Make: Guilt-Free, Low-Calorie Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Here, a dish guaranteed to make healthy-food haters drool.

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Photo by Becca Boyd

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Photo by Becca Boyd

The other day, my mom bought my kids a donut from Wawa. I had a bite. And I might’ve swooned a little. Newsflash (that you probably already know): Unhealthy food can be really, seriously delicious. And it can be hard to navigate the food scene when healthy food is often just, well, less appetizing. Besides, light beer pairs best with pizza and nachos.

If you, too, have trouble drooling over healthy food, I have just the recipe for you. This recipe is what I eat when I’m hungry and tired of portion control. Lean chicken in a sauce with just the right amount of fat, tossed with broccoli slaw (the storebought stuff you buy in a bag, which you could pretty much eat buckets of without feeling bad). Then, instead of serving the salty/sweet/spicy umami-rich (thank you, fish sauce) concoction over rice or in a tortilla, it’s wrapped in tender butter lettuce leaves.

It’s addicting in very real way — and not in the way people say kale chips are addicting. Like, in the way people say Wawa donuts are addicting. And you won’t feel bad about digging in.

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Serves 4

1/3 c. creamy natural peanut butter
2 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. fish sauce
2 tsp. Sriracha
2 chicken breast, cooked and chopped
4 c. broccoli slaw
1/4 tbsp. roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
2 heads Bibb lettuce


1. Whisk list of ingredients from peanut butter through Sriracha in a large bowl until blended.

2. Add chicken, slaw and peanuts and stir together.

3. Divide into lettuce leaves and serve.

Per serving, accounting for 4 servings: 369 calories, 14.8 fat grams, 74 milligrams cholesterol, 990 milligrams sodium, 923 milligrams potassium, 26 grams carbs, 4.9 grams dietary fiber, 14.1 grams sugar, 37.8 grams protein.


Becca Boyd is a wife and mom who creates healthy and delicious recipes in her West Chester kitchen. She blogs about them on her website, Home Beccanomics.

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