Thursday, June 25, 2015

5:2 Chinese Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps (210 calories)

I was tempted to try these 5:2 Chinese Egg Roll Wraps from Lavendar and Lovage, but I was not anxious to blow 70 calories on an egg to make one wrapper for the meal. I bought some rice paper/spring roll wrappers to test out instead, but even 30 calories sounded high if I wanted to use two. And then I realized... why not just use Romaine leaves like my Turkey & Mushroom Asian Lettuce Wraps? Using only 5 calories or so for the wrappers let me add in more chicken, more sauce, and lots of veggies! I mixed things up a little and used Hoisin sauce in place of the sweet chili sauce and the results are tasty!

5:2 Chinese Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps (210 calories)

(For those of you counting calories, I've added the amount for each ingredient so you can easily make tweaks without having to re-calculate everything. Anything marked with an asterisk* may vary a lot based on what you buy, so make sure to compare your label.)

Chinese Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

4 cups savoy cabbage, shredded (78)
1/2 cup shredded carrot (26)
2 green onion, thinly sliced (10)
2 tsp. grated ginger (2)
2 tsp. minced garlic (0)

5 oz. cooked chicken, shredded or chopped (170)
1/2 tsp. Chinese 5 spice (2)
1/4 cup Hoisin sauce (120*)
3 oz. Romaine (12)

1) Heat up a large pan over medium heat. Add the savoy, carrots, green onion, ginger, and minced garlic and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

2) Add the chicken, 5 spice, and Hoisin sauce and mix well. Cook for a minute or two to warm through.

3) Cut the Romaine leaves into 4" long pieces. You may also want to trim the widest pieces down to about 4-5" wide to make them easier to handle (some are huge!). Each person will need 5-6 pieces.

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To eat, spoon some of the mixture down the center of the leaf and fold in half like a taco. Serves 2.

Calories - 210 for 1/2

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