Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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I've been spoiled... by gorgeous Chicago weather! We've pretty much skipped over spring and jumped right into summer the past week or so. As a result, I had to change up my weekly menu to make them more appropriate for the warmer temperatures. These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a combination of appetizer, salad and main course, all wrapped up in one. Popular on some restaurant menus, these wraps are quick to put together, healthy and fun to eat at any time of day...

Lettuce wraps are great because they're a healthier taco alternative. For these, a mixture of soy sauce (or gf tamari which I used), hoisin sauce and rice vinegar elevates sauteed onions, garlic, mushrooms and carrots with Asian flair. Toss in some shredded chicken breast and green onions and you've got a flavorful filling. To save time, use a store-bought rotisserie chicken and debone, using the meat for the filling. The original recipe included water chestnuts and pickled ginger which I omitted - but feel free to add them along with other things to suit your tastes.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
recipe adapted from AllRecipes

2 heads of Bibb or butter lettuce, leaves separated and cleaned
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
1 cup diced carrots
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or gluten free tamari)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 pounds cooked chicken breast, gently shredded
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil


Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Arrange leaves on a serving platter and set aside.


In a medium skillet over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. When hot, add onions, garlic, and mushrooms cooking until softened.

Add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and rice vinegar to the skillet and stir. Stir in diced carrots and shredded chicken; continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes until chicken is heated through.

Add green onions and sesame oil; toss to combine.


To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the chicken mixture into a lettuce leaf similar to making a taco. Wrap the lettuce around the chicken filling like a taco and enjoy!

3 comments:

Grace said...

I guess I know what we're having for dinner tonight!
=)
Perfect timing!

And, yes, I've been spoiled by Chicago weather, too.

ErinCroutons said...

Looks fab!! Pinning now. :)

Jacquelyn said...

I think this will go on next weeks menu! I already have a recipe for Asian chicken lettuce wraps, but this one seems lighter, and healthier. Can't wait to try them!

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