Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

by Kelli H. on September 8, 2014

This weekend was a nice relaxing weekend at home. We didn’t have any plans with friends, for once in a blue moon but I did manage to clean the house, do laundry, go on a 4.5 mile hike with my mom and aunt, have a wine picnic with David, make dinner every night, and watch a movie. Oh god, don’t watch The Other Woman. It was realllllly bad and also really long! I definitely don’t recommend it.

I really do enjoy weekends at home, but I think I’ll enjoy them even more in a year when David and I can finally have enough work history combined to buy a new house. We really don’t enjoy spending too much time at our house during the weekends, since we have some of the most annoying neighbors I’ve ever encountered. If we don’t have plans, we usually head up to my parents to take advantage of their beautiful backyard and distant neighbors. Oh, how I wish I had acreage. That’s what we ended up doing Saturday afternoon. We first hit up Bottle Barn and stocked up on 6 bottles of wine and a bottle of orange bitters for David. We’re definitely going through wine a lot more these days than beer.

This was also a weekend of cooking at home. Friday night I made a homemade pizza supreme with tomato sauce, spinach, red bell pepper, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, topped with sliced Italian chicken sausage. It was so good. It also paired nicely with the bottle of Red Car 2010 Sonoma Coast Syrah we opened that we’d been displaying on our wine rack since June. We’re really bad at holding on to wine. Then again, what’s the fun in holding on to wine? Saturday night we had barbecued steak, zucchini, and sliced tomatoes that were homegrown from a man at work. I love coworkers who share their produce. Tonight I’m making Jenna’s crockpot pork chops. I’m a little nervous about them because the last time I made her other crockpot pork chops they were totally dry. I really hope that’s not the case tonight!

One recipe you don’t have to worry about dry meat are these sweet and spicy chicken lettuce wraps. The chicken and carrots soak shortly in a sweet and spicy brine which make it impossible for them to be dry. I was surprised how quickly the carrots and chicken took on the sweet and spicy flavor. I really enjoyed these wraps and they were very easy to make. If you don’t enjoy spicy, scrape out the jalapeño seeds, but I do recommend leaving them in. That’s what makes these wraps fun! I love a good balance of sweet and spicy and these are perfect for my taste. I hope they are for yours too.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light March 2014

2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 jalapeño, sliced
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 garlic clove, peeled & crushed
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 carrots, peeled and julienned
butter lettuce leaves
1 cucumber, sliced thin
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped

1. In a medium sized pot combine cider vinegar, sugar, jalapeño, salt, and garlic over high heat. Stir until sugar is disenegrated and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, boiling mixture for 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir in carrots; let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain chicken and carrots.

2. Place about 1/4 cup chicken mixture into a lettuce leaf. Top each leaf with cucumber slices and chopped peanuts. Serve.

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Made in Sonoma September 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

the chicken wraps sound interesting. I’m not a big fan of spicy foods, but I love a good wrap. I’ll have to give these a try.

when are you going to start house hunting?

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Made in Sonoma September 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Probably not until next summer. I look all the time already, but not any point since we don’t even have our current house up for sale yet.

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Made in Sonoma September 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Haha- I will make sure not to watch The Other Woman! And that sucks about your neighbors. I hate that. Our old place had smokers next door and every time we wanted to open the window to let in fresh air, they’d be outside smoking and it would blow right into our house. That drove me insane!!

At least you have your parent’s house to escape to. It sounds lovely!

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Made in Sonoma September 10, 2014 at 1:32 am

These look so fresh and yummy! Hang in there with the bad neighbors; we had them for years and I know how hard it can be!

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Made in Sonoma September 12, 2014 at 1:47 am

I need a good relaxing weekend at home (thankfully our neighbors are nice ha!)…too bad we don’t have a free one for like 6 weeks! These look fab!

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Made in Sonoma September 16, 2014 at 2:35 am

This is such an interesting method for cooking the chicken and carrots! I love successful recipe weekends!

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Made in Sonoma September 16, 2014 at 4:14 am

It was a new way for me but worked out great.

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Made in Sonoma September 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Another great recipe! Also, thanks for the recommendation in regards to The Other Woman! I think it could’ve had potential but I feel like the previews 1) gave too much away and 2) made it look more cheesy than funny. I still considered renting it after it was released on DVD but looks like I’ll be skipping it now!

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