Sunday, May 8, 2016

Chicken Lettuce Wraps - out of my garden!

My dear friend Mindy had us over to their farm for dinner and since she had so much lettuce - beautiful big butter leaf heads - she decided to make PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - and it was delicious! So much so that when I got some tender sweet lettuces of my own (woohoo!) last week I decided to make it for the two of us - Mindy shared the recipe and I made a few adjustments so here you go.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps serves 2 with a little leftover

tablespoon olive oil
1 pound chicken breast tenders (these cooked up so easily)
1/4 onion diced fine
2/3 cup mushrooms diced
1 clove garlic chopped
1 can water chestnuts diced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
about 6 large whole leaves of butter lettuce (or iceberg if you can't find or grow ; )

In a large pan heat the oil over medium high heat then cook the chicken tenders until browned and cooked cooked through, remove and set aside. Add a little more oil to the pan and put in the onion and cook about 5 min. Toss in the mushrooms and cook until soft then add the garlic for the last couple min. Meanwhile dice the cooled chicken into tiny bites then add to the pan along with the rest, the water chestnuts, soy, vinegar and ginger- tossing around to coat and re-heat the chicken and make all the flavors meld. Serve in the lettuce "cups" and drizzle over the sauce. I served with brown rice for a perfect dinner.

1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons each of
soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot chinese mustard (or 1/2 teaspoon coleman's dry mustard)
2 teaspoons garlic red chile paste
1 tablespoon corn starch
For the Sauce - mix all together and cook in a small pan for just a few minutes until slightly thickened.

Thanks Mindy for sharing the recipe and and extra big thanks for having us over! And, if you are like my friend and don't like mushrooms you can leave them out - my husband who is not thrilled about mushrooms either ate it but liked that Mindy had left them out! I get it - if this recipe had cilantro in it I wouldn't add that!

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