Cooking with Angie: Asian Lettuce Wraps

We are cooking with Chef Angie for Angelas Cafe in Denison. Today she is making a healthy lunch box or dinner recipe, Asian Lettuce Wraps. This is great to prepare for dinner and let the kids make their own for their lunch box. Healthy and Delicious!!!

Asian Lettuce Wraps with peanut dipping sauce
Stir-fry Sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/3 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chili oil
1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
Peanut Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon chili oil
1/2 teaspoon peanut oil
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
Chicken
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1/4 cup minced water chestnuts
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 green onions, chopped
6 large lettuce leaves (iceburg or butter lettuce)
Do ahead: Make the stir-fry sauce. In a small saucepan, blend the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Add all the remaining stir-fry sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened. Set aside, or let cool and then refrigerate until ready to use. If chilled, heat gently before using
Do ahead: Make the peanut dipping sauce. In a small saucepan, blend all the peanut dipping sauce ingredients and whisk over low heat until smooth. Set aside, or let cool and then refrigerate in a covered container until ready to use. If chilled, heat gently before using.
To cook the chicken, heat the oil in a skillet and add the chicken' saute until cooked through. Add the water chestnuts and almonds and 1/4 cup of the stir-fry sauce. Simmer, stirring frequently, for a couple of minutes, then all the green onions.
Portion the chicken filling onto the lettuce leaves, fold the leaves over the filling to wrap, and serve with the peanut dipping sauce on the side.
Add great veggies: Shredded carrots, bean sprouts, mushrooms, broccoli I like to offer these raw and put what you like in your wrap for extra crunch. Chow mien noodles or rice noodles add an extra flavor, too.


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