Learn how to make these super healthy Asian style Chicken Lettuce Wraps!
I had chicken lettuce wraps for the first time many years ago at this Vietnamese fusion restaurant in Ocean Beach, CA (OB Noodle House). They were AH-MA-ZING. I loved them. And the fact they are healthy? Extra bonus, am I right? It’s not often that I fall in love with a food that’s healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate all healthy food, I just don’t tend to have a love affair with it. You remember my love affair with duck fat, right? Oh duck fat, we were so great together…But alas, duck fat is not healthy.
Last year at this time we were having this blazing hot San Diego summer. I live in the city, which is pretty much right on the water, so we typically don’t see temps much above the low to mid 80’s (during the hottest time of year). But last year…whew…it was up in the 90’s in the city for more than a couple weeks. It was HOT! Now I know, I’m spoiled. There are other parts of the country that get much hotter than that…hell even driving 20 minutes east from the city put us well into the 100’s last year.
This year, not quite so hot, but I’m reminded of all the places that ARE having a heat wave, and this recipe is perfect for that hot summer day. It’s quick to cook, so no spending hours in a hot kitchen. The cool lettuce adds a perfect freshness to the dish and there are no heavy butters, cream, oils or sugars here. I know, those things are the best, but sometimes it’s JUST TOO DAMN HOT for that.
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These healthy Asian style Chicken Lettuce Wraps are just so easy to make, perfect as a snack or a meal (I eat them as a meal) and healthy (obviously…it’s in the title). So how do we do it? Lets see…it takes less than 30 minutes. I do it in 20. Max.
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First, heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the chicken until it is no longer pink. Make sure the chicken crumbles in small pieces. Stirring often will help keep the chicken separated. Add the garlic when chicken is almost done.
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While the chicken is cooking, cover the dried mushrooms with hot water and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove and squeeze out any excess water. Remove the tough stems and chop. When the chicken is done, add the mushrooms and water chestnuts and cook for 30 seconds.
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Then add the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Mix well and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until thickened. Garnish with green onions. Serve with the butter lettuce. And done! Did you time it? Less than 30 minutes to make these healthy Asian style chicken lettuce wraps, right? And they won’t leave you feeling disgusted with yourself. Well, unless you eat the whole pan. Then maybe. Now that you’ve had such a healthy meal though, you can indulge in some perfect fresh strawberry shortcake, or this wonderful lemon chiffon pie, both perfect for a summer treat!
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