Monday, July 28, 2014

Thai Lettuce Wraps (no cooking required)

This is a recipe I turn to when it's hot outside and I have no desire to fire up the oven or stove burners. It's 100% Paleo and takes only about 10 minutes of prep time. So how do I get cooked protein in this meal without cooking? Answer: The ubiquitous rotisserie chicken.

My rotisserie chicken of choice is Costco.....sold every single day for just $4.99. The going price for a roasting chicken at Costco is only about $4.00, so essentially they are cooking it for you for just 99¢. I bring it home and toss it in the fridge to cool it down. Then I shred the meat, skin and all, for this dish. Now you can make it a healthier meal by not including the skin, but it won't taste as good. Just sayin'.

2 pounds shredded chicken
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 small shallots, minced
1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced
Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges, for serving
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Sriracha, plus more for serving
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup chopped basil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
1 large head Boston or other leafy lettuce, separated into leaves


  1. In a bowl, mix the chicken, garlic, shallots and minced jalapeño. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar and the 1 teaspoon of Sriracha. 
  2. Add the lime juice mixture to the big bowl with the chicken. Stir in mint, cilantro and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add peanuts. Toss to mix thoroughly.
  3. Serve with lime wedges, Sriracha and lettuce for wrapping. 

Wine pairing: A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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