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"Damn Delicious" Chicken Lettuce Wraps



DamnDelicious200Chungah Rhee is an enthusiastic cook, popular blogger, and the author of one of our Best Cookbooks of September, Damn Delicious.  One of the highlights of Rhee's book is her ability to take a restaurant dish and give you an at-home version that tastes just as good. Below is a demo video for the P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps filmed exclusively for our Amazon Book Review readers, along with the recipe from the book.

I made this dish myself last night and it really was super fast -- took about 20 minutes start to finish-- and (yup, I'm gonna say it) it was damn delicious.  A note: I hurriedly grabbed iceberg lettuce at the store instead of the butter lettuce the recipe calls for.  Do not make this mistake.  WAY harder to remove the leaves and didn't have the smooth flavor of the butter lettuce.  Of course the real star is the filling so, believe me, we made it work...

 

PF CHANG'S CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES

A copycat recipe that you can easily make in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, optional
  • 1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.

 

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