What to make for dinner?

 

We had really awesome chicken burritos for dinner last night…and I thought I would post the recipe…everyone loved them….and although it took some preparation…they were easy to make…..and I made the chicken ahead of time…so it really was not too much work….and well worth it with home-made guacamole….I never by the store brand.  So let me know if this post was helpful…and if you do make…how you guys liked.

 

 

CHICKEN BURRITOS:

I bought about three pounds of boneless and skin-less chicken thighs….a large package of them….so I guess purchase how much you would need for your family…and enough for leftovers…because they were so good!  

 

PREPARATION:

The day before…..I took the chicken thighs out of the package…and Kosher salted all sides of the chicken..covered and put back in the fridge.  The Kosher salt tenderizes the meat…and brings out the flavors.  We love Kosher salt…we use it on steaks instead of any special marinade…the salt brings out the flavor of the meat…so you can actually enjoy the taste of the meat…not the marinade.  Back to the burritos….so prepare the chicken the day before…which is really easy to do as indicated above.

The next day…in the morning…take the chicken out of the fridge…and with a paper towel remove any excess salt.  Then in a frying pan…put a little bit of olive oil….maybe about one or two tablespoons….with the heat on high….sear all sides of the chicken until they are golden brown….remove and put in a long baking dish…that I just lightly coated with Smart Balance…we love Smart Balance!  Cover the chicken with foil…and bake for about an hour on 350 degrees.  When you remove from the oven…you should be able to pull the meat apart…kinda of like when you make pulled pork…if you ever have (mmmmmm…we love pulled pork too….so easy to make).

So now you have the chicken ready to make the burritos.  Below are a list of ingredients that I used to “stuff” the burritos…but definetly not limited to what you see below…add what you like!

 

 

 

STUFFING FOR BURRITOS:

I made Texmati rice….brand is: ROYAL BLEND/RICE SELECT.  Comes in a plastic-square-shaped container…brown lid on top.  It is whole grain…texmati brown and red rice…with barley and rye.  This is the only rice we eat now….so delicious…it has a little bit of crunch to it…so it adds a great texture….yummy.

Black beans

Sour Cream

Guacamole (I will include the recipe below)

Cheddar Jack Shredded Cheese

***sometimes I use red beans, black olives, jalapeno, tomatoes, shredded lettuce..my kids wanted taco sauce on their burritos….sometimes I melt Velveeta cheese and pour over the burritos (easy to do…just cut in cubes…add some milk…and melt on the stove top)

 

HOME-MADE GUACAMOLE:

I used two avocados…(sometimes four…if I am having a party)……be sure when you buy them that they are not too hard…you should be able to squeeze them slightly…kind of like a stress ball.  Cut open the avocado…peel the skin…take out the pit….but save the pit…because you put the pits on top of the guacamole..it keeps it fresh and from turning brown…ewww…I hate when that happens.  Next…put the avocado in a bowl…I smash with a potato smasher. 

Okay the ingredients that follow…I just add to taste…and not sure how much I add….fresh lemon juice….maybe a quarter of a lemon…same for fresh lime juice….kosher saltcracked black pepper…..garlic powder..onion powdercayenne red pepper….CILANTRO…this is key to the flavor of guacamole…I add a lot…because I love it….be sure to chop it well.

 

 

I use the chopper made by Pampered Chef….I love it…..if you need one….my friend…Shannon Russell….love her!….sells Pampered Chef…here’s her link: www.pamperedchef.biz/shannonruss2

Okay…the next ingredient…I know you may say…yuck…no…why…but it keeps the guacamole fresh…and creamy…which I love…..for 2 avocados…one tablespoon of mayonnaise….yes mayonnaise!…….

I also add about a half a can of diced tomatoes…with the juice….I like the small diced tomatoes.

I think that is it….so mix everything together…taste…..and see if it needs anything else….sometimes I add red-hot sauce.

Before you make the burritos…mix the rice and beans together.

WRAPS….buy whatever you like….I am sure to buy the larger ones…cuz there is a lot to stuff.

 

MAKING THE BURRITO:

This is how I make ours……..mix the shredded chicken….rice and beans….shredded cheddar jack together in a bowl…and heat up in microwave until gooey…take out and heat up the wrap for about 15 seconds.  Spread sour cream on the wrap…next spread guacamole on the wrap….top with the chicken…rice/beans….cheese gooey mess.  Then roll the burrito…cut in half…..I serve with more guacamole and sour cream on the side. 

DEEEEEEEEEEEEE….licious!

 

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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