Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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This post is sponsored by Florida’s Natural Orange Juice.
It is 5 million degrees outside…and I couldn’t be happier.
I love summer so much!
I know, I know, some of you don’t share my affection for this most wonderful time of the year. But guys, I’ve gotta tell ya that I would choose a sweaty day in the three-digit July sunshine over a frigid day in the bitter December windchill anytime. Partly, it’s because I’m obsessed with soaking up those extra hours of sunshine this time of year, when I can stock up on my Vitamin D. (Barclay likes to say I’m “solar-powered”.) But mostly, it’s just because summertime with its flip flops and iced beverages and grill-outs and sundresses and swimming pools make me so dang happy.
Know what else makes me happy?
Light and fresh and healthy and delicious meals (bonus, that don’t require you to heat up the oven!)…like this one.
I’ve long been a fan of lettuce wraps, ever since we got obsessed with them at PF Chang’s back in high school. (<– Anyone??) They’re the perfect way to serve up just about any dish that usually requires a bun, or tortilla, or a bed of rice without all of those extra calories. And they taste so nice and fresh and light, and always look so cute!
So when I was craving some orange chicken the other night, I decided to nix my usual side of rice in place of some Bibb lettuce cups.
I made my favorite simple sesame orange sauce, which is naturally sweetened with a little bit of honey and chocked full of Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice (<– which I love using because it genuinely is 100% juice grown in Florida, and contains no extra sweeteners, win-win!). Then while it came to a simmer on the stove…
…I chopped up some cooked chicken breasts that I had in the fridge (you could also chop up a rotisserie, or cook some ground chicken, if you prefer), along with some water chestnuts, a fresh orange, and some green onions…
…then sauteed everything together…
…and then served it up in some lettuce cups, garnished with some almonds, green onions, and sesame seeds.
Seriously, so easy, and SO GOOD.
And by contrast to traditionally fried and sugary orange chicken, this version tasted extra-fresh when served on lettuce and made with naturally-sweetened Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice. Much more my style anyway — loved it!
So if you’re looking for a fresh and delicious meal to serve this summer — or really, any time of year you’re looking for a lighter option — this one’s a winner winner chicken dinner.
Yield: 8-10 servings
Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps are quick and easy to make, they're naturally sweetened with honey and orange juice, and they are SO fresh and delicious!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 batch orange sauce (see above)
- 1 large navel orange, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup thinly-sliced green onions
- 8-10 Bibb lettuce leaves