Sunday, August 9, 2015

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Lettuce Wraps

The ingredients for this dish sound a little random -- BBQ chicken plus pineapple plus yogurt sauce?  But something magical happens when they all come together!  The BBQ chicken-pineapple mixture is sweet and rich, while the tangy lime-yogurt sauce on top cuts through the sweetness.  Sliced avocados make the whole dish feel a little luxurious, and fragrant mint leaves add a perfect finishing touch.  The best part is that this meal is quick -- very easy to pull together on a week night. I'll definitely be making this one again!

BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Lettuce Wrap (adapted from How Sweet It Is, original recipe here)
Serves 4

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 T olive oil
1-1/2 cups cubed pineapple (cut about the size of the chicken pieces)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T coarsely chopped cashews
3 T BBQ sauce
Lettuce leaves
Several leaves of fresh mint, thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced

For the yogurt sauce:
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup mint leaves
3 T milk
1 T fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add the olive oil.  When it gets hot, add the chicken.  Cook until browned and cooked through, 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove the chicken and place it in a bowl.
2. Add more oil if the skillet looks dry.  Add the pineapple and garlic, and cook 5-6 minutes, stirring often.  Add the cashews and stir to combine.  Add the chicken back to the skillet, and pour in the BBQ sauce.  Stir together, and cook another 5 minutes.
3. Make the yogurt sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a mini food processor or food chopper, and blend until pureed.
4. Assemble the lettuce wraps.  Lay out a lettuce leaf, and add a scoop of the chicken-pineapple mixture.  Top with sliced avocados, fresh mint leaves, and a generous drizzle of the yogurt sauce.

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