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Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Asian, Healthy Eating, Main Dish, Poultry, Quick Meals, Rice | 25 comments

One of my most favorite additions to my cookbook shelf in the past year has been The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner, by Jaden Hair. And out of that cookbook, our most repeated recipes have been these Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps (or Lettuce Cup Appetizers as Jaden calls them in her book) and Chinese Beef Broccoli.

This meal is loaded with vegetables and lean protein, not to mention flavor. The addition of some jasmine rice is the perfect way to turn this delicious appetizer into a quick weeknight meal. If you’re aiming for ultra-health conscious you can substitute brown rice for the jasmine rice, but I personally love the flavor and scent the jasmine rice brings to the dish.

easy asian lettuce wraps

I love Asian food, but until the past couple of years I didn’t have much experience cooking it but instead preferred to go out for Asian. The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook has really demystified Asian cooking for me. Where before it seemed too complicated and with recipe lists full of difficult to find ingredients, now it is simple and fast and only requires a trip to your neighborhood grocery store.

The way all of the different flavors and textures play off one another in this recipe makes it all the more like-able. With the soft rice, crunchy water chestnuts, crisp bell pepper, salty marinade, and sweet, juicy mandarin oranges, I can’t think of anything that’s missing from the ingredient list.

easy asian lettuce wraps

While the ingredient list may look long, don’t let let that stop you from trying this recipe. It comes together incredibly fast and you’re taste buds will certainly thank you afterward. Don’t be surprised if this becomes a regular at your dinner table. It’s certainly one at ours!

What are you favorite make-at-home Asian favorites?

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Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Ingredients:

1 lb. ground chicken
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated on a microplane
1/2 cup chopped red onion
8 shiitake mushrooms, diced
4 peeled water chestnuts, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 teaspoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 head Butter lettuce
1 1/2 cups cooked jasmine rice
1 - 11 ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained

Directions:

In a bowl, marinate the ground chicken with the soy sauce, wine, and cornstarch for 10 minutes at room temperature.

Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat. When hot, add the oil, swirling to coat. Stir in the garlic, ginger, red onion. Fry for 30 seconds, until fragrant.

Add the ground chicken, cooking and stirring until lightly browned, about 2-4 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, water chestnuts, rice vinegar, and oyster sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through. Stir in the red bell pepper and simmer until it is tender-crisp, about 30 seconds to a minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.

Assemble the lettuce wraps by spooning a heaping tablespoon of rice and filling onto each lettuce leaf. Top with 2-3 mandarin orange sections.

Katie

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Katy - December 20, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    Looks great! I haven’t tried the lettuce wraps yet, but the beef broccoli is a fave here too.

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    Rachel - December 20, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    That sounds really good! And it definitely sounds pretty easy to make which is a plus.

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - December 20, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    These look wonderful and flavorful. Lettuce wraps are a fav in my house!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) - December 20, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    ground chicken is actually my favorite ground meat…this is no exception! it’s so versatile, and i love how fun these would be to eat :)

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef - December 20, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    i love lettuce wraps! these would be so yummy for dinner soon!

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    Mark Scarbrough - December 20, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    I love Asian-inspired picadillo like that. It looks simply gorgeous. And any leftover picadillo is so in an omelet the next morning.

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique - December 20, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    These look awesome! I need to make them asap. Thanks for sharing.

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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats - December 20, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    Just beautiful Katie! These are yummy. Thinking I should be changing my mind about what’s for dinner tonight.

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch - December 20, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    I love this recipe and your photographs are beautiful!

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    Wenderly - December 20, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    Refreshing and light! EXACTLY what this bod needs right about now!

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    SMITH BITES - December 20, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    so pretty Katie – these colors really pop! i would eat these in a heartbeat!!

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  • 12
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - December 20, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    I have been meaning to make this recipe for ages. Your photos are gorgeous!

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  • 13
    Alison @ Ingredients Inc. - December 21, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    Awesome looking and great recipe. My kids would love this too!

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    Noelle - December 21, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    This looks so delicious and tasty! Those colors are vibrant!

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    Jimmy Lim - December 21, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    It’s look so great. I will try it tomorrow

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    Georgia Pellegrini - December 22, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    Colorful and fresh! The chicken looks tasty and I might try this with pork as well.

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    Maria - December 23, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    I love Asian food and Jaden’s book is fantastic. Great dinner idea!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    Shaina - December 23, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    Delicious. And I agree, Jaden’s book is one of my favorites as well!

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    Melanie Conley - December 23, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    It’s look so great. I will try it tomorrow

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    Kendra - December 27, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    Yum! Nothing like tasty and especially healthy food. Can’t wait to try it. thanks!

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    Leola Lloyd - December 28, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

    I love Asian food and Jaden’s book is fantastic. Great dinner idea! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  • 22
    Frankie - January 05, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    Lettuce wraps are such a staple after New Years… Here’s to resolutions, yeah? :D

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    Deborah Dowd - January 17, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    This recipe looks perfect for the post-holiday period when you are trying to find food that is healthy but delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!~

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    maggie everett - December 02, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I am having a fit to get the lettuce wrap recipes. I don’t see a PRINT logo on this page?

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