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!