What’s not to love about lettuce wraps. They are the perfect all-course meal, containing salad (lettuce leaves), vegetable side dish (carrots, peppers, mushrooms, celery), main dish (chicken), starch side (rice) and well; let’s skip dessert on this one, shall we? Lettuce wraps are great as an appetizer or for a main dish. Skip the chicken and you have a vegetarian approved meal.
If you have ever wondered what makes lettuce wraps incredibly satisfying and delicious, it is all about the layers. Start off with the right vegetable ingredient base and then add the spices and ingredients like coconut milk, peanut butter and Sriracha to tease out all the right flavors.
Rice and chicken finish the layers and makes this dish complete. Now all that is left is to scoop it in a lettuce leave and enjoy to your hearts content.
GROUND CHICKEN AND RICE LETTUCE WRAPS
- 1 cup Riceland Long Grain White Rice
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- 1 celery rib, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried cilantro
- 1 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ of red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ of yellow bell pepper, chopped
- ½ of orange bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 5 white mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup red cabbage, shredded and chopped
- 2 ounces coconut milk
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha or other hot sauce (like Franks)
- 1 head Bibb lettuce, leaves washed and separated
- Fill soup pot with water and bring to a boil. Add Riceland long grain white rice and cook thoroughly. Drain and set aside.
- Over medium heat, cook chicken with olive oil and cover. Cook for five minutes, stir and cook additional five minutes. Turn off heat.
- Prep remaining ingredients.
- Add carrots, celery, cilantro, garlic, bell peppers, scallions, salt, mushrooms and cabbage to skillet and turn on heat to medium. Cover and cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce and Sriracha.
- Serve and enjoy!
Recipe and post by Lyndi Fultz of nwafoodie, is a hub for food happiness.