Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a fast and easy lunch or dinner using a precooked rotisserie chicken breast and/or thigh. Now if you have the time and energy, grilling the chicken outdoors can be a healther choice if you can get free range chickens. We raise our own chickens so it is a matter of being ready when my wife feels she wants chicken.
This recipe features all the flavor found in traditional Buffalo wings but without all the dirty fingers. As an added bonus, this satisfying one-pan meal comes together in less than 30 minutes and clean up is a breeze. In our house, wraps are a regular lunch time meal because you can make them with almost anything you happen to have on hand. I will be sharing a few of our favorites with you over the coming weeks.
- 2 T. coconut oil
- 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1½ lbs. rotisserie chicken breast, shredded
- 1 t. garlic powder
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ c. Your favorite hot sauce
- 2 green onions, sliced
- To serve: 1 head Bibb or butter lettuce, leaves removed, washed and patted dry
- Melt the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the diced pepper and celery, and sauté until tender,
- Add the chicken, and garlic powder. Stir well and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the chicken is heated through.
- Add the hot sauce and sauté while stirring for another minute or two, until the sauce is heated through and everything is well coated. Remove from heat and stir in the sliced green onions.
- To serve, Place three or four lettuce cups on each cold plate. Fill each lettuce cup with two or three tablespoons of the chicken mixture.
- Serve immediately.
Nutritional information (per serving)* This information is approximate and could be slightly different depending upon the source. It is meant as a basic guideline only.
Green Bell Peppers: I like to highlight one or two items in each menu and list some of the nutritional value they offer. In this recipe the bell pepper takes center stage. Bell peppers are sweet. They are high in vitamin C as well as a rich source of A and a fair amount of B6. On the mineral side, they bring us copper, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Our body can use all of these to help slow the aging process, which makes them an item we enjoy often at the chefs kitchen table.
We make a lot of different “wraps” for our mid-day meal and often also for a light snack in the evening. The lettuce is, in my opinion a lot healthier than most breads used in the homes today. Even much of the “Whole Wheat” breads you find in your supermarkets are while breads colored to look a little healther. I no longer trust BIG Bread est companies to sell us what we think we are buying. Their profit comes ahead of our health. Stick with the lettuce wraps unless you can make your own
Stick with the lettuce wraps unless you can make your own breads or buy them from people like those you meet at a Farmers market that have made them at home and bring them to sell and earn a few extra dollars. Those few dollars go a long way to helping them pay for life on the farm.
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