Love Your Leftovers – Waldorf-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

chicken lettuce wrapsThis is not strictly a paleo recipe, as I used commercial mayonnaise, which has all sorts of additives and stabilisers in it.  However, if I had made my own mayo, I think it would have been, if not strictly, then almost.  So as soon as we have finished our jar of generic supermarket mayo, I’ll be making my own. 

I wanted a quick lunch, using up bits and bobs I had in the fridge, and chicken lettuce wraps worked a treat.  It was essentially like a Waldorf salad (one of my favourites) but with chicken added – leftovers from the chicken I roasted yesterday.  They were filling, sweet, and savoury all in one delicious hit. 

To make these chicken lettuce wraps, you will need:

Leftover chicken – shredded.  Use as much or as little as you like, and use a mixture of dark and white meat if you can. 
1 sweet apple – diced.  No need to peel.
A handful of grapes – halved.
Walnuts, roughly chopped.
A rib of celery – finely sliced
Mayonnaise – I used 2 heaped teaspoons for me, but add this to your taste.  You can use yoghurt or creme fraiche instead if you like.  
2 leaves of romaine lettuce per person, each leaf cut in half widthways – the more curved the leaves, the better, as they act as a scoop for the filling.

Put all the ingredients into a bowl, add the mayonnaise and combine thoroughly.  

Spoon the mixture on to the lettuce leaves and serve.  

Eat with your hands.  Because, yeah. 

paleo and 52 chicken lettuce wraps

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  1. i love the idea of using lettuce leaves in place of bread wraps – i ahve seen My Oliver do it many times wirth various meats and sauces and it has always made me want to try it. yum Steph x

  2. Most commercial mayonnaise will only have a natural thickener (like xantham gum) and a relatively natural preservative.

    As soon as you start looking at reduced fat rubbish the additives start piling in.

  3. Delicious! Did you know that they use lettuce wraps alot in Korean and Vietnamese cooking? I always fail though, I think I am being “good” because I am not eating bread wraps so eat twice the amount! :D

  4. My lunch choices are so dull, this looks beautiful and delicious. You have given me a kick as I am really trying to get the whole family away from bread. Since January I have been working on getting together some healthy family meals that we can all eat but I haven’t thought about lunch at all really. Lettuce wraps here we come!

  5. Yep another fine recipe by I’mcountingufos I think all the simple ones are in fact the very best at the end of the day, liscious

  6. Yum, this sounds good! Chicken is my go-to snack at the moment, but this sounds like a great way to liven it up a bit. xx

  7. I love waldolf salad too but have never made it at home, mainly because I had no idea how easy it was to make! Have inspired me for what to have for lunch today now, thanks!

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