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Memorial Day is always the start of the summer season. This summer all three of my kids are home, and as they get older and head off to college who knows how more times that will happen! So we are planning to spend lots of time together this summer as a family, enjoying our time together. One thing I don’t plan to spend a lot of time doing is cooking elaborate meals, because we just don’t have the time. We like to be on the go in the summer, out on the water, enjoying the summer sun. We need meals that are quick and easy, which include delicious chicken recipes like these Asian Chicken Salad Wraps.
So far this holiday weekend we have gone sailboating in my son’s boat, played a family game, watched a movie together, and taken a kayak and canoe trip down the creek. And today we are planning to go to a local park for a family cookout.
This has been a busy weekend, and hopefully the first of many fun weekends this summer. There is a new movie in theaters all about the importance of family, Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. We have enjoyed their previous movies like 50 First Dates, and can’t wait to see this one too.
Parts of this weekend have definitely seemed like an Adam Sandler movie for us! If I had been watching a comedy movie and the guide renting the kayaks indicated the trip route we planned was unusual and said, “There might be a few tree limbs down,” I would have realized that was foreshadowing. But instead we cluelessly started paddling, only to realize far too late that a few tree limbs down actually means 2 places where massive log jams completely block the creek. This resulted in two grueling portages which involved ankle deep mud, steep banks, plants that left stinging red welts on our legs and swarms of mosquitoes. There was plenty of slapstick comedy involved in our journey, that is for sure!
As you can imagine after we straggled home covered in mud, with blisters and mosquito bites the last thing I wanted to do was cook dinner. These are the kind of days that call for convenience foods, like Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken.
Earlier this week I had picked up some bags of Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken at Walmart, so I have plenty on hand for the summer season. I can use them to create quick and simple delicious chicken recipes including many recipes that can be made ahead of time for busy days.
When I went to Walmart I was glad to see they have some flavored varieties, like the Sweet Asian Chicken Thigh Fillets, because if they are already seasoned there is even less work for me. I used the Asian flavored thighs to make a simple chicken salad, and then served it in wraps. There was no cooking involved, just some chopping of ingredients.
I combined the chicken with packaged coleslaw mix, cucumbers, onions, red peppers and coriander, and added some soy sauce and rice vinegar to enhance the sauce that was already on the chicken. Wrapped up and served with a fruit like grapes it is a quick and easy meal the whole family can enjoy.
- 4 pieces Grilled & Ready Sweet Asian Chicken Thigh Fillets, thawed
- 3 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4 teaspoon sugar
- 2 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
- 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
- 3 cup shredded coleslaw mix
- 1/4 cup coriander chopped
- 4 sandwich wraps
- Chop up the garlic, red onion, cucumbers, coriander and red pepper. Combine with the coleslaw mix in a big bowl.
- Chop up the Chicken thighs and add the bowl.
- Mix the soy sauce, olive oil, sugar and rice vinegar together in a small bowl, then pour over the veggies and meat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- When you are ready to serve put 1 cup of salad mix in a wrap and roll up.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263 Saturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 701mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 11g Protein: 6g
So this summer plan on spending less time cooking and more time having fun with your family!