Enjoy a perfect picnic sandwich with these chicken taco wraps

Summer Chicken Taco Wraps

July 7, 2017 by Michelle

This post sharing my chicken taco wraps recipe was sponsored by Sargento as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Create chicken taco wraps as pinwheels to serve for guests

It’s been hot and humid in Chicago, which means I no longer turn on my oven and avoid my stove whenever possible. I wish that meant I didn’t have to cook and my family would magically not be hungry, but life doesn’t work that way. Rather than relying on peanut butter and jelly or other staples, I’ve had some fun coming up with cold sandwiches outside the ordinary that provide a kick of flavor and the satisfaction I miss when I just find “something” to eat.

While Taco Tuesday is totally a thing, I enjoy those flavors all week long when I can. It didn’t take much thought for me to transform them into chicken taco wraps with delicious lime marinated chicken, tomato, onions, lettuce, and of course Sargento® Slices Smokehouse Cheddar™ for a little extra flavor.

Sargento Cheese Slices package

In keeping with my summer theme, I marinate and grill a couple chicken breasts (or thighs, yum!), let them cool, and slice them. They stay in the fridge until someone cries hungry, when I can quickly create delicious chicken taco wraps. Just like when we make traditional tacos, my family can personalize this any way they choose. My son leaves off the onion and tomato, while my daughter begs me to add avocado. They both drizzle extra lime juice over the top, and I like it that way, too.

Delicious and easy chicken taco wraps for cold summer picnics

The Sargento Slices in the wrap mean I don’t have to worry about shreds falling out as I take a bite. Plus, I always like slices better in a cold sandwich anyway, don’t you? Sargento is 100% Real, Natural Cheese, and the taste comes through in every bite. I want my cheese to taste as good as the rest of my sandwich!

Chicken Taco Wraps in pinwheel form for entertaining

Fortunately, you can find Sargento Slices at Meijer easily. They had plenty of options that would fit for all sorts of cold sandwiches from Ultra Thin® Provolone to Colby Pepper Jack to Swiss and more. I picked up Sangento Slices in Sharp Cheddar and Smokehouse Cheddar™ for my chicken taco wraps, but choices are hard! Meijer makes it easier though with an mperks offer for $1 off 2 Sargento® Slices product now through July 15. Just search “Sargento” for the coupon offer if you’re an mperks Member.

Sargento Cheese Slices at Meijer

As easy as these sandwiches are to create from ingredients I prep and leave in the fridge, this turned into my dinner of choice when we head to the pool for an all day adventure with friends. I pack each ingredient into a separate container in my cooler. When we get hungry for dinner and don’t want to leave the pool, I simply pull out the ingredients and let everyone create and enjoy chicken taco wraps. I always bring some fruit to serve, as well, and this gives us the energy to stay until the pool officially closes. This is how we cool off on those hot and humid Chicago summer days!

Delicious pinwheel chicken taco wraps

How to Make Your Chicken Taco Wraps

I love that I can prep the majority of the wrap in advance for last minute summer lunches and dinners. This chicken gains so much flavor when you marinate it for a couple hours before you grill. Add the lime juice, sugar, paprika, cumin, chili powder, minced garlic, and oil to a container where you’ll marinate your chicken. Add the chicken, seal, and shake to coat. Place in the fridge and flip it after an hour. This ensures the marinade gets into all the chicken.

After it marinates for one to three hours, heat your grill. Grill the chicken 5-7 minutes per side until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove from your grill and let rest. Once cooled to room temperature, slice thinly on the bias. This helps your chicken retain its juiciness. Make chicken taco wraps now or save the for later in your fridge in a sealed container for up to two days. There’s no need to reheat the chicken for the wraps.

Slice marinated lime grilled chicken

Dice your onion and slice your tomato tomato. Remove lettuce leaves from the head, but leave them whole. Lay your wraps out. I use fresh pita or a tortilla wrap. The spinach adds even more fun color to your chicken taco wrap, if you want!

Add cheese to your cold chicken taco wraps

Layer the 100% Real, Natural Cheese Sargento Cheese Slices first, then top with lettuce. Add the cold sliced chicken then tomato and onion. Sprinkle with extra lime juice, if you choose, then roll like a burrito. Slice in half.

Simple and easy chicken taco wraps

Alternatively, slice the chicken thinly and cover the entire wrap in the toppings and roll into a tight log. Slice off the ends, then slice into inch thick sections. Thread onto a skewer for a fun way to serve your chicken taco wraps!

Roll chicken taco wraps tightly into a cylinder

Perfect picnic food pinwheel taco chicken wraps

Have you ever made chicken taco wraps? What’s your favorite cold sandwich?

Chicken Taco Wrap

Chicken Taco Wrap

This delicious chicken taco wrap makes the perfect summer cold sandwich. The marinated chicken is incredibly juicy, and the flavors all shine through in this fun to make and eat sandwich. Take your taco in a new direction!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c lime juice
  • 1/4 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 c oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 4 tortillas
  • 8 slices Sargento Cheese Slices (Smokehouse Cheddar™ or Sharp Cheddar)
  • 4 leaves Romaine
  • 1/4 c onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, sliced thin

Instructions

  1. Add lime juice, sugar, paprika, cumin, chili powder, minced garlic, and oil to a container large enough to hold the chicken. Be sure it seals tightly, too.
  2. Pound your chicken until a half inch thick to make for easier slicing later (optional). Add chicken to marinade, seal, and shake to coat. Place in the fridge and flip it after an hour.
  3. After it marinates for one to three hours, heat grill and brush with oil. Grill the chicken 5-7 minutes per side until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  4. Remove from grill and let rest. Once cooled to room temperature, slice thinly on the bias.
  5. Dice your onion and slice tomato thinly. Remove lettuce leaves from the head, but leave them whole.
  6. Layer the Sargento Cheese Slices on a tortilla, then top with lettuce. Add the cold sliced chicken then tomato and onion. Sprinkle with extra lime juice, if you choose, then roll like a burrito. Slice in half. Serve immediately.

Notes

You can make the chicken up to two days in advance. Cool to room temperature then slice and place in a tightly sealed container in the fridge until you're ready to make your wraps.

Alternatively, if you slice the chicken very thinly, you can cover the entire wrap in the toppings and roll into a tight log. Slice of the ends, then slice into inch thick sections and thread onto a skewer for a fun way to serve your chicken taco wraps!

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Chicken taco wraps for summer sandwiches. Perfect picnic food that's kid friendly and easy to make. Enjoy Taco Tuesday with a whole new twist. Serve on a tortilla to make it more like traditional Mexican tacos or slice and make pinwheel sandwiches with your lime chicken tacos.

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  • Allison Sidhu | Foodal


    Yum, this reminds me of something that I used to get at Wendy’s when I was a kid (but better, since it’s homemade)! I love anything that helps me to keep the kitchen cool on the hottest days of summer, and being able to customize is great for family members with dietary restrictions. My favorite cold sandwich right now is a tofu banh mi, but I’m looking forward to giving this recipe a try- maybe a vegetarian version with marinated cauliflower.

    • Michelle


      Oh I love bahn mi! They’re a perfect summer sandwich idea. Yum!

  • Jessica


    Such a good idea! My kids love tacos. This is a great school lunch idea too!

    • Michelle


      My kids are all over the tacos, too. This would be great for lunches when we head back to school!

  • Jeff Honeywood


    I’m always looking for new, tasty lunch ideas. This is a great, easy idea that I think I’m going to have to add to my repertoire.

    • Michelle


      Thanks – it’s super good and so easy

  • Nicole


    I love Sargento Cheese!!!!! These are a really good idea for Bento Box lunches.

    • Michelle


      Absolutely! That’s what my kids live on during the school year.

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