Friday, December 13, 2013

Recipe Love: Lettuce Wraps

I haven't posted any of our recipes on here as of late because, well, they've been less than thrilling. And my pictures of food are less than thrilling at best. But as I was going through my Pinterest recipes page I remembered this little gem from Iowa Girl Eats. It's so easy it's ridiculous, besides that, it's so delicious it's ridiculous. The next time your in the mood for some takeout, give these babies a try. They taste just like P.F. Chang, only better ;)

P.F. Chang Lettuce Wraps
(Iowa Girl Eats)
serves 2-3


1lb ground chicken breast
1/2 onion, minced
salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1″ knob ginger, peeled & minced
2-1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon peanut butter, smooth or chunky it doesn't matter
1/2 Tablespoon water
1/2 Tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or more if you like it hotter)
dash of pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1/2-8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
10-12 large outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry


1. In a large skillet start cooking your onions until almost translucent. Add in the chicken, salt & pepper and cook until the chicken is almost done. Make sure your really break up the chicken well. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook until the chicky is done!

2. While all of that is cooking you can start on the sauce. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, pb, water, honey, chili garlic sauce and pepper in a microwave safe bowl. Nuke it for 20 seconds and then stir until it's all combined and smooth. Toss this into the skillet and stir everything up.

3. Add in the green onions and water chestnuts to the skillet and cook for 1 or 2 more minutes, until the onions soften and the water chestnuts are heated through.

4. Serve! Serve these rolled on lettuce leaves with peanuts sprinkled on top. Get to rollin'!

My Notes:
  • From now on I will always double the sauce. A-L-W-A-Y-S. It's darn good.
  • To stretch this meal a little further we will often half the recipe for the two of us and add in some rice. This is where some extra sauce really comes in handy to flavor up that white rice. If you didn't make any extra we've just used soy sauce before and that's tasty too!

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