Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
A couple weeks ago my kids and I stopped in at Cheesecake Factory. I was really there for a slice of cheesecake so I wanted something small and light for lunch. I ended up ordering Asian lettuce taco things off the appetizer section of their healthy eating menu.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them and thought they would make a quick, easy and healthy dinner at home. I made them last week and after the first bite Aaron said, "Oh yeah...I could eat a whole lot of this."
The sauce totally makes these. The Cheesecake Factory version was only vaguely peanutty and I kind of wanted more. I immediately thought of this sauce that I had recently pinned (it originally comes from this cookbook). Lesley used her sauce as a dip for some really yummy looking coconut chicken skewers but I decided to use it as a marinade for the chicken AND as a sauce for the wraps. It's so ridiculously good.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Feeds 2 adults (maybe 3 if you aren't piggy like us)
Inspiration from Cheesecake Factory
Sauce recipe from Lesley of homemade grits
For the wraps:
4 chicken breast tenderloins
Butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
Maifun Rice Sticks
Peanut sauce (recipe below)
For the peanut sauce:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
11/2 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
pinch cayenne pepper
Mix together all sauce ingredients (I used a hand mixer). Reserve 3/4 cup or so (cover and stick it in the fridge). Put the raw chicken in the rest of the sauce and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours.
Grill the chicken. While the chicken is cooking, boil a cup or two of water and remove from heat. Put in a handful of rice sticks and let soften.
When the chicken is done, let it rest for a few minutes then slice each tenderloin in two so you have long, thin pieces of chicken.
To assemble, take a butter lettuce leaf and layer on some rice sticks (which, by the way, are noodles. Not sure why they're called rice sticks), carrots, bean sprouts, and a slice of chicken followed by a good drizzle of sauce. Roll up and enjoy!