Quick Turmeric Chicken Lettuce Wraps

When I was a teeny tiny BShan my favorite activity was to get dressed up, jam my favorite tape into the cassette player and perform a “show” for anyone who would watch. Namely, my parents. This hobby lasted through childhood and progressed, I’m embarrassed to say, into college, when I drank too a little too much vino one night and tried to convince my friends to create a choreographed dance for my graduation party the following day. Haven’t been able to live that one down.

My childhood¬†performance of choice was, you guessed it, a cooking show, in which I’d recreate recipes I saw on the Food Network. I was notorious for leaving the kitchen in a state of destruction, and my mom with an ulcer.


Circa 1990, and look how focused.

Years later I admittedly still love my cooking shows, but really who has time to recreate those recipes? Most days it’s a struggle to pick up ingredients let alone marinate, season and roast them. I blame Rachel Ray … 30 minutes my ass.

I’m all for cooking meals at home. You’ll save some money, skip the excess sugar, salt, etc., and know where the ingredients are coming from. It’s a surefire way to feel good. But you know what really feels good? Not spending a ton of time on homemade meals. That’s why I love shortcuts.

If I’m starving on the way home from work or the gym, I’m waaaay more likely to stop at the store and grab whatever (usually processed food) looks delicious if I know I don’t have anything quick to make at home. Same for you?

Stocking up on things that are easy to assemble helps, as does having a few weekly regulars, or easy dishes you love and never get tired of. This recipe is a newcomer, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be sticking around. Lettuce wraps are so simple to put together, and freakin’ delicious.

Things I already had at home: turmeric (anti-inflammatory and adds awesome flavor), chicken (I always keep some in the freezer), Peanut Dipping Sauce, and Sesame seeds.

Things I picked up at the store last minute: broccoli slaw and lettuce.


 Turmeric Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Makes 10 lettuce wraps


2 boneless chicken breasts

10 large lettuce leaves (I used bib lettuce)

1/2 bag of organic broccoli slaw (dry mixture of sliced broccoli, carrots and cabbage). Sliced daikon and radish could also be used here.

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 tablespoon sesame seeds + extra for topping

Salt and pepper for seasoning

1/4 cup dipping sauce: I use this Peanut Sauce (if I’m short on time), but you could also make your own. Here’s a great recipe from Brittany over at Eating Bird Food.


Season the chicken with turmeric, salt and pepper on both sides and a tablespoon of the dipping sauce. Add the sesame seeds and cook thoroughly.

While the chicken is cooking, you can assemble the lettuce wraps. All you have to do is arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate, spoon some slaw into each, add a sprinkle of turmeric and another sprinkle of sesame seeds. When the chicken is done, slice it up into strips and add a couple pieces to each lettuce leaf. Then roll em’ up like tacos and keep the dipping sauce nearby.

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