Chicken Lettuce Wraps

*This is a repost from January 2012 … as I plan to make this again this week, thought I would post it again as it’s definitely worthy of trying!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps (but it’s not chicken!)

20 oz package of ground, lean turkey. Um, do NOT buy the roll stuff, you know that’s all dark turkey stuff, very little lean meat, right?
handful of green onions (cut right out of the glass on counter), diced
8 oz can of water chestnuts, drain and rinse well, diced
6 sweet mini peppers, diced
1/3 cup of soy sauce
3 tsp hoisin sauce (it’s a miracle, I had it in the pantry!)
2 tbs dry ginger (I don’t have fresh)
1 1/2 tbs water
3 tsp sesame oil

Brown the meat. Because mine was super lean (93/7), I added a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of pan since I wasn’t using a nonstick pan. Chop it up as it cooks and drain if necessary when done. I didn’t as it was pretty lean. Chop up even more now as you want it to be a fine ground. I’ve got this handy dandy tool nicknamed the North Dakota Food Processor (hey, my girlfriend gave it to me and she is from Daisy ND and calls it that) … wishing now that I had used it to chop the other stuff!

While the meat is cooking, you can start chopping and dicing. I used sweet peppers because that’s what I had on hand and hey, it’s been 7 days since I’ve stepped foot in a grocery store!

I love Costco’s sweet peppers!

All diced and ready to go

Add all to the pan

And stir it up

Make your dipping sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbs rice wine vinegar
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp dry ginger
3 small cloves of garlic, minced (or easy way, use the garlic press)

Add all to small container and whisk well. Set aside. Isn’t that just the cutest topper for a whisk?

Mr. Doughboy!

Take your lovely lettuce leaves and lay them on a plate. Add some meat, enough to be hardy, but not too much to make the lettuce freak out (um, tried telling Hubby but you know how men are).

I couldn’t help it, I took a bite

Drizzle a little sauce over the top (it’s strong so don’t free pour!)

Here’s where I had a problem: I tried to roll up my lettuce but that wasn’t working AT ALL.  Crap. Everything else was doing so very good and now THIS!

But then I found that if I just folded/scooped/held the lettuce in half, it was perfectly fine.

Ahhh. This was pretty damn good and even Hubby liked it … definitely making again!

NOTES: I used butter lettuce that I got from Costco. It’s good lettuce but I think a tad to fragile. I’m thinking NEXT time to wash the lettuce and toss in the fridge so it’s crispier … as it was,  I washed it and laid it out on the counter to dry. Almost wilty like … but still good.

3 large heads from Costco were the price of ONE head at Publix!

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2 thoughts on “Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  1. These look so sweet, love them :)Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays…


  2. I love these at PF Changs. I have always threatened to make them at home. Now I have the secret. I think you are right about the lettuce. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend. Best wishes for tasty dishes this week!


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