Monday, March 8, 2010

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


After a long day at the office and a lovely walk home – today’s weather was absolutely perfect, 60 degrees and sunny, it is a shame I spent most of it inside – I came home to a wonderful meal. Chef Alfred made one of our favorites - lettuce wraps. Like everyone whose ever tried them, we are very fond of P.F. Chang’s signature appetizer. Alfred’s version is a little different - it includes extra veggies and none of the fried noodles – but it is equally delicious and undoubtedly healthier! The ingredient list may seem long, but the preparation is really quite simple and the end result is well worth the effort.

8oz. boneless skinless chicken thighs, diced (could use chicken breast or firm tofu instead)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 inch piece fresh ginger, finely minced
2 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 small onion, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
4 oz. water chestnuts, julienned
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon sriracha (garlic and red chili paste – find in grocery store near Asian food)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
½ Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons water
1 Large Head Iceberg (or other crisp) Lettuce, leaves separated and well-chilled

1)Combine the chicken, garlic, ginger and 1 Tablespoon sesame oil - let marinate while you chop the veggies.
2)Combine the cornstarch and water, set aside.
3)Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining sesame oil and onions - saute 2 minutes.
4)Add the chicken mixture to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently until the chicken is almost cooked through (around 4 minutes).
5)Add the remaining veggies to the skillet and cook 2 minutes.
6)Add the crushed red pepper, sriracha and soy sauce. Cook 1 minute.
7)Add the cornstarch and water mixture, cook until the sauce thickens slightly.

To serve, spoon chicken mixture into lettuce leaves. Wrap the sides of the lettuce leaves around the chicken like a little burrito and devour! Repeat. Yummy!!!

By the way, I've included this recipe as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

9 comments:

  1. Oh yes please! I LOVE lettuce wraps! I wish I was eating them with you right now! Love and miss you!

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  2. And I love your new background and header!

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  3. Thinking about PF Changs always makes me think of you and Megan - fun times, miss you too and wish I could share with you :)!

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  4. I only recently discovered lettuce wraps, but I just love them! The best use for Iceberg lettuce I think. ;-) Thanks for the recipe!

    Shirley

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  5. I agree Shirley - I rarely buy iceberg b/c dark leafy greens are so much more flavorful and nutrient rich - but lettuce wraps are one dish where cool crunchy iceberg works perfectly.

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  6. How sweet that your husband has supper ready for you when you get home. A lot of women would be very jealous. I will have to try the recipe, it looks fun.

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  7. He is a sweetie and I am quite lucky - I hope you enjoy the recipe Sherrie

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  8. Oh that looks light and yummy! I've got some tips for a proper chinese stirfry to keep the meat tender and flavorful, do check out if you like (:
    http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/02/secrets-to-chinese-stir-fry.html

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