Thursday, August 11, 2011

Asian Chicken-Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps (Weight Watchers Recipe)

These are a really delicious alternative instead of eating tacos, I love the asian flavors of it all, really yummy.

Tthis recipe is from Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2007 Cookbook, and is only 5 points for three lettuce wraps.
 I actually modified the recipe a bit because of personal tastes, but for those that don't mind peppers and onions the actual recipe I imagine is good too.

First cook instant brown rice, (for those of you who know me, this hurts to me to cook, but is way easier then buying regular brown rice and cooking if forever) once cooked spread out onto a large sheet pan and place in the fridge to cool.

Then, saute ground chicken in about 1 tsp canola oil. I added some seasoning to the meat since I omitted the scallions and bell peppers, I added a pinch onion powder, fresh garlic, gresh grated ginger, splash of soy sauce and salt. Once cooked thoroughly drain and (add water chestnuts if desired) then set aside.

Prepare the dipping sauce by mixing 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce, 1 TBSP lime juice, 1 TBSP grated ginger, 2 tsp hoisin sauce and 2 tsp dark sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside. 
The recipe calls for iceberg lettuce which I personally don't care for, so I decided to switch it up and use napa cabbage (or asian lettuce) instead.
To assemble, take one napa cabbage leaf and 2 TBSP chilled brown rice, 1/4 ground chicken, top with 1 tsp soy sauce mixture and 1 tsp peanut sauce (see full recipe below) roll up and devour!
Recipe yields 5 servings:
1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
1/4 cup  low sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP lime juice
1 TBSP grated fresh ginger (peeled)
2 tsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1 tsp canola oil
1 pound ground chicken breast
1 cup chopped green onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1/2 large)
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 (8oz) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
14 large crisp iceberg lettuce leaves (or napa cabbage)
5 TBSP peanut sauce ( such as House of Tsang)

Per serving: 3 wraps containing 2 TBSP rice, 1/4 cup ground chicken, 1 tsp soy sauce mixture, 1 tsp peanut sauce
calories: 253
fat: 7.9g
carbs: 21.6g
fiber: 3.5g
protein: 24g
sodium: 631mg
iron: .9mg
cholesterol: 53mg
calcium: 37mg