Monday, April 11, 2016

Blog With Friends: Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Spring Brings New Beginnings. There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:

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I'm screwed (I say that every month, don't I?). That's all I could think of when the group chose this theme. I mean spring brings new beginnings?  How am I going to cook or bake that?

The only new beginnings I could think of associated with spring is flowers. You know, April showers bringing spring flowers, which is a new beginning, right? But I already did some pretty cool Flower Cookies last year, see:

Spring Flower Cookies, find the recipe at | Recipe developed by Karen of Baking In A Tornado | #reicpe #cookies

Then I tried to think about a different direction for spring and new beginnings and that brought me to eggs. But I already did some pretty egg shaped Spring Fever Cookies too. 

Spring Fever Cookies, beautiful round or egg shaped multicolored sandwich cookies with a little sweet filling inside | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cookies

So scratch that idea.

Changing directions again and here's where I went. One thing I love about Spring is all of the fresh fruit available. I switch from my "winter meals", which tend to be heavier, to my "summer meals" which are lighter and focus more on fruits and veggies. The other thing I had in mind, in terms of new beginnings is spring dieting. I know many people use dieting and healthier eating for their New Year's resolutions, but I focus on that more in the Spring.

With all that in mind, my Spring Brings New Beginnings project is a recipe using some of the fresh fruits I'm seeing now. 

Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps, chicken, fresh fruits and veggies in a light sauce rolled into lettuce leaves | Recipe developed by | #recipe #salad

 Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps, chicken, fresh fruits and veggies in a light sauce rolled into lettuce leaves | Recipe developed by | #recipe #salad

Although many would see this as lunch, I'd serve these out on the deck for dinner along with a quick bread like my Veggie Bread, Almond Poppy Bread, or Lemon Berry Bread

Veggie Bread, a quick bread made with fresh vegetables | Recipe by Baking In A Tornado | #recipe
Almond Poppy Bread, a quick bread, light and flavorful | Recipe by Baking In A Tornado | #recipe

Lemon Berry Bread, a quick bread, moist and full of berries | Recipe by Baking In A Tornado | #recipe

These lettuce wraps are quick and easy to make, just a few ingredients chopped and mixed together. 

Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps, chicken, fresh fruits and veggies in a light sauce rolled into lettuce leaves | Recipe developed by | #recipe #salad

You can serve right away or make the salad in the morning and cover and refrigerate until ready to make the wraps.

Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps, chicken, fresh fruits and veggies in a light sauce rolled into lettuce leaves | Recipe developed by | #recipe #salad

Place the fruited chicken salad in a lettuce leaf, roll and serve.

Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps, chicken, fresh fruits and veggies in a light sauce rolled into lettuce leaves | Recipe developed by | #recipe #salad

As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares her recipe for Spring Green Mojito, a light refreshing Spring drink. 

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Inch by Inch, 6 Tips for Getting Healthy.

 Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog shares Imagination Grows Here: How to Build a Fairy Garden.

Melissa of Home on Deranged shares Investing in New Beginnings: Become an Organ Donor.

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Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes about 6):
about 6 leaves of Red Leaf Lettuce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP honey
dash of salt
12 ox cooked chicken
1/2 green onion
1 ripe kiwi
1/2 carrot
3 strawberries

*Rinse and pat dry the lettuce leaves.
*Whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey and salt.
*Chop the chicken and green onion. Skin the kiwi and chop. Rinse, hull and chop the strawberries.
*Once you've peeled the outer layer from the carrot, peel as much of it as you can with a potato peeler.
*Add the chicken, green onion, kiwi, strawberries and carrot to the dressing.
*Divide the fruited chicken salad onto the center of the lettuce leaves. Pull just an inch of the bottom of each leaf over the filling. Holding that in place, roll the lettuce over the filling from one side to the other.
OPT: Remove the white bottom of the lettuce and just sue the center of the leaf. Place about 2 to 3 TBSP of the chicken salad into the center of each leaf. Fold in the top and bottom of the leaves, then roll exactly like an eggroll, from one side around to the other, completely encasing the chicken salad in the lettuce.


  1. These wraps look yummy and are perfect for spring and summer. I love your veggie bread and I think that would nicely accompany the lettuce wraps. Of course I can't remember if I took a picture of my, your veggie bread, but it is long gone and loved.

    1. Yes, Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Veggie Bread are a perfect combination!

  2. We do the chicken lettuce wraps frequently but I'd never ever thought about adding fruit. I have an abundance of strawberries on the kitchen counter – – and you've given me dinner :-)

    1. Perfect. Let me know how you like them with the fruit.

  3. This looks delicious and perfect for a summer dinner out on the patio! Pinning and sharing of course! Now, I'm hungry!

    1. Yes, light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer lunch or dinner.

  4. Mmmm . . . I'll see you out on your deck. (And I mean that in a totally I'm-not-invading-your-privacy-so-its-not creepy way!)

  5. Love the wraps! I love wraps and I too think of lighter meals as the weather warms up.

    1. Yes, we need heavier meals in the winter but love going light in the summer.

  6. I love the sound of strawberries and kiwi with the chicken. This recipe looks really fun. :)

  7. Now you're talkin' Those lettuce wraps look and sound amazing

    1. I love this time of year, when I'm developing lighter recipes!


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