Monday, March 12, 2012

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps


What's not to love about chicken lettuce wraps? They're healthy yet savory and comforting yet interesting. I haven't learned to cook many Asian foods and while I don't believe this is the most authentic recipe, it's a great place to start for beginners (like me). By incorporating some important Asian ingredients like bamboo shoots and sesame oil, this meal showcases a winning savory and satisfying combination.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
From Just Cook Already
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time: about 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

{For Sauce to pour over wraps}
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
2 cloves finely minced garlic

{For Chicken Stir-fry}
1 Tablespoon + 1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 8 oz. can water chestnuts
1 8 oz. can bamboo shoots
1/2 cup mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
3 green onions, finely chopped (optional)

{Stir-fry Sauce}
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

Begin by making pouring sauce. Mix all ingredients together and set aside.

Using a food processor, mince the chicken and saute in a pan over medium heat with 1 T. olive oil and 2 T. sesame oil until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.

Using the food processor again, mince, one at a time, the water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and garlic. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and saute above ingredients (plus green onions, if using) until the aromas blend together, 3-4 minutes. Add chicken and stir-fry sauce and stir until well blended.

Serve with fresh, crisp lettuce leaves. The combination of savory chicken and cold, crisp lettuce gets me every time!

4 comments:

Michelle P said...

Yum this looks good!

Kate said...

Yum, I love lettuce wraps!

Jen said...

Oh, that looks SO good! Yum. :) I would order that in a restaurant!

Lizzie said...

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This looks soooo good! Must make soon!

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