Cool and Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These cool, Vietnamese-inspired chicken and rice noodle wraps are perfect for hot summer nights.

Cool and Crunchy Lettuce Wraps
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
4

Fresh, delicious, and healthy is the name of the game with this easy chicken dinner, which comes together in under 30 minutes, thanks to quick-cooking vermicelli rice noodles and grilled chicken. You'll tuck these into pieces of crisp lettuce to make Vietnamese Bun Cha-inspired wraps. You'll start by stirring together a shortcut nuoc cham—a sauce made with garlic, fish sauce, sambal oelek, and lime juice. The nuoc cham does double duty—two thirds becomes a fast marinade for the meat, infusing every bite with flavor, and you'll serve the remaining third as a dipping sauce for the wraps.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable or canola oil, for grill grates

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 3 limes)

  • ¼ cup fish sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated (2 tsp.)

  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chili paste) or sriracha

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 4 ounces rice vermicelli noodles (from an 8.8-oz. pkg.)

  • 1 head green leaf lettuce or butter lettuce, leaves separated

  • shaved rainbow carrots and cucumber matchsticks, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat grill or a grill pan to medium-high (450°F to 500°F) and lightly oil grates. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on stove.

  2. Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, sambal oelek, sugar, and ¼ cup water in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Transfer ⅓ cup sauce to a medium bowl; reserve remaining sauce for serving. Add chicken to medium bowl and stir to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water; set aside.

  4. Place marinated chicken on grill grates; discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into bite-size pieces. Serve chicken with lettuce leaves, noodles, reserved sauce for dipping, carrots, and cucumber.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

407 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 407
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 208mg 69%
Sodium 1475mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 44g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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