This is my second recipe for OTC readers asking for gluten-free family meals using chicken breasts. One of the recipes in my book is for Thai lettuce wraps and this is a pared down version of that with simpler flavours that the whole family will recognise. Using lettuce leaves to make the wraps adds a fun build-it-yourself element that kids enjoy. Serve with rice, that can be added to the filling, to make a more substantial meal. You can pop the lettuce wrap inside a gluten-free (or regular) tortilla wrap too.
Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids
3 chicken breasts (approx 500g)
1 large red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsps gluten-free soy sauce (or regular if gluten is not a problem)
2 tbsps vegetable oil
1 head of lettuce (butter, round and romaine work well)
- Cut the chicken breasts in half so that the thicker end is separate from the thinner end. Slice the thicker part in half horizontally so that it’s the same thickness as the thinner part. Slice all the chicken into 2 cm wide strips.
- Chop the pepper so that it’s about the same size as the corn. Drain the corn. Wash and dry the lettuce leaves. Now you’re ready to cook.
- *You can do this bit in batches if you don’t have a big enough pan* Put a large frying pan on the highest heat available then add the vegetable oil. Once the pan is very hot add the chicken and space out the strips so they have some room. Grind some salt over the chicken then don’t move the strips for 2 minutes. The chicken will get a little colour which makes it tastier. .
- After a couple of minutes turn the chicken over and cook for 1 minute before sprinkling over the garlic powder. Give everything a good stir to coat the chicken in the powder then use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken from the pan to rest in a bowl.
- Put the pan back on the heat, you will have some oil and powder left in the pan, and add the sweetcorn. Give the pan a shake to spread the kernels out then don’t move the corn for 1 minute. This will give the corn a toasty taste and add some colour.
- After 1 minute add the chopped pepper, give everything a stir and turn the heat down to medium. Add the soy sauce and lime then stir and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken back to the pan and give everything a good stir then transfer to a bowl with a spoon and serve with the lettuce leaves. Everyone can fill their lettuce wraps and enjoy. You can put out some plain white rice as well for everyone to add to their wraps for a more substantial dish.
- Paul takes his lettuce wraps then puts them into a flour tortilla with some mayo and hot sauce. It’s a pretty great strategy!