Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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by Amy Flanigan on September 28, 2009 · 20 comments

I know a lot of people are excited for the Fall season; thinking about soups and stews and casseroles, oh my. Not me. I am in complete denial.

It’s not that I don’t like Fall. Quite the contrary. It’s just that Fall turns into Winter. And I loathe the cold Winter. Colder than cold. Like, there-isn’t-enough-lotion-on-the-planet-to-keep-my-skin-moist cold. Like, it-takes-three-space-heaters-and-two-down-comforters-to-keep-me-warm cold. Like, my-eyeballs-hurt-when-I-step-outside it’s so cold.

In my utter defiance, I made these wraps, which I adapted from Raley’s Something Extra.

They have all kinds of great things going for them:

• I didn’t need to use my stove or oven, which I am struggling to avoid, as we attempt to keep the house spotless for showings. (Oh, how I hoped it would sell before the first snowfall…)

• They’re simple and quick. Always love that.

• The lettuce is your utensil, so there’s no dirty silverware to clean up. Whew.

• My kids were immediately interested because they got to eat with their hands. Score.

• I was able to use my mango splitter. Ya, baby!

• They were tangy from the dressing, had just the right amount of crunch from the lettuce and macadamia nuts, and fantastic color. Tasty, tasty.

And the name…what about the name? It screams summer.

I will not go down without a fight.

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Kevin October 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

What a great chicken lettuce wrap! The mango would make them nice and sweet and juicy.

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Natalie October 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

These look so delicious, and healthy, and flavorful! I love lettuce wraps and don’t make them enough. These are on the ‘to make’ list, they just look and sound amazing!

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nora@ffr October 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

ooohhh!! m soo loving the combo and flavour.. this is sooo soo healthy that m sure gonna give a try for dinner :)
thanx and cheers!!

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Karine October 1, 2009 at 6:34 am

Your wrap sounds delicious! I also love mango in everything…

I hate winters too…. why is this season so cold?

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krysta September 30, 2009 at 11:19 am

is this because of my post? i’ll send summer over to you he’s worn out his welcome with us but if you ever get over to this neck of the woods remember winters aren’t so cold…

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Joanne September 30, 2009 at 5:56 am

I tend to only think about time passing in spurts. So I just don’t think ahead enough to remember that winter comes after fall. That would just be too much info to process. I blame it on this whole 7-8 year MD/PhD program. If I think to myself – I’m going to be in school for the next 8 years, I kind of die a little inside, so I have to break it up into pieces.

Winter is horrendous – you are definitely right about that. But soon you will be in CA and so you won’t have to worry about such things!

I love any recipe that (a) has mango in it, (b) has the word tropical in its title, and (c) allows me to eat with my hands. Am I a five year old? Probably.

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Amy September 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Lora – here’s my take on a few of the lettuce varieties:

Iceberg lettuce has very little taste, but like you said, lots of crunch. It’s a great lettuce to use when the ingredients surrounding it have enough flavor on their own.

Bibb lettuce is pretty popular, too, mainly because of its slightly sweet taste. Bibb lettuce is a great base for fruit salads, tuna and chicken salads.

Romaine lettuce has a mild flavor and is probably used in Caesar Salads because those flavors are so complex to begin with.

I love Butter lettuce. It’s mild and…well…buttery. But it is soft, with very little crunch.

I guess I take those factors into consideration when making salads and wraps like these. Honestly, I bet they’re all pretty interchangeable. But some certainly have more flavor and bite to them.

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Lora September 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Keep bringing on those summer salads! Funny, we just made the peanut lettuce wraps you posted earlier. Used butter lettuce, thinking it healthier than iceburg lettuce. Didn’t have that same crunch, though. Do you find some lettuce works better than others? I love the mango in it, looks delicious.

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pam September 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Well, those are just the prettiest things ever!

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Sharon September 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I’ve just started thinking about soup, too. But these lettuce wraps look great for lunch or even a quick snack. Come to think of it, they would make a good pairing with soup for dinner.

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Jennifer September 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

Yes, I am one of those people looking through my soups and stews recipes and wanting to cook my lasagna. Today will only be 73 degrees, and I am ready to do a little jig (those of you who have ever been to Sacramento, CA in the summer will understand).

However, these are making me drool by just looking at them. So…before mangoes go out of season, I *will* make these.

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Mike September 29, 2009 at 7:41 am

The Wraps: They look great. I love lettuce wraps. So easy and tasty. And I’ve never had ‘em with mango. I’ll have to try that.

The Season: Fall is a really wonderous time up here in Minnesota. IMHO, the best time of the year up here. Cool, crisp morning… bright red and yellow leaves against brilliant cyan skies… warm soups… tweed jackets… Enjoy it. Don’t deal with or think about winter until you have to. It just gives that thing you hate more power. Then you can just appreciate the lettuce wraps for their loveliness and not for the loss they represent. Or you can do what you did. They’re both good. HA! ;)

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I’m almost ready for fall but not until October actually shows up :) The lettuce wraps look delicious with mango, yum!

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Kim September 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I ate chicken pot pie tonight and I feel like I weigh a ton. It’s not even cool here, so who am I fooling? I miss my salads and fruits, too. This looks so fresh and tangy. I miss that lighter than air feeling after a meal like this.

And a mango splitter? That is a dream gadget! That big hulking seed is my nemesis and it keeps me from reaching for a mango when I pass them in the aisle.

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Lisa September 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I hear ya, Amy! I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer either. I will share in your denial and make these, maybe even twice! What a feast for the eyes.

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Naomi September 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm

look delicous!!!

i love mango in anything!! and always keep a bag of frozen mango’s on hand in my freezer!! thanks for sharing the recipe!

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lo September 28, 2009 at 10:48 am

Heh. I had to laugh. So, these are kinda like “denial wraps”?
They look fabulous — love the mango/pepper/scallion combo. And lettuce wraps are always so fun (not to mention gorgeous)

I’m definitely not ready to welcome the winter… but I’m excited about autumn. Just praying for a really, really LONG one!

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Natashya September 28, 2009 at 10:47 am

So gloriously colourful and bursting with flavour!

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Mellissa September 28, 2009 at 8:19 am

Those look great! And I am also not ready to say goodbye to summer yet.

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