Super Bowl Eats: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats and Then Some

Superbowl Eats: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats and Then Some | Twin Cities Moms Blog

I am going to be brutally honest here, friends.  I do not watch football.  I do not have a clue who is in the runnings to make it to the Super Bowl.  I mean, the teams could possibly even be established already and I haven’t a clue.  The last time I sat down to watch a football game was likely sometime before the year of 2011.  I have no clue when the Super Bowl game will be played.  January?  February? I have no interest, nor knowledge of the whole deal.  But when I was asked to share a recipe that you guys may enjoy for the Super Bowl?  Well…now were talking my language.  This, I can do.  Although football is not my forte, the food that accompanies the game I can handle.  Finger food.  Sharing-type food.  Small bites.  Appetizers.  I am NOW officially excited for the Super Bowl (I hope I haven’t missed it already)!  These Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats are a total score for a Super Bowl kind of day-pun totally intended.  The recipe is really versatile… but below is our favorite way to eat them.  Add some celery, tomato or green onion if you prefer.  Swap the bleu cheese for shredded gouda.  Grill your chicken instead of pan roasting it (but the pan roasting method is unbeatable in flavor).  Offer some honey mustard instead of buffalo sauce for your not-so-spicy-loving munchkins. Make a little lettuce boat bar and let your guests assemble their own.  But I must say…the crunchy carrots, savory chicken, sharp bleu cheese, creamy avocado and spicy sauce?  I’ll take the Super Bowl any day of the year as long as these bad boys are served!

So simple.  Just pan roast your chicken.

Superbowl Eats: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats and Then Some | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Simmer a few ingredients together for your sauce.

Superbowl Eats: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats and Then Some | Twin Cities Moms Blog

And assemble.  Eat.  And repeat.  Over.  And over 😉

Superbowl Eats: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats and Then Some | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Boats

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, seasoned with salt and black pepper

6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1/3 Cup Hot Sauce, I love both Franks and Cholula

1 Teaspoon Honey

1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Romaine Lettuce Leaves, for serving

Shredded Carrots, for serving

Crumbled Bleu Cheese, for serving

Diced Avocado, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 400.  Heat olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium high heat.  Add chicken breasts and sear the tops for 2 minutes or until golden brown.  Flip the chicken over and place it in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through.  Let chicken rest for 10 minutes, slice and coat it in the pan juices.

While chicken is cooking,  place butter, hot sauce, honey, onion powder, garlic powder and salt in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.   Set aside.

For assembly:  Top the romaine leaves with sliced chicken, carrots, bleu cheese, avocado and sauce.

Here are a few of my other favorite Super Bowl friendly recipes, too:

Chicken Taquitos with Simple Guacamole

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Banh Mi Sandwiches

Gluten Free Party Mix

PB & J Crispy Bars

What are you making this year??  Would love some new ideas!

Melissa
Hi friends, it’s Melissa here! Wife to one pretty stinking great guy and mama to three kids that bring me more joy, love and caffeine cravings than I knew was humanly possible! I love a good workout, broken in clothes and Autumn. But being in the kitchen with my kiddos trumps it all; creating, exploring and getting messy. I believe there is an infinite amount of value in sharing a meal around the table with the people we love, and I hope I can keep that a constant in our home forever. Most of the time you can find me blogging over at www.nourishedpeach.com, and I’m thrilled to be back here connecting with all of you at TCMB!

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