Monday, January 08, 2007

YUMMY MONDAYS: Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

2 cups, 4 handfuls, fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 1/3 to 1 1/2 pounds thin cut chicken breast or chicken tenders
2 tablespoons light colored oil, such as vegetable oil or peanut oil
Coarse salt and coarse black pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch ginger root, finely chopped or grated, optional

1 orange, zested
1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
1 small tin, 6 to 8 ounces, sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 scallions, chopped
3 tablespoons hoisin, Chinese barbecue sauce, available on Asian foods aisle of market
1/2 large head iceberg lettuce, core removed, head quartered
Wedges of navel orange -- platter garnish

Remove tough stems from mushrooms and brush with damp towel to clean, Slice mushrooms. Chop chicken into small pieces.
Preheat a large skillet or wok to high.

Add oil to hot pan. Add chicken to the pan and sear meat by stir frying a minute or 2. Add mushrooms and cook another minute or two. Add salt and pepper to season, then garlic and ginger. Cook a minute more. Grate zest into pan, add bell pepper bits, chopped water chestnuts and scallions. Cook another minute, continuing to stir fry mixture. Add hoisin Chinese barbecue sauce and toss to coat the mixture evenly. Transfer the hot chopped barbecued chicken to serving platter and pile the quartered wedges of crisp iceberg lettuce along side. Add wedged oranges to platter to garnish. To eat, pile spoonfuls into lettuce leaves, wrapping lettuce around fillings and squeeze an orange wedge over.


Amber Y. said...

Thanks for all the recipes! I've tried a couple and they're easy to make and delish!

Chalene, hope you'll come out with new cardio workouts this 2007! Can't get enough of your workouts. I'm a TJ addict. My request is 45-50 minutes (excluding warm-up and cool-down) of all-cardio that's intense with MORE TURBOS! I would like another Fat Blaster 2, another Punch Kick and Jam 2, and more longer Cardio Parties 4, 5, 6! No gadgets, just intense kickboxing with some dance! :D

Nathalou said...

Looks really yummy Chalene!
I do my hamberger with lettuce instead of bread so it's a great idea for wraps too!
Have a great day!

Michelle said...

I made these this weekend and my family loved them! Even better that PF Changs' they said!! Keep up the great recipes.