Grilled chicken with hoisin sauce in lettuce wraps

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With this chicken with hoisin sauce you can make a healthy, low-carb version of tacos. The trick: lettuce leaves instead of wraps. That makes this lunch or light meal nice and fresh and crunchy.


For 2-4 persons:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon five spice
  • 2 heads of little gem lettuce
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 177 ml hoisin sauce
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 2 limes
  • Handful of sesame seeds, toasted
  • splash of oil

The amounts in this recipe are for about 2 to 4 people; depending on whether you serve it for lunch or dinner and whether you are very hungry or not. Are you with four people? Count about one chicken thigh per person for lunch and two pieces for dinner. Double the heads of little gem.

The amount of sauce is enough to make at least twice, so you don’t have to adjust it.

grilled chicken with hoisin sauce

This is how you make these lettuce wraps

Mix the hoisin sauce with the juice of 1 lime and a dash of warm water. This comes in handy in a jar with a screw lid. Shake and done.

Rub the chicken with the five spice powder and some oil. Fry them on both sides until brown and crispy in a frying pan. Then let them rest on a cutting board for a few minutes and then cut them into strips.

Toss them in half of the sauce.

Separate the lettuce leaves, wash and dry them (for example in a salad spinner) and place them upright in a bowl. Cut the other lime into wedges. Finely chop the coriander and put it in a separate container, just like the other ingredients.

Now take a lettuce leaf at a time, fill with some cucumber, carrot and chicken. Garnish with strips of spring onion, chili pepper and coriander and the remaining sauce. Finally sprinkle the tacos with some sesame seeds. Delicious with a squeeze of lemon on top.

hoisin chicken

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