Buffalo "Chicken" Ranch Wraps

I’m a reborn vegetarian who eats fish occasionally (which probably has some sort of actual name…..).  I was a vegetarian for a very long time, and then I took almost a 10 year hiatus.  I (gulp) began eating meat again mostly out of convenience and also because I was feeling pressure from external sources.  Although I didn’t mind adding a lot more variety to my menu with the use of meat, I never truly got over my moral and ethical beliefs of why I went vegetarian in the first place.  And thus, in an opportunity of rebirth and freedom in my life, I decided to go back to my roots.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I have gotten many questions from well-meaning people about how I plan to have a food blog without putting recipes on it that don’t feature meat.  My answer is this: I can make great meals without meat.  I can use meat substitutes if need be, but I do plan on getting creative and introducing alternatives for those who are interested.  I am not against those who eat meat at all-it’s a personal choice for everyone.  That being said, I will include instructions and recipes that use meat, but I will always provide an alternative option for everyone’s palate preferences.

This is one of those recipes.  It was sort of something that I was just throwing together at night in my meat-eating days, and I was wondering if I could experiment and get the same great taste without the actual chicken.  I was impressed!  The same great taste is there, it’s simple to put together, and it makes a great lunch to take to work the next day (always a bonus).

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Wraps


Servings: 1

1 9″ flour tortilla

1 cup of previously breaded frozen chicken strips (*I swore by Tyson’s chicken strips, but this time I used Morningstar’s Buffalo Chicken Nuggets)-about 4 or 5 pieces

1/2 tomato (any variety), chopped

1/2 medium shallot, chopped

1/2 cup lettuce, spinach, or any other green leafy vegetable you have on hand

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used what I had in the fridge-Mexican blend)

1 tablespoon Buffalo Hot Sauce (found in the grocery near Tabasco sauce)

1 tablespoon Ranch dressing

1.  Prepare “chicken” strips as directed.  Let sit for a few minutes to cool, then chop into bite-size pieces.

2.  Put Buffalo Hot Sauce in bowl and mix chicken strips in sauce to coat.

3.  Spread Ranch dressing in a thin layer over tortilla.

4.  Add “chicken” strips.

5.  Assemble wrap by adding the additional ingredients in layers.  Roll up the tortilla, and enjoy!

Now, wasn’t that easy?;)

July 26, 2010 - 10:47 am

georgia - those look great shanon! wish I would have been able to try one. You need to make these again sometime

July 27, 2010 - 10:58 pm

cori - definitely making these for lunch tomorrow with some Gardein Buffalo Wings! mmmmm

July 28, 2010 - 1:26 am

foodies at home - I cannot believe these are meat free! I bet I would even fool my carnivorous husband with this one!

July 28, 2010 - 7:12 pm

Blackwatertown - Looks very good.
You have to work harder to be a healthy veggie than a lazy omnivore.
I think your fishy excursions make you a pescetarian.

July 28, 2010 - 9:08 pm

mrsj - they used to serve vegetarian buffalo “wings” in the cafeteria when i was in college…and even though i am personally an omnivore, i always went for those when they were there. they’re a GREAT gateway food for people who want to transition to a meat-free lifestyle!

July 29, 2010 - 1:44 am

Adelina Badalyan - Interesting. If I did not read your post I would think this dish was made for a carnivore!

July 29, 2010 - 4:35 am

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking - I just visited the home of buffalo wings, buffalo in NY! Not as interesting as the course itself, but I had pretty fun anyway.

July 29, 2010 - 9:22 am

Kathy - The wraps look wonderful. I am a vegan, but with a few minor changes I can definitely make these. Gardein Crispy Tenders would be wonderful in these! Congrats on making the Top 9.

July 29, 2010 - 10:45 am

Maria - These look great! I recently posted a boneless buffalo “chicken” tacos recipe using tofu, fresh tortillas, and blue cheese dressing. You should check it out! The tofu was very similar to chicken. No need to miss meat when you are creative, I say.

July 29, 2010 - 12:11 pm

RavieNomNoms - Wow! Thanks for sharing! I love wraps and this is definitely one that appeals to a lot of people. And I agree! There are so many great recipes that you don’t need meat for. I just recently posted a zucchini & squash pasta (no meat at all) check it out!

July 29, 2010 - 12:59 pm

My Man's Belly - Congrats on the Top 9!

September 11, 2010 - 3:33 am

Chris - ‘Pescetarian’ is the term you’re looking for if you’re a ‘vegetarian’ that eats seafood – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pescetarian
I’m the same.. although I don’t go around saying im a pescetarian, nobody seems to know what it means haha

October 18, 2010 - 9:45 pm

chefpriyanka - i just posted a recipe today for a buffalo “chicken” cheddar-ranch wrap! Yours looks so pretty! I love morningstar and veggie patch “chicken” products :)

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