Staff Favorite: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

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How To Make Delicious Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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You know that one coworker who always brings the BEST food to company lunches, parties, and potlucks?

I had a coworker once who brought homemade chocolates… and let me tell you, I was in heaven after just one bite.

Okay, we can’t all be chocolatiers… and every good luncheon needs more than just desserts.

So, I would have to say that my favorite actual meal or savory dish ever brought to a work party is this recipe for buffalo chicken lettuce wraps.

Are they healthy? Yes.

Do they taste like health food? Not really!

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I mean, yes, they taste fresh and good for you… but not in the way that you usually think of when you imagine eating “health food.”

In contrast to bland rabbit food, these buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are positively bursting with flavor. I actually had to ask my coworker for the recipe before I believed that they might be good for you!

And you know what else I discovered when I got the recipe? These buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are actually super simple to make…

Plus, while they might sound like a “remix” of a boring lettuce salad with grilled chicken… this dish is anything but boring! The pep from the buffalo sauce… the crunch of fresh lettuce… and the perfect veggie toppings… my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

So, what are you waiting for? You’re going to love these buffalo chicken lettuce wraps—as will your coworkers, friends, family, or whomever you cook them for!

Let’s get started:

FTH’s “Staff Favorite” Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3 leaves of lettuce
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Buffalo sauce
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Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and cook on the stove. Toss in buffalo sauce.
  2. Lay out three boats (pieces) of lettuce onto a plate.
  3. Put a handful of chicken breast into each boat of lettuce.
  4. Sprinkle diced tomato on top.
  5. Voila! Dinner is served.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Lettuce

So first of all, while the recipe calls for these lettuce wraps to be topped with diced tomato… feel free to get creative. I mean, I personally love tomato, but if you don’t… feel free to leave it out.

You can also use other fresh veggies to top these buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. Cucumber… carrot… avocado… all would be delicious!

But you know what’s an integral part of this dish and definitely shouldn’t be left out? The lettuce!

(After all, they’re called lettuce wraps. 😉 )

And while lettuce might have a reputation as being kind of boring, since it’s such a staple of the weight loss world… it actually has some amazing health benefits.

Plus, when paired with something like this tangy buffalo chicken, it’s delicious!

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Lettuce does have a high water content, which is part of why it’s so great if you’re trying to lose weight. Eating foods with a high water content can help you feel full… and that water is great for helping you stay hydrated.

Lettuce is also CHOCK FULL of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc 
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

In addition, studies have shown that lettuce can help lower cholesterol… protect against neurodegeneration… and is anti-inflammatory.

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Another great thing about lettuce is that there are so many varieties available. This allows you to choose the one with your favorite flavor and texture!

So, next time you start thinking lettuce is boring… think again. Its benefits and uses aren’t boring at all!

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Part of the genius of this recipe is its simplicity.

You have the tangy, rich buffalo sauce… tender chicken… crisp lettuce… and really, the sky’s the limit as far as toppings go! (You KNOW mine is going to involve cheese…)

And even though it IS very simple… you’ll find that this recipe is also quite filling.

That’s because of the high protein content. (Thanks, chicken!)

Protein is well-known in the weight-loss world for helping you keep feeling full for longer… which means that overall, you’ll eat less throughout the day, while feeling like you had more than enough.

But did you know that research has also proven that just eating more protein also helps you lose more weight?

In fact, one study found that people who increased their protein intake by only 15-30% per day… burned an average of 441 more calories every day!

(And really, 15-30% is so doable… it could be something as small as one more buffalo chicken lettuce wrap! Plus, who doesn’t want to eat MORE in order to lose weight?!)

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