Easy chicken lettuce wraps come together in 20-minutes and are loaded with flavour from ginger, lime juice and smoked paprika.
Near the beginning of January, like so many others, I did a little bit of a “detox”, when I say a little bit, I mean a 5-day clean-up and reset sort of thing (ok, honesty hour: I lasted three days–one of the best sandwich places in Toronto happened to deliver to my office that day and I couldn’t say no). I did this mainly as a way to reset my eating habits and curb some serious sugar cravings I found myself having in the afternoons.
I eliminated alcohol, sugar (other than naturally occurring sugars), caffeine, gluten, dairy, soy, red meat and corn. The hardest parts for me were the caffeine and sugar. I told one of my friends I was doing this and she answered “Lou without black coffee?!?!”. Black coffee is part of me. But I needed to break up with caffeine for a few days, if only to show myself that I don’t actually need it.
Mind you, that first day sans-caffeine was tough, especially when it involved waking up at 4:45am for a particularly early day at work. But like I discussed in my last post, this was where I began to start my days with warm lemon water, so cutting out caffeine ended up being a good thing!
Now, this wasn’t a smoothie or juice only sort of deal, but it was more about eating real foods with minimal, real ingredients. It helped me get back to the kind of food that I should be eating more often than not. A good benchmark for being more conscious with my choices. I eat a pretty good diet to begin with, tons of vegetables make up most of my meals, but it’s the in-between snacking and the late night Netflix watching snacks that really get to me. Switching that up for whatever produce is in-season is gold.
These smoky chicken lettuce wraps are a recipe that I developed while I was on a bit of a healthier kick. You may be surprised by the minimal ingredients in here but they pack a ton of flavour. I have another recipe for ginger chicken lettuce wraps which are one of my absolute favourite dishes, so this is a play on those, but a little bit cleaner.
There is no added sugar in here and fewer ingredients–which means these easy chicken lettuce wraps do not use hoisin, sriracha or any of those secret sugar-laden condiments. The star of the show is the smoked paprika along with grated fresh ginger and lime juice which add a depth of smoky flavour with hints of spice and zing to these lettuce cups. Add an onion, a few cloves of garlic and you’ve got yourself a super quick dinner! I like to top mine with avocado and scallions.
Let me know if you give these easy chicken lettuce wraps a try in the comments below.