Southwest Chicken Wrap

Best Southwest Chicken Wrap Recipe

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This Southwest chicken wrap makes a tasty dinner or an easy grab and go lunch. It can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes, making it a great option when you are in a pinch or even if it is just a busy weeknight! With chicken, veggies, black beans, and a flavorful southwest dressing, this is a wrap recipe that you just can’t pass up!

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Southwest Chicken Wrap

In my house, especially on busy weekdays, I always go for a simple, quick lunch or dinner recipe. These southwest chicken wraps have quickly become one of our favorites. The chicken makes it a protein packed, filling meal, and you will even get some veggies in! These versatile wraps combine protein filled chicken with nutrient rich vegetables for a healthy meal. The chicken and veggies are topped with a delicious homemade dressing that gives these chicken wraps the perfect amount of flavor.

This Southwest chicken wrap is so easy to make that it can be a quick dinner or an on the go lunch. To make this wrap, you start by baking your chicken strips. I always use frozen chicken strips unless I have leftover homemade chicken on hand. While the chicken is cooking, you can mix up your dressing. This is a simple mixture of mayonnaise, milk, salsa, taco seasoning, and cumin. Once that is finished, you can brown your corn in a skillet. After you have done that, all that is left to do is assemble your wrap! Add the chicken, dressing, corn, black beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese into your tortilla and, voila! You have a tasty wrap ready to eat.

If you love easy chicken wrap recipes for your family dinners, you might want to check out our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken, and our Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts.

Why You’ll Love this Southwest Chicken Wrap Recipe

  • This versatile spicy chicken wrap can be served for dinner or made ahead for an easy, grab and go lunch.
  • It is very simple to make this wrap a healthy, veggie packed recipe!
  • The homemade dressing gives this southwest chicken wrap the perfect combination of flavor and spice.
  • With protein and veggies, this Southwest chicken wrap is very filling. 
  • You can easily make this wrap recipe your own by switching up what you decide to put into it!

Southwest Chicken Wrap Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders: To keep this Southwest wrap recipe simple I like to buy the frozen crispy breaded chicken breasts and pop them in the oven. To cut back on calories, you can also use grilled chicken tenders.
  • Flour Tortillas: Use your favorite flour, whole wheat, protein, low carb, or spinach tortillas for these Southwest chicken wraps.
  • Lettuce: I prefer to use romaine lettuce in this wrap, but you can use whatever you have in the fridge.
  • Tomato: Pick a couple medium-large tomatoes and cut into slices. If you don’t like tomatoes, omit them all together.
  • Black Beans: Black beans are a good source of fiber, and protein. Drain and rinse black beans before serving adding them to your wrap.
  • Corn: You can use canned or frozen corn that has been thawed.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: I like to keep it simple and use the shredded cheddar cheese that I always have on hand. Other great options are Mexican, Colby Jack, and Monterey Jack cheeses.

Southwest Dressing

  • Mayonnaise: I like to use lite mayo to cut down on calories and fat.
  • Milk: Any kind of milk will work for this homemade dressing. I used 1% milk.
  • Salsa: I always have our homemade canned salsa on hand, but any kind of salsa will work in this dressing.
  • Taco Seasoning: Taco seasoning adds such great flavor to this southwest dressing, I always have our homemade Taco Seasoning on hand. You can make a big batch and keep it in the cupboard.

How to make the best Southwest Chicken Wrap

  • Preheat oven according to package directions and bake chicken strips.
  • In a small mixing bowl add mayonnaise, milk, salsa, taco seasoning, and cumin. Mix well and set aside.
  • While chicken is baking, place thawed corn into a small skillet with 1 Tbsp. oil and cook until corn is lightly browned.
  • Remove Chicken from the oven and cut into small strips.
  • Start assembling your chicken wraps by adding a couple Tbsp. of the southwest dressing to the lower half of the tortilla. Add romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, black beans, corn, chicken strips, and drizzle more southwest dressing on top.
  • Roll up tortilla tightly, cut in half and serve with a side of southwest dressing. Enjoy!

assembling southwest chicken wrap

Popular Substitutions and Additions

You can use any kind of tortilla for this Southwest chicken wrap. I like to use flour or spinach, but you could also use whole grain, low carb, or even gluten free. You will want to avoid corn tortillas for these wraps – they don’t roll well and may fall apart.

For the chicken, you can choose either breaded or fried frozen chicken. I have even used leftover homemade chicken in these Southwestern chicken wraps, and they turned out to be delicious! You could also use shredded rotisserie chicken if you have one on hand.

What to Serve with Southwest Chicken Wraps

I love to serve this wrap with a side of chips and salsa. It really gives it that southwestern feel! I usually do this Homemade Fresh Peach Salsa. If you prefer queso, serve this chicken wrap with chips and Crock Pot White Queso Dip. You could even dip your wrap into the cheese dip – yum!

If you want to pair this southwest chicken wrap with something on the lighter side, opt for a pasta salad. If you have any leftover corn or black beans, you can use them to make this tasty Mexican Pasta Salad.

Storing Southwest Chicken Wraps

Southwest chicken wrap ingredients are best stored in separate containers to prevent all the ingredients from getting soggy. Store them in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you are ready, reheat chicken and assemble wraps like the recipe instructions below.

Southwest Chicken Wrap Recipe FAQ’s

Can I grill this southwest chicken wrap?

Sure! If you prefer your wraps to be crunchy on the outside and melty cheese on the inside, you can grill your wrap on a grill or in a skillet. You could also press it with a panini press. If your wrap starts to open while you are cooking it, just stick a toothpick in it to hold it closed.

Can I make this chicken wrap into a salad?

Yes, you can easily turn this Southwestern chicken wrap into a salad. One of my favorite things to do if I’m not feeling like a wrap is to make a nice hearty chicken salad. Simply layer lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, cheddar cheese, and chicken. Top with a drizzle of the Southwest dressing, and you have yourself a delicious salad recipe.

Is there a store bought dressing that is comparable to this homemade dressing? 

I have not found a store bought dressing that I like as much as this homemade version, but you can always make the dressing ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Southwest Chicken Wrap

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Southwest Chicken Wrap

Southwest Chicken Wrap

This Southwest Chicken Wrap is an incredibly easy family dinner or lunch option that will be ready to serve in just 25 minutes! It comes packed with crispy chicken, fresh vegetables, black beans, and a delicious southwest dressing. This Southwest Chicken Wrap will become part of your family dinner rotation!
4.71 from 71 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 393 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6-7 crispy chicken tenders, cooked according to package directions.
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into slices
  • 1 pkg. frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Southwest Dressing

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven according to package directions and bake chicken strips.
  • In a small mixing bowl add mayonnaise, milk, salsa, taco seasoning, and cumin. Mix well and set aside.
  • Add oil and thawed corn into a small skillet and cook until corn is brown in color. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Remove Chicken from the oven and cut into small strips.
  • Start assembling your chicken wraps by adding a couple Tbsp. of the southwest dressing to the lower half of the tortilla. Add romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, black beans, corn, chicken strips, and drizzle more southwest dressing on top.
  • Roll up tortilla tightly, cut in half and serve with a side of southwest dressing. Enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wrapCalories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 31.5gProtein: 19.9gFat: 17.7gSaturated Fat: 5.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 21.8mgSodium: 692mgFiber: 13.9gSugar: 6gCalcium: 169.2mg
Keyword Crispy Chicken, Southwest Chicken Wrap, Southwest Dressing
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46 Comments

  1. Could you sub some sour cream for the mayo? I’m not a huge mayo fan and I’m wondering if sour cream would work for this? Maybe it would make it a bit thicker?

  2. Emily Mashburn

    What kind of salsa did you use?

  3. Sarah Gutierrez

    Do you have any suggestions for a side dish to go with these wraps? Can’t wait to try them!

    • Hi Sarah,
      We usually make a batch of seasoned French fries or tater tots to go with the wrap. We love to dip them in the southwest sauce, it’s the best.

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this. This is an easy recipe and we had everything we needed to make them.

  5. Melissa Storath

    5 stars
    Delicious, we used leftover roasted chicken.

  6. Sonia Harms

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! These wraps are so delicious. I made the sauce ahead of time. Bought Tyson precooked chicken strips. Tossed them in the air fryer and the meal was together in no time. Thank you for a great one that will be added to our rotation!

  7. 4 stars
    It was good but the sauce felt like it was missing something. Overall it was quick and easy.

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! I made it twice already in one week for my family because they love it!

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious, quick, and filling. Perfect recipe for quick lunch or dinner! Made extra sauce to keep in fridge for more wraps this week.

  10. This recipe was so good and easy! I added a little extra salsa on top after I made the wrap, took it over the top!

  11. 5 stars
    If your in a hurry like I usually am, use hidden valley chipotle southwest dressing…so good!

  12. Was wondering if you could substitute or just take out the milk in the dressing? I do have heavy cream didn’t know if a little of that would work

  13. What size bag of frozen corn do you use?

  14. 5 stars
    This was a great wrap! I didn’t make the dressing, I used a bottled ancho chile ranch, pico instead of tomatoes, and cooked the corn in the microwave. Delicious!

  15. 5 stars
    These were fantastic!! I made a few modifications just to try different things; I made homemade fried chicken for this. and instead of using salsa for the southwest dressing, I found a corn black bean red pepper salsa that I used and used limited mayo and milk (did not use taco seasoning as the salsa was already spicy). Added yellow rice and a cilantro lime crema sauce we got from the store. These were SOOO GOOD and such a wonderful change of pace!

  16. 5 stars
    Very delicious and simple to make. Actually ran out of tortillas before the filling. Still trying to figure out how to eat the rest without the tortillas.

  17. I am going to make these tonight, sounds delicious! Has anyone made this recipe and heated their wraps up in frying pan? Thinking of trying it.

  18. 5 stars
    Make it with leftover rotisserie chicken, it was amazing!

  19. 5 stars
    Did this in a salad/ bowl instead of a wrap! Added some hidden valley ranch mix to the dressing and swapped low fat sour cream for mayo! Yum yum yum!

  20. 5 stars
    Absolutely Love this recipe. It’s quick and easy, even my picky 10 yr old loves this. Thanks for sharing 💙💚

  21. Can these be make a day or so ahead of time for a party or will they get soggy?

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