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  • Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps and Hunger Challenge Day 4 Recap

    Posted on | April 23, 2009 | 19 Comments |


    I don’t have much to say today. I’ve been blogging daily for the past 5 days, which is a lot for someone who’s been doing just 4 posts per month since February. So I’ll just jump right into the day’s tally and the recipe. 

    It was a really cheap day at $7.20, as the lunch was from yesterday’s left-overs. This brings our weekly total to $40.04, which means we have $20 leftover for tomorrow. I can finally afford a latte!

    Thursday- Hunger Challenge

    Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps with Garlic Yogurt Dressing

    This is one of the easiest dinner options out there, and costs only 75 cents per wrap, two wraps per person is a generous portion. A good cost cutting tip when buying chicken is to buy bone-in chicken, cut out the meat and save the bones for a chicken curry or soup. I found some cheap chicken legs on sale for $1.29/lb. Most of the thigh meat went into this wrap, and the bones and the leg meat went into a delicious chicken curry, the recipe of which is coming soon.


    • Whole Wheat Tortillas – 4
    • Boneless Chicken thighs – 1/2 lb
    • Tomato paste – 1 tbsp
    • Green leaf lettuce – 4 leaves
    • Onions, sliced – 1/2 cup
    • Pepper powder – 1 tbsp
    • Oil – 1 tbsp
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • For the dressing
    • Yogurt -3 tbsp
    • Crushed red chili flakes – 1 tsp
    • Juice from 1/2 a lime
    • Garlic – 2 cloves
    • Salt to taste


    Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Marinate with salt and pepper powder and keep aside for 30 minutes.

    To make the sauce, cut the garlic into thin pieces, place it in a small bowl and crush with the back of a wooden spoon. Add some salt and red chili flakes and mix well. Add the yogurt and lime juice and whip well to combine. Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the flavors mix well.

    Heat some oil in a pan and add the sliced onions. Season well with salt and pepper. Sauté the onions till the raw smell disappears but still crunchy. Remove and keep aside.

    Add a bit more oil and add the marinated chicken pieces. Stir-fry on high heat till the chicken changes color. Add the tomato paste and mix well. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover and cook till most of the gravy is dry. Uncover and saute till the chicken pieces are dry and browned.

    Warm the tortillas.

    To assemble, place a piece of lettuce on a warm tortilla, arrange the chicken and sautéed onions i the middle of the lettuce and spoon some of the yogurt dressing over. Fold the tortilla into form a wrap, and enjoy!

    South Beach Diet Tip - This of course is a SBD friendly dinner for phase 2 & 3. For Phase 1, skip the tortilla and add couple more lettuce leaves and enjoy it as a lettuce wrap.

    For more information about Hunger Action Week and for the Thursday Hunger Challenge round-up, check out the UWKC blog

    You might also want to check-out the other Hunger Challenge participant blogs:

    Category: Chicken, Hunger Challenge, Sandwiches and Wraps, South Beach Diet Friendly

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    19 Responses to “Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps and Hunger Challenge Day 4 Recap”

    1. arundati
      April 24th, 2009 @ 3:16 am

      this looks yummy…great effort with the hunger challenge sig, i am impressed with the variety you have brought to the table…err the challenge

    2. indosungod
      April 24th, 2009 @ 4:54 am

      :) that is one delicious wrap.

    3. Manisha
      April 24th, 2009 @ 7:43 am

      Good looking wrap!

      I have a suggestion for that $20 you have leftover: donate food to your local food bank. They are hurting – at least in Colorado they are.

    4. Asha
      April 24th, 2009 @ 8:17 am

      I will definitely try this at home

    5. rina
      April 24th, 2009 @ 8:24 am

      One cool yummy wrap Sig…Love the picture taken..perfect for money saving and taste.

    6. Marissa
      April 24th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

      Love the photo!

    7. rachel
      April 24th, 2009 @ 10:13 am

      That is one amazing wrap….

    8. Soma
      April 24th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

      Man this looks heaven! & what a photograph Sig.. as if its coming near me:-D just take a big bite!! I make wrap for my kids very often, but i will make it this spicy for me next time.. my tummy is rumbling…

    9. alice
      April 24th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

      Your wrap looks awesome. I wanted to do something similar but I am out of tortillas and I pre cut all my lettuce up.. so the lettuce wrap thing wasn’t an option. But your wrap is gorgeous.. I would pay $6 easily at a restaurant for this.

    10. Kay
      April 24th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

      That looks delicious!!!

    11. elra
      April 24th, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

      How delicious this wrap look like. Yummy!

    12. archana, mama of twins
      April 24th, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

      love the photo and recipe.

    13. Arch
      April 24th, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

      Great pic Sig…must try making this, it looks so good..

    14. sra
      April 25th, 2009 @ 2:18 am

      That photo’s almost 3D!

    15. Raaga
      April 25th, 2009 @ 3:40 am

      this looks great. And you’re well under budget!

      April 25th, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

      i recently came accross your blog and like your blog. i have also started a foodblog recently.keep up your good work and i wish u a very success.


    17. A&N
      April 25th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

      For being a veggies, if I say this wrap calls out to me, will I be considered a hypocrite?

      Brilliant pic!

    18. Thas
      April 26th, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

      hy sig..vry impressive challenge..ur doing it grt..way to go totally impressed by ur dedicatn nd determinatn ! gudluck with the challenge!

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