In college I was obsessed with a place called Wings (shocking I know). Two, three…fine, four times a week, l’d order boneless chicken wings smothered in some sweet or spicy, sticky sauce. After exhausting every saucy flavor on the menu, I decided to try one of the rubs instead: Jamaican Jerk. Why had I waited so long to try jerk chicken? It was zesty, warm in a cozy sort of way, spicy, and sweet at the same time, and I loved every bite.
It’s about time I brought that jerk flavor back…in a healthier recipe.
Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
For my version, I decided to forgo the wings (and the frying), and marinate chicken breast in a bold Jerk sauce (almost like a wet rub) to give it a chance to absorb some of that rich flavor of thyme, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, jalapeño (or scotch bonnet if you can find it!), brown sugar, and lime. Then, after grilling, I slice the chicken, pile it in butter lettuce leaves along with avocado, red onion, and shredded carrot, and drizzle the wraps with an orange vinaigrette. The sweet citrus is so right for these bold chicken slices and as a dressing, it brightens every other ingredient.
Make them for dinner, lunch, or even better–Sunday meal prep! You’ll love them if you want something wholesome and yet a little out of your normal flavor roster. Enjoy, friends!
photos by Ashley McLaughlin Photography