May 05, 2008

Cinco de Mango: Chicken Mango Burritos


for the beans:
15 oz canned pinto beans, drained
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 onion, minced
leave of 2 springs thyme
1 clove garlic, minced

for the chicken:
2 cups shredded poached or roasted chicken
15 oz canned diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
1/2 onion, minced
1 garlic cloved, minced

for the mango salsa:
1 large mango, cubed
1/2 cup fire roasted corn*
1/3 cup diced red onion or shallot
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
juice of one lime

the extras:
cooked white rice tossed with the juice of 1 lime
sour cream
burrito sized tortillas

For the mango salsa: toss all ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

For the chicken: Heat oil in a small saucepan. Saute the onion, pepper and garlic until fragernt. Add the tomato and hot sauce. Simmer until the liquid as evaporated. If there are very large chunks, mash them with a potato masher. Toss with shredded chicken. Set aside.

For the beans: Heat oil in a small saucepan. Saute the onion and garlic until fragernt. Add the beans and thyme. Simmer unitl the beans are heated through.

To assemble: Place a small portion of rice middle of a warm tortilla. Top with beans, chicken, sour cream and salsa. Fold the top and bottom towards the center, then wrap the sides towards the middle to close.

*Available frozen at Trader Joe's (thaw before use) or roast your own! Brush one cob with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place a skewer in one end and hold over the stove burner for 1 to 2 minutes rotating so all sides are toasty. Remove the kernels from the cob.

My thoughts:
Mango might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to burritos but maybe it should be. I wasn't sure how they would taste but they were actually really good; very fresh tasting. The fruity sweetness of the mango and roasted corn contrasts nicely with the spicy sauced chicken without any one flavor dominating. I'd also like to point out that while it looks like many individual parts, the mango salsa comes together in seconds and you can easily cook the rice, chicken and beans all at the same time.