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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Who says women can't rap? Oh wait, that's a different kind of rap than this dinner was. I will absolutely not try to write or perform a rap for you. I would scare you away from ever reading this blog again, but I will share this recipe for the "wrapping" I did last night. Very few recipes, besides my mom's tried and true ones, make the "go to" list for dinner. This Asian wrap recipe will most definitely be on that list. I literally was sitting at the dinner table saying "oh my gosh this is sssoooo good." My poor hubby is just not into food the way I am and he just kept agreeing politely, "yes it is." The fact that he ate about 5 of these spoke louder than his words  haha!

Original recipe from:
** I used chopped chicken breasts instead of ground chicken breasts for my recipe
1lb ground chicken breast
1/2 medium onion, minced
salt & pepper, a dash of each
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 inch nob fresh ginger, peeled & minced
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
1/2 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or more if you like it hotter)
dash of fresh pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1/2-8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
10-12 large outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry
1. Heat a large, non-stick skillet on high. Add chicken, onion, salt & pepper, and cook until chicken is nearly done, stirring often to break up the meat. Add in minced garlic and ginger, and continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink.

2. Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce and pepper. Microwave for 20 seconds, then stir until smooth. Add into the skillet and stir to combine.

3 Add green onion and water chestnuts into the skillet then cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions are soft and the water chestnuts are heated through.

4. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and serve with cold lettuce leaves

Simply pile the chicken mixture onto a lettuce leaf, roll,
and chomp. 

The water chestnuts in the mixture are a total must, in my opinion. They add a fabulous crispness and texture to the filling, that you wouldn’t get by just using ground chicken alone.


  1. Oh my gosh, Joni! I love these!! Made them tonight and the guys scarfed them down!! I loved how healthy and yet delicious! They were so quick and easy to make! Definitely making these for company!! Cannot go wrong there!! Thanks!!

  2. I'm so glad you all enjoyed them!