While in London last month we had dinner one night at Nando’s which is a chicken restaurant with locations all over the UK (and world?) but there’s only one or 2 in th US. It’s a South African PERi-PERi chicken restaurant and it was delicious. I had a wrap with chicken and ordered a side of avocado and grilled halloumi with it. I love that they had that cheese-you never see it on menus here.
When I returned home I wanted to make a similar sandwich as the sauce was so delicious! I found that my Fairway Market sold the sauces-yay! Check your market-they may sell it. If not the closest that I would use is Franks Wing Sauce with a touch of sour cream mixed in. The avocado is so nice and creamy and soothing, offsetting the spice of the sauce, the grilled cheese gives just a touch of crunch and tangy goodness.
This is not a tremendous over-stufffed wrap, it’s very simple with very easy ingredients which compliment each other wonderfully.
Spicy Chicken, Crispy Halloumi and Avocado Wrap
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, 6-8 ozs
- kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
- half of an avocado
- 4 ozs halloumi cheese
- Nando’s Medium Sauce
- 2 whole wheat wraps
- Slice the chicken breast in half horizontally to make two pieces of similar thickness. season with salt and pepper.
- Grill-either outside or with a grill pan, panini press etc.. then chop into small pieces. Drizzle with a little of the Nando’s sauce, stir and set aside, covered, to keep warm.
- While the chicken is cooking slice the cheese into 1/4 inch strips and place in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Watch it carefully. It will heat and begin to darken. when it reaches a nice brown, flip it over to cook the other side. Remove and set on a board. Cut into long strips.
- Slice the avocado into thin strips.
- Warm the wraps in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Starting with the cheese spoon half of the cheese down the center of each wrap, followed by half of the chicken, followed by a drizzle (or river-it’s up to you) of the sauce finishing with the avocado.
Makes 2 wraps
If you’ve never had halloumi cheese-it’s a tangy, salty cheese that can be heated but won’t melt-it jut gets a little crispy. I’ve also seen it sold as ‘grilling cheese’.