Saturday, October 30, 2010

Easy Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

How many of us are trying to reduce our carb intake?? One easy way is to replace tortillas with lettuce! The lettuce provides great crunch and a freshness factor to any dish you might use with a tortilla especially tacos and fajitas. Last night I whipped up this chicken dish and thought I'd share it with you. It's quick and easy and very adaptable. I used left over chicken but pork, beef, shrimp or even fish could be used ...or go vegetarian and leave meat out all together. You can also add in any veggies or sauce you like. Serve with a little sour cream or extra chilli sauce and you are ready to go.

2 cups cooked diced chicken, or pork or beef
1 can black beans
1 red bell pepper, thinnly sliced
1 red onion, thinnly sliced
1 can water chestnuts, chopped
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 cup salsa or corn and chile salsa (TJs)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 head lettuce
1 tsp cumin
few dashes hot sauce

What to do
Cut lettuce head in half. Wash and remove top layer or two of leaves. Remove core. Set aside.

Spray large wok or saute pan with cooking spray. Heat pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add carrots, water chestnuts and peppers and saute 2 more minutes. Add cooked chicken, beans, tomatoes and cumin and saute 3 minutes more. Add salsa, hoisin sauce and hot sauce. Stir together ensuring mixture is heated through.

Place mixture in serving large bowl or platter and serve with lettuce so everyone can make their own wraps. You could also make the wraps yourself and serve to guests but sometimes the leaves wilt because the mixture is so hot.

I serve them with sour cream but you could serve with a side of extra hoisin sauce.


  1. Sounds absolutely wonderful, and I love the idea of wrapping these with lettuce leaves. I love that cool, crispy crunch. Have a great weekend.


  2. Great flavor combo!! Kate @ kateiscooking