If you are looking for a healthy and light meal or an easy-to-make appetizer, then you must check out these chicken collard green wraps. They are super easy to put together, and you only need four ingredients.
What I love about making this recipe is you can use any protein leftovers. For this recipe, I used leftover grilled chicken and sliced it up. Don't panic if you don't have any leftovers at home because you can easily whip up some cooked chicken and make this wrap. What I love about this recipe is that you can use any type of protein, from tofu to steak strips, all could make this dish work.
If you got a picky eater on hand, making yourself a healthy meal, or feeding a crowd with dietary restrictions, this collard green wrap is perfect for you to put together. They are gluten-free, low carb, Whole 30, paleo, and keto-friendly! You can easily make this recipe vegan-friendly. To make vegan collard green wraps, simply replacing the chicken with grilled tofu, marinated tofu, or tempeh.
What You Will Need To Make These Collard Green Wraps
Collard Green Leaf
To make these collard green wraps, you will need collard greens. You can find them at any grocery store. It depends on how many collard greens wraps you are planning on making, you will need about a brunch. For this recipe, you can either use a full leaf or half.
When choosing collard greens from the store, pick ones with small, thin leaves over large, thick ones. The large and thick ones can be tough and bitter. And avoid any that are wilted or have brown spots.
Aside from collard greens, you can use other types of greens as the wrapper. Some of the other options include lettuce, chard, cabbage, and kale.
If you have leftover chicken at home, then this recipe is perfect for you. However, if you don't have any at home, you can easily stir fry some chicken.
For healthy options, I recommend that you use chicken breast. You can also substitute other types of protein, and it will be as delicious!
Cucumber and Carrot
To give the collard green wraps a crunch and refreshing taste, I added sliced cucumber and carrot. You can lightly stir fry the carrot if it's too hard for your personal preference.
How To Soften Collard Greens
While you can use the collard greens raw, I like to lightly cook them to reduce any bitterness and so they are soft enough to be used as a wrapper. Raw collard green can have this bitterness note that it can be unpleasant for some. By cooking it in water it can dissipate the bitterness.
Whether you should cook collard green leaf or not is a personal preference. Regardless if you will cook it or not, don't forget to slice off any big stem to make them flatter and easier to wrap.
There are a few ways you can soften collard greens:
Dip in boiling water
One of the easiest ways to soften the collard greens is to dip them in boiling water for a few seconds. You only need to dip them for a few seconds, or else they would be overcooked. You want them to be slightly soft.
Pour Hot Water Over
Another easy way to soften the collard greens is to place the leaves in a bowl and pour hot or boiling water over them. Then pour out the water after a few seconds to avoid overcooking the collard greens.
Steamed Collard Greens
This is the healthiest option as you won't lose as much vitamins during the cooking process. If you are going with the steam options, steam for no more than 5 minutes.
Place Collard Wraps In Skillet
If none of the above options sounds good to you, you can place it in a skillet and cover it with a lid. Let it cook for about a minute and until it is softer.
Chicken Collard Green Wrap Recipe
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Minute
Serving Size: 1
4 or 8 raw collard greens
8 chicken strips (cooked)
1 Persian cucumber
1 small carrot
- Prep collard green leaves: You can use full-size, or half collard green leaves to make these wraps. If you are planning on using full leave, make sure to remove any chunky stem so it can stay flat. If you are planning on using half leaves, slice the leaves in half. If you cook the leaves, make sure collard leaves are dry before rolling.
- Lay the collard green leaf flat. Place chicken, cucumber, and carrots on one side of the wrap. Avoid placing the stuffings too close to the edge or in the middle, or else you won't be able to wrap.
- Fold the edge of collard greens over the stuffings and roll up tightly. Make sure it is tightly rolled, so it doesn't fall apart.
Yield: 1 Serving size: 1 Person
Amount per serving: Calories: 253 calories. Total Fat: 7.9g , Saturated Fat 2.2g. Cholesterol: 82g. Sodium: 118mg . Total Carbohydrate: 13g. Dietary fiber: 5.8g. Total Sugar: 2.8g. Protein: 31.4g.
**The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Numbers are calculated based on one chicken breast.**
You can use any dipping sauce you want. I want to keep it Asian, and I made a peanut dipping sauce, but feel free to choose your favorite sauce. Some of my favorite sauces include sesame ginger dressing or an Asian sesame dressing.
You can also add the sauce into the wrap. But to keep it less messy, I like to use a dipping sauce instead.
3 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
1 Teaspoon Hot Water
1/2 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar Or Lime Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Everything But Bagel Seasoning (optional)
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
In a mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter with the hot water to thin it down. Depending on how thick or thin you like your sauce, you can add just a splash more. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients and easy to make dishes. You only need 4 ingredients to make this dish, and most likely, you already have the ingredients right in your kitchen. Not to mention, you can have this dish ready to go in less than 10 minutes.
- It is so versatile. This wrap is super versatile. You can use any protein you would like, and it goes with pretty much any dressing.
- Healthy. This recipe is super healthy and diet restriction friendly. This dish is gluten-free, keto, paleo, and whole 30 friendly!
- Great as an in-between meal snack or appetizer. It is also a great weight loss support meal, as it is packed in protein!