Lettuce Wraps are a fun, gorgeous-looking and healthy appetiser of minced chicken (or prawn, tofu crumbs, lean beef or pork if you prefer) wrapped in juicy lettuce cups. Usually they’re served with a savoury hoisin dipping sauce, but we’ve already made sure the recipe is juicy and flavourful enough on its own without the extra sugar and salt. You can serve it with some minced chilli, garlic and rice vinegar or lime for extra zing.
Every bite-sized morsel is bursting with loads of textural and flavor contrast: from the snap-juicy, refreshingly cold lettuce, to the soft and hot umami meat. They’re like an Asian taco, or a healthier version of a spring roll, as the filling is encased in crispy lettuce leaves full of vitamins. You could even make it a meal by adding some plain boiled brown rice vermicelli inside!
Because of its high water content (95%), lettuce is a very low-calorie food. Have more leaves if you like! We use butterhead lettuce here because it’s sturdy and tender compared to say, iceberg lettuce which might break easily with the wrapping action. Their dark green leaves contain more beta carotene, bioflavonoids and vitamin C than paler leaves of other lettuce varieties.
If you or your family loves playing with your food, this recipe is the best excuse to get your hands dirty. You get to assemble the chicken and wrap up the lettuce yourself. Great for entertainment or fussy kids. Eat these lettuce wraps to your heart’s content, bon appétit!
Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Serves : 4 Time : 25 mins
- 8 butterhead lettuce leaves
- 300g lean chicken, minced (chicken breast is leaner than thigh)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
1. Marinate minced chicken with soy sauce, sugar and pepper in a mixing bowl.
2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and stir-fry garlic until fragrant. Add minced chicken mixture and continue to stir-fry over high heat for 4 minutes or until cooked through.
3. To assemble lettuce wrap, spoon minced chicken onto each lettuce leaf. Roll up and serve. Garnish with coriander, crushed peanuts and spring onion if you please.
Nutritional Facts :
Per serving: 154 calories; 9 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein
Carbohydrate Servings: 1