Lunch, air fryer, chicken pesto wrap

Creating a Chicken Pesto Wrap using an air fryer is a quick and delicious lunch option. Here’s a detailed recipe to guide you through making this flavorful and satisfying meal:

Air Fryer Chicken Pesto Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large flour tortillas or wraps
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking spray or oil for spraying (optional)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Season Chicken: Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Air Fry Chicken: Preheat your air fryer to 360°F (180°C) for about 5 minutes. Brush or spray the air fryer basket with olive oil. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry for 15-18 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C) and is cooked through.
  3. Rest and Slice: Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips or cubes.

2. Assemble the Chicken Pesto Wraps:

  1. Warm Tortillas: Place the tortillas on a clean surface or a plate. Warm them in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes until they are pliable and slightly toasted.
  2. Spread Pesto: Spread about 2 tablespoons of basil pesto evenly over each tortilla, leaving a small border around the edges.
  3. Layer Ingredients: Divide the baby spinach leaves evenly among the tortillas. Top with sliced air-fried chicken, cherry tomatoes, and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Roll Wraps: Fold the sides of each tortilla inward, then roll tightly from the bottom up to form a wrap.
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3. Serve:

  1. Cut and Serve: Cut each wrap in half diagonally or into smaller pieces if desired. Serve immediately while warm.

Tips for Success:

  • Chicken Thickness: For even cooking, ensure the chicken breasts are of similar thickness.
  • Pesto Distribution: Spread the pesto evenly to ensure every bite is flavorful.
  • Customization: Add avocado slices, red onion, or roasted red peppers for extra flavor and texture.

Why This Recipe is Special:

Air Fryer Chicken Pesto Wraps combine the freshness of basil pesto, tender air-fried chicken, and crisp vegetables wrapped in warm tortillas. Using the air fryer to cook the chicken ensures it’s juicy on the inside with a slightly crispy exterior, while warming the tortillas adds a delightful texture. This recipe is perfect for a quick and satisfying lunch or dinner, offering a burst of flavors that everyone will enjoy.

Prepare these wraps for a wholesome meal at home, or pack them for a picnic or office lunch. They’re versatile, easy to customize, and a healthier alternative to fast food options. Enjoy the convenience and deliciousness of this air fryer recipe!