someone you love, can no longer eat gluten. Carol Fenster aims to give you a positive and simple transition with Gluten-Free 101 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Fenster provides recipes for everyday favorites, tips for mastering gluten-free baking and an extensive product shelf, proving that going gluten-free can be fun and delicious. The chicken salad wraps recipe that follows is excerpted from “Small Bites.”
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Chicken salad sandwiches are delicious, but they are more contemporary when made with flour tortillas to create homemade wraps. There are several brands of gluten-free flour tortillas on the market, but my favorite is Rudi’s (available in plain, spinach, and fiesta flavors); they are quite pliable and make terrific wraps.
Gluten-Free Chicken Salad Wraps
• 1-1⁄2 cups finely diced cooked chicken (about 8 ounces or 2 small chicken breast halves)
• 1⁄2 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing spread
• 1 cup finely diced celery (about 2 stalks)
• 1⁄4 cup finely diced white onion
• 1⁄4 cup sweet pickle relish
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, dill, tarragon, and/or thyme
• 1⁄4 teaspoon celery salt
• 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 4 gluten-free flour tortilla wraps
• 4 small lettuce leaves
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken, mayonnaise, celery, onion, pickle relish, herbs, celery salt, and almonds until blended. Or whirl the ingredients in a food processor until well blended for a more shredded consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired.
2. Soften the tortillas. For each wrap, spread one-quarter of the chicken salad (about 1⁄2 cup) down the middle of the tortilla. Top with a lettuce leaf. Gently roll one side of the tortilla toward the center and finish rolling into a loose roll to create a wrap. Place seam side down on a serving plate, using a toothpick to keep the wrap rolled, if necessary. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, and serve immediately.
580 calories; 24g protein; 31g total fat; 4g fiber; 52g carbohydrates; 74mg cholesterol; 796mg sodium
How to Soften Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas
Store-bought gluten-free flour tortillas might not be pliable enough to roll into a wrap without breaking, especially when refrigerated, frozen, or slightly stale. However, they can be made pliable if you steam each tortilla on a splatter guard (a flat, handled screen that keeps bacon from splattering while frying) set over a skillet of simmering water for 5 to 10 seconds. They will soften very quickly, so watch carefully and remove from the heat before they get soggy. If you are steaming several tortillas at a time, place the steamed tortillas between sheets of parchment paper so they stay warm and soft while steaming the remaining tortillas. They are best when served immediately after steaming.
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Recipe reprinted with permission from the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, from Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner's Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking by Carol Fenster. Photographs by Jason Wyche. Copyright 2014. Purchase this book from our store: Gluten-Free 101.