Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Almond Chutney Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Fresh lemon lends a bright refreshing lift to this out of the ordinary lettuce wrap. The chicken salad-like filling is served cold with a side of cucumber and a plate of crispy lettuce leaves to wrap burrito style and eat at the table. A delicious luncheon or light dinner served with hot soup. Or may be eaten at midnight standing in the open refrigerator door - let's not get too fussy, here, shall we...not?

So, let's get ready to roll! We're going to make this quick and easy by buying a roasted whole chicken at the grocery and pulling the meat off the bone.

But first let's combine the rest:
1 small red onion
1 lemon
1 jalapeno
2 celery stalks

Chop the onion very fine. Split the celery into two or three pieces lengthwise and then chop into fairly small pieces crosswise. From the lemon, we want to use the inside and out both. Using a fine rasp, grate the zest stopping just short of the white pith which is bitter. Don't want that. Now, halve and juice the lemon, too.

Mix 1/3 cup Mayo or Miracle Whip and about 1/2 jar of Major Grey's Chutney. Add all the zest and maybe 1/2 the lemon juice to start and taste it. It should be both sweet and tangy but not make you pucker up like a lemonhead. More lemon juice if it needs it.

Finally, add 1 cup of almonds, roughly chopped. I love these smokey salty almonds and they really added an extra element to this dish.

I pulled the chicken into a big pile and just rough chopped through the whole stack with a large chef knife until it was taken down to smaller than bite size pieces.

Mix all together and let sit at least a few hours to marry all the flavors together.  

Wrapping it up right at the table.


    One 3-pound roasted chicken
    1 medium red onion
    1 large lemon
    1 jalapeno, fresh
    1 jar Major Grey Chutney
    1/3 cup mayonnaise
    Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
    1 cup whole salted almonds, coarse chopped
    1 large head Bibb lettuce
    1 large cucumber
Summer has given way to Fall Fest at the Food Network website where you'll find my foodie blogs along with other great food lovin' bloggers, offering up our best ideas all the way through the holidays! Each week we'll be blogging together with the FN Dish to produce fabulous ways to enjoy your produce!  This week, it's Mixed Lettuce, next week come on back for perfect ways with Pumpkins. Check out these other delicious ideas:

Jeanette's Healthy Living: Quinoa and Black Lentil Salad With Mixed Salad Greens
Cooking With Books: "Chopped" Salads
Haute Apple Pie: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing
Dishin & Dishes: Beet Salad With Garlic Vinaigrette
Thursday Night Dinner: Mixed Lettuce, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pita Pizza
And Love It Too: Rainbow Salad
Made By Michelle: Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches
Feed Me Phoebe: Hearts of Romaine With Beets, Pistachios and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Mixed Lettuce
Virtually Homemade: Mixed Fall Greens With Dijon Chive Vinaigrette
Devour: Lettuce (Hold the Salad)
Delicious Lean: Chiffonade of Mixed Greens
FN Dish: Top 12 Lettuce Wraps

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