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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Under 30 MIN

These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps were made for weeknights. Plus, it gives kids the OK to eat with their hands. (Or, keep things neater by serving the filling in bowls atop shredded lettuce.)  Prep the vegetables and sauce 3 to 4 days in advance and this comes together in under 15 minutes on swim practice night. Or PTO night. Or board meeting night…

Nutrition Notes

While either will work here, don’t shy away from ground dark meat chicken in favor of white meat. There is a nominal difference in fat and calories per ounce, but white meat is easier to overcook and dries out more quickly.

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken (white and/or dark meat)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp roasted red chili paste
  • 1/2 tsp dried ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 – 1 lime
  • Romaine or butter lettuce leaves
  • Chopped peanuts
Directions

In a large skillet or wok, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground chicken and brown, crumbling with the back of a wooden spoon. When it’s nearly cooked through, add bell pepper, carrots, and green onions. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes.

As vegetables cook, prepare the sauce. In a small dish, combine next 6 ingredients plus 1 Tbsp water. Set aside.

To the pan, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, followed by the sauce. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced slightly, the chicken is cooked through, and the carrots are crisp-tender. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice to taste.

To serve, scoop mixture into lettuce leaves and top with chopped peanuts.

Meal Prep Tips

Chop the vegetables, wash/dry the lettuce, and prepare the sauce up to 4 days in advance. With ingredients prepped, these lettuce wraps are on the table in as little as 15 minutes.

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