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Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken, shredded cheese, and a creamy ranch slaw.

An Easy, Shredded Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap Recipe

Easy dinner recipes are all the rage for us lately.  My most popular blog post of all time is these buffalo chicken sliders for two, and people LOVE them.  I originally posted this shredded buffalo chicken lettuce wrap recipe about six years ago, so it was due for an overhaul. 

Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken, shredded cheese, and a creamy ranch slaw.

I’ve updated this recipe to use grilled chicken.  The flavor is outstanding, and it’s very easy to shred (or chop).  I recommend seasoning your chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  However, I also recommend a Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken seasoning, or your current favorite garlicky chicken seasoning.

Ingredients for Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps:

  • Salt, Pepper & Garlic Powder OR your favorite Garlic-based Chicken Seasoning
  • 10 ounces Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Buffalo Sauce (or more to taste | I like Frank’s)
  • 2 cloves Fresh Garlic (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar, Pepper Jack, or Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 1 cup Creamy Ranch Slaw OR Shredded Romaine & Ranch Dressing

Ingredients for shredded buffalo chicken lettuce wraps.

How do I grill Chicken for these Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps?

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with the seasoning, and let it rest as you heat up the grill.  The longer the seasoning has to absorb into the chicken, the tastier it will be. 🙂 You can let the chicken rest for up to 20 minutes at room temperature before grilling.

We grill our chicken breast over medium heat on the grill.  You can also do this inside with a grill pan on the stovetop.  I suggest grilling the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the the thickness of the chicken breast.  The internal temperature must reach 165 F, and the juices should run clear once you cut into the chicken. 

Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken and shredded cheese.

Can I use Rotisserie Chicken for these Lettuce Wraps?

Yes, you absolutely can.  It’s a super easy and convenient way to cut down the prep time for this recipe!  The flavor will not be quite the same, but it will still be delicious.  Just shred the rotisserie chicken, start with step #3 in the recipe, and go from there! 

Note:  If using rotisserie chicken, I recommend using an “original” (plain) flavor.  Some of the other flavored chickens may taste a little weird when mixed with buffalo sauce.

Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken, shredded cheese, and a creamy ranch slaw.

What Lettuce is Best for Lettuce Wraps?

  • Butter Lettuce (Bibb or Boston Lettuce) – Super soft leaves that are ideal for packing with ingredients and rolling into little lettuce wraps.  They have smaller leaves, so your wraps may be little, but still packed with Vitamin A.
  • Romaine – Super crunchy, big leaves that are packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and minerals, all for eight calories per leaf. Because they are a sturdy leaf, they tend to break when rolled, so they could be a little messier than butter lettuce wraps.
  • Leaf Lettuce (Green or Red) – Packed with Vitamin A, softer than romaine, but big leaves for maximum flavor.  The leaves are more flexible than romaine, but the stems are still crunchy.  These pictures have green leaf lettuce as the lettuce wraps!
  • Iceberg – Crunchy and refreshing, iceberg is the favorite lettuce of many people.  Unfortunately, it really doesn’t bring a ton of nutrients to the table.  The bright side is that it’s super low in calories (eight per cup), so it’s still a win!

Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken.

Obsessed with Buffalo Chicken Recipes?  Try these, too!

These buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are an amazing lighter calorie option for dinner, so make them tonight, or save them for a quick and easy weeknight recipe!  For the creamy ranch slaw topping, click here!


Quick Rundown of this Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap Recipe:

Actual Prep / Cook Time:  25 minutes (if grilling the chicken; if using rotisserie chicken, this cuts down to about 10 minutes)

Clean-up difficulty:  3

Overall difficulty to make: 

Price range?  This dish is about $5 for two people.

Tips for Making Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps:

  1. Season the chicken breast, and let it sit at room temperature while you start the grill (or up to 20 minutes).  The longer the seasoning has to absorb into the chicken, the tastier it will be.
  2. Allow the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes before shredding.  This lets the meat relax, which allows the juices to soak back into it.  Juice = flavor, so this is key.
  3. Fresh garlic is best, but feel free to substitute garlic powder for the minced garlic to save even more time!  Just sprinkle it directly onto the chicken before adding the hot sauce.
  4. The creamy ranch slaw is just so good with this.  Of course, any type of dressing will do (and adding blue cheese crumbles is always recommended), but I love this slaw and definitely encourage using it!  

© 2021 a flavor journal | originally posted December 13, 2015 | recipe & photos updated in 2021.

Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken, shredded cheese, and a creamy ranch slaw.

Green leaf lettuce filled with shredded grilled buffalo chicken, shredded cheese, and a creamy ranch slaw.
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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy, packed with flavor buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are a healthier alternative to satisfy your buffalo chicken cravings without sacrificing flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 4 lettuce wraps
Author: sara rose : aflavorjournal.com
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Chicken Breasts
  • pinch Salt & Pepper*
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder*
  • 1/4 cup Buffalo Wing Sauce such as Frank's
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 Leaf Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar
  • 1 cup Creamy Ranch Slaw

Instructions

  • Season the chicken breasts on each side with a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.* Set aside.
  • Heat the grill to medium heat. Grill the chicken breasts for 5-7 minutes per side, until cooked through. Once fully cooked, set them aside to rest for 5-10 minutes. Shred the chicken once they are cool enough to handle.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter, then add the shredded chicken and minced garlic. Toss to coat the chicken with butter, then pour in the hot sauce and with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the chicken again.
  • Lay the lettuce leaves out onto a flat surface. Top each leaf with 1/2 cup of shredded buffalo chicken, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese, and 1/4 cup of creamy ranch slaw.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*Substitute the salt, pepper, and garlic powder for your favorite chicken seasoning, such as GrillMates Roasted Garlic & Herb.
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    • Debbie
    • December 13, 2015
    Reply

    Looks like another tasty dish.!

    1. Reply

      It certainly is! Maybe not best for the season right now, but yummy nonetheless! 😀

  1. Reply

    This looks delicious, Sara. And it’s great because when I buy rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, I always have so much left over. Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Monica! Hope you get to use leftovers for this someday – and thank you so much for your support and nice comments!

  2. Reply

    It looks delicious! And I love the sound of blue cheese crumbles sprinkled over it. If only everyone I know shared my love of blue cheese.

    1. Reply

      AGREED. Blue cheese is such a magical thing! Haha. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. Reply

    So tasty! I love lettuce wraps.

    1. Reply

      They’re wonderful! So much flavor without a ton of calories. I hope you get the chance to enjoy them soon!

  4. Reply

    These look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      My pleasure! Thank YOU for stopping by!

  5. Reply

    Great way to use lettuce! This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I will keep this idea in mind when I need something new to feed my family.

    1. Reply

      I love hearing that! It is such a great meal, and surprisingly satisfying! Let me know how they turn out!

  6. Reply

    Looks delicious! I love cheap meals to do at home! Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Reply

      My pleasure, Elizabeth! I love these, too.

  7. Reply

    These look so yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

    • Fox
    • January 17, 2016
    Reply

    What a delicious looking recipe! I can’t wait to try it out.

  8. Reply

    Yummy, love anything with buffalo sauce. Can’t wait to try this!

  9. Reply

    These lettuce wraps look delicious! 😀

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Diane! These are one of my favorites, for sure!

  10. Reply

    These look fabulous. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Bre! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Sunrita Dutta
    • June 11, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. So easy to put together

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sunrita!!

    • Addie
    • June 12, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved these wraps! Love that they’re gluten free!

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