Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you've been to the good ole' P.F. Changs restaurant chain, there's a good chance you've had their lettuce wraps and you probably know how filling they can be.  I'm not sure what their calorie count is per serving, but I feel pretty good about this recipe even when I serve it with a side of soba noodles.  Lean ground chicken, ginger, garlic, veggies and water chestnuts make a great filling for the crisp lettuce leaves.  You can serve these as an appetizer for a larger group or a full meal for a few people.  If you have extra, it freezes incredibly well and reheats to make a quick weeknight dinner.  Just grab some fresh bibb lettuce at the store and you're set. 


-1 lb. lean ground chicken breast
-4 green onions, chopped
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 Tbsp minced ginger (or ginger from the jar)
-1 Tbsp coconut oil
-2 Tbsp sesame oil total (split in half)
-handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
-handful of carrot thinly sliced carrots
-1 can water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
-4 Tbsp hoisin sauce
-4 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
-3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
-salt and pepper to taste
-fresh bibb lettuce leaves for serving

Optional Spicy Dipping Sauce Ingredients: 

-2 Tbsp hoisin
-2 Tbsp Ponzu (citrus soy sauce)
-1-2 Tbsp sriracha

First, mix together 4 Tbsp hoisin, 4 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, and 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside.  This will be your sauce to add to the chicken once it's browned.

Chop your green onion, garlic, ginger (if you're using fresh), cilantro, and water chestnuts.

Next, heat a large skillet  to medium-high with 1Tbsp coconut oil and 1 Tbsp sesame oil.  Add the onion, garlic and ginger and season with salt and pepper.  Saute a few minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the onions are softened, not browned.  Next, add your 1 lb. ground chicken and cook through.

Next, add the sliced carrots, water chestnuts and cilantro.  Cook, stirring constantly, for another minute.

Lower the heat and add the sauce you mixed together. Cook for another minute or so until the sauce is warmed.

To make a sweet and spicy dipping sauce mix together 2 Tbsp hoisin, 2 Tbsp ponzu sauce and 1-2 Tbsp sriracha depending on how much heat you want, and then a little bit of water.

Serve the chicken mixture and dipping sauce with rinsed and dried bibb lettuce leaves.


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