Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

by Rachel on November 12, 2012

So we already went over how Tony likes to “doctor up” my dishes with his hot peppers, right?  That’s not the whole story.  Hot peppers are one thing — they don’t really add much flavor, just heat.  Sriracha though, Sriracha is a whole other mess.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally down for some rooster sauce – a little squirt here, a few drops on my pizza there.  You know, normal people style.

Tony, on the other hand, uses Sriracha like a five year old uses ketchup.  On anything and in massive disturbing quantities.  I don’t get it.  Sriracha has a strong, garlicky flavor so it seems to me he’s ruining the flavor of the whole dish….  he begs to differ though.  *sigh*

Anyway– Sriracha or not, we’re both a fan of these Asian chicken lettuce wraps.  These are perfect to whip up in a hurry when you’re in the mood for a light dinner and leftovers are great for lunch the next day.   I’ve been keeping these vegetables on hand so that I can make a batch anytime I have leftover chicken too!

If you’re in the mood for a more hearty dinner try turning these ingredients into a large chopped salad – use the same amount of toppings on a large bed of lettuce (points will stay the same).

P.S.  A few drops of Sriracha on top isn’t half bad!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
 
1 serving = ¼ of the cooked chicken, 2 Tbsp dressing, 2 Tbsp sliced almonds, and as many veggies as you want. 8 pts+/serving.
WW Points:
Meal: Main Dish
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into small bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • lettuce, divided into large pieces for wraps
  • carrots, shredded
  • green onions, sliced
  • red pepper pepper, sliced
  • sliced almonds, preferably toasted
  • cilantro (optional)
  • Fat Free Asian ginger dressing, such as Trader Joe’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette****

Instructions
  1. Heat 4 tsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add chicken to the skillet and saute until cooked through and slightly golden brown, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of your vegetables.
  3. Spoon ¼ chicken mixture into lettuce wraps (about 3 pieces of lettuce) top with shredded carrots, green onions, and red bell peppers. Drizzle 2 Tbsp dressing over wraps and top with 2 Tbsp sliced almonds.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes
*** I use Trader Joe’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette which is 1 pts+/serving. Please check the PointsPlus of your dressing if you use something different as it could alter the total points value of the dish.

 Are you a fan of Sriracha?

 

Pin It

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hehe, I’m the same way with bottles of Mexican hot sauce -it goes on everything. Your lettuce wraps look so good and healthy. Great recipe to keep healthy in the coming holiday season. Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Your pup is so cute:)

Reply

Bibi @ Veggie Runners November 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I’ve actually weaned myself off sriracha, for that very reason – I’d make these fantastic meals then all I’d taste was pre-bought sauce. And food tasted bland without it. Now I save it for when it’s really needed – like pizza!

Reply

Rachel November 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Hah- too funny! When I use Sriracha for myself it’s on pizza 99% of the time.

Reply

Jenn November 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Looks great!! Welcome to KY Food Blogger!

Reply

Rachel November 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Thanks, Jenn! I’m excited to get to know everyone =)

Reply

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I love sriracha, but like you, a little bit is enough for me. I want to taste something other than spiciness! These wraps are so beautiful!

Reply

Jeanette November 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

We love lettuce wraps! My kids do like sriracha, but not a ton of it. Recently, I tried to make some from scratch and it had so much more flavor – although it didn’t taste exactly like the one from the store.

Reply

Rachel November 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

One of my friends was telling me today about a homemade Sriracha recipe. I should try making some for Tony!!

Reply

Kristi Rimkus November 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

I have a bottle of Sriracha in the frig, but it doesn’t get much use. We love lettuce wraps. I’ll take it out and give your recipe a try.

Reply

Rachel November 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Perfect reason to give it a try =)

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: