Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a fun and light and healthy main course. This easy recipe is made in the crockpot slow cooker which keeps your house cool and pleasant in the warm spring and summer months!
photo updated 2015 via Simply Gluten Free Magazine
These are so much fun to eat! I'm going to tag it "summer cooking" even though we're at the end of October, because this would have been a welcome treat to eat during the hot months---although you can really make this any time you'd like a lighter meal.
1 1/2 pounds frozen, skinless breast pieces (I used 3 humongous breast halves)
10 ounce jar mango jam (I couldn't find mango, and used apricot-orange. It was great)
3 tablespoons soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari wheat free are gluten free)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 teaspoon chili paste (you can substitute red chili flakes)
1 inch peeled and grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground)
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 whole jalapeño peppers (do NOT cut, just toss in whole)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
to add later:
2 mangoes, peeled and chopped (if you can't find fresh mango, it's ok to use frozen)
romaine lettuce leaves
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Use a 6-quart slowcooker. Put the frozen chicken in.
Add the jam, soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili paste. Chop the garlic, onion, and cucumber.
Add that too.
Add spices and ginger. Toss in the whole jalapeño peppers.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-5. The meat is done when it shreds easily with a fork.
Cut the mango now while the kitchen is already dirty and put it in a tupperware for later.
When fully cooked, shred the meat with two large forks, and serve 1/2 cup at a time on large romaine lettuce leaves. Add cubed mango, a squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
3 out of 4 of us liked this a lot. That is a successful meal, by my judgement, and the 4th who didn't like it wouldn't have liked anything last night.
seriously. she was in a funk.
Adam had 3 wraps for dinner, my youngest had 3 plates of meat with some leftover rice, and I had a wrap, then another for a midnight (8:30 pm) snack.
Very tasty. The whole jalapenos lend a bit of spice and smokiness without being overpowering. My little one did wash down every bite with some ice water, but kept digging in for more.
My eldest ended up eating a quesadilla and an artichoke.
If you like chicken lettuce wraps, I made PF Chang copy-cats earlier in the year.