A healthy and light summer snack idea for seniors
Recipe for healthy senior living: Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
With a total prep and cook time of less than 30 minutes, this asian chicken salad lettuce wrap recipe is the perfect summer snack. Not too heavy, not too light; we think it's just right, and best enjoyed with a refreshing, tall glass of sparkling water.
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minute
Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 2 wraps: ½ cup chicken salad per wrap
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 8-oz can crushed pineapple in 100% juice, juice reserved
- 10.5-ounce no sugar added Mandarin oranges, drained
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- 2 green onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 10 Boston Bibb lettuce leaves
- ¼ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
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- In a medium stockpot, bring the chicken broth to a simmer. Add the bay leaves and chicken and simmer covered for 15 minutes, flipping over at the halfway mark. The internal temperature should read 165º F.
- Discard the bay leaves and reserve the chicken on a plate until cool enough to touch, then shred and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, pineapple, mandarin oranges, celery, carrots, almonds, green onions, salt and pepper. Add in the set aside dressing, and toss with tongs to evenly combine.
- To serve, place ½ cup chicken salad in each lettuce leaf.
Nutrition Information: Per Serving: (2 wraps: ½ cup chicken salad per wrap)
Calories: 247, Calories from fat: 73, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 543mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar 12g, Protein: 24
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