Healthy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Bowls

I have some major weaknesses and one of them is my love for spicy fried chicken! Becuase we all need to indulge sometimes, one of my favorites go-to places in the city is The Roost Carolina Kitchen located in the River West and Lakeview neighborhoods. There you will find everything from bone-in fried chicken to tenders and tacos. Personally, my favorite is the spicy fried chicken tenders meal with a choice of creamy mac & cheese and hand cut potato chips.

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However, not even the stretchiest of yoga pants would allow you to eat such sinful meal as often as I would like. In hopes of curbing that spicy chicken urge, I have come up with my own lighten up twist to this Southern delicacy. Nothing will ever compare to the real deal but a healthy substitute for an easy weeknight meal? I’m in!

*Prep for two people

Ingredients:

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  • 2 lbs of boneless chicken breast
  • One packet of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
  • One 12oz bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • A head of green leaf lettuce
  • A bundle of green onions
  • 1 cup of crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Instructions:

  • Place  2lbs of chicken into a Crockpot
    • No crockpot? No problem! Chicken can be baked, grilled, or poached.
  • Add Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce (I like to keep a little extra for later), a tablespoon of butter and Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet.
  • Give it a gentle stir until all of the ingredients are mixed equally and set on low for two hours.
    • * Each crockpot is bit different depending how big or small and the amount of meat being used*
  • Take the chicken out around the 1 1/2 mark. Shred into pieces and place back into the crockpot for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Make sure to peel, rinse, and dry lettuce before using them as wraps.
  • Drain extra sauce from the shredded chicken while assembling onto a lettuce leaf. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles and chopped green onions on top.

Boom! There you have it! A guilt free spicy buffalo chicken lettuce wrap. The best part of this simple recipe? The leftovers!!! Take any leftover chicken and turn it into a quinoa/brown rice bowl (see below) or even buffalo chicken dip!

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  • Cut up whatever lettuce you have in your fridge ( I used leftover green leaf and kale)
  • Add in cooked brown rice/quinoa
  • Chop up 1/2 cup of green and/red onions
  • Crumble on blue cheese
  • Drizzle a touch a ranch/blue cheese dressing

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