Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Ohhhhhhhhhh. Yeah, this is it.

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Are you tired of the same ole boring lettuce wraps? Are you feeling restless and worn out from the mundane routine of lettuce wrap chomping? Are you dreaming of a time and place where nothing matters and you can run footloose and fancy-free in the streets in that new Stevie Nicks circa 1982 costume you just bought at the thrift store down the street?

Because I’m not, heehee ha ha! ha. I was just wondering if you were.

Look, if there was ever a time to perk your ears, hark your face, and heed your head, it is now.

Let’s start with Exhibit A. I’d like to draw your attention to what’s occurring in these next two photos.

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Guuuurl, you don’t even KNOW. (except I’m pretty sure you do. I mean it’s cilantro, chipotle peppers and lime juice. and pixie dust.)

Now let us observe Exhibit B.

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Booooooy, you don’t even REALIZE. (except I’m guessing that you do. I mean it’s obviously seared and chopped chicken breast. and minced cherub feathers.)

Now, shall we direct our attention to Exhibit C.

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Maaaaaaaan, you can’t even COMPREHEND. (except I’m leaning towards the fact that you do. I mean it’s clearly the seared and chopped chicken coated in the pixie dust chipotle sauce, crispy roasted corn {using the broiling method I told you about last week caaaaaaaaaan I get a holla back}, and freshly diced red bell pepper. and tiny flecks of pearls from the gates of heaven.)

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I’m not kidding you, these are some of the best chicken lettuce wraps I’ve ever eaten. The limey chipotle sauce has that magical kick in the pants that I crave, even though that came out borderline psychopath. The roasted corn and diced red bell pepper offer just the right amount of crunch to satisfy my teeth, even though that sounds completely creepy. And the fresh scallions just pull it all together so beautifully, it gives me the confidence to run down the street in that new Stevie Nicks circa 1982 costume I just bought.

Oh wait a minute! That wasn’t me. I forgot.

Also, I just got some new editing software, so please be patient with me over the next 67 years as I tightrope walk over a tank of ravenous alligators and butcher the ugh out of these photos. Stupid learning curve.

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Yep, these are definitely it.

Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps:

What it took for about 8 lettuce cups:

* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 cup frozen corn
* 1 pound chicken breast
* 2 – 3 chipotle peppers (depending on your love of heat)
* 3 Tbs. adobo sauce (that comes from the jar)
* 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
* 1 lime
* 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
* 3 scallions, thinly sliced
* 1 head butter lettuce, rinsed and leaves separated
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Turn on the broiler. Arrange the corn on a rimmed baking sheet with a Tbs. of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Broil the corn for about 5 minutes, or until they start to slightly char and turn crispy. You can toss them a couple of times throughout. Set aside.

Heat the remaining 2 Tbs. oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sear for 6 minutes on each side until cooked through and browned all over. Move to a cutting board and let sit for 5 minutes. Then dice the chicken.

In a food processor, combine the cilantro, lime juice, chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce. Process until smooth.

Add the chicken back to the pan, along with the chipotle sauce, freshly diced red bell pepper and roasted corn. Toss until combined.

Serve a couple of Tbs. (or more if you’re a freak like me) of the chicken mixture in each lettuce cup and garnish with scallions!

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Meatless Monday? I’m just kidding, hahahaha! Oh.

 

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63 Responses to Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  1. Paula - bell'alimento February 11, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    It’s been WAY too long since I’ve had these. Gotta fix that!

  2. Katie February 11, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Dinner this week. Done. Thank you.

  3. Carly @ Snack Therapy February 11, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Anything in lettuce wraps = healthy, which means I can eat fifteen of them if I want. True story.

  4. A farmer in the dell February 11, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Girl, your making me crave summertime with this recipe. Hand me a refreshing cocktail and one of these lettuce wraps and I’m all set!

  5. Cassie | Bake Your Day February 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Dyyyying over these. Love ‘em, Bev!

  6. Vita @ Juicer Depot February 11, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Oh my! This has my name written all over it. I am trying this one for sure. And I just love butter lettuce too. I just might try to make this tonight, if not tomorrow for sure!

    • Vita @ Juicer Depot February 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      I made this for dinner tonight and it was really good. The only thing I did different was I roasted the red peppers and took the skin off. I ended up just putting the adobo sauce and no chipotle peppers. Next time I will add just one. My husband freaks out if it’s too hot so I had to start out mild. I used adobo sauce from a can. Is there any difference from the one you find in a jar (couldn’t find it at the store)? I really liked using the butter lettuce instead of tortillas. The lettuce made it very refreshing.

  7. Heather @ Heather's Dish February 11, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Need need need!

  8. Brian @ A Thought For Food February 11, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    You know… as boring as lettuce can be, it’s a great way to get delicious food into your mouth. So, I say go for it. I sometimes use cabbage for falafel wraps. Hey, it’s healthier than pita… which means you can eat ice cream after (not like I wouldn’t anyway).

  9. Karly February 11, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I’m going to open my mouth, you’re going to use the lettuce as a funnel and just drop the chunky chicken and veggie parts right in, k?

  10. rachel February 11, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I literally just made your asian lettuce cups for like the bazillionist time last night to feed the hungry man for a couple of meals. WHY did you not post this yesterday?! Not that I’ve lost my love for the asian ones…becasue come one…those will NEVER run out of love from this girl..but whewy..chipotle! Guess I know what’s on the menu for next week. Sorry hunny…lettuce wraps for dinner..again. :)

  11. Amanda February 11, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I am SOOOOO excited to make these this week!!! What a beautiful recipe, great job!

  12. Darcy February 11, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    These look great! And simple – total plus. And eating protein is a good thing….plus you’re supporting hard working farming & ranching families when you eat meat…no Meatless Monday’s here. :)

  13. Sommer@ASP February 11, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Those look crazy good!

  14. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    So funny – I just bought iceberg for the first time in ages to make lettuce wraps. Love these! I can’t wait to broil corn.

  15. Averie @ Averie Cooks February 11, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I love lettuce wraps and these are so bright and cheery Bev!

  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Ooo, love it. Making these tonight!

  17. Heather February 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Lettuce wraps have been my vehicle of choice for taco transportation to my mouth for years. More taco consumption means better quality of life :-)

  18. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Wow these looks so tasty!

  19. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry February 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Lettuce Wraps are my jam! But like you said they can get pretty boring. Not these though. They look packed with flavor.

  20. Loretta February 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Meatless Monday indeed. Photoshop? I’m getting it soon, but I’m a little worried about the learning curve…

    These wraps? Too much awesome.

  21. Julie @ Table for Two February 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    oh gurl, i wanna get wrapped up in this!!

  22. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Duuuuudeeee. I think I do know. These are awesome.

  23. Kathryn February 12, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    The flavours in these sound just incredible.

  24. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 12, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    Can I just come over to your house and eat all of your amazing dishes? I’ll bring dessert! :D

  25. Sues February 12, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Yum yum! SO much better than the average lettuce wrap! And prettier too!

  26. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence February 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Guuuuurl, these look SO good :)

  27. vicky February 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Love these lettuce wraps, fresh, crunchy and full of flavor! Love your pictures!

  28. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste February 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Oh. Em. Gee. I need these for dinner tonight! Love, love, love!

  29. Katie @ Blonde Ambition February 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    These really do look waaaay better than any lettuce wraps I’ve ever had!

  30. Kimmie March 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I have used savoy cabbage for the wrap and it works great.
    Gives a little peppery taste and it is stretchy so it tears less.
    30 seconds in the microwave doesn’t hurt either.

    • Bev Weidner March 15, 2013 at 7:08 am #

      That’s an awesome tip! Thank you, Kimmie!

  31. Nicol Young March 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    I made these for dinner tonight – YUMMY
    Only mistake I made was I grabbed Adobo in a jar – turned out to be paste though it does not say that on the front. To make the sauce I had to add water and placfe over heat… same thing just an unexpected hiccup. Worked out fine though
    I used three chipotle pepper and man o man this dish was PICANTE! My hubby adores the heat though so it was perfect for him. I could have lived with maybe just two.
    We used ‘Living Lettuce’ as the wrap and it was so so good. I love living lettuce.
    For the corn I used organic super sweet corn from Alexia and the corn alone is phenomenal. Adds another dimension to the mixture as a whole. I highly suggest.
    Also before service after the garnish I squeezed more lime onto each wrap.
    THANK YOU for your amazing blog. This will be a regular dish made in my home :)

  32. weza April 29, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    im pregnant, just seeing that lime, makes me want this bad! thank u ! trying it out 4 sure! u rock!

  33. pam May 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I made these wraps today! They were amazing! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  34. Lisa June 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Made this for low-carb dinner/lunch for daughter. Couldn’t find adobo sauce or chipotle peppers (in Utah) so improvised with chipotle salsa and some chipotle spice which blended with olive oil and the salsa. My daughter hates red peppers so she wouldn’t let me add but if u like adds a nice dash of color. Came out amazing with adding a dollop of sour cream. Took picture and was my first Instagram post. Stored great for lettuce wraps during week. Thanks Bev.

  35. megan January 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Made these tonight for dinner and they were AWESOME. I added a little honey to the sauce though to balance the spice and it was so good!

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