Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Leafy greens are a refreshing alternative to a wrap or a bun. These chicken quinoa lettuce wraps are easy to make and can be served as a main course or as a starter. They are also a great portable lunch option- you can pack the filling and lettuce leaves separately and assemble the wraps at work. The lettuce leaves add a nice crisp and refreshing taste and go great with the warm and flavorful chicken filling. I also chose to add in some quinoa for a nutrient boost. Half a cup of dry quinoa packs in 14g of protein, 4g of fiber, and also magnesium, potassium, and iron! Quinoa works great in these wraps because they are small enough to be mixed well into the chicken mixture and also adds a chewy texture to the filling.

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Serves 4-5 as a main dish

Ingredients

  • Iceberg or Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • Canola oil or cooking spray
  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushroom, diced
  • 6 stalks of scallions, sliced

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Rinse the quinoa (this will help get rid of its bitter coating) and bring 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat and let cook for 15 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed. Set aside and let it stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray or a drizzle of canola oil. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and combine well. Add the soy sauce mixture and continue stirring the ingredients until well incorporated. Add the mushroom and white scallions. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked quinoa and half of the green onions to the pan and mix together.
  6. To serve, fill each lettuce leaf with several spoonfuls of the chicken mixture and top with remaining green onions. You can also place a pile of lettuce leaves on a plate along with the chicken mixture in a bowl so guests can serve themselves. 

Happy cooking,

Joanna

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