Chicken Lettuce Wraps for a Quick Dinner

I received a head of bib lettuce in my CSA box and I was at a lost for what to do with them. I normally use them as part of a salad or for tacos and wraps. But I needed a quick meal tonight. Work has been pretty hectic and I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. I was looking forward to some relaxation time on the couch with a nice glass of wine.

So in my attempt to make something quick and easy, I’ve made a pseudo P.F. Chang lettuce wrap. To be honest with you, it’s been a while since I’ve ate at P.F. Chang, and I can’t quite remember all the ingredients they had in their lettuce wrap appetizers, but I think I can recreate it for a meal. Since this is a quick stir fry meal, I highly recommend having all your ingredients prepped and chopped. That way you can work quickly in your wok.

Serving Size: 2
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into tiny cubes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, left whole (you can omit this if you do not want to make it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 cup water chestnuts, finely diced
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped (I used baby portabellas)
  • 2 stalks of green onions, finely chopped
  • handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 head of bib lettuce, leaves separated

In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mirin, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili peppers and salt and pepper. In a large wok over high heat, add in the coconut oil and garlic. Cook quickly until the garlic is soft, but not burnt.

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Toss in the chicken and continuously stir as the chicken cooks. Allow the chicken to cook for about 5 minutes. Toss in the water chestnuts and mushrooms. Combine well and allow the mix to cook for another 5 minutes.  Add in the stir fry sauce, mix well to fully coat. Lastly, toss in the green onions and cilantro, give a good stir to combine well.

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The way I prefer to serve this is scooping the chicken mixture into a large plate and serve alongside the lettuce leaves. That way each person can scoop as much of the filling onto their lettuce leaves as their stomach desires!

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