Seems like I've been specializing in ultra-quick recipes lately, and you can make these Chicken Ranch Spinach Rollups in about 20 minutes or less. This is an all in one meal, you really don't have to serve anything else - and these are so tasty you'll have to stop yourself from eating more than 3 or 4.
I often pick up items at the store “just because", and figure out what to make with them later. Earlier in the week I bought a few packs of flour tortillas, and a medium sized bag of baby spinach. When I was figuring out what to make for dinner last night - I made up this recipe based on what I had in the fridge.
Here's what you need:
- about 2 lbs frozen breast of chicken (we use frozen boneless skinless chicken tenders)
- about 1/2 medium sized bag of baby spinach leaves
- Ranch dressing (we use light)
- 1 pckg shredded cheese (we use co-jack, marble, or monterey jack)
- flour tortillas
- real bacon bits (optional)
You want to cook and chop your chicken into chunks, like what you would use for tortillas. If you've been paying attention the last dozen recipes, you'd know that what we do is place 2lbs frozen boneless skinless in the microwave on defrost just long enough to make pliable (but not cook) - about 6-7 minutes. Then, with the pan drizzled with extra virgin olive oil - we put them on the stove on med-high heat for about 5 minutes, then turn and cook another 3-5 minutes, then we chop them up in the pan with the spatula into chunks.
While you chicken is cooking on the stove, wash your baby spinach leaves and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add about 2/3 cup of Ranch (and the optional bacon bits) and mix well. When your chicken is done on the stove and you have it well chopped up into chunks you can start to assemble your rollups.
Microwave your (opened) package of flour tortillas for about 60 seconds. For each rollup, spread the spinach ranch mixture on a flour tortilla (about 10 leaves or so), place cooked chicken on top, and then a small handful of shredded cheese. We usually drizzle a little extra ranch on top - and there you have it! You are ready to eat!
I've had one or two people be like “spinach, ewww!", but this is NOT like cooked spinach at all. Baby spinach leaves are not only excellent for you - but they even have a slight sweet taste. That taste is brought out even more so in this recipe by the ranch dressing. With a chicken ranch spinach rollup you're getting a serving of bread, meat, a vegetable, and a dairy!
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