Restaurant Style Lettuce Wraps

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How to Make Restaurant Style Lettuce Wraps

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I have to say these are Ahhh- Mazing, truly they are so darn yummy!  If you like lettuce wraps, these are a MUST try at least once!

This weekend we had guests over… and I wanted to make something that wasn’t the usual appetizer.  I decided to go with lettuce wraps because I was able to make them a little healthier and they really aren’t something you have at home very often!

The results were spectacular!  They were a HUGE hit with everyone and were a fun interactive dish to serve!  These are perfect for a crowd but also amazing for a family dinner!

There are a few steps to this recipe but I can assure you it’s worth it!  I did everything except fry up the chicken and veggies before my guests arrived.   The dish took about 5 minutes to finish once they were here!

Restaurant Style Lettuce Wraps

This weekend we had guests over… and I wanted to make something that wasn’t the usual appetizer.

Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 3 chicken breasts , diced small

Cooking Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the Stir-Fry:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno pepper , seeded and finely diced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 large portebello mushrooms , finely diced
  • 1 can water chestnuts , diced
  • 1 small red pepper finely sliced

Other

  • Small lettuce leaves (iceberg or butter lettuce), for serving
  • Carrot and Cucumbers , julienned
  • fresh bean sprouts

Serving Sauce

  • 2/3 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Honey
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 clove Garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce

Directions:

  1. Combine chicken with vinegar, cornstarch and egg white In a ziplock bag. Refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the cooking sauce and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the serving sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool
  4. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in the pan and heat over medium high. Add chicken and cook about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Heat remaining oil in the pan and add garlic, ginger, jalapeño and green onions. Fry until fragrant (about 2 minutes) and add in mushrooms, water chestnuts and red peppers. Cook until juices evaporate (about 4 minutes). Add in chicken and cooking sauce. Cook about 3 minutes or until heated through.

To serve:

  1. Place chicken mixture in a bowl. Serve with washed lettuce leaves, julienned carrots & cucumbers, bean sprouts and serving sauce.

Notes:

If you’ve had lettuce wraps at PF Changs, they are served with crispy rice noodles. I opted not to include the rice noodles in this recipe to make it a little bit healthier. If you want to add them they are fairly simple to fry up!

Heat 2 cups of vegetable or peanut oil to 350 degrees. Separate your noodles and drop one in. If it crisps up right away, your oil is ready. Drop noodles in the hot oil in small batches until they crisp up (just takes a few seconds). Drain on paper towels. Serve with lettuce wraps.

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

2 comments on “Restaurant Style Lettuce Wraps”

  1. A restaurant in Morgantown, WV, called Chili’s, has or had a lettuce wrap that was so good and served it with two sauces, one sort of sesame ginger and one sort of a peanut butter with some spice. Loved both sauces. I like these because they are not overly filling and fun.

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