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One Mom's Perfect Imperfection: See What's Cookin' - Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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19 May 2010

See What's Cookin' - Chicken Lettuce Wraps


This has quickly become one of my family's favorite recipes. It's so quick, easy and adaptable - and HEALTHY.  I just had to share it with my readers.  You can thank me later.  :)  I promise, you'll love this.  Chicken Lettuce Wraps came from Joy Bauer.  You might recognize the name if you watch the Today Show.  She's their health/nutritionist guru.  Let's get cookin'!

Now, remember that I said this recipe is completely adaptable to you and your preferences as well as what you have on hand.  The recipe calls for celery and cashews.  I didn't have celery or cashews on hand so I left it out but it was still DELISH!  So don't worry if you are shy of a few ingredients.  Substitute something else or leave out what you don't like personally.  I used the following:










Yes, I cheated with the garlic.  I ran out of fresh garlic so I used the jarred stuff.  I also used ground turkey instead of chicken this go 'round.  It worked fine.  

Dice up all your veggies, garlic and ginger and throw them into a well-sprayed (keep it healthy and use olive oil) skillet.  You just want the veggies to get a head start so they aren't so crunchy.  So let them hang out there for about 5 minutes stirring often so they don't burn.



Then add your chicken (or turkey) and brown that up, seasoning it with salt and pepper.  The aromas will start to intoxicate you at this point.  Smells amazing!



Once that's browned, reduce the heat to low and add the plum sauce, the rice vinegar, and chili paste and stir to coat.  Simmer until just heated through.  Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the cilantro (and cashews if you have them).  Allow the mixture to cool slightly.


If you haven't cleaned your lettuce already, do that now and break off 12  individual leaves (trimming stems).  Fill each lettuce cup with roughly 1/2 cup of the chicken (turkey) mixture.  


Wrap that baby up and ENJOY, y'all!



To print or save this recipe, click HERE.

On another note, I'm guest posting over at Who Says 8 Is Enough? today while Debi and her family are away on a FAB vacation!  The post is an oldie but a goodie.  Debi is also giving away a prize to her biggest commenter.  Go check it out!

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17 Comments:

  • At May 19, 2010 at 10:39 AM , Anonymous Mandy Pfeiffer said...

    Looks good, Courtney! I'll have to add it to my growing list of things to try... I'm hoping to start a series on menu planning next week, and I'll have to mix it in to that!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous kbelleicious said...

    YUm Yum Yum Yum Yum! Enough said.Oh wait- one more thing. I am so cooking this tomorrow night and can't wait! I have all the ingredients already here- that is the great thing about this recipe! Love ya. Oh don't forget my giveaway ends next week- be sure to enter because the cupcake stationary cards are calling your name to me!http://kitchenbelleicious.blogspot.com/2010/05/giveaway-you-wont-believe-your-eyes.html

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous CourtneyN said...

    That sounds awesome! Hope the recipe works for you!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM , Anonymous CourtneyN said...

    Hope you enjoy the recipe! I have certainly enjoyed some of yours!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM , Anonymous Liz said...

    you'd think chicken lettuce wraps would be harder to make with as good as they are. The Rachael Ray one I use is seasoned a bit different, but still so easy, and even Kate loves it! Granted, the lettuce "wrap" gimmick helps, but still. :)

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 1:09 PM , Anonymous Julie said...

    I am so excited to try this. Looks simply delicious!!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM , Anonymous Sarah Ann said...

    OOH. That looks so yummy and something my husband would just die for :)

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM , Anonymous carissa said...

    1. i love how you laid out this post and took the pictures. it's a great way to share a recipe!!! it helps me visualize what i should be doing when i make it.

    2. and yes, speaking of making it, i can't wait!!! it looks so delish and healthy too!

    3. thank you a whole bunch!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM , Anonymous alely lee said...

    i love lettuce wraps!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 6:03 PM , Anonymous Cindy A said...

    I love lettuce wraps! I will have to make these!!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM , Anonymous CourtneyN said...

    I do, too! I don't know why I never made them before I found this recipe.

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 8:24 PM , Anonymous CourtneyN said...

    Definitely try them. They really are tasty and easy to make. Hope you like them, too!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 9:11 PM , Anonymous ajsipes said...

    I have been wanting to try lettuce wraps. So glad I have a recipe now :) They look super yummy, and easy!

     
  • At May 19, 2010 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Jenn said...

    Yummy~ that is a MUST try! =) next week! yum~

     
  • At May 20, 2010 at 1:22 AM , Anonymous Amy said...

    YUM! You had me at cilantro...

     
  • At May 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM , Anonymous Natalie@mommyofamonster said...

    I have found the best recipes through blogs! Now I have another to add to my list :)

     
  • At June 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous alicia said...

    These look delish! My husband has been trying to eat less bread. This could be perfect. Thanks for playing along and linking up!

     

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