Sichuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sichuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March 2019

Stuff low-carb lettuce wraps with Asian-inspired bang-bang chicken for an easy weeknight dinner that beats takeout! Sichuan peppercorns aren't peppers—they're the dried berries of the Chinese prickly ash bush. Don't have any on hand? Substitute ½ tsp. each crushed red pepper and five-spice powder for the Sichuan pepper.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted (dark) sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese chili oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 leaves Boston lettuce
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup carrot and/or radish matchsticks
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


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  1. Place chicken, ginger and garlic in a large saucepan. Cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken reaches 160°F, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board (discard ginger and garlic); let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk sesame oil, tamari, vinegar, chili oil, peppercorns and sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Shred the chicken and stir into the sauce. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve in lettuce leaves topped with cucumber, carrot (and/or radish), scallions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 wraps
  • Per serving: 274 calories; 14 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 38 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,499 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 457 mg sodium; 452 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (70% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 2 fat, 1 vegetable

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