Thai Style Chicken Veggie Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dressing – $.90

Dude, these things were awesome. Here’s a nice break from the ordinary meal! Though I’m calling them wraps, they were so big, it felt more like a burrito, but use whatever portions you like. You could easily feed two people with this recipe if you made smaller wraps.

Cut up 1/5 onion and a little bit of eggplant. If you don’t have eggplant, you can leave this out- I just had to use mine up.

Put the onions and eggplant in a heated, greased pan with a nice pinch of salt. After you get a bit of color on the onion, add some water chestnuts if you have them. It gives it a nice crunch at the end.

Add about 1/2 cup of diced carrots.

After a few minutes, add about 1/6 of a pepper. Once that cooks for another 2 or 3 minutes, take the veggies off the heat and put on a plate.

Cut up a chicken breast in very small pieces.

Add to a very, very hot greased pan and cook till it’s almost done.

Add the veggies back to the pan plus 3 or 4 cloves of chopped garlic.

After a minute or two, add a nice handful of fresh cilantro. This made all the difference!

You can go ahead and take that off the heat. You don’t really want to serve the guts when they’re piping hot. Let that mixture cool while you prepare your rinsed lettuce and sauce.

The sauce you’ll be using is very simple: In a saucepan, add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, a spoonful of peanut butter, maybe a tablespoon of soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger powder, a splash of your favorite hot sauce, a splash of water, and a tablespoon or two of honey (or sugar if you don’t have it). Adjust the taste according to your preferences. Cook on the heat till things start to come together, but NOT too hot! The peanut butter will start to separate and look nasty. If that happens, just get a whisk and whip it. Whip it good.

Fill the lettuce with the chicken/veggie mixture and drizzle with the peanut sauce!


2 Piece of Lettuce – ~$.20
1 Piece of chicken – $.98
1/5 Onion – $.12
1/6 Pepper – ~$.15
Handful of chopped carrots – ~$.10
Water Chestnuts – ~$.10
Sauce Ingredients – ~$.15
2 Servings – $1.80

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  2. I plan to replace the eggplant on this with fruit; peaches that I must use from cleaning out the frig. I love that you named your website brokeandhealthy. I am a recently divorced woman in the midst of many personal transitions getting closer and closer to 50. My X did almost all of the cooking. I watched for 20+ years.He always made it like this big stroke of business (LOL). The kitchen was his. Now, I am with a partner that loves for me to cook. I am really enjoying it. It is truly unfortunate that it is so difficult to eat healthy when funds are lower. Several of the things you include in this recipe are already in our place from making other dishes; Broccoli Slaw. I have a group of friends from childhood etc. that post to a FB page started by one of us. It is Positively Healthy. Feel free to join and post. I will let everyone know how my personal food critic feels about this one. He is really a meat and potatoes guy. I am slowly tweaking him. Healthy berries, new vegetables (Tonight- Water Chestnuts), less sugar and salt. LESS RED MEAT! Thank you for sharing your recipe out here in the cyberworld.

  3. Ethan, thanks for commenting! So glad you liked it. I'm honestly getting really hungry looking at the pictures again…

    I'm a big gin and tonic fan so I'll definitely try that. OH, and in the summer when watermelons are back in style, try this: Pour watermelon juice and a few chunks of watermelon right into your gin and tonic. Oh man, it's ridiculous.

  4. My wife and I just tried it, and we can confirm that it is both easy and fantastic. It would be just as good over rice as it is in a wrap (we added rice to our wraps, in fact).

    We also discovered the perfect beverage with which to accompany this dish: gin and tonic, with plenty of lime. The astringency cuts right through the thickness of the sauce, and it makes every bite taste just as good as the first.

  5. Hey thanks Kristen! Glad you like it! These wraps really were soooo good 😉

  6. Yum!! Another dish that I am definitely adding to my repertoire to make. The cheap kick just adds another awesome dimension to this!