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Out of the blue, my cousin sent me a message that she and her family were doing a road trip and visiting San Diego. She lives in Texas, and I had not seen her in a bizillion years. I was so excited to see her, but the thought of cooking for an additional 5 people, on the other hand, was not as exciting. She has 3 teenagers. What do teenagers even eat nowadays? I had to think of something that everyone liked…. like orange chicken. But you all know me. I had to add my own Mama Maggie twist. That’s roughly when I came up with the idea of making Mandarin Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps!
I used Crazy Cuizine’s Mandarin Orange Chicken for a few reasons. One, I wanted to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen, and all Crazy Cuizine products can be made in just 18 minutes or less. The Mandarin Orange Chicken is sliced chicken breast lightly battered and glazed in a delicately-sweet Mandarin orange sauce, which would be satisfying for an appetizer or meal! Lastly, I knew everyone would love it!
It’s blazing hot in San Diego right now (80 degrees) and by no means will I turn on the oven. The preferred method to make Crazy Cuizine Mandarin Orange Chicken is the oven, but I made this on the stove instead – I love how time-saving these recipes are, and it really couldn’t be any easier! Just watch it. Turn constantly. Then add the sauce. Toss it all together, and it’s ready!
Mandarin Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps are ridiculously easy to make. The Mandarin sauce is so good; I wish they would bottle it so I can use it on everything! Just run the packet under warm water first, and presto – restaurant quality deliciousness right at your fingertips!
Some moms like to use romaine, and make miniature boats. I used iceberg lettuce. It was on sale, and I like to save a penny when I can especially when I’m feeding 5 extra people.
The Mandarin Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps were a huge hit with the whole family. I received so many compliments, and I really didn’t do anything except maybe heat this and toss that. The chicken is soft and tender, and the orange sauce is tangy and sweet. Yum. Yum. This is the easiest recipe, and seriously tastes better than take out. Plus it is way more affordable!
For those of you who have time to chop in the kitchen, here are some additional topping ideas:
- shredded carrots
- thinly sliced zucchini
- thinly sliced green peppers
- green onions
- finely diced red onions
Big time delicious. Big time crowd pleaser. Crazy quick & Crazy good!