We loved the chicken lettuce wraps that we had in Minnesota last month, so much that I have been trying to recreate them at home. For one thing, it’s a fairly long drive (900 miles) back to that particular restaurant – so that’s part of it. But, for another thing – we don’t have anything remotely like this being served at any restaurant near us. Silly restaurants.
Besides, this was cheaper. And guaranteed to be gluten free, although the restaurant, to be fair, did sell them to us as GF, it’s just fun to actually make them totally GF at home. This is our official tornado watch snack of the month,btw, if you are keeping score at home.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- 3 chicken breasts- cubed, although if I could have found ground up chicken meat at the store tonight, then I would have used that. Whatevs.
- 2 T oil
Brown chicken cubes or mashed meat. Add:
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
Stir until the onion looks sorta cooked through
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp Thai chili paste
- 1 Tbsp GLUTEN FREE soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 C hoisin sauce. (read the label, get the gf kind)
Pour that into the pan and stir it up with the chicken. Cook another couple of minutes.
- handful of bamboo shoots
- sliced grape tomatoes
- 2 green onions, sliced
Optional: something crunchy – sliced water chestnuts, or some celery, or chopped peanuts would have been great on this. Don’t get me wrong.. it was delicious, but next time I will add the crunchy angle to the madness.
We served this mixture up on big green lettuce leaves. It was super messy, and oh, so tasty. Napkins, please! This was so delicious. Really. I am sad that I ever thought I had to eat out to find something this tasty. Yum.
The leftovers will be great in a bento! Or rolled up in a rice wrap, or sprinkled over tortilla strips as a nacho kinda thing.