Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps (feat. MCT Oil): A Delicious and Healthy Recipe

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps (feat. MCT Oil): A Delicious and Healthy Recipe

If you're looking for a flavorful and nutritious meal that's also low in carbohydrates, Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are an excellent choice. Packed with vibrant Thai flavors and featuring the added benefits of MCT oil, these wraps are a perfect combination of taste and health. In this blog post, we'll guide you through a simple and delicious recipe for Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps that will satisfy your cravings while keeping you on track with your wellness goals.


Benefits of MCT Oil

MCT oil, or medium-chain triglyceride oil, is a type of healthy fat derived from coconut oil. Adding MCT oil to these lettuce wraps not only enhances the flavor and texture but also provides several health benefits. MCT oil is easily digested and quickly converted into energy by the body, making it a great source of fuel. It can also support weight management, improve cognitive function, and promote a healthy metabolism.


What You'll Need

For the Chicken Filling:

    • 1 lb (450g) ground chicken
    • 2 tablespoons MCT oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • 1 carrot, julienned
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free option)
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon honey (or a low-carb sweetener alternative)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving:

    • Fresh lettuce leaves (butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce work well)
    • Optional toppings: chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, fresh cilantro, lime wedges


How to Make It

    1. In a large skillet or wok, heat the MCT oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chopped onion and sauté until fragrant and translucent.
    2. Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through, breaking it up into crumbles with a wooden spoon.
    3. Stir in the diced red bell pepper and julienned carrot, and cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, and honey. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the chicken and vegetables. Stir well to combine and coat the ingredients evenly.
    5. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
    6. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the fresh cilantro, reserving a small amount for garnish.
    7. To serve, spoon the chicken filling onto fresh lettuce leaves, creating individual wraps. Top with chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, additional cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice if desired.


    Tips & Variations

      • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of sriracha for extra heat.
      • Make It Vegetarian: Substitute the ground chicken with crumbled tofu or tempeh.
      • Get Creative with Toppings: Experiment with different toppings like shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, or chopped bell peppers.
      • Enjoy as a Side Dish: The chicken filling can also be served over rice or noodles for a more substantial meal.


    Give this recipe a try and enjoy the explosion of Thai flavors wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves!

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