Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Turtle Tucked Lettuce Wraps





1 head iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce leaves (I used 4 leaves)

Sauce:
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon sugar

Filling:

1 garlic clove, minced
2 green onions, chopped (1/4 cup chopped onions)
1 lb meat from chicken breasts or sliced white chicken meat
1 red or green pepper, seeded and diced
1 can water chestnuts, rinsed in warm running water and chopped (I'm not a fan so I omitted)
1 stalk celery, diced
2 teaspoon flour mixed with 4 tablespoons water



Preparation:



Wash the lettuce, dry, and separate the leaves. Set aside.



Mix together the sauce ingredients.
Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan on high heat.




Add the garlic, ginger, and green onions and fry until the garlic and ginger are aromatic.




Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is browned.




Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.




Add the sauce ingredients and cook at medium heat, Give the flour/water mixture a quick re-stir and add to the sauce, stirring to thicken. (I use a whisk)




Add the pepper, water chestnuts, and celery to the frying pan.
Add the chicken back into the skillet. Cook for 2 - 3 more minutes, stirring, to heat through and finish cooking the chicken.




Lay out a lettuce leaf and spoon a heaping teaspoon of the chicken and vegetable/sauce mixture into the middle.
The lettuce wraps are designed to be eaten "taco-style," with the lettuce/chicken mixture folded into a package. I tucked in the bottom of the wrap like a burrito. My dinner plates are small so two lettuce wraps took up the whole plate.




Spoon some white rice if you feel so inclined or serve it on the side.



Yum!

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