Coconut Crusted Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Mango Lime Salsa

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chicken lettuce wraps

Handheld food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. 

In fact, some of my favorite real food meals can be eaten in their entirety without even a mention of a fork. For instance, these sweet potato collard wraps.

And when I’m within the comfort of my own home, some foods that generally require the use of utensils also become handheld…because, it just feels right. 

chicken lettuce wraps

But these coconut crusted chicken lettuce wraps are without question my new favorite handheld meal. They are so perfect for summer, and the mango lime salsa is good enough to eat all on its own. 

Not with your hands though. I mean, have a little class. 

chicken lettuce wraps

Pairing it with crunchy, coconut crusted chicken and the fresh bite of butterhead lettuce is pretty much perfection though, so try not to polish off the whole bowl before you’re ready to assemble. 

chicken lettuce wraps

To me, August is to summertime as Sunday is to the weekend. It’s obviously still summer, but you can’t help but feel the end drawing near. And in August, like on Sunday, you are afraid that you won’t fit all the things you had planned into the dwindling time you have left. 

chicken lettuce wraps

But August (and Sunday) have housed some of my very best memories, and I’m trying to keep that in mind and really be present in the moment. 

Even as I focus on the present moment (typing words through my laptop to send to the wide open space of the blogosphere) I can’t help but recall the good bit of fun I had playing with these coconut crusted chicken nuggets.

Kind of feels like a craft project, except the end result is delicious. 

chicken lettuce wraps And, yes, if you minus the lettuce wrap and the salsa, you are left with chicken nuggets. They are certainly handheld, and if you forgo the rest of the recipe and just focus on creating these golden, juicy nuggets of coconut crusted heaven, I will not blame you. 

chicken lettuce wraps

But the package deal is also pretty satisfying. 

And more of a round meal, which is always something we should be aiming for. chicken lettuce wraps I used organic chicken thighs for my nuggets, because I am a huge fan of dark meat (and to make up for the disproportionate amount of chicken breasts I ate before I discovered nose to tail eating).  

chicken lettuce wraps

Regardless of what you go with, there’s not much that a coating of crispy coconut can’t improve upon. 

chicken lettuce wraps

 

I plan on savoring the final stretch of summer with a few more rounds of these lettuce wraps, because they do a pretty good job of keeping me grounded to the present moment. 

chicken lettuce wraps

The fact that you can eat them with your hands–judgment free– makes them that much better. 

chicken lettuce wraps

 

 

 

 

 



5 responses to “Coconut Crusted Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Mango Lime Salsa”

  1. your site is lovely … beet chips sound great … i know fresh market has dried veggies but haven’t seen just plain single veggies. where to find? am ready to get some duck breasts and give it a try.

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