Want an easy, satisfying and slightly exotic lunch?
No need for takeout because these Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps deliver.
Lunch doesn’t have to be complicated.
But it does have to be nourishing and substantial enough to keep you going all. afternoon. long. And these Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps are just that. They come together quickly with precooked chicken (leftovers for the win!), bagged broccoli slaw and an 7-ingredient dressing that’s so good that you won’t be able to resist licking the spoon.
We love this sauce with almond butter but if you need a nut-free option or just want to change things up, tahini or sunflower seed butter (without added sugar) is equally amazing. We love options. Life is just to short to not enjoy all the options.
Lettuce change your mind about lunch being boring.
Lunch, whether it’s at home, on-the-road or in an office cubicle shouldn’t be a drag. A bright, flavorful lunch filled with crunch and exotic flavors is just what you need to break up the day and put a little wind in your sails for the afternoon ahead.
There isn’t a dull bite to be found in these wraps with their tender bits of chicken, crunchy vegetables and ginger and orange-spiked dressing. We love scooping this salad into tender leaves of butter lettuce, serving it up over a bed of greens or when in a pinch, dishing it up with thick slices of cucumber or jicama.
Wondering how to make the perfect chicken breast for this salad? We’ve got you covered with our How to Make the Perfect Chicken Breast tutorial.
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Slow down, enjoy and make it count.
We know you’re busy. And we how hard it can be some days to slow down and eat so we’re going to take this time to wag our dietitian fingers and say “Slow down and eat mindfully”. Not only will your digestion benefit from the extra chewing and attention paid to your food but you’ll also be less likely to overeat, or eat mindlessly, later in the day. When you rush through a meal you’re less likely to remember having actually eaten so do yourself a favor and savor the moment (and this incredibly delicious Asian chicken salad you’ve made for yourself).
- 1 lb. chicken, cooked, cubed and chilled (leftovers or rotisserie chicken is great for this!)
- 1 ½ cups broccoli slaw (may substitute cabbage)
- ½ medium red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted
- 2 green onions, chopped
- ½ medium avocado, diced (optional)
- Romaine or Butter Lettuce, washed and patted dry
- Cilantro for garnish
- Lime wedges
- Sesame seeds
- Juice of orange (about 3 Tbsp.)
- 1/2 tsp. orange zest
- 3 Tbsp. coconut aminos
- 2 Tbsp. tahini, sunflower seed butter or almond butter
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp. rice vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
- ½ tsp freshly grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp. ground dried ginger
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine chicken, broccoli slaw, red peppers, almonds and green onions in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Prepare dressing. Place ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Pour dressing over salad and mix until chicken and vegetable mixture is completely coated.
- Fold in diced avocado, if using (note, this will turn brown after a day so if prepping ahead, add just before serving).
- Serve with lettuce leaves, fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds.
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- Serving Size: 2 lettuce wraps
- Calories: 410
- Fat: 24g
- Sodium: 330mg
- Carbohydrate: 20g
- (Fiber: 4g
- Sugar: 8g)
- Protein: 33g
What’s your favorite lunch? Do you like leftovers or something fresh and new when lunch time rolls around? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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