Recession cooking, part 3

October 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

One of our favorite meals to go out for in St. Joe is the buffalo chicken wrap at Cheddar’s. It’s huge, and one order feeds both of us for two meals. (At $8, that’s not a bad price) However, the catch is the soda, the tips, etc. We still walk out spending $15 or so. Needless to say, that’s out of the picture now.

So it was up to me to figure out how to recreate it. And, unlike some of our favorite Chinese dishes, this was a cinch to figure out, cheap, and best yet – takes only 15 minutes or less to create.

We got a huge bag of buffalo chicken tenders on sale at Target one day. There’s enough in the bag for about 10 wrap meals, and it only cost $6.

Here’s all you need to serve 2:

2 large buffalo chicken tenders (Or use leftover shredded chicken, or regular chicken tenders, plus a drizzle of hot sauce. Same same)
2 large tortillas (cheddar-flavored wrap tortillas if you can find them, if not, regular burrito tortillas will do)
1 cup shredded cabbage (coleslaw mix is fine)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
About 8-10 bread and butter pickles (I prefer my homemade pickles, which are crunchy and thicker than store bought. But store bought is fine, too.)
4 tbsp low or no fat ranch dressing

Lay out tortillas. Cut chicken tenders in half, lay lengthwise down tortilla length. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup cabbage on each tortilla, and 1/6 cup cheddar cheese on each. Layer pickles down on top of chicken tenders for the length of the wrap. Add extra hot sauce if desired (not necessary if you bought buffalo chicken strips). Roll tightly, like a burrito. Serve with a ramekin of 1-2 tbsp ranch for dipping.

Total cost for the meal:
33 cents for 2 large tortillas
60 cents for chicken
25 cents for coleslaw mix
15 cents for ranch dressing
33 cents for cheddar cheese
25 cents for pickles

Total cost: $1.91 for 2 wraps

Serve with chips, or potato salad, or some fresh fruit. We served with sliced apples the other day, which put the total cost for two people to about $3, or $1.50 a piece.

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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