Amazing burrito filling
Guinness chicken with nutty onion burritos
So nutritious, and tasty!
If you use a nonstick pan, these burritos are nothing but good for you. The chicken provides a great source of protein, as do the nuts. The hazelnuts also have lots of phytonutrients: more iron, magnesium, and B-6 than most foods.
The onions provide a little bit of sweetness while being incredibly low in calories. The spices and balsamic vinegar all provide a wealth of health benefits.
The Guinness is a light beer, and you aren't even using much of it.
- 2 or 3 large handfulls hazelnuts (or almonds work too), ground
- three pieces boneless skinless chicken thigh, whole
- half one large onion, white or red, chopped
- 3 good pinches thyme, ground
- 3 good pinches rosemary, ground
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- one package burrito wraps (wheat or white)
- to taste salt
- to taste pepper
There are two parts to this recipe: the chicken, and the nuts and onions. The nut and onion mixture can be made when chicken is halfway done, as it doesn't take much time to cook. I'll explain the chicken first, then the onions and nuts.
Get some chicken and cut it into short strips.
I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs; they have a little bit of fat but not too much, which makes for a good flavor. Chicken breast would probably be too dry. Which part of the chicken you use is up to you.
Place sliced chicken in a saucepan. I used a nonstick pan. If you don't use a nonstick pan, use a little bit of olive or coconut oil. The nonstick pan worked well because the Guinness got a bit sugary and cooked onto the pan. A nonstick pan will be MUCH easier to clean than a pan that is not nonstick.
Turn heat to medium high or 6 or 7, depending on your stove settings. Let chicken cook to the point where it's no longer raw, but not browned; just barely white. Once it's just barely cooked, add a good bit of Guinness, 1/4th of a standard can or a bit more if you like. Just don't drown the chicken.
Season chicken with a good bit of pepper and salt. I used regular table salt, but use whichever salt you like. A smoked salt would work well for this recipe. Also add a bit of ground rosemary and some thyme. I also used a smoked seasoning spice, but what you season your meat with is up to you. Rosemary and thyme went well with the Guinness flavor.
Put a glass lid on the chicken (so you can see when it's getting brown/cooked)
Hazelnut and onion mixture
In a blender or food processor, grind the hazelnuts to a course powder. Should have a cup to a cup-and-a-half of ground nuts. Alternatively, you can use almonds, if you prefer.
Put ground nuts in a 1-quart saucepan over medium low heat. As nuts start to get warm, stir the nuts occasionally so they don't burn.
Cube or chop the onion. Larger pieces are fine. Don't want onions to be too small.
Place chopped onions into heated ground nuts. Stir occasionally. You want the onions to be lightly cooked, but still a little crunchy.
A few minutes after adding onions to nuts, add balsamic vinegar. Vinegar is just for taste; nuts should remain mostly dry after vinegar is added. I used regular balsamic vinegar, but balsamic vinegar comes in many flavors. You could use an espresso balsamic, or some other savory flavor, if you like.
Continue to stir nuts and onions or 5 minutes or so. Then set them aside in a bowl to add to burrito.
You may have some onion and nut mixture left over after all the chicken is gone. The nuts and onions are delicious to eat on their own..or you can just make more chicken to go with the nutty onions!
Prepare the burrito wrap
Before adding chicken and nuts and onions, warm your burrito wrap. You can do this on a plate in the microwave if you have one. If not, simply place one burrito wrap on a pan on low to medium low heat and warm for a few minutes. Then place burrito on plate and add the filling. Enjoy!
Don't be afraid to add variety!
Hello! If you used this recipe, but made some tweaks or changes to it, or added lettuce or something else to your burrito, please share your results. My recipes are never hard and fast; I came by this one by mistake but it turned out so good I wanted to share it.