Recipe of the Week – Hummus Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Two things about this recipe. You guys know I love a good rotisserie chicken, aka the best cooking hack ever. I also love BuzzFeed (in general) but my favorite tab on BuzzFeed is their food tab. The site is full of recipes and awesome cooking tips, which is where I found this recipe for Hummus Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I had a slight hang up in the form of Whole Foods being out of rotisserie chicken (which is devastating but it’s what happens when you grocery shop at 9pm) but other than that, this recipe came together quickly and was nice to eat on a hot summer day.
- 1/2 cup plain hummus
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large heirloom tomato, chopped
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, rough chopped
- Large romaine or bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
*funny story about the lettuce and tomatoes. Remember how I refused to buy that one type of lettuce because it was $6? Well, that lettuce was actually on sale at whole foods! Win! BUT turns out heirloom tomatoes are very spendy – I accidentally paid $5 for those two tomatoes in the picture. Whoops!
The first thing I had to do was cook some chicken, since I missed out at Whole Foods. I have to be honest – I basically just mashed around some lemon, dijon mustard and olive oil over two chicken breasts and put them in the oven until they were done. If you make this recipe, I would definitely use already cooked rotisserie chicken – much easier! Next, I mixed the hummus, red wine vinegar, and olive oil for the dressing and set it aside (and forgot to take a picture – my bad!) and chopped up the pepper and tomatoes. I threw everything in the bowl with the dressing and mixed it up!
After the chicken and vegetables were thoroughly mixed with the dressing, I cut up the green onion and cilantro. Does anyone else use scissors to cut up their herbs? I usually do this right over whatever bowl or pan I’m using – it leaves no mess and is way easier.
After the herbs were added, I mixed everything up again and then it was ready to serve! I dolloped about a 1/2 cup of the chicken salad mixture onto each piece of lettuce.
Okay guys, truth time. I don’t know if I would make this recipe again! You know when you eat things that are just…fine? Not good, not great, not bad or terrible, just “no, it was fine.” That’s how I feel about this chicken salad. Usually I can pinpoint what I might add or change about a recipe to make it better but I’m not sure what I would do differently if I made it again. It was easy to put together and nice to eat for lunch when it was so hot out but that’s pretty much all I liked about it.
What do you guys think? What would you add to this recipe to jazz it up? Let me know in the comments!