No. 233: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

One of the ingredients we always tend to have on hand is grilled, rotesserie or shredded chicken of some kind.

This week I went a bit overboard and we had a lot more to use than expected. I may have gotten a bit excited about feeding our guests.

Thursday evening we turned the chicken into enchiladas suiza wtih the help of some Safeway brand salsa verde (actually really good when you're in a pinch).

Friday night I was looking for something fresh, easy and chicken based. Enter these little lettuce wraps from Taste of Home.

Ingredients

Serves 6
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and cubed
1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons peanut oil, divided*
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot*
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup julienned green onions
12 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

*Instead of peanut oil I just used a tablespoon of natural peanut oil with lots of the oil from the top. We also tend to use ginger paste over fresh ginger root.

To make

In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, add cooked chicken, water chestnuts and ginger. Cook 4 minutes or until chicken all ingredients are warmed through and combined. Set aside.

Chicken and chestnuts

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and remaining oil. Add to chicken.

While chicken mixture simmers on low, prepare ingredients for the wraps.

Lettuce wrap prep

When ready to serve, spoon chicken mixture onto lettuce leaves with desired toppings.

The results

No picture of the final result, but it was lovely. I had everything I needed for this nice, fresh dinner on hand except the Bibb lettuce leaves.

The chicken mixture has some great seasoning to it as well. I loved the combination of peanut, soy and the vinegars.

I also love the communal experience of lettuce wraps. Everyone got to build their own to suit their tastes, which meant lots of carrots and almonds for me.

Now, I will admit that an hour later we made popcorn. It was a pretty light dinner for four hungry people, so keep that in mind!

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