- Serves: 4
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Prep Time: 30 minutes plus at least 2 hrs marinating
- Effort: easy
For the spiced chicken
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
- 2 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 raw beetroot
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 8 large soft tortillas
- 4 leaves baby gem lettuce
- 150 g cheddar cheese, grated
- about 80 g soured cream or crème fraîche
- 3-4 sprigs coriander, leaves picked
- 1 lime, juice only
1. In a small, dry frying pan, lightly toast the coriander seeds for 1 minute, just until fragrant. Transfer to a mortar and add the fennel, cumin, chilli flakes, paprika, cayenne, black pepper and garlic and pound together with the pestle. Add the olive oil a little at a time so the marinade doesnt splash over you and mix well. Transfer to a medium bowl.
2. Score each chicken breast three times with a sharp knife and add to the marinade. Stir to make sure the chicken is well coated. Pop the chicken in a freezer bag and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours if you have time.
3. When ready to cook, grate the beetroot into a bowl and add the red wine vinegar and a little salt and pepper. Leave to pickle for 10 minutes or so.
4. Take the chicken from the fridge, cut it into strips and fry in a little olive oil until cooked through. Season to taste.
5. To wrap the burritos: place a tortilla on a board and line with a lettuce leaf. Top this with a few strips of chicken, followed by a little of the pickled beetroot. Sprinkle with grated cheese, then add a dollop of soured cream or crème fraîche and a few fresh coriander leaves. Squeeze over some lime juice.
6. Fold the bottom edge of the tortilla up a little, fold in each side, then continue rolling up the tortilla into a big cigar shape. Use a little smear of olive oil on the edge of the tortilla to help seal it. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
7. Toast the burritos in a panini maker, or simply place in a hot, dry frying pan (remembering to put the join in the wrap down on the heat first) with another frying pan on top to weigh it down. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and crisp, cut in half and serve hot.
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