Juicy. Crunchy. Sweet. Salty. These Juicy + Healthy Winter Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups are bursting with flavor! This is honestly my favorite chicken salad right now, and I can’t get enough of it.
I happen to love a crunchy chicken salad wrapped up in a lettuce cup. The radicchio here hits the spot, and its loaded with beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
If you aren’t a fan of the bitterness of radicchio you could always opt for another type of lettuce cup; just make sure its sturdy enough to hold a nice amount of this chicken salad, because trust me, you’ll want a lot!
The ingredients I used in this recipe are not only delicious, but they are also very good for our bodies during the winter season. Radicchio, also known as “Italian Chicory,” has a bitter taste and is a staple in Mediterranean diets. If you can stand the bitterness of it, radicchio is high in zinc, copper, and vitamin K, as well as antioxidants. These vitamins can help regulate blood sugar, fight parasites, and support digestive health, getting rid of stagnation.
Kidneys love moisture, so the celery here adds moisture as well as adds a nice crunch to the chicken salad (I like my chicken salad crunchy!). The pear adds moisture as well, along with a touch of sweetness and healthy fiber. Both ginger and cardamom are excellent anti-inflammatory spices, and cardamom in particular is naturally detoxifying which is great for kidney health. It also tastes great along with the pear and squeeze of lemon juice.
The chicken came from a whole chicken I cooked in our Instant Pot; it’s a super easy recipe that we have on regular rotation in this house. I shred or chop the chicken and keep it in a container in our fridge so I have it for the whole week to toss on a salad, wrap in a coconut wrap, or make chicken salad with, like I did here.
For an easier hack: you could also purchase a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store – many have them prepped and ready-to-go, cooked with just a bit of salt & pepper. I like to do this for extra busy weeks, and use it the same way as I mentioned above.
Just place everything in a bowl…
And mix it all up until it’s blended evenly.
Next, you just add a few tablespoons to each of your lettuce leaves.
Nuts and seeds are excellent for kidney energy, so I sprinkle those on top at the very end to add even more of that slightly salty crunch. So good!
Make yourself a big batch, and you’ll have lunch ready to go for a quick weekday grab!