Pistachio Chicken Wraps With Spicy Ginger Sauce

6 servings.

1 cup In-shell American pistachios
2/3 cup Rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup Sweet rice wine (mirin)
3 tablespoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 small Red Chile pepper, seeded and minced
1/2 pound Boneless, skinless chicken breast
6 (8-inch) Flour tortillas
1/4 pound Young spinach leaves
2 small Red and/or yellow bell pepper cut into narrow strips
1/2 pound Cooked, shelled baby shrimp


Shell pistachios (to get 1/2 cup) and chop. For sauce, combine vinegar, rice wine, sugar, ginger and Chile pepper in saucepan. Bring to boil then simmer about 10 minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons of pistachios. Sauté chicken in oiled skillet for about 10 minutes, turning once, or until cooked through. Cut into narrow strips. Stack tortillas in plastic bag and place in microwave oven for 30 seconds to steam and get pliable. Spread out tortillas on counter. Distribute spinach, bell peppers, shrimp, chicken strips and remaining pistachios onto tortillas. Tightly roll tortilla around ingredients. Wrap each roll in foil or transparent wrap until ready to serve. Serve with sauce.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!