October 02, 2016

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I’ve been simplifying my meal prep lately and while some people argue that it gets boring eating the same food every day, I disagree. If you find the right repetition of different flavors you can taste your way around the world in flavor profiles and I can guarantee your usual chicken meal will take on a whole new persona.

Enter the chicken lettuce wrap.

This is an easy way to use large batch chicken or freshly cooked chicken in a different way. Not to mention, it’s also a great excuse to use Sriracha sauce. Plus, spicy food helps spike your metabolism and gives you that extra edge in burning calories. Enjoy the wraps!

• 1 Pkg. or Bundle Romaine Lettuce Hearts
• 1 Lb Ground Chicken or Chicken Breast Cut into Small Pieces (Feel free to use your protein of choice!!)
• 1 Medium Red Pepper, Diced
• ¼ Yellow Onion Chopped
• 2 Tbsps. Of Rice Wine Vinegar
• 1 Tbsp. Hoisin Sauce (a little goes a long way with this sauce)
• 1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
• ½ Tsp. Grated Ginger
• 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
• ½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
• 5 Dashes of Hot Pepper Sauce (Tabasco or Sriracha, optional)
• 3 Tbsps. Chopped Green Onion or More to Taste
• 2 Tbsps. Fresh Cilantro or More to Taste (optional)
• Add Salt and Pepper to Taste

Makes 4 Servings:
• Calories Per lettuce wrap: 120
• Carbohydrates: 3g
• Fat: 4g
• Protein: 22g

1. Cook and stir ground chicken in a large skillet until the meat is crumbly and no longer pink, about 10-12 minutes. Drain excess grease. Stir red bell pepper and chopped yellow onion into chicken; cook and stir until the pepper and onions are slightly softened, about 5 more minutes.
2. Whisk 1/2 cup soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, 5 dashes hot pepper sauce, garlic, chili powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl; pour over chicken mixture. Cook and stir chicken mixture with sauce over low heat until flavors have blended, 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Stir in the tbsp. of hoisin sauce.
4. Form Romaine lettuce hearts into cup shapes and fill with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with green onion and cilantro, and/or more hot pepper sauce if you like your food spicy.