Light, healthy,and absolutely delicious -- our Kawasaki Chicken Lettuce wraps were inspired by a sushi specialty at one of our favorite (now defunct) Japanese restaurants in Carmel, CA. The Kawasaki roll featured a tempura fried prawn with sushi rice, fresh avocado and spicy mayo, wrapped in a butter lettuce leaf.
Our version features a crispy, oven baked chicken strip with an almond meal crust -- lots of protein, no gluten. It's become a family favorite that we've enjoyed weekly over the summer. We serve it up taco-bar style: all the components plated separately so everyone can build their own to their liking.
Kawasaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2" strips (approx. 16)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 Tablespoon sriracha
- 1 1/4 cups almond meal
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- a few cranks of freshly ground pepper
- 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
- 2 green onions (scallions), green ends sliced into thin strips
- 2 heads butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed and dried
- Sriracha mayo (store bought, or made by mixing mayonnaise and sriracha sauce to your liking)
- White rice, cooked
Step 1: In a medium bowl, toss chicken breast strips with mayonnaise and sriracha to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to marinate.
Step 2: In a medium shallow bowl or plate, mix together the almond meal, kosher salt, garlic powder, pepper and Parmesan.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 375° F. Coat the bottom of a baking sheet with olive oil.
Step 4: Dredge each marinated chicken strip in the almond meal mixture. Place on the oiled baking sheet.
Step 5: Bake on middle rack of oven for 15 minutes. Flip chicken pieces over, then bake for an additional 15 minutes, until golden and crispy.
Step 6: While chicken is baking, assemble a platter with the remaining ingredients.
To assemble: Take a butter lettuce leaf and add some sticky white rice. Top with a chicken strip, avocado slice, piece of green onion, and sriracha mayo. Eat like a taco. Enjoy!