Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Thai chicken lettuce wraps is one of my all time favorite dishes that I have been eating since my college days! I don’t know how traditionally Thai it actually is and maybe it isn’t but it sure is tasty! I first tried this dish at a restaurant I worked at in college (a large chain restaurant that may serve lots of cheesecake) 🙂 At this point in my life I honestly had no idea how to cook so after every shift, I would order this dish to take home and it would feed me for at least 2 days. After college I decided to make this myself and it really couldn’t be easier. It is mainly thinly sliced veggies, chicken, ramen and some really yummy sauces. There are a few details in putting this together that I think take this to a whole new level so don’t try to economize in these areas or or will not be as amazing! Like most Asian dishes, most of the work is what I call front loaded meaning the bulk of your time is spent prepping with very little cooking vs what most of us are use to which is the opposite. I mention this because you may feel like there is so much work but really the main part of the work is just at the beginning! This is a great dish to make vegetarian by leaving out the chicken and adding in some more veggies. It also makes a great dish for your lunches during the week just making sure you keep all of the ingredients in separate containers (veggies in one, the lettuce for making the wraps in another, and so on).
Give this dish a try and you will see how eating healthy can be really delicious!!
- 1 red pepper thinly sliced
- 1 cup of shredded carrots (same time and buy them already shredded in the store)
- 2 containers (these come in a plastic shell to protect the delicate leaves) of Boston Bibb Lettuce or Butter Lettuce whole (not bagged)
- 1 cucumber
- 1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar or white vinegar (for the cucumbers)
- 1 large package of ramen noodles (the kind without the flavor packets which can be found in the Asian sections of the grocery store). If you can't find them you can use 2 of the cheaper ramen packs but discard the flavor packets
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 2 tbsp of creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup of low sodium soy (I prefer this type)
- 1 bunch of green onions diced
- 2 tbsp of water
- 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 or your grill to medium heat. Season your chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper to your liking and cook your chicken until the juices run clear either on your grill or in your oven.
- While the chicken is cooking, start preparing your vegetables by thinly slicing your red pepper, shredding your carrots and thin slicing your cucumbers. With your cucumbers, add them to a medium bowl with your vinegar and water and let them start to pickle. While that is happening, in a small to medium deep pot (large enough to cook your ramen), add your can of coconut milk and enough water to come to the middle of the pot and bring to a boil. Once that is boiling, add your ramen and cook according to the instructions, usually just a few minutes. Once the ramen is cooked, drain and add to a bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil (or vegetable oil) so the noodles do not stick too much. Put aside.
- Now check if your chicken is ready. When done cooking, put it on a plate and cover it with tin foil to rest. While this is happening let's make the sauces.
- For the sauce, grab to large ramekins or 2 small bowls and a whisk or fork. In one boil, fill it with your peanut butter and 1/4 cup of your soy sauce. carefully mix it together with your fork or whisk. At first it will seem like an impossible task but trust me it will start to come together 🙂 If your peanut sauce looks to thick go ahead and add 1 tbsp of soy sauce at a time to thin it to your liking! Now in the other bowl, add a 1/2 cup of the soy sauce. This will be on it is own so now your sauces are done. At this point you can add your diced green onions to the tops of both sauces for decoration and flavor.
- Going back to the chicken, place your cooked chicken on a cutting board and thinly slice it and put aside.
- Now to assemble,
- Going back to the cucumbers, drain them and put aside. On a large platter, add one leaf of Boston or Bibb Lettuce on to the platter for each ingredient you have prepared. Now, place your ingredients (veggies, chicken and ramen) on top of the lettuce leaves like in the picture. Now, add your sauces to the platter as well adding spoons to the bowls so people can add the sauces to the wraps.
- For the wraps, carefully take each piece of lettuce off of the heads of lettuce and add to a large plate. This you will serve on the side of your large platter with the chicken and veggies.
- Take one whole piece of the bibb lettuce, add a small bit of chicken and small amounts of all the vegetables and place on top of the lettuce. Drizzle on the sauces (a little goes a long way) and carefully try to roll it and then eat. Keep repeating this until your are full 🙂
- This is messy but amazingly delicious! Enjoy!!