Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I discovered a blog recently that features mostly, if not entirely, gluten-free recipes. (It was actually a post about Homemade Nutella that got my attention.) After making her Tangy Peanut Sauce to go on these wraps, Elana’s Pantry has won me over. I love this sauce. If I had to be placed in a bathtub full of my choice of condiment, it would be this. Just make sure there’s a gigantic veggie tray beside that bathtub.

Oh yes, the wraps. They were good too. You could put whatever vegetables you wanted in these, and as long as you poured a bunch of that sauce over top, it would be awesome. Did I mention how much I loved it?


Thai Chicken Wraps + Tangy Peanut Sauce


For the wraps:
12 Bibb or Romaine lettuce leaves
4 Napa cabbage, leaves thinly chopped
1 pound chicken breast, grilled and then diced into ½-inch cubes
1 cup raw broccoli, finely chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced

For the peanut sauce:
½ cup peanut butter or creamy roasted almond butter
¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons honey (see note)
¼ cup water
¼ cup cilantro, minced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons ginger, freshly minced or grated on a Microplane zester
1 teaspoon chili powder or diced jalapeno pepper


To make the peanut sauce:
In a quart jar, combine nut butter, lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, agave and water. Seal jar and shake well. Add cilantro, garlic, ginger and chili powder and shake again until ingredients are well combined. Store in the refrigerator. Keeps for a week or so.

Use as a dip for jicama and cucumber, or serve over salad or spring rolls. It’s also great over fish or chicken or sucked through a straw. (OK, maybe too far.)

To assemble the wraps:
Spread out the lettuce leaves. Place a tablespoon of each into the leaf: cabbage, chicken, broccoli, carrots and scallions. Drizzle with peanut sauce and serve.

Serves 4

Nat’s Notes:
1. I looked for ume plum vinegar, but had no luck. I had no idea what it is. (So I looked it up.) I used rice vinegar because I had it on hand. White wine vinegar would also work well.
2. Agave nectar is becoming a popular substitute for liquid sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. It’s about 1.5 times sweeter than sugar, but has a much lower glycemic index. (So your blood sugar won’t spike.)
3. I used almond butter. I was surprised how “peanutty” the sauce still tasted.
4. To simplify things, I put the cabbage, broccoli, carrots and scallions into a bowl and mixed them together. This mixture is also good alone with the peanut sauce and served as a slaw/salad.

from Elana’s Pantry