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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This is a wonderful recipe and is so easy to make - I promise! Kent thinks they taste a lot like the lettuce wraps at P.F. Changs. I think they taste a little different (because of the hoisin sauce). Either way, they are so good!! This recipe definitely makes enough for a meal for two or works great as appetizers.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 large head iceberg lettuce
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb ground chicken
3 medium-size cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped scallions, green parts only (from 1 bunch)
1 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
4 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Asian (dark) sesame oil
3/4 cup finely chopped water chestnuts

Using a small paring knife, cut the core out of the head of the lettuce and discard it. Pull the lettuce apart, rinse it, and drain well on paper towels. Place the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add in the chicken, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Stir in the scallions, ginger, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and water chestnuts. Cook the chicken filling over medium-low heat, stirring, until it bubbles and is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Keep the filling warm if you are serving it immediately. Serve with lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

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