Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Wraps

On the table in 20 minutes flat, these ginger- and garlic-spiced lettuce wraps make for a light but satisfying supper. High in protein and low in carbs, the dish comes together in one sauté pan. Simply cook the chicken and sprinkle the filling over Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves; the wrap, combined with water chestnuts and cashews (sprinkled on at the very last minute), provide plenty of crunch. Wondering if the kids will raise an eyebrow at the concept? Some actually love the novelty. For those who don’t, cook some rice while you prepare the chicken and serve the meal to picky eaters like a stir-fry. Double the recipe for a few lunches worth of leftovers, perfect for busy weekdays.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 379 calories
    • Calories 38 calories from fat
    • Fat 14 g
    • Sat Fat 2 g
    • Cholesterol 94 mg
    • Sodium 385 mg
    • Protein 38 g
    • Carbohydrate 25 g
    • Sugar 15 g
    • Fiber 2 g
On the table in 20 minutes flat, these ginger- and garlic-spiced lettuce wraps make for a light but satisfying supper. High in protein and low in carbs, the dish comes together in one sauté pan. Simply cook the chicken and sprinkle the filling over Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves; the wrap, combined with water chestnuts and cashews (sprinkled on at the very last minute), provide plenty of crunch. Wondering if the kids will raise an eyebrow at the concept? Some actually love the novelty. For those who don’t, cook some rice while you prepare the chicken and serve the meal to picky eaters like a stir-fry. Double the recipe for a few lunches worth of leftovers, perfect for busy weekdays.

Ingredients

  1. Check 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  2. Check 3 tablespoons honey
  3. Check 2 tablespoons canola oil
  4. Check pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  5. Check black pepper
  6. Check 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  7. Check 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  8. Check 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced
  9. Check 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  10. Check ¼ cup roasted unsalted cashews
  11. Check 1 small head Boston or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated

Directions

  1. Combine the soy sauce and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Lower heat to medium and stir in the garlic and ginger. Add the scallions and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the water chestnuts and half the soy sauce mixture. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with the cashews.
  6. Divide the lettuce leaves among plates and spoon the chicken over the top. Serve with the remaining soy sauce mixture for drizzling.