Easy buffalo chicken collard green wraps; a quick, simple, healthy lunch. It’s low-carb, keto-friendly, and Whole30 compliant. Try it out today. If you love collard greens, you can also try out my southern style collard greens or my vegan collard green wraps!
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These buffalo chicken collard green wraps are super delicious. There’s a lot to love here. Juicy, tender chicken, creamy avocado, lucious cherry tomatoes, and briny, umami-packed green olives. There’s even a little chopped boiled egg tossed into the mix. But the star of the show is obviously the almighty, gorgeous, nutritious collard green.
Y’all I truly adore collard greens. Have you seen my recipe for southern style collard greens? I’ll wait. Collards are so versatile and, in my opinion, underutilized. A lot of folks eat them a couple of times per year on holidays, or even for the occasional Sunday dinner. But they can be used much more frequently in wraps, soups, salads, even green smoothies.
Think about all of the ways you might use kale; I’d say that probably 90% of the time you could swap out the kale for collard greens!
Yes, I could use a regular low-carb or keto-friendly tortilla for this wrap. The options have exploded in availability in recent years with the increased popularity of keto. While I do enjoy them on occasion, swapping out the tortilla for a collard green just gives a little nutritious boost. It’s also a whole food ingredient which is always a win in my book. Let’s get into some more details.
Whole30 Buffalo Sauce
If you’re doing keto or low-carb, then you should have absolutely no issue finding a suitable buffalo sauce to use in this recipe. But, if you’re Whole30 you have to be a little bit more strict about what ingredients are included in the sauce. I have two Whole30 options that I absolutely love. They’re not sponsors, I just genuinely love them. Those two options are Primal Kitchen and The New Primal. I’ll link both in the recipe card below.
Are Collard Greens Keto?
Absolutely! Collards are healthy and delicious leafy greens that are naturally low in carbs.
A one cup serving is just 2 grams of carbs. Of that, 1.4 grams are fiber. That gives you a net of 0.6 grams. That’s about as low as it goes!
Collard Green Wrap Calories
A one cup serving of collard greens only has about 11 calories. This makes collards perfect from when you want to fill up without doing a ton of weighing and measuring.
What Ingredients Will I Need for Buffalo Chicken Collard Green Wraps?
To prepare these wraps, you will need the following:
- Collard Greens – One leaf per wrap is all you need. So since this recipe serves two, I only needed two large leaves. Try to choose leaves that are even in color and free from too many holes or tears. Wash the leaves really well in cool water removing any visible dirt and debris.
- Chicken – 6 ounces total, divided into 3 ounces per wrap. I prefer to use chicken thighs, but you can use any cut of chicken that you prefer. You can even use leftovers from a grocery store rotisserie chicken, or from a whole chicken that you cooked yourself. Chop the chicken into small bite-sized pieces. Shredded chicken works here as well.
- Buffalo Sauce – see about where I speak about choosing a suitable buffalo sauce.
- Cherry Tomatoes – just a few cherry tomatoes sliced in half lengthwise does the trick.
- Avocado- I use just one avocado so that each wrap has half a mashed avocado inside. I do like to season my avocado mash with a pinch of salt, pepper, and lime juice. Avocado is already so good, but this just brings it to life.
- Lime Juice – I prefer fresh, but use what you have!
- Green Olives – If you have green olives, you’re definitely free to leave them out, but I highly recommend including them. They pack a major flavorful punch!
- Boiled Egg – one hard boiled egg, chopped, divided between the two wraps.
How to Prepare a Collard Green Leaf for a Wrap
Before you can get started building your wrap, you’ll first need to prepare the leaves. I spoke above about how to choose and clean your leaves. After washing your leaves you’ll need to cut the stem. The thick, stubby part that extends/protrudes from the leaf can simply be removed. The part of the stem that is within the leaf itself can be gently shaved down with a knife. Not shaving the stem will result in a leaf that is difficult to wrap, and unfolds easily.
While your leaves are still wet from being washed, you will gently steam them to soften them up. Heat a shallow skillet over medium heat and place the wet leaves into the skillet. They do not need to be laid flush against the skillet. Allow them to gently steam for about three minutes per side. You can then lay the leaves out on your prep surface to cool and dry for a few minutes before assembling your wraps.
How To Make Buffalo Chicken Collard Green Wraps
- Add the chicken and buffalo sauce to a small bowl and mix well.
- Mash the avocado and season with salt, pepper, and fresh lime juice.
- Prepare the vegetables – slice the tomatoes and olives. Chop the boiled egg.
- Lay your prepared collard green leaves on a flat surface.
- Fill each leaf with a ½ portion of the listed ingredients. Try to keep the ingredients close to the center of the leaf for easier wrapping.
How to Fold Collard Green Wraps
- Fold in the two short sides of the collard green.
- Starting at the stem end, firmly roll the leaf burrito style.
- Slice and serve.
*Note– You may use toothpicks to hold the wraps together, if needed, but
I did not find that to be the case.
That’s it! Easy, simple, and flavorful. Nutritious too! As usual, try it out and let me know what you think!
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Easy buffalo chicken collard green wraps; a quick, simple, healthy lunch. It’s low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant. Try it out today.
- 2 Large Collard Green Leaves
- 6 oz Chicken - cooked and chopped or shredded
- 1/4 cup Buffalo Sauce
- 1 Medium Avocado, mashed
- 2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice
- Kosher Salt, to taste
- Black Pepper, to taste
- 6 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
- 4-6 Green olives, halved or sliced
- 1 Hard Boiled Egg, chopped
- Prepare the collard greens using the method outlined in the post. Wash, trim the stem, steam, and dry.
- Add the chicken and buffalo sauce to a small bowl and mix well using a spoon.
- Mash the avocado and season with lime juice, salt, and pepper.
- Add a half portion of all of the wrap fillings to each collard greeb leaf, ensuring that ingredients are near the center.
- Tuck in the short ends of the collard green leaves as photographed above.
- Roll the wraps burrito style, securing the a toothpick if needed.
- Slice wraps in half and serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 477Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 1300mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 16gSugar: 4gProtein: 32g