Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps!  Who needs rice when you’ve got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves?  Everybody’s going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that’s ok because this meal is low calorie and super healthy!

Firecracker Lettuce Wraps ~ I made my famous Firecracker Chicken and served in in lettuce cups for the ultimate low carb meal ~ the chicken is juicy, the peppers are colorful and crunchy, and the sauce is sweet 'n spicy!

My family teases me that I’m sometimes my own biggest fan when it comes to the food I make, and I don’t deny it ~ I love to eat, and when I make something extra delicious like these firecracker chicken lettuce wraps, I’m not shy about letting everybody know about it.   This is one of those times when I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm.  I mean, come on, how can you resist it ~ a sweet and spicy stir fried chicken with lots of colorful peppers loaded up on fresh lettuce leaves, it’s delicious with zero guilt.  You can eat as much as you want ~ and believe me, we did!

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ a fun and deliciously low carb meal!

I adapted the filling for these lettuce wraps from one of my favorite Asian recipes on the blog, FIRECRACKER CHICKEN.  I love colorful bell peppers and this dish really shows them off.  The heat comes from dried chili peppers (you can use chili flakes if you like) and a shot of sriracha in the sauce.

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can translate most Chinese stir fry recipes into lettuce wraps ~ just make sure to chop everything into a small dice, and thicken the sauce enough so that it isn’t too sloppy to eat with your hands.  I had trouble deciding which classic Chinese recipe from the blog to try, and I think my KUNG PAO TOFU or my SPICY CASHEW CHICKEN would have been equally great in these lettuce wraps.

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I cut the peppers and onions into perfect 1/2 inch dice with one of my favorite kitchen tools, my Stainless Steel Alligator Chopper.  This heavy duty chopper, which is made in Sweden, is a replacement for the lightweight plastic model that I used last year.  The plastic choppers are good up to a point, but they don’t hold up to to heavy use.  This chopper is a serious kitchen tool and I love the even cut I can get on so many types of food.  For lettuce wraps this is especially important because you want everything to fit easily into your leaves of lettuce.

I even diced my chicken tenders with the chopper! (Just be sure to cut the veggies first, and clean it thoroughly after the chicken.)

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a spicy and colorful low carb Asian dish that everybody loves!

These Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a perfect choice for busy day meals, or even entertaining.  You can make the filling up to a day before, and then just heat it up when you’re ready to wrap.

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: serves 4

Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cut in small, even dice
  • vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced ginger
  • 1 medium onion, cut in small dice
  • 4 bell peppers, multi colors, cut in small dice
  • 4 dried hot pepper, thinly sliced (or chili pepper flakes to taste)
  • 1 head butter lettuce, individual leaves separated
    garnish
  • sliced green onions
    sauce
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice (canned is fine)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp plum sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok until hot and stir fry the chicken, in two batches, until it is no longer pink. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add more oil and saute the onion, ginger, and garlic for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the peppers, both sweet and hot, and stir fry for another few minutes. The peppers should be bright and crunchy, don't let them get soft. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring or whisking until it thickens. Add the chicken (and any juices) and the peppers etc back into the pan and give everything a good mix. Continue heating until everything is nice and hot.
  5. Serve spooned onto the lettuce leaves and top with the sliced green onions. Or, spoon the sauce into a bowl and let people serve themselves.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/firecracker-chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe/

Notes:

  • I like to use butter lettuce, but really any lettuce can work, just be aware that if it’s too stiff or brittle it will be harder to eat.  You can even make tiny appetizer sized bites using endive or other small sturdy lettuce leaves.
  • Don’t assemble your wraps until you are ready to eat or the lettuce will wilt.
  • For other healthy ways to enjoy Kung Pao Chicken, try this Baked Kung Pao Chicken, or my Kung Pao Tofu!

 

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Low carb eating just got a whole lot more interesting with my Firecracker Chicken Lettuce Wraps! Who needs rice when you've got fresh crunchy lettuce leaves? Everybody's going to come back for seconds and thirds, and that's ok because this meal is low calorie and super healthy!

27 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    March 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    You had me at Firecracker! Love lettuce wraps and your version is perfect :)

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    March 10, 2017 at 2:53 am

    I love lettuce wraps and they are a great way to keep the carbs under control. So much flavor and color in here. Loving that chopper too. I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

      That chopper is my new obsession :)

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    March 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Lettuce wraps are the best! So making these this weekend to celebrate the extra hour of daylight :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Yikes I forgot all about daylight savings ~ yippee!

  • Reply
    kathi @ LaughingSpatula
    March 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Color and crunch! These look so good! Lovin’ all that ginger!

  • Reply
    Vicki Bensinger
    March 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I LOVE this idea. Whenever I make stir fry I always put it on top of lettuce instead of rice. But I like the idea of making lettuce wraps instead. This is beautiful and so colorful. From the ingredient list I can tell it’s delicious! Great idea!!!also I’ve never tried the alligator chopper I’ll have to check out your link.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Vicki, I never really thought of putting stir fry on lettuce, you mean like a salad? I think that sounds good. And yes, check out the chopper, I researched it forever and am so glad I got it, it’s especially nice in the warmer weather for all the salads and pasta salads etc.

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    sippitysup
    March 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Well, I might feel a tinge of guilt right after I clear the platter onto my plate and leave everyone at the table aghast. GREG

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 10, 2017 at 9:59 am

      That is SO what happened here! No guilt, though.

  • Reply
    Tara
    March 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    On the menu for this weekend but I want to doublecheck…is 1/4 of a cup of fresh ginger correct? I don’t think I’ve every used that much at one time so wanted to be sure. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      I used a lot, and you can of course use less, but I find that I’m always wasting the unused portion of the fresh ginger knobs that I buy, so I decided to go for it and put it all in this time!

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    Monica
    March 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    This may be a silly question but do you get the dried hot peppers at your grocery store? Not sure if I really know what they are and if I have seen them at my store. Could I use jalapeño peppers instead?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      That’s a great question Monica, and I don’t address it enough. For years I had trouble finding them as well. I do see them at regular grocery stores, but they’re usually stuffed away in very strange places, like down low to the ground in the produce section, or sometimes in an International section. Sometimes I’ll see them with the dried mushrooms. The good news is, once you find a bag, it will last you a very long time…I think the best substitute for them is just the red pepper chili flakes you can buy in a jar in the spice aisle, because that’s exactly the same product, just chopped very finely. But it’s worth asking at your grocery store because, like I said, they tend to hide them. And jalapenos are always good to substitute for the fresh hot red peppers I use in some of my dishes. Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Pretty
    March 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Great low carb dinner! I love using lettuce wraps, it’s amazing how you don’t miss the bread!

  • Reply
    Luci's Morsels
    March 9, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This looks so good and so flavorful! The addition of the sriracha sauce seems like the perfect amount of spice for this recipe.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2017 at 8:22 am

      The nice thing is you can always modulate the amount of heat, I actually like it fiery hot, so I would add extra!

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

    These are the prettiest wraps I have ever seen! So colorful.

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    March 9, 2017 at 7:51 am

    These are on my must try lists. Love the combination of flavors and the bib lettuce “holders”. I get something similar t this at the Cheesecake Factory.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2017 at 8:09 am

      I get them at the Cheesecake Factory too!

  • Reply
    Monica
    March 9, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Wow, these look so delicious! And I think it’s wonderful to be your own biggest fan in the kitchen-I have a bad habit of being overly self-critical, and truly, it’s no good! Enthusiasm for food is contagious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

      :))

  • Reply
    carrian cheney
    March 9, 2017 at 6:54 am

    These look amazing!!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 9, 2017 at 6:06 am

    I love this spicy version of chicken wraps. Everything look so fresh and inviting. You nailed this recipe and the photos. Absolutely perfect for any meal. Thanks! Pinning and sharing.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 9, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Thanks Tricia, this was a big hit here, and got gobbled up way to fast, I need to remember to double the recipe next time ;)

  • Reply
    cheri
    March 9, 2017 at 5:49 am

    This is one delicious looking and flavorful meal. And the sauce looks perfectly balanced with the savory, sweet, hot and spicy flavors. Amazing dish Sue!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    March 9, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I would need the whole batch, Sue. Low carbs, low calories…a perfect dinner for me.

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