Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

My family and I are always trying to find good food that's not loaded down in fat, and these really seemed to fit the bill.  They were tasty yet surprisingly low in fat (only 102 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving).  I found the wraps fresh and crisp, though at some instances I found the lettuce overwhelming the chicken (could have been because I only used half the amount of sauce the recipe called for and I didn't use the mushrooms). When I made these again the next day I used rice paper wraps and added in bean sprouts and rice, very delicious, everyone had seconds (some had thirds).

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 lettuce wrap Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts

Calories: 102.7 • Fat: 3.1 g Carb: 9.6 g Fiber: 0.9 g Protein: 8.4 g • Sugar: 4.6 g
Sodium: 344.1 mg


8 oz skinless, boneless chicken thighs, ground (I just diced mine)
1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped fine
1/4 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp oyster sauce
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine or dry sherry
1⁄2 tsp sugar
freshly ground white pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed (careful not to break)
2 tbsp diced scallions
For the Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauces:

4 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp chili sauce, I used Sriracha
1 tbsp warm water
Place mushrooms in hot water to soften a few minutes. Remove stems and chop fine.
Combine soy sauces, oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, rice wine, sugar, and pepper in a bowl.
Combine ground chicken (the author suggested to use a food processor), softened mushrooms and water chestnuts into a bowl. Pour soy sauce mixture over chicken; toss. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
Mix Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauce ingredients in another bowl. Set aside.
Heat remaining sesame oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add garlic; cook until golden, about 10 seconds. Add chicken mixture; stir fry until browned, breaking the chicken up as it cooks, about 4-5 minutes.

To serve, spoon 1/4 cup of the chicken into each lettuce leaf. Garnish with scallions and a spoon a little Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauce onto each one.

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