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Healthy Asian chicken lettuce wraps

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Chicken lettuce wraps might seem like an oxymoron, but they are a great way to enjoy a healthy meal and feel full for longer.

Wraps are also perfect if you’re following a low-carb diet or trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake.

The dish is also very nutritious: It contains protein, vitamins A and C, and numerous minerals. Let’s see how to make these chicken lettuce wraps:

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How to make Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps?

Making Asian chicken lettuce wraps do not require cooking skills or sophisticated ingredients. It’s effortless and straightforward.

You need to follow just a few steps, and you will have delicious chicken lettuce wraps made by your hands.

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Before cooking the chicken, combine the peanut butter and the sauce ingredients, and whisk until everything is well combined.

The next step is browning the ground chicken in heated peanut oil.

The ground chicken should be cooked in peanut oil until it becomes brown and crispy. Doing this will give you a delicious flavor and a good texture.

While waiting for the ground chicken, dice the vegetables into tiny pieces.

You can either use the food processor for chopping or use the knife.

Add the onion to the chicken ground and cook everything until the onion is translucent.

After the onion is translucent, add the water chestnuts and the diced peppers, then cook for 5 minutes.

When the peppers become soft, add the sauce you prepared, and simmer on low heat.

Make sure the chicken and the veggies are evenly coated and heated.

Serve the cooked chicken ground in lettuce leaves over rice, noodles, or whatever you prefer.

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How to store and reheat Asian chicken lettuce wraps:

Like any dish, storing and reheating are nearly the same.

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If you want to pack this dish for lunch, don’t assemble everything beforehand.

Store the lettuce separately or in the same container with a paper towel.

Just make sure to separate the lettuce from the chicken.

Serving suggestions:

You can either serve the Asian lettuce wraps cold straight from the refrigerator or heat the chicken filling on its own from the lettuce.

The traditional way of serving Asian chicken lettuce wraps has them on its own. However, some people prefer serving lettuce over sesame noodles or rice.

Tips to make Healthy Asian Chicken lettuce wraps:

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➢     The essential tools used to make Asian chicken lettuce wraps are pure. A large skillet or a 12-inch nonstick skillet is what you essentially need.

➢     Type of Chicken: For this particular dish, rotisserie chicken is the best if you want to save time since it’s already cooked.

➢     Vegetables: The most used veggies are red onion and peppers, but you can add matchstick carrots, pineapple, and celery ( Used in Thai chicken lettuce wraps). It is possible to add mushrooms, zucchini, bean sprouts, or bok choy; it’s up to you.

➢     You can replace the peanut butter with smooth almond butter. Tamari sauce or liquid coconut aminos could replace soy sauce.

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What is the best lettuce for wraps?

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Lettuce is one of the main ingredients in Asian chicken lettuce wraps. There is various healthy lettuce to use in this dish, but everyone has its traits. The best lettuce for chicken lettuce wraps are :

★     Iceberg Lettuce: This lettuce is the least favorite when it comes to making chicken lettuce wraps because it’s watery and bland. However, iceberg lettuce is durable,  crispy, and ideal for Pf Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.

★     Romaine Lettuce: The most used lettuce when making chicken wraps. Crisp like iceberg lettuce, but easy to break apart leaves. It has a good flavor and can carry the filling without breaking.

★     Bibb/ Boston Lettuce: Butter lettuce has the best sheets for lettuce wraps. The leaves are easy to take apart, and their size is perfect for this dish. The only issue is that the price is high, and you won’t have so many leaves to use.

How do you cut Lettuce for Lettuce wraps?

Cutting lettuce for lettuce wraps is very simple and easy. You need to cut the bottom of the head of the lettuce off. After that, peel away each lettuce leaf separately. Then wash and dry the lettuce before use.

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, a healthy, low-carb, gluten-free dish ideal for lunch and dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb of ground chicken
  • ½ onion minced
  • 1 Table-spoon of Peanut oil
  • 1 cup of red or green pepper diced
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts, minced and drained

The sauce :

  • 3 Tablespoons  Soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 Table-spoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Table-spoon Peanut butter
  • 2 Table-spoons sweet chili sauce
  • ½ Table-spoon garlic powder
  • ¼ Table-spoon powdered ginger

Instructions

  1. Begin by whisking the sauce ingredients until well combined. If the peanut butter is firm, microwave the mixture for 1 minute so that it melts, and make sure that everything is mixed properly.
  2. In a frying pan, heat 2 table-spoons of peanut oil. Add the ground chicken when the oil is hot.
  3. Cook the chicken until it start to brown, then add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Add the water chestnuts and the peppers, and cook for 5 minutes until the peppers become soft.
  5. Add the sauce, then on low heat, simmer until the chicken and the veggies are coated and everything is heated through.
  6. Serve the mixture in lettuce leaves on top of the asian salad you like, or over rice or noodles.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Main Course
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 209.1

Keywords: asian chicken lettuce wraps

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