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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Reader Recipe: Chicken Curry Wrap

Overall top-scorer: This wallet-saver meal is super easy to make but packs dynamite flavor.

by: Nicole Margeson

Chicken Curry Wrap (Justin Bailie)
Chicken Curry Wrap (Justin Bailie)

Chef Nicole Margeson, Denver, CO
Cooking secret “Rehydrated meals often become mushy, but a handful of nuts will add crunch as well as nutrition.”

1 foil packet chicken
1 2.5-ounce-packet shelf-stable ranch dressing (such as Hidden Valley’s six-pack cups)
1⁄8 cup raisins
1⁄8 cup cashews (salted or unsalted)
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (can omit with salted cashews)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tortillas or pitas

At home
Put everything, except the chicken and dressing, in a quart-size zip-top bag.

In camp
Empty chicken packet and ranch cup into the zip-top bag and mix thoroughly. Scoop mixture onto tortillas and roll up (or stuff into pitas), and chow down. Serves 2.

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Apr 23, 2013

I recommend pan frying the chicken and it's juices first and then adding the ingredients. There's no reason why this great meal has to be cold. Warming the pitas over the fire is also awesome. I also use at least a 1/3 less ranch dressing. That way you'll taste the spices more and the ranch less, which can be overpowering. The meal is great with a cup of mellow soup (e.g., clam chowder, creamy potato) to balance a higher level of spice which I like.

May 20, 2012

Anybody know how much a foil packet of chicken is? I'd like to replace with canned chicken.

May 13, 2012

tried this one with a few friends, it was SCRUMTRALESCENT.

Sep 21, 2011

I have been looking for a few years for chicken pouches, too. Finally found them in the canned chicken aisle at a Raleys supermarket. On another blog folks were saying you can get them at Walmart or off Amazon. Can't wait to try this recipe with my newly found chicken pouch! :)

Jul 20, 2011

Where can you get this foil pack of chicken at?

Thomas Ward
Jun 20, 2011

made this today for lunch to try out before bringing it on a trip and it was delicious! thanks for sharing it!


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