Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

In the mood for a mincing marathon? Well it’s not actually that bad, it’s more of a mincing 10K. The hardest part of this recipe is mincing the chicken and removing all of the little straggly pieces of fat stuck to the meat. If you’re kind of anal about it like me, this may take a little while.

However, if you use chicken breast or tenderloin instead, you can save a lot of time reducing your food preparation to a very leisurely mincing 5K. So it’s up to you, the thigh meat will require more effort but taste better. While the chicken breast will be faster and healthier but not quite as tasty. Next time I make this, I’ll be going for the white meat.

THE FILLING
5 or 6 pieces boneless skinless chicken thighs
8 or 9 shiitake mushrooms, fresh or rehydrated
1 clove garlic
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 or 2 stalks green onion
8 oz can bamboo shoots

Mince all of the ingredients above. In a large pan, stir fry the chicken in a little oil. When it’s just about cooked, add in the rest of the filling ingredients plus the sauce that is described below. Cook for 3 to 5 more minutes.

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

THE SAUCE
3 to 4 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cornstarch

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wrap Sauce

Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cooked filling mixture into each lettuce leaf.

Lettuce Wraps

Eat taco style like the picture at the top or if your lettuce is pliable, wrap neatly like a burrito.

This chicken lettuce wrap was really good, I just kept making them and popping them down. I think it was that hoisin sauce, love it!

13 comments   -   May 23, 2008

1 kat { 05.23.08 at 3:19 am }

have a similar recipe, reminds me of when we used to eat at ryan’s. it is the hoisin…love it too!!

2 noble pig { 05.23.08 at 3:55 am }

A mincing marathon..that’s hilarious! The photo is beyond appetizing looking!

3 sharon { 05.23.08 at 6:24 am }

I love chicken lettuce wraps. They just seem so fresh and healthy, though when you order them from a restaurant they probably aren’t. Good thing we all have the recipe now! :)

4 made healthier { 05.23.08 at 6:35 am }

Hi kat,
I heard this style was similar to P.F. Chang’s also. I’ve never been there before though, or Ryan’s – I know, can you believe it?! I need to get out more! :D

Hi noble pig,
Thanks, I bet this would become a fun recipe say if you just bought a new knife. ;)

Hi sharon,
I also love how fresh and healthy they taste. Makes me think I can eat as much as I want! :)

5 Lisa { 05.23.08 at 9:35 am }

Ever since I tried the lettuce wraps at PF Changs I can’t get enough of them. Great recipe!

6 made healthier { 05.23.08 at 7:58 pm }

Hi Lisa,
Thanks, I’m not sure how these are compared to the ones at P.F. Chang’s. I’ll have to stop by soon to see. :)

7 Kevin { 05.24.08 at 10:07 am }

Those wraps look good and sound tasty!

8 Marc @ NoRecipes { 05.24.08 at 3:31 pm }

Looks delicious. I love lettuce wraps. The prepwork is always my dilema about thighs, but they do taste a lot better than the white meat.

9 made healthier { 05.24.08 at 7:45 pm }

Hi Kevin and Marc,
Thanks, they were very tasty! :D

10 Darrell { 05.24.08 at 8:04 pm }

Too good! Didn’t have bamboo shoots (actually don’t like um)…substituted more mincing…water chestnuts, onions, carrots, celery…took your advice on thighs and used breasts, marinated in shoyu, sake, chili oil since you said might lose some flavor…you’re absolutely right in terms of you keep eating dese buggahs. Thank you.

11 made healthier { 05.24.08 at 8:09 pm }

Howzit Darrell!
I’m so glad you liked it. That’s pretty funny that you don’t like bamboo shoots! I love all the additions you made, sounds ono! :D

12 Elle { 05.26.08 at 5:20 pm }

These do look addictive!

13 made healthier { 05.26.08 at 6:44 pm }

Hi Elle,
It has all to do with that sweet and savory sauce. :)

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