Monday, February 6, 2012

RECIPE: Asian Lettuce Wraps

I visited P.F. Chang's for the very first time a couple of months ago. My favorite thing on the menu? Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I've been holding off on making them myself because I didn't want to spend the money on extra ingredients that I don't typically use. Yesterday I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet (where did that expression come from anyway?) and I made them for dinner. Brandon says they're better than the restaurant version!

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 medium onion, minced
dash of salt & pepper
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 t ground ginger
1.5 T sesame oil
3.5 T soy sauce
1 T water
1 T natural peanut butter
1 T honey
1.5 T rice vinegar
2 t chili garlic sauce
4 green onions, chopped
8 oz can water chestnuts, drained & chopped
1/2 c shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1/4 c peanuts, chopped
8-10 large outside lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion, salt & pepper and cook until chicken is almost done. Add garlic and ginger and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

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

Add green onions, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and peanuts. cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve with cold lettuce leaves.


  1. "bite the bullet" came from revolutionary/civil war battle fields. there wasn't any anesthesia, so soldiers who were having a procedure (generally amputation) were given a bullet to bite on and a flask of whiskey to deal with the pain :)

    hahahaha miss you!