Special Diet - Created Date : 16.8.2019
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lightened up breaded baked little chicken bites tossed in delicious buffalo wing sauce, wrapped with quinoa and fresh veggies in a leaf of buttery lettuce. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps make a delicious light lunch or dinner – like a salad you can eat with your hands!
Update October 2017! These Crispy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps have remained the top recipe on Sugar Dish Me since 2014! They’ve been pinned nearly 1 million times and thousands of readers have made this recipe with ease, success, and great reviews!
***Picky significant others that need to lay off the cheeseburgers love them as much as the health food bloggers that have been sharing this recipe with their Instagram followers for the last 3 years.
That’s when you know you’ve made a good-for-you meal that you can call a success!
There’s loads of feedback in the comments and I’d love to hear from you – successes, struggles, little recipe tweaks here and there – it’s all helpful when I am making new content for you! There are also even more lightened up comfort food goodies if you scroll past the recipe. Enjoy!***
I think hot sauce might be the greatest condiment ever invented. Buffalo sauce is definitely the best thing to ever happen to chicken.
Keeping it real here you guys: I cannot be held responsible for the words that end up in this post today because I think I had like 1.6 hours of sleep.
You might just wanna do that thing where you scroll to the end and read the recipe because run-on sentences, grammatical errors, and spell-checks on words I could spell since I was 10 are definitely happening here today.
Last night Betty and Charlie were possessed by the lunar eclipse blood moon and decided that 2:30 a.m. was the perfect time to run around and have a dog party. Also 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
AND because of the lunar eclipse blood moon, I’d set my alarm for 5 a.m. so Evan and I could go camp in the driveway and watch the coolness unfold.
So after the dog party persisted and my head spinning around like the exorcist while yelling in my best demon voice for the puppies to go lay down did not work, I gave up and got up.
Did you guys traipse around in the dark and catch the eclipse? We tried, but that’s the other thing that has started my day off like a total train wreck: At 5:45 a.m. Evan and I stood in the driveway in the cool pre-dawn air peering through the trees at the smoky cloud-covered moon. It was about 2/3 of the way covered and the stars lit up the other half of the sky.
We decided to come back inside and finish getting ready for school because the cool phases weren’t supposed to happen until 6:14 – 6:55. But.
When we went back out the clouds were thick and it started to sprinkle rain.
My kid had a lunar eclipse blood moon meltdown, because we all know it is Mom’s job to change the weather for cool astronomical (<<<— totally just typed astrological and had to Google my sleep-deprived vocabulary) events.
So awhile back I made this Crispy Orange Chicken . It’s one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever shared. I decided it would be fun to switch it up and go all buffalo with the breaded baked chicken.
Suuuuch a good decision.
Then I wrapped it in soft buttery lettuce leaves with quinoa, fresh tomatoes, avocado, and light blue cheese dressing. You could go ranch, but I’m BC all the way.
Fave Reader Tips:
“My father has as of late been determined to have a heart issue so I made this low cal supper for us the previous evening. He was raving about them and we ate every one of them! I did the chicken without bread pieces for much all the more low carb. Likewise, I included slashed green onion for another touch of flavor. Unquestionably going to be a standard dish I will be making!”
“My husband took one look at the lettuce and decided he probably wasn’t going to like it. He then took one bite, then another, and another, and went back for more!! Thanks for this recipe. It was super easy and will definitely be on the regular meal rotation. The only change I made was to put the buffalo sauce and some garlic in the food processor to use as the the 30 minute marinade. So good!! I also liked that it was really easy to switch up the marinade for our 3 year old that does not like spicy food. I was able to add those chicken pieces right on the same pan.”
I am using a Kindle. I am not a computer person–I just went from dial-up to Wi-Fi five months ago when I got the Kindle. So I am assuming there is something I could do but don’t know how. There is one of two adds that keep me from seeing your print–one is–UGG that completely covers the screen. Thanks for trying to help. Nancy
Hey Nancy! I’m so sorry it’s causing you trouble! If you view it horizontally on a tablet that will work a little better and I’ll let my ad manager know there are intrusive ads. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!
Hey Kori! The servings are listed in the recipe card; this will serve 4 – 6 depending on how full you like your wraps. I usually opt for a little less filling and more wraps so the lettuce will more easily hold it all together.
Hi Jane!! Yes – for drizzling at the end but actually it’s a typo! What’s funny is that this is the most-viewed recipe on my site and has been pinned hundreds of thousands of times. I get emails from readers that have made these all the time, photos and all, but you are the first person to ever catch the error and point it out! Fixing it now — THANK YOU! And I hope you enjoyed these ??
Hi Kaeley! I don’t provide nutritional information because products and assembly can vary so widely. I personally track them with My Fitness Pal and just add the ingredients individually. How much you can stuff into your wrap will depend on the size of your lettuce leaves. Do you like more quinoa? Less? To give you a good start, 4 ounces of boneless skinless chicken breast is about 160 calories. My wraps usually have about 1 1/2 ounces of chicken. Cooked quinoa is about 140 calories per 1/3 cup. I’d say my wraps usually have about half that. So for the chicken + the quinoa I’m looking at about 130 calories per wrap before I add in all the veggies and factor for the bread crumbs. Definitely a light and filling meal!
This was absolutely delicious! I made this when we had a couple of friends over, and everyone was obsessed! I’ll definitely be making these again ?? I tracked my ingredients on My Fitness Pal and it came out to be right around 130 calories/serving. Can’t go wrong there, especially considering how delicious they are. Thanks for sharing!
hello just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I have a 10 yar old son who is crazy about Red Hot. He is going to love this and I have a feeling it will be a school lunch favorite for him. The added bonus is that the hot sauce is on the inside so it will be mess free!!!
Love, Love this recipe Heather. I will be sharing it with my readers today. I have a weekly meal plan tip for my readers and this recipe will be perfect. I will be sure to include a link so they can come visit your blog.
My dad has recently been diagnosed with a heart problem so I made this low cal dinner for us last night. He was raving about them and we ate them all! I did the chicken without bread crumbs for even more low carb. Also, I added chopped green onion for another touch of flavor. DEFINITELY going to be a regular dish I will be making!
My father has as of late been determined to have a heart issue so I made this low cal supper for us the previous evening. He was raving about them and we ate every one of them! I did the chicken without bread pieces for much all the more low carb. Likewise, I included slashed green onion for another touch of flavor. Unquestionably going to be a standard dish I will be making!
Made this recipe for dinner tonight and it was a hit. Family raved about the beautiful appearance and of course the spicy taste of the Buffalo chicken. No panko crumbs so I substituted crushed shredded wheat!! No butternut lettuce -used Romaine. No matter, the creamy avocado, ranch dressing and tomatoes were a great compliment to the spicy chicken. This recipe is a winner and make again to impress company!! Thank you!
I made this tonight for dinner after finding the recipe on Pinterest while searching for low fat dinner ideas. It was very tasty & easy to make which I appreciate. My fiancé liked it (which is saying a lot because he’s not exactly a fan of this health kick I’m on) and my teenage daughter really enjoyed it as well. I’ll be making this again and again. Thank you!
My husband took one look at the lettuce and decided he probably wasn’t going to like it. He then took one bite, then another, and another, and went back for more!! Thanks for this recipe. It was super easy and will definitely be on the regular meal rotation. The only change I made was to put the buffalo sauce and some garlic in the food processor to use as the the 30 minute marinade. So good!! I also liked that it was really easy to switch up the marinade for our 3 year old that does not like spicy food. I was able to add those chicken pieces right on the same pan.
My husband asked if we could try some low carb recipes sometime and I found this one on Pinterest. I’ve been experimenting for quite some time with healthier meal options due to his heart problems and found a winner. We were both pleasantly surprised, especially on how filling it is! Definitely a repeat meal in the future.
Hey Kara! So glad you enjoyed! Nutritional info really varies. There are a bunch of variations posted by readers on this thread; some leave off the quinoa, some choose not to use avocado (obviously that would increase the fat content), etc. I love My Fitness pal for entering recipes though; especially recipes I am going to use often. I’d recommend that since it’s easier for you to enter HOW you made yours serving size, etc. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for reading!
Hi, I’m the process of making these buffalo chicken wraps right now. The reviews and photos of this dish seem amazing. I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering if it is possible to cook the chicken on a pan instead of in the oven to quicken up the process? I’m assuming that may burn the panko on the chicken though. Has anyone tried this or know if cooking this type of chicken on a pan would work? Thanks!
Just put these together for lunches for my husband and me tomorrow. I can’t stop eating the chicken off the cookie sheet!!! It’s amazing! And I love panko crumbs so much more than regular bread crumbs for stuff like this because they get such a nice crisp to them. I put together with brown rice (my husband wouldn’t touch quinoa and I’m too lazy to cook both HA!) and some tomatoes and slivered carrots with a little dressing to drizzle. I love interactive meals because they’re fun and if I’m excited for what I’m going to eat, I’m less likely to think eh I’d rather eat something unhealthy.
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The Best Healthy Fast Food Options
Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.
Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.
In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.
Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.
Sandwich with cheese and vegetables
One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.
Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.
Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.
A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.
Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
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Fast food and diabetes: Tips and options
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2. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.
According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.
One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.
Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.
Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.
Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.
Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.
For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.
McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.
Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.
It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.
BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.
Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate
Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.
Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.
The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.
Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.
With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes