grilled chicken burritos
One of my favorite lunches to pack up for work trips or picnics or just to have on hand that is portable and ready to eat are grilled burritos. They are quick to make and I throw them in the air fryer to get crispy for a few minutes and they are ready to go. I wrap them in foil so that they stay warm and can be eaten on the go. I even put them in the fridge if I am making them for the next day and throw the whole thing back in the air fryer for a few minutes (foil and all!) to re-warm them up. Super convenient and if you have a pilot in your life, they sometimes need meals that they can eat easily right in the cockpit. These are super delicious and easy to pack and carry and never ever get old. Plus you can change them up in so many ways. You can easily make these vegetarian with paneer or tofu or just a bunch of grilled vegetables. One of my favorite ways is a Mexican burrito with brown rice, black beans, charred corn and grilled peppers and onions. Throw in some avocados and my lime serrano sauce, and you have an amazing burrito!
These burritos were made using ingredients that I had already prepared for the rest of his meals for the trip. In this case, I had grilled veggies and tandoori chicken as well as some leftover spiced potatoes. So what do you do? You throw all of it in a bowl and mixed it up with some cheese and voila! You have a burrito filling!
I had also made some roti's (Indian tortillas) for his meals so I used those to wrap the burritos in. You can certainly use large flour tortillas. I just love using the same ingredients that I have already made to create new dishes. Minimal prepping and I get to use up everything so I can get all new fresh ingredients for the next week's meals!
At this point, you are in the home stretch. You just pile your filling in to the center of the burrito, and fold two sides in and tightly wrap the other ends...like a burrito lol. Don't be stingy with the filling either! You want it super full as long as you can get it closed!
After that, mist the whole thing in some avocado oil spray (or any spray that you have) and put it in the air fryer seam side down. Halfway through, flip them. That is literally it! Couldn't get easier than that and you can make a lot at one time and freeze them for the future.
I served these with my lime serrano sauce and to keep them from getting soggy, I put a single serving of the sauce in one of those small medicine ziplocks that is about the size of a Taco Bell hot sauce packet. That way he can use it and throw it away. I know, I am pretty ingenious!
So here is a basic recipe for the burritos that I made above, but like I said, the beauty of these is to get as creative as you want utilizing whatever ingredients that you have on hand.
Grilled Chicken Burritos
3 large roti's (or large flour tortillas)
3 cooked tandoori chicken thighs, diced small
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 green chili, finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/3 cup spiced potatoes, cooked and mashed (I had this leftover from my Pani Puri recipe)
lime serrano sauce (optional, served on side)
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the filling ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Preheat your air fryer to 400F for 5 minutes.
Lay out your roti/tortilla and put a generous amount of filling in the center.
Fold in two sides and roll the other sides into a tight burrito.
Spray both sides with avocado spray and set them seam side down in a single layer in the air fryer basket. I was able to get 3 in at a time.
Cook at 400F for 8 minutes, flipping them at the halfway mark.
Serve warm with some lime serrano sauce or wrap them in foil as a to-go option.
Now who wouldn't want that for lunch?? Try all the different combos - these would be great for kid's lunches as well.
UPDATE: He LOVED them and said that the other pilot was very jealous! Sweet!