Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken lettuce wraps filled with crunchy, juicy chicken and home made tzatziki sauce.  I love this for a snack or lunch.

chicken lettuce wraps

How was your weekend?  Did you have nice weather?  Did you go out and enjoy it?

We had a beautiful 80 degree day on Saturday.  I was out photographing cars for a few hours.  Yes, cars.  No, I’m not a car fanatic.  There was a car show at our church and I was volunteered to photo the cars of the participants.  Over 200 of them.  I must say some of the cars were beautifully customized.  My favorite was a corvette that had a 1957 nose, a 1958 body and a 1959 back end.  Don’t quote me on that but I think that’s how the owner explained it.  It was stunning.

chicken lettuce wraps

Don’t you just love lettuce wraps?

My favorite is the Thai lettuce wrap on the appetizer menu at Cheesecake Factory.  I usually order it as my meal.  I don’t like to share.

So this chicken lettuce wrap?  It’s light, it’s portable and it can be whipped up in about 30 minutes.  I love easy, portable meals like this in the Spring and Summer.

The tzatziki sauce?  Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, green onion (scallions), mint.

For the crunchy bread crumb coating I stirred in cumin, garlic salt, paprika, salt, a dash of cayenne and lemon pepper.  You don’t even have to dip the chicken in eggs or milk or any other liquid-y things.

I rolled the chicken around in the bread crumbs then let them rest on a cooling rack in the fridge while I was making the tzatziki.

 

Chicken lettuce wraps

You know what made the coating extra crunchy?  Letting them rest with the coating on for one.  Then before popping them in the oven I sprayed them with cooking spray.  I use canola oil spray.

chicken lettuce wraps

Biting into that crunchy chicken and that buttery lettuce with a tease of tzatziki sauce…beyond delicious.

Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce
 
I sliced green onion and red bell pepper for these wraps. You can use whatever vegetables you like in your wraps.
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 1 large chicken breast sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 butter lettuce leaves
  • Red bell pepper slices
  • Green onion slices
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper spice
  • Cooking spray
Taztziki
  • 1½ cups greek yogurt
  • 2 persian cucumbers (or ½ of an english cucumber) diced small
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
Chicken
  1. Prepare a cooling rack on top of a baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Tip the bread crumbs into a vessel wide enough to roll the chicken pieces into to coat them with the crumbs.
  3. Whisk the spices in with the bread crumbs. Taste it and adjust seasonings to your taste.
  4. Roll each chicken piece individually in the bread crumbs until coated.
  5. Set on the cooling rack and into the fridge.
  6. Spray both sides lightly with cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 375 for 7 minutes. Flip the pieces over and bake another 7 minutes until done.
Tzatziki
  1. Stir all the ingredients into the yogurt. Refrigerate while the chicken is cooking.
  2. Last step: wrap, eat and enjoy!

 

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24 thoughts on “Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Amira

    This looks so great, very healthy and light without deep frying I like that but how did the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken? I’m definitely going to try this Norma and sure will give you feedback.

    1. Norma Dimsey Post author

      Amira, I rinsed the chicken with water and while it was still wet I coated the chicken with the bread crumbs. Then I let them rest in the fridge for a while. Letting them rest in the cold helps the crumbs to adhere better. Then I sprayed with cooking oil before baking them.

  2. Katerina

    This is such a delicious treat! I love all the flavors and they are very familiar! Try in your tzatziki instead of mint to add fresh dill, it’s delicious!

  3. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life

    Norma, I think this chicken is the most fabulous looking baked chicken dish I’ve seen! The coating looks so crunchy I can’t believe it’s not fried (though I’m glad it’s not!). I tend to go for the lettuce wraps when we’re out to eat, too, so this is right up my alley. Awesome! :)

  4. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine

    I’m crazy about those lettuce wraps at The Cheesecake Factory too. We would each have to get our own order if we went together and I would clean up every morsel and eat any that you didn’t have room for :) I love the idea of Mediterranean inspired lettuce wraps Norma. These sound just wonderful and I love that you’ve baked the chicken.


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