Monday, March 31, 2014

Curried Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I am really fond of lettuce wraps these days. They are fresh, crisp and low carb. Lettuce wraps are a great way to scoop up both warm and cold fillings. I decided this weekend to update an old Curried Chicken Salad recipe and use it as a filling for a lettuce wrap. The original recipe was from a Weight Watchers cookbook. It was an open faced sandwich we use to make with canned chicken. For this wrap, I wanted to learn how to poach the chicken. I turned to Rachael Ray for a recipe and she did not disappoint. Rachael's Poached Chicken is full of flavor, tender and moist. The secret is she lets the chicken cool in the poaching liquid. Using her recipe I had four perfectly poach chicken breasts for my wraps and two quarts of chicken broth for future soups. This is definitely a method I will use in the future. The chicken was perfect in the Curried Chicken Salad. I love this combination of chicken, apples, grapes and curry. I used a homemade curry powder I saw on the Dr. Oz show. But you can use a store bought curry powder too, I have in the past. It adds a warm spice to the yogurt-mayo dressing that complements the sweet, tart flavors of the grapes and apples. This salad is great as a lettuce wrap. It makes for a nice fresh and filling meal, an update worth making again real soon.

Curried Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 2


2 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. plain non fat Greek yogurt
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp curry powder
8 oz. skinned and boned poached chicken, diced
1 small apple, diced
12 large seedless green grapes, cut into quarters
Dash each salt, white pepper and cayenne
4 lettuce leaves

Chopped pecans (optional)


In medium bowl combine mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, and curry powder. Stir in chicken, apple, and grapes; season with salt, pepper
 and cayenne. Spoon a fourth of the chicken salad into each lettuce leaf. Garnish with pecans (optional).

Curry Powder
Source: Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary as seen on Dr. Oz


5 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 small (1.5 inch) piece of a cinnamon stick
5 cloves
2 tsp turmeric powder (reserve for later)


Grind all of the above ingredients, except for the turmeric powder, in a coffee grinder. Afterward, add 2 tsp of the turmeric powder. Mix all ingredients together.

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  1. Fabulous love the colours. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  2. Yum. That looks like a great thing to pack for lunch.

  3. This looks delish, and I love the homemade curry powder!

  4. What a nice summer lunch! My husband was faithful to low carb eating for a long time, but we've gotten out of practice lately. Lettuce wraps are a good alternative to sandwiches. Thank you for sharing, Denise.

  5. I just love Lettuce Wraps, this looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic week!
    Miz Helen

  6. I am a big Lettuce Wraps person, and those look really good! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. Pinning this!!!!

  7. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks so much Miz Helen. I love red plates. Have a great day!


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