About Corazon

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cooking With Corazon, Episode IV

Asian Style
Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Have you ever been to P.F. Chang's? If so, chances are you have tried their very popular chicken lettuce wraps. These wraps are the top selling item that P.F. Chang's produces. Personally, I LOVE them!

Well, this past week I attempted to recreate the lettuce wraps myself (sure beats paying $12.00 for them). Here's the final result:



Ok, so the presentation may not be as nice (I still like my presentation though) but the taste was pretty darn close. To be honest, I couldn't even tell a difference. These wraps were AWESOME! This is, for sure, my favorite meal that I have cooked to date. Here's the recipe:

Main ingredients:

3 tablespoons oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cup water chestnut (2 cans)
6 tablespoons chopped onions
2 teaspoon minced garlic
6-10 leaves iceberg lettuce

Special Sauce:

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoon hot mustard
2-4 teaspoons garlic and red chile paste

Stir Fry Sauce:

4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

Directions:

1.) Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl.
2.) Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil.
3.) Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you're ready to serve.
4.) Combine the hot water with the hot mustard and set this aside as well.
5.) Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard and garlic chili sauce to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps.
6.) Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.
7.) Cook chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done.
8.) Remove chicken from the pan and cool.
9.) Keep oil in the pan, keep hot.
10.) As chicken cools mince water chestnuts to about the size of small peas.
11.) Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl.
12.) When chicken is cool, mince it as the mushrooms and water chestnuts are.
13.) With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of vegetable oil.
14.) Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan.
15.) Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and cook the mixture for a couple minutes then serve it in the lettuce cups.
16.) Top with "Special Sauce."

Give it a shot! You'll LOVE them! I promise. A+ all the way around on this recipe!

**Special thanks to Recipebazaar.com for the recipe! It was Grrrrrrrreat!

2 comments:

Zortman Family said...

Those look good Brad! I'll have to make them and let you know how they turned out!

Brad Hart said...

Thanks, Ayme! They were really good! I loved them. I'm a sucker for Asian food and this was a hit!