Teriyaki Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps….

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Happy Monday everyone! This little concoction was quickly made up today in my head while at the grocery store, but I must say it turned out great. I’ve been trying to crock pot once a week lately to ensure we have one easy cooking night, usually on Mondays when we are pretty beat. I’ve been really into pulled meats, so went with my usual chicken and sweet marinade route. This time I chose teriyaki sauce and honey as the base of the sauce, and topped the dish with fresh, crunchy veggies and chopped peanuts. The extra crunch was perfectly paired with fresh lettuce, which (because it’s lettuce),  you don’t even feel guilty while eating about 5 wraps 🙂

Char had a great weekend, with some of it spent out East at the vineyards. As you can see from below, she was having a blast; who says being sober has to be boring? Luckily, it was off season, as you can see by the vines, so they didn’t mind her stomping her way through the vineyards.

Teriyaki Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: serves 4

  • For the crock pot:
    • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast or tenderloins
    • 1 1/2 cups of teriyaki sauce
    • 3 table spoons of honey
    • 3 table spoons of hot sauce
    • equal parts of salt, garlic, chili flakes, ginger, and cayenne (about 1 table spoon each)
  • 3 carrots; finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper; finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onions; diced
  • 1/4 cup of peanuts; finely chopped
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup of cooked white rice
  • 3 table spoons of olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a crock pot on low, combine chicken and all sauces and spices listed above. Leave on high for 5 hours. I usually turn it to low about 4 hours in, and then right before serving decide to shred the chicken.
  2. In a heated sauce pan with olive oil, saute red pepper and carrots. Add a few pinches of salt and any other spices you might want. Once soft, remove from pan.
  3. In the same pan, roast peanuts on medium heat, stirring them around occasionally. It should only take a few minutes, so be careful not to burn them.
  4. Plate lettuce wraps with chicken, rice, and toppings to your liking.We like to serve all the topping in separate bowls, so you can make it yourself as you go.

 

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