Most people have had chicken lettuce wraps at Chinese restaurants and thought they were delicious. One downside of the chicken you get at the restaurant is that more often than not, it is pretty greasy and heavy. And though you wrap it in lettuce, it doesn’t necessarily feel healthy!
One of my favorite things is to challenge myself with cooking in different genres. As I have mentioned before I am of Mexican heritage, and grew up in Texas. So my comfort zone is Mexican food and bbq! Which though awesome, are probably not what we need to be eating every day…
James and I have been working with personal trainers lately, and we are both really feeling and seeing the difference in our muscle tone, posture (me), and how we feel over all. Our eating habits have been a great balance with our training as we’ve been eating lots of lean meats, veggies, and a moderate amount of complex carbohydrates and starches. This recipe was really full of flavor, and we didn’t feel guilty eating it!
What you need:
- 1lb lean ground chicken
- 1 head of butter lettuce
- 1″ piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp chopped lemon grass (I bought jarred lemon grass for convenience)
- 1 can of water chestnuts, drained
- 1 tsp canola oil
- 1/2 tsp chili oil
- 1-2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (tamari if you are gluten free)
- 1-2 tbsp of Sriracha
Begin by heating a wok or non-stick pan over medium heat and adding in the canola and chili oil.
Once your oil is hot, add in your ginger, garlic, and lemon grass and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add in your ground chicken and break it apart while you cook it. If you find the chicken releasing too much liquid while cooking, drain a little bit of it out in the trash so it isn’t too oily.
Cook chicken for about 6 minutes, and then add in your water chestnuts, soy sauce, and Sriracha and cook a further 4 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove your lettuce off of the lettuce head and either pre-build your wraps or make it the fun part of eating!
We ate ours with some jasmine rice, but if you want to keep it paleo or whole 30, you can leave this out.