Thursday, July 28, 2011

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A crowd favorite, chicken lettuce wraps are great for a snack, a dinner, lunch, as an appetizer or just because they are delicious. This takes about 20 minutes, costs $15 and feeds 4 to 6 as appetizer and 2 to 4 as a main course. I listed some ingredients as optional so these are not necessary if you do not have them.

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 rotisserie chicken (from super market or boston market), meat pulled off the bone
1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
1 tablespoon regular oil (veg, canola, etc)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
4 scallions, bottoms chopped, tops reserved for garnish
6-8 baby carrots, julienne
1 can bean sprouts
2 tablespoons rice wine or mirin (optional)
1/2 cup apricot juice (or oj, water or veg stock)
1 tablespoon apricot jam (optional)
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon five spice powder (optional)
1 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes (for heat, optional)
1 can crispy rice noodles
1 head ice berg lettuce

Start a medium sautee pan on medium heat. Add oil, ginger, garlic and scallions. Cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add carrots and bean sprouts and cook 2 minutes. Add chicken. Now add rice wine and let cook off. Add apricot juice and jam and mix in well. Then add teriyaki, soy and spices. Let cook for 10 minutes and then remove from the heat. Garnish with left over scallion tops and crispy noodles.

For the lettuce cups just remove the core by hand and carefully peel off the leaves then restack.

This is fast and easy plus I think every person in the world likes these especially children. Buon Apetito!!

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