The springtime produce popping up on the shelves of grocery stores and farmer’s markets is enough to make me happy for days. Yes, this kind of stuff really does make me happy. But I digress. Back to the fresh arugula, ripe strawberries, gorgeous red radishes, and deliciously sweet mangoes…
When I spotted a massive pile of perfectly ripe mangoes at my nearest market this week I knew instantly it was time for a warm weather favorite of mine – chicken and mango lettuce wraps. Delicious and simple, these will leaving you feeling energized not lethargic, full but not stuffed, and loaded with nutrients not preservatives. Plus, they take less than 30 minutes to prepare, will sit well in the fridge overnight, and are the ideal break from the sandwich and salad lunch routine.
Spicy Chicken and Mango Lettuce Wraps
- 12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached and shredded*
- ½ tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced
- 1 cup jicama, peeled and finely diced**
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
- Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 12 large Butterhead or Boston lettuce leaves
* To poach chicken, put the chicken in a medium pot with just enough water to cover; add ½ tablespoon salt. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook until chicken is firm to the touch (about 15-18 minutes). Meanwhile, prepare a bowl of ice water. Remove the chicken and plunge into the ice water for about 30 seconds to stop the cooking. Drain again. Once fully cooled, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, mango, jicama, mint, lime juice and zest, oil, sriracha, remaining salt and black pepper. Toss well to combine. Add more sriracha if you like it extra spicy. Divide chicken-mango mixture between each lettuce leaf. Garnish with reserved mint leaves and serve.
**If you can’t find jicama, diced red peppers will add a nice crunch instead.