Chicken lettuce wraps is one of my favorite quick dishes to make. It is very easy to prepare and it’s ready in fifteen minutes. The ingredients are readily available in most grocery stores. You can make this dish as an appetizer if you are entertaining, or as a light main course any day. This recipe brings back childhood memories of going to Chinese restaurants with my whole family. Everything was served family-style in big platters. These platters were placed on a big lazy Susan on the center of the table.
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To Make the Chicken Lettuce Wraps
To save prep time, you can buy the carrots and cabbage that are pre-shredded from the store. The hoisin sauce, mirin and chili sauce you can find in the Asian aisle at the grocery store. Start by washing the butter lettuce and letting it dry in a colander. It is important to use paper towels to blot excess water from the leaves. Do this lightly being careful not to break the lettuce leaves.
Next, season the ground chicken with minced garlic, soy sauce, mirin and freshly ground black pepper.
The chicken mixture is cooked in hot oil using a wok or saute pan.
Then you can push the chicken to the side of the pan to make room for the vegetables. Ginger, green onions, carrots and cabbage are sautéed in oil for a few minutes. Season the vegetables with one tablespoon of soy sauce and freshly ground pepper.
To make the hoisin chili sauce, place the hoisin sauce, water, and chili sauce in a small bowl. Mix everything together and set aside while you assemble the chicken lettuce wraps. At serving time, you can warm this sauce in the microwave for 20 seconds.
The last thing to do is to lay the butter lettuce leaves on a platter. You can use a round or rectangular platter for this. Spoon the filling on the center of the lettuce. Serve it with the hoisin chili sauce on the side.
Try making this quick dish, your family will enjoy it. It’s delicious and easy to make.