Before nectarines are out of season, you HAVE to try this recipe! It is super healthy, quick and easy to make, and so refreshing! You can mix the filling together in 20 minutes and you don’t even need to turn your oven on if you buy pre-cooked chicken. It’s the perfect summer recipe! It is great for making for yourself, or pretty enough to serve to guests.
The trickiest part can be cutting the thin nectarine (or peach) slices, so this is how I do it. I first cut a slit from top to bottom, all the way to the pit. Then, I slice another cut right next to the first cut, all the way to the pit. If you get the two cuts close enough together that they meet at the pit, the slice with slide out. You continue make thin cuts, one next to the other, making your way around the whole fruit.
The lime and jalapeno really makes these lettuce cups burst with flavor. They are as delicious as they are pretty!
Chicken and Nectarine Lettuce Cups
Source: Women’s Health
- 1-2 limes
- Vegetable oil
- Smoked paprika
- Sea salt and black pepper
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken*
- 2 nectarines (or peaches if you prefer)
- 1/4-1/2 cup sliced red onion (based on preference)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- butter lettuce (at least 8-10 large cups or more if smaller)
Rinse the butter lettuce so it can dry as you prepare the filling.
In a larger bowl, whisk together 2 Tablespoons lime juice, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
To the same bowl, add the 2 cups of shredded chicken, 2 thinly sliced nectarines, 1/4-1/2 cup sliced red onion, and jalapeno. Stir everything together well and divide among the lettuce cups.
You can certainly save the leftovers for the next day, but by the 3rd day, the nectarine slices will start to get pretty soft. If you don’t want to make lettuce cups, you could also put the filling on top of a bed of lettuce for a salad.
*I used rotisserie chicken, which made this very quick and easy! If you want to make your own chicken, this is my favorite way to do it: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through.