Best-Ever Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Lettuce Art

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last week, I made these YUMMMMMMMMMY Chicken Lettuce Wraps.   They are so delicious filled with fresh vegetables and chicken coated in a sauce with a little kick and a peanuty hint.  Wrapping them in crunchy lettuce just makes everything SING together.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps 2

I am sure this recipe can be adapted with changes to any veggies you like and making the sauce as spicy or sweet as you like.  However you do it, I believe you are going to really enjoy these.   They are nice for a light summer supper and elegant enough to serve to guests.

And since it is July and #WorldWatercolorMonth, I thought I’d try painting some lettuce from my garden to share with this recipe.

lettuce watercolor

Watercolor Lettuce Leaf -140# Arches Hot Press – Lemon Yellow, Green Gold, Sap Green, Burnt Umber

Here’s the recipe.  Enjoy!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps*

Ingredients:Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 head romaine, butter, bib, or iceberg lettuce to get approximately 8 large leaves (whatever kind you like best)


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet or green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple


  • 4 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Add at end:
    • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup peanuts


Dice and chop all Filling ingredients.

Whisk together all Sauce ingredients in a medium bowl except peanut butter and peanuts. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook just until no longer pink, about 3 mins. Add onions, peppers, carrots and celery and saute for 2 more mins. Stir in pineapple chunks and Sauce and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.   Top with peanuts.

To serve, fill lettuce leaves with desired amount of filling and enjoy!

Cheers & Hugs,
*Slightly adapted from another amazing recipe by Jen @

Nick’s Chopped Chicken & Veggie Wraps

Nicks Chopped Chicken and Veggie Wraps 3

This past Sunday, my son Nick took over the kitchen for dinner and made us his amazing Chopped Chicken & Veggie Wraps.

Nicks Chopped Chicken and Veggie Wraps

Nick likes anything chicken and anything that can be wrapped up in a tortilla and eaten by hand.

This recipe requires a bit of chopping ahead of time, but throws together quick and easy and tastes so delish!

Nicks Chopped Chicken and Veggie Wraps 1

Starting with marinated grilled skinless, boneless chicken breasts and adding your favorite veggies makes for a healthy, quick, and oh so yummy dinner or lunch or anything in between!

Nicks Chopped Chicken and Veggie Wraps 2

The secret is in the double chopping.  Once you pile all the chopped ingredients together, you chop again.

Nicks Chopped Chicken and Veggie Wraps 4

And the thing that really kicks this wrap up for me is the Peach Mango Salsa!  OOOOO LAA LAA!

Throw in anything you like, but here is how Nick made these for us.

Nick's Chopped Chicken & Veggie Wraps

Ingredients:Nicks Chopped Chicken and Veggie Wraps 3

  • I lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
  • 1/2 bottle Wishbone Italian Dressing (or your favorite marinade)
  • 1/2 lb bacon, crisped and chopped (option – but oh so yummy!)
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 seedless English cucumber
  • 1/2 chopped sweet red pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped hamburger dill pickles
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts (or banana peppers)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite)
  • 1/3 cup Herr’s Peach Mango Salsa
  • 4-6 Large Burrito-Sized Flour Tortillas


Marinade chicken in Italian salad dressing for approximately 24 hours in Ziploc bag in refrigerator.  When ready to eat, grill chicken and chop.  Chop all veggies and ingredients you plan to use.

To assemble, heat flour tortilla in microwave for 20 seconds to make more pliable for wrapping and prevent cracking.  Heat George Foreman Grill or Grill Pan.

Place all ingredients together for each wrap, top with a heaping spoon of salsa, and re-chop all together.  Mound in center of warmed tortilla and wrap tightly.

Place on grill to heat, crisp, and seal.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers & Hugs,

Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps with Pineapple Slaw

Hawaiin BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw 2One day last week, I was surprised to get an email from Nick sending me a link to a recipe he saw on Host the Toast’s Blog for Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw.  (Who knew he read recipe blogs?!?)

Anyway – he somehow charmingly hinted that it would make a great dinner sometime.

Well – woohoo!  Looked YUMMY to me, and I am always up for a new recipe.

I was excited that he wanted me to try something new and different.

So last night I made these yummy wraps (our version of the taco) – because – hey – Nick loves any meal that can be wrapped in a flour tortilla and eaten with one hand.

srirachaAnd we both love anything zipped up with spicy Sriracha sauce.  (In this case both the chicken and the slaw!)

For those unfamiliar with Sriracha – a little goes a long way – so BEWARE faint of spicy taste bud fans – and use sparingly if you are a bit wimpy about zippiness.

The chicken is so tender and juicy and spicy and sweet and yummy.

It could be eaten as is or on a bun or even over some steamed rice (I happened to make a yummy pan of Basmati Rice Pilaf as the “side” dish last night).

And the slaw – oh so yummy and bright and fresh – and such a perfect blend of crunchiness and sweet and zippy and tangy.  Placed atop the BBQ chicken on a flour tortilla with a generous sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese – Oh my!

Pineapple SlawI’m guessing some of the more unusual ingredients from the original recipe  (like coconut milk and rice vinegar) can be omitted or substituted.  (In fact, I did purchase the coconut milk – for the first time – but substituted red wine vinegar for the rice vinegar).

Be creative – don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients – mix and match – plug and play – substitute – omit – follow your own taste buds.


Happy to report that Nick LOVED it…

I loved it…

Marty liked it – a lot – (can’t give it a “LOVE” though –  he’s always been a little weird about fruit mixed with savory  – whatever – be boring then)

Here is the recipe for how I made it.


3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1½ cups pineapple juice
½ cup honey BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup honey
⅓ cup soy sauce
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger
2 Tbsp sriracha sauce (this stuff is POTENT – so only use 1 Tbsp if you’re a sissy!)

Flour tortillas
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Pineapple Slaw:
½ small purple cabbage, sliced thin
¼ medium green cabbage, sliced thin
¼ fresh pineapple, cored and diced
½ small red or Vidalia onion, diced
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup coconut milk
1 lime
1 Tbsp sriracha
1 tsp brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk together pineapple juice, soy sauce, BBQ sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and sriracha.
Place chicken breasts in crock pot and cover with the sauce mixture.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Combine and toss all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

After the chicken is cooked for 7-8 hours in the crock pot, shred it with a fork and let it absorb the sauce for another 30 minutes or more.

To eat, place a serving of chicken on the flour tortilla, top with pineapple slaw and a generous sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese. Roll it up, and enjoy!

Hawaiin BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw 2Cheers and Hugs and a zippy Aloha!