March 22, 2012

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I'm getting ready to head out of town for an awards ceremony for my hubby's job (yea him), 
but wanted to get this recipe out to you. 

There are lots of good versions out there and this is one of them.



I fixed it for lunch the other day and it was so very tasty. 
Great flavors and textures,,,,and low in fat. What's not to like!

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

4 chicken breast fillets
4 green onions
1/2 cup minced water chestnuts 
1 head butter lettuce

Stir Fry Sauce
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup tamari sauce
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp dried chives
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp finely minced ginger

Garnish
Fried bean threads
Shredded carrots

Directions

To prepare the stir fry sauce dissolve cornstarch in the water. Place in a small saucepan along with remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, or until thickened.

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breasts and cook until done, 3-5 minutes on each side. (Don’t overcook, the chicken will have additional cook time after you chop it.)  

Remove the cooked chicken breast to a cutting board and chop into small pieces. Add the chicken back into the same pan over medium heat, and add the water chestnuts. Heat through.

Add 5 tablespoons of the stir fry sauce to the chicken and cook for 2-4 minutes, stirring often. Add the sliced green onions and stir.

To serve: Place a small layer of bean threads on the lettuce leaf then spoon on chicken. Top with shredded carrot and parsley. Use remainder of stir fry sauce for dipping, if desired.

Note:  Bean threads can be found in the Asian food section of your supermarket.
Before using as a garnish, the threads must be flash-fried in a skillet in 2 inches of hot vegetable oil. Follow directions on package.


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