Light and flavorful, these Gluten-Free Chicken Lettuce Wraps are simple and quick to toss together for dinner on the table in under 20 minutes.
I had a rough day yesterday guys.
I’m not sure what happened, but somehow I ended up consuming gluten in some form on Monday. I spent Monday night in a heap of pain and didn’t fall asleep until 2am, then had to be up at 4am to get to the gym to teach my 5am HIIT class. Needless to say, Tuesday was not all that great of a day for me.
Thankfully I’m feeling a bit better today, still dealing with some brain fog and sluggishness, but the horrible stomach pain is gone which is always the most severe symptom for me. Not that I necessarily needed it, but I guess it’s a good reminder of why I went gluten-free in the first place. Bleh.
Anyway – on to today’s recipe!
With the weather quickly heating up in my neck of the woods, I’m searching for quick, healthy recipes that are simple to cook but still pack in the flavor. Once the summer months hit and the temperatures climb into the 100’s [yes – 100s!], I tend to climb inside my freezer and neglect my wife duties of making dinner for Ninja. It’s just too freaking hot, guys! Thankfully these gluten-free chicken lettuce wraps are super simple to make and come together in under 20 minutes – which means less time I have to stand in front of a heat source!
I actually don’t know why it’s taken me so long to develop of a gluten-free chicken lettuce wraps recipe – especially considering how much Ninja loves these things! When we lived in LA and would go to dinner with my mom she would always order an appetizer, typically a form of chicken lettuce wrap if they had it. She liked that they were “light” enough to not fill us up and ruin our dinner, but Ninja would order the dang things for his meal too!
Which is really what was the inspiration behind this recipe to begin with. Sure, I ultimately wanted a quick no-fuss meal that would make it so I wasn’t slaving in front of a heat source during the summer months, but as with all of the food I cook I also really want Ninja to enjoy it as well!
And he does, in case you were wondering 😉
I’ve actually got a recipe coming up next week that Ninja loves so much he has requested it multiple times already. The best part? It’s the simplest recipe ever! It also replaces his need for an abundance of ice cream and hot fudge at night, so it’s basically a win-win. But you’ll get that recipe next week!
I think the reason why I adore chicken lettuce wraps so much is just because of how fresh and light they are. Typically by the time I get to dinner I’m not looking for anything heavy – I want a good meal that’ll fill my tummy and taste good, but I also don’t want to go to bed with a huge pit in my stomach. I hate that feeling. Anyone else?! That being said I also hate going to bed hungry…
The point is, these gluten-free chicken lettuce wraps are super filling without making me feel like I just ate an entire 3 course dinner. Oh and the sauce? It’s divine, guys. Like, eat it with a spoon, my finger, or a carrot stick divine. Not that I did any of those things – or all three of those things….
Just a quick note – I don’t add water chestnuts to my wraps as neither Ninja nor I like them. If you do, go ahead and add them at the end of the chicken cooking time!
Seriously, if you are looking for a super quick, fresh and healthy meal to put on the table tonight, look no further than these gluten-free chicken lettuce wraps. You won’t be disappotined!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground chicken
- salt and pepper, to taste
- For the Sauce:
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup gluten-free hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 head butter lettuce
- shredded carrots
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and ground chicken. Break up chicken and cook until chicken is fully cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.
- Whisk together the sauce ingredients. Once chicken has fully cooked, add sauce to the pan and stir to coat the chicken. Add half of the sliced green onions to the pan and toss.
- To serve, spoon chicken mixture into lettuce leaves along with shredded carrots, green onions and fresh cilantro, if desired.
Do you have a favorite restuarant dish to re-create?