Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thai Chicken Two Ways: Lettuce Wraps and Burritos

When I feel like cooking something healthy and tasty and lack the brainpower to think of a recipe myself, I often turn to recipes from my favorite Lazy chef: Hungry Girl. Her recipes are always fast and healthy and both Nic and I have been pleasantly suprised at how tasty they are. Her whole thing is low fat, low calorie recipes that deliver big portions and fill you up. The other night I was looking to make something with lots of veggies to compensate for the copious amounts of noodles and dumplings that were still sitting in my stomach from the previous night's feast at a great Chinese restaurant, so I skimmed through the Hungry Girl cookbook and landed on her Thai chicken lettuce wraps. I followed the recipe close to completely and the results were tasty and satisfying.

Nic was a bit hungrier so he turned his lettuce wraps into thai chicken burritos which obviously turned out even more delicious...

Here's Hungry Girl's original recipe and notes on how to make yours burrito style for more filling results. Enjoy the peanuty goodness!

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps - serves two for a light meal or more for just a little app.
Slightly adapted from "Hungry Girl 1-2-3" cookbook
1 1/2 cup peeled and diced cucumber
4 scallions, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 tablespoons shredded carrot
4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tabelspoons chopped cilantro
2 sprinkles crushed red pepper (optional for spice!)
2 large skinless chicken breasts - diced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons thai peanut salad dressing or sauce (I used a trader Joe's one)
8-9 big romaine leaves for wrapping

-In a bowl, combine cucumber scallions, carrot shreds, rice vinegar, cilantro and crushed red pepper.
-Mix well and refrigerate until you're ready to assemble your wraps.
-Bring a large pan sprayed with Pam to medium-high heat.
-Season chicken with salt and pepper and the garlic powder.
-Cook chicken about 4 minutes until cooked through
-Place chicken and peanut dressing in a bowl and toss to coat.
-Assemble wraps with some of the veggie mixture and chicken in the lettuce and enjoy!

Alterations to make a burrito version
-Cook rice, buy flour tortillas.
-Heat the tortilla in the oven or in a pan for a minute or two
-Wrap the chicken, veggie mixture and a little rice in a tortilla with extra peanut sauce.

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