Saturday, January 12, 2008

Eating Healthy- Mouse's Spicy Chicken Chalupa

My friend Mouse from Portland was in Sioux Falls, visiting her father, so we drove down to have lunch with her last week. We ate at Granite City (no website- but if you're in Sioux Falls, go there. The food is great) and Mouse had their Chicken Ceasar Chalupa, with added hot sauce, and it was wonderful (we all had a taste). We came home, determined to figure out our own diabetes-friendly version, and we came up with a winner. It's not exactly like the Granite City version (no Ceasar dressing), but it's a keeper.

When it comes to cooking, we use up whatever is in the cupboard, which accounts for the KFC Hot Wing sauce packet, which we had left from the old, bad-eating days. I'm sure other hot sauces would work if you don't have a stash from KFC on hand.

I didn't calculate the fat (our collective cholesterol numbers are fine, so we concentrate on monitoring calories and carbs). You can substitute or reduce the cheese if you want a lower-fat meal. The total calories depend on the kind of low-carb tortillas you use. Ours were 100 calories@, with 6 gr net carb.

Mouse's Spicy Chicken Chalupa- serves 4-6

1 tsp olive oil
6- whole wheat, low carb tortillas (approx 10" diameter)
3 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
assorted spices (we used some Tabasco and a couple of KFC Hot Wing Packets)
Pizza Sauce (we used Pizza Squeeze)
1 tomato, diced small
5 ozs Pepper Jack Cheese (sliced broken into pieces, or shredded)

optional: shredded lettuce, sliced olives

Preheat oven 400 degrees

Saute cubed chicken breast in a non-stick pan, sprinkle with spices and tabasco, and cook until done and juice evaporates

Spread small amt olive oil in a hot frying pan. Fry the tortilla on both sides (tortilla will not be crispy). Remove from pan. Spread 1 tbsp Pizza sauce on the tortilla, sprinkle with about 2 tbsp cooked, cubed spiced chicken (1/2 breast), sprinkle with 2 tbsp tomato, and top with about 3/4 oz shredded Pepper Jack Cheese

Place the Chalupa directly on the middle rack of your oven, or on a metal baking sheet, and bake until the cheese bubbles and the tortilla is crisp (5-7 minutes). Remove from oven and cut into pieces. Serve with shredded lettuce and top with sliced olives.

Each Chalupa (without lettuce and olives): approx 300 calories, 14 gr Carb

1 comment:

lisabeedesigns said...

We ate at the Granite City in Davenport when we drove cross country a few years ago. Boy, the food there didn't hurt our already positive vibes of Iowa (kind of surprising for such coast centric people as my husband and I). Very tasty!

I think I might have to try this recipe you came up with sometime this week!