These Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps were my first attempt at wrapping food in lettuce. I've seen it done all over Pinterest as a way of cutting carbs/sugar/calories, and thought I'd give it a try! My original pin yielded no recipe...it was simply a link to a general website about healthy eating where I couldn't find the actual recipe. Boo! I hate it when that happens on Pinterest. Pin from the original source, PLEASE!
So I did some research and found several recipes for Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps. Basically you can throw any veggies into a pan with some shredded or chopped chicken, add some spices and put on top of lettuce. Bam! I can do that. So I made up my own recipe using what I had on hand in my fridge (which admittedly wasn't a lot).
3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 red or orange bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 head of lettuce
For peanut sauce:
16 oz can of chicken broth
1 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used my homemade peanut butter--I'll never go back!)
4 Tbsp soy sauce
For garnish (optional)
1/4 cup of roughly chopped peanuts (for garnish)
1. Dice up the onion and the carrots finely and add to a wok-style pan. Cook over medium heat until the veggies are just starting to get soft, then add your chicken. The idea is that there is about a 50/50 ratio of veggies to chicken. Add about 2 Tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of curry powder to the mixture. Cook everything thoroughly on medium heat.
2. In another pan, make Thai peanut sauce, which you can find the recipe for in this post. Hilary taught me how to make it, and the recipe for that is here. You should make it, it's magic! My husband begs me to make it every few weeks now.
3. Cut the lettuce head in half and gently peel away lettuce leaves in ones or twos. They should resemble a lettuce "bowl."
4. Scoop the veggie and chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves. Top with the peanut sauce, hot sauce, and chopped peanuts or green onions. We also bought delicious wasabi mayo sauce from Winco that was pretty spectacular. I can highly recommend that as well!
5. Serve with a side of white rice. We added rice to our wraps and it was amazing! Simple, healthy meals are the most satisfying sometimes.
We served our lettuce wraps buffet style, so everyone from my hubby (who had everything on his) down to the Dude (who had plain chicken and peppers--no peanut sauce) could add whatever they wanted on their wraps. It was a huge success! My girly keeps asking when we get to have "the peanut butter sauce" again. When your kids ask for a healthy meal, that's when you know it's a winner!