Chicken Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps for a quick and healthy weeknight meal. Loaded with veggies, lean protein and complex carbs, plus it’s gluten-free. So easy and ready in a flash!
Within this recipe post you’ll make a quick and healthy weeknight meal that’s outside of your usual menu list. Plus you’ll learn about stir-frying and why it’s ideal for this recipe.
You come home after a busy day of work and errands but don’t want to eat out or order takeout. So what to do you make? How about a quick and flavorful meal like Chicken Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps.
I never quite understood the term weeknight meals. I’ve touted plenty of my recipes as ideal weeknight meals, but have been trying to decide what that phrase really means. To me it’s any meal that’s filling (ideally healthy) and comes together fast and with minimal effort. Ok maybe I just answered the question myself. But weeknight meals should be as important as any other meal. The majority of you week is filled with weeknights, so have fun with it and enjoy creative meals often.
Chicken Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps takes a classic stir-fry and gives it a healthy twist. You use less rice and replace with vitamin and mineral-rich lettuce. It’s an easy way to get in extra veggies. Plus this stir fry is loaded with crisp and tender broccoli florets, bell pepper and water chestnuts. Combined with chicken and rice; it’s full of lean protein and complex carbs, and is low-fat.
What is stir frying and what makes it different than other cooking methods
Stir fry is a quick and fun way to enjoy your meats and veggies. It involves cooking food over a very high heat for a short amount of time. It keeps vegetable crisp without being soggy, and meats are moist and browned, adding extra flavor. High heat sears the outside, keeping liquid and flavors in. It’s best to cook small pieces for more surface area and quicker cooking. This is why ingredients are chopped ahead of time.
Be sure to use oils like light olive oil, peanut oil or safflower with high smoke points to prevent smoking. Learn more about stir frying here from CookingLight.
Chicken Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps recipe at-a-glance:
Flavor profiles: Savory, salty and umami; classic stir fry flavors.
Texture: Chewy, tender chicken and soft rice paired with crisp, fresh veggies.
Dietary options/substitutions: For even lighter/less calories omit rice and add more veggies.
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Chicken Stir Fry Lettuce Wraps
- 1 cup long grain rice, uncooked
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
- 3 large chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 ½ pounds)
- 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 large orange bell pepper, diced
- 8 ounces water chestnuts, drained
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 romaine lettuce hearts
- 1 cup wonton strips
- Sesame seeds and green onions as garnish
- Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
- Meanwhile: Heat 1-tablespoon peanut oil in a wok or large pan to high heat. Add chicken and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until cooked through and opaque. Remove from pan.
- Heat remaining peanut oil to high heat. Add broccoli and bell pepper and stir fry 5 minutes, or until just tender. Reduce heat to medium and stir in water chestnuts, soy sauce, sesame oil, cooked chicken and rice. Cook a few minutes to heat through. Spoon desired amount of stir fry mixture onto lettuce leaves and garnish with wonton strips, sesame seeds and green onions.