Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Copycat Recipe PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps

LETTUCE INTRODUCE YOU TO A  COPYCAT RECIPE
Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Living Butter Lettuce
Cook's notes: If anyone has ever been to P.F. Chang’s, you know that Chicken Lettuce Wraps are one of their signature meals. So when I found a copycat recipe to make my own version at home it was too good to pass up plus it's a fraction of the price from the restaurant and no doubt healthier.
It was a first for me buying what was advertised living butter lettuce. The living part was a bit scary at first read. Usually the restaurant serves chicken filling in iceberg lettuce but I liked the texture of this lettuce better and it was easier to roll taco style.  
I consulted with my son who was the chief taste tester on the hotness level. I started out with one teaspoon and worked my way up to almost 2 teaspoons.
Not only did the recipe taste quite close to PF Changs but it was put together using one pan and completed in under 30 minutes!  Recipe serves 4 and came from damndelicious.net
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Ingredients:
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground chicken 
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 TB. soy sauce
  • 1 TB. rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 TB.grated fresh ginger
  • 1-2 tsp. Sriracha
  • 1 (8 0z. can) diced water chestnuts, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
Directions:
  • In a large fry pan heat oil over medium heat.  Add ground chicken, sweet onions and garlic. Cook until browned 5-8 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Wipe pan clean of excess fat with paper towels, moving chicken from side to side in the pan until it is cleaned.
  • Stir in hoisin sauce, soy sauce, wine vinegar, ginger, Sriracha and water chestnuts. Cook on medium low for 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • To serve place 1/2 cup cup chicken filling on one butter leaf lettuce, top with green onions and chopped peanuts. 
Bon Appetit!

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