Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Need another quick weeknight dinner?

Today's recipe is perfect for that.  Done in under 30 minutes this dish will please the whole family.  MGG and I used to go to a lot of Chinese restaurants and I always loved getting the lettuce wraps.  Cool crisp lettuce against a hot spicy chicken.  YUM!  I would always order these and we would fight over the last piece of lettuce!  I've actually made a version of these lettuce cups with turkey that you may love.  You can find that recipe here.

Now we seem to be going to a lot of Thai restaurants.  They've been the new "in" thing.  They too have a version of lettuce wraps, but they are different.  Light...more citrusy, very fragrant with Thai flavors of mint and cilantro. They just burst with flavor!  I had to learn to make this version.  So when I was thumbing through a Cuisine at Home magazine I spotted a similar version.  So here's my adaptation of their Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  

So light, and the flavors will just rock in your mouth.  These are filling enough to have for dinner.  Serve with a nice fruit salad and you are set!  Quick to throw together for a weeknight meal, and make sure to save some for lunch the next day!  This will be a definite "go to" recipe!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves 4

1 T canola oil
1 T minced ginger
1 T minced garlic
1 lb. ground chicken
¼ c fresh lime juice
1 T soy sauce
2 t brown sugar
2 t chili garlic sauce
½ c red onion, minced
½ c cilantro, chopped
½ c mint, chopped
Lemon zest
Boston, Bibb or Romaine lettuce leaves

Cilantro and mint leaves (optional)
Dry roasted peanuts

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.   Add ginger and garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add chicken and cook, breaking up into small pieces, about 10 minutes or until cooked through. 

Meanwhile in a small bowl stir together lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili garlic sauce.  Add to chicken and cook until liquid has evaporated approx 4 minutes.  

Stir in red onion.  Remove from heat and add cilantro and mint.  Stir to combine.  Sprinkle on lemon zest. 

Serve chicken in lettuce leaves, topping with cilantro and mint if desired, and peanuts. 

Adapted from Cuisine at Home July/August 2012

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