Cilantro Chicken Black Bean Wrap with Lime Cream

This Cilantro Chicken Black Bean Wrap with Lime Cream recipe is adapted from one of my tea room recipes, Cilantro and Black Bean Salad. This was such a popular salad at my former tea room, Afternoon to Remember in Newcastle, California. The original salad recipe you can find in my afternoon tea cookbook, Twelve Teas to Remember. Unfortunately it wasn’t a very point friendly salad with the mayonnaise and oil in the dressing thus the reason I decided to update it into a healthy wrap. It can be made easily vegetarian if you leave out the chicken. You can also serve the filling over salad instead of a tortilla if you do not want the carbs. It does make quite a bit, but since it keeps in the refrigerator for a few days, it makes the perfect lunch-hot or cold.

For more great wraps check out my Thai Chicken Wrap and Buffalo Chicken Wrap.

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Cilantro Chicken Black Bean wrap with Lime Cream and Pumpkin Seeds on a tortilla on a wooden board

Cilantro Chicken Black Bean Wrap with Lime Cream

  • Freestyle Smart Points:4 Smart Points per wrap
  • Yield: 8 (if using about 3/4 c. filling)

Description

Here we go again! Cilantro Chicken Black Bean Wrap with Lime Cream is another great wrap that travels easily and can be made ahead!. Of course I really prefer it hot and fresh but if you’re on the go, it’s a great one that can be made up at least a day ahead and served cold.  In addition it holds up well in a lunch box. I like to make the filling on the weekend as it will keep it in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Then I make up my tortilla wrap in the morning for that day’s lunch.


Ingredients

  • 8 oz of cooked chicken breasts (can be grilled, cooked in Instant Pot etc.)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 small can green chilies, drained well (optional)
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 1 c. corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2-1 T. Chipotle seasoning
  • 2 T. cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 -1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 c. fresh spinach leaves or greens, washed
  • 4 T. pumpkin seed kernels(if you’re making this ahead of time, just skip them, as they won’t be crunchy)
  • 8 medium sized homemade tortillas (or use store-bought tortillas which are 3 points each)

Lime Cream:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 1 T. light mayo
  • 2 T. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 T. non-fat Greek yogurt, plain
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt, if needed to taste

Or you could use my Chipotle Cilantro Dressing instead


Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine chicken, black beans, green chilies, tomato, red pepper, corn, garlic, onion, salt and pepper, seasoning, cilantro, and jalapeno. Mix well.
  2. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for Lime Cream. Set aside.
  3. If serving wraps hot, place filling in a saucepan and heat until hot, or microwave until hot.
  4. Place a tortilla on a cutting board, layer a few leaves of spinach or greens on tortilla.
  5. Place about 3/4 c. filling on top of spinach or greens.
  6. Top with about 1/2 T. of dressing and 1/2 T. pumpkin kernels and roll up tortilla.
  7. Secure with toothpicks if desired, or if making ahead, wrap tortilla with sandwich wrap to keep secure.
  8. Do this for the remaining tortillas.

Notes

If you are making these wraps ahead of time, it’s best to make your own tortillas (see my recipe) instead of the store bought ones. Wraps made with homemade tortillas will keep about 3 days. Otherwise the store bought tortillas (especially the low carb or whole wheat ones) break down and become soggy within a day.

 

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