When the kids are back in school and you KNOW your afternoon is going to be spent getting them to their after school activities, this is the dinner that will make life SO much easier. Ground chicken is marinated in soy sauce, brown sugar and a few other easy to find ingredients, and then cooked to unleash and develop all the scrumptious flavors. Served in crispy lettuce wraps with a side of rice and dinner is served. You can make everything ahead of time and have a lettuce wrap buffet, so everyone can help themselves.
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 3 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water until soft, remove stems and chopped finely
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 2 fresh water chestnuts, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Steamed Rice
- Hoisin Sauce
- Sweet Chili Sauce
- 2-3 carrots, shredded
- freshly chopped cilantro
- lime wedges
- For the Marinade:
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 stalk scallion, finely chopped
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 1 fresh and cold iceberg lettuce head
- Serve with Steamed rice, Hoisin Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, dried rice noodles, shredded carrots, freshly chopped cilantro and lime wedges
Mix the ground chicken meat, chopped mushrooms and water chestnuts with all the Marinade ingredients. Set aside for 15 minutes.
Heat up a wok or pan and add the cooking oil. Saute the garlic until light brown and then add the chicken. Stir-fry the ground chicken and break up the lumps so they form into nice small pieces. Continue to stir-fry until the chicken is cooked, then set aside.
Carefully peel off the lettuce leaves from the iceberg lettuce head. Be careful not to break the leaves. Scoop up a big spoonful of chicken and place it in the middle of a lettuce leaf.
Top the chicken with some fresh cilantro, dried rice noodles (great for some added crunch!), carrots and a squeeze of lime juice. Wrap the lettuce leaf around the chicken, like a burrito, and dip into the hoisin sauce or sweet chili sauce before eating.
You can also drizzle some sauce on top, instead of using them as dips. Or you can do both!