It’s that time of year again when Football games and Tailgating go hand in hand. This week my family is gearing up and dreaming up our menu for our annual Tailgate at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN! For 6 years we’ve managed to pull together a date that works for most of us. Of course I like to stay on the lighter side and came up with this gem. Buffalo Chicken, with lots of topping choices wrapped up in lettuce and ready to disappear. Stay tuned for another healthy Tailgate Party option on Friday!
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Makes 8-10 wraps depending on size of leaves
1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts or tenders
1 cup buffalo sauce
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2-3 heads Boston or leaf lettuce
2 celery ribs sliced thin on a mandoline
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup snipped chives
Salt/ pepper to taste
1/2 tsp allspice
Season chicken with salt, pepper and allspice. Grill chicken 4-5 mins per side until they are 155 degrees. Set aside to rest. Meanwhile, place greek yogurt and 1/2 cup buffalo sauce is a bowl and combine, add some black pepper. Take some of this yogurt sauce and set aside. Place any remaining buffalo sauce in a separate bowl. Chop chicken and divide 1/2 the chicken between just sauce or yogurt sauce. Toss to coat chicken. This will give your guests the choice of a creamy buffalo chicken or just buffalo chicken. Place all topping in containers with spoons for easy assembly. Wash lettuce leaves, dry and stack.
Choose a lettuce leaf. Place between 1-2 tbls chicken mixture of choice onto leaf. Amount will vary depending on leaf size. You don’t want to over fill, but want a bite of everything. Top with celery, sunflower seeds, chives, carrots, and blue cheese crumbles. Wrap up and enjoy! To see this recipe in action, check out my Field trips category this weekend.
I like to have a variety of items on hand for guests to use. This works great especially at a party situation. Other items that would work in the recipe would be chopped up red grapes, fresh peas, scallions, or pecans. Make this your own with what your family likes best.