Monday, March 5, 2012

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Take 2

The last time I made chicken lettuce wraps they turned out pretty good. But not really so good that I felt the desire to make them again. I’m not sure why. But when I saw this recipe for PF Chang’s style chicken lettuce wraps over at Iowa Girl Eats, I was inspired and made a double batch to take to a party. They were delicious! Much more flavorful than the other recipe, and they make great leftovers too. I’ve already made them twice so if that is the test of a good recipe, they pass.

1lb ground chicken breast
1/2 medium onion, minced
salt & pepper
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 inch nob fresh ginger, peeled & minced
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
3 green onions, chopped
1/2-8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
Lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry

Cook and stir the chicken, onion and some salt & pepper in a hot skillet until the chicken is just about done. Toss in your garlic and ginger and cook a little longer, until there is no pinkness to the chicken.

While you’re doing this (or before if it’s easier), combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar and chili garlic sauce in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the peanut butter a little bit. Whisk it up to combine (the whisk helps with the peanut butter) and then pour over the chicken. Add a touch more pepper and stir it all together. Add in the onions and water chestnuts and cook about 2 more minutes. You could probably add in any veggies you want, but the water chestnuts give a really nice crunch to it.

And that’s really it. You could sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top, but we didn’t. I found some butter lettuce to serve with it, and was a little disappointed in the flimsiness of the leaf. Honestly, good old iceberg works better. This is definitely a recipe that I will come back to again and again. Hope you do as well! 

(Click here for printable recipe)

1 comment:

  1. Yum. Sara is right. This lettuce wrap was seriously delicious. I can't wait to make it!