Millennial Grocery Guide
Crispy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce Recipe
How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (first in produce, then over to the meat counter, and then into the dry goods aisles). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
From Your Pantry or Fridge (or Sink!)
- Salt, pepper, olive oil, and water
- 4 leaves Bibb/Boston/Butter lettuce $$ This lettuce is beautifully green and holds up well as a wrap (meaning it won't break as easily as other types of lettuce). Read more about it here. You can find it in your produce section, usually along the wall with all the other fresh, non-bagged lettuce options. I've usually seen it in a clamshell, like this. Substitute: Iceberg lettuce will work perfectly fine!
- 2 carrots, grated $ Carrots add a bit of crunch and a fun pop of color and flavor to the wraps. Here's my secret: use a cheese grater to grate your carrots! Optional: If you hate carrots, they won't make or break the dish.
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated $ Fresh ginger will add depth to your peanut sauce. You'll likely have to buy it in a larger piece (or even in a smaller bag), but no fear - the secret to always having fresh ginger on hand is storing it in the freezer. Frozen ginger is actually easier to grate anyways!
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced $
- 1 lime $ For the 1 teaspoon of lime juice that will add pop and acidity to the peanut sauce! I recommend you use the rest of your lime in a gin & tonic.
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced $
- Cilantro $ Cilantro is the finishing touch to this dish. It is often less than $2 a bunch. What to do with the rest of the bunch? Five Minute Fish Tacos or Shortcut Shakshuka will take that extra cilantro right off of your hands! Optional
- 2 chicken breasts $$ Millennial Freezer Staple I usually buy a small pack chicken breasts and freeze them in individual portions (for me, that's one breast) with my FoodSaver. If there's a good sale, don't be afraid to buy a larger pack and freeze! Substitute: Chicken tenders (which I like because they're in smaller portions and cook quicker) or tofu for vegetarians!
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil $$ The sesame oil really takes the chicken to a new level - but a little goes a long way. If you're looking for a cheap, familiar place to buy sesame oil, look no further than Trader Joe's. Sesame Oil is one of my 10 Trader Joe's Favorites for Millennials, which you will receive straight to your inbox when you subscribe to the blog. Do it! Optional, but it really makes the whole dish taste so much better.
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce $ If you're keeping this meal 100% gluten free, make sure you choose gluten free soy sauce.
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar $ This sweetens up the sauce and really makes the difference. You can substitute 1 teaspoon of honey, but note that the dish will no longer be vegan friendly (that is, you'd also have to be leaving out the chicken and substituting tofu)
- 1/3 cup dry quinoa $ You'll need about 1 cup of cooked quinoa, so start with 1/3 cup dry. Quinoa can be found with other grains and rice like risotto, farro, etc. in the dry goods asiles. If your local grocery store has a bulk goods section, you can even buy it in smaller quantities so you only buy what you need.
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter $ Any peanut butter will do, but make sure it's creamy so the sauce will stay smooth.
- 1/4 cup peanuts, crushed $ Add a little crunch to your meal. I usually put the peanuts in a plastic bag and gently crush them with something hard, like a bottle of olive oil or a metal spoon. Optional