Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spiced Chicken, Green Apple, Belle Chevre Goat Cheese Avocado Wrap

***There are certain foods that are worth dreaming about, and artisan cheeses certainly deserve a spot on that list.  I was recently contacted by the awesome folks at Belle Chevre Creamery, who wanted to feature my blog on their website as part of a four week series spotlighting healthy summer recipes by none other than Chef Marvin Woods.  I was so thrilled about the opportunity!

Take a look at the article HERE!

Chef Marvin Woods is an Emmy Award-Nominated television host, celebrity chef, and cookbook author.  In addition, Chef Woods was chosen as the very first chef to kick off Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign.  

Pretty amazing stuff, huh??

I was equally excited to find out that Belle Chevre Creamery, a company that has produced internationally acclaimed chevre cheeses for over 20 years, is located right here in my home-state of Alabama!  Belle Chevre has teamed up with Chef Woods to create a new e-Cookbook filled with wonderful and HEALTHY summer recipes for you to enjoy.

After one bite of Belle Chevre's goat cheese, and I am hooked.  The texture is amazingly creamy, mild, and distinct.  It's not like other chevres...It's way better!  My husband - Brad - has never really been a big fan of goat cheese, but even he loved these wraps!  

I was in disbelief.

The day after we ate these, he was still talking about them.  The tartness of the apples adds such a perfect crunch, while the avocado just sends it over the top.  And the spiced chicken - Where can I even begin?  The cinnamon, paprika and cumin spice mixture is simply incredible.  You might think that the cinnamon would give the chicken a somewhat sweet taste, but it's perfectly balanced by the other spices.  The next time that I need a quick and easy way to flavor boring ole' chicken breasts for dinner, I am going to use this spice rub...It's so yummy!

I really think you'll LOVE this fresh and healthy summer recipe.  It's absolutely perfect for a healthy lunch or easy dinner.

Bon Appetit!***

Spice mixture made of cinnamon, paprika and cumin...Yum!

Spiced Chicken, Green Apple, Belle Chevre Goat Cheese Avocado Wrap

© Recipe courtesy of Trailblazing Productions, LLC, All Rights Reserved

Serving:  Makes 2 Wraps


2 Spinach or whole wheat wraps

1 Chicken breast (butterfly chicken breast if you like), skin removed

4 tablespoons canola oil

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon smoked paprika (preferred) regular will do

¼ teaspoon cumin powder

4 ounces Belle Chevre Goat Cheese, room temperature

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons honey

½ Granny Smith apple (skinned and core removed, cut into slices)

½ Red apple (skinned and core removed, cut into slices)

½ Avocado (skin and pit removed, cut into slices)

½ Lemon cut in half and juiced (seeds removed)

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Combine cinnamon, paprika, cumin powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place chicken breast on a flat surface. And sprinkle with spice mixture.

Tip - If you pound out the chicken breast slightly to get an even thickness across the meat it will cook more evenly as you sauté it without overbrowning.  Just place the chicken in a baggie and pound lightly with a rolling pin to an even thickness.

Place canola oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Put chicken breast in the pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on one side. Turn chicken over and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. If need be, alternate turning chicken over on both sides until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°.  Transfer the chicken breast on a plate to cool and slice into strips.

In a bowl, mix together goat cheese, cream cheese and honey. In a separate bowl add apples, avocado and a pinch of lemon juice.

Place wraps on a flat surface. Add an even amount of the cheese mixture in a straight line to the front of the wrap. Add apple and avocado slices, then chicken strips.  Take one of the wraps sides and fold it in to the middle. Roll wrap starting with the side that has the chicken mixture. Roll as tightly as you can without breaking the wrap. Serve.

Look what came in the mail!  Be sure to check out Belle Chevre's decadent breakfast cheeses - Mixed with fig, coffee, cinnamon or even honey!


Anonymous said...

great post!

the red headed traveler said...

I came across your blog the other day by chance after googling Julia Child's strawberry tarts. I love it and loved this post. My husband is also not a huge goat cheese fan but hopefully the recipe will sway him :)