Food Recipes Cool and Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wraps These cool, Vietnamese-inspired chicken and rice noodle wraps are perfect for hot summer nights. By Ali Ramee Ali Ramee Ali Ramee has been developing and testing recipes for nearly a decade. Highlights: *Started out as a kitchen intern on America's Test Kitchen *Spent over two years as a line cook at Petit Crenn and FLOUR + WATER LLC *Spent two years as a sous chef and food stylist at Sun Basket *Is now a recipe tester at Meredith Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Published on July 14, 2021 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Greg DuPree Hands On Time: 25 mins Total Time: 25 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts 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 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. 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. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water; set aside. 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. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 407 Calories 13g Fat 27g Carbs 44g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.