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Copycat P.F. Chang's chicken lettuce wraps sprinkled with sesame seeds, served on 2 plates with chopsticks.

P.F. Chang’s chicken Lettuce Wraps


Description

These (copycat) P.F. Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps are a healthy, savory party appetizer. Serve them at Game Day gatherings. You can make them a meal by serving along with rice or wonton soup. 


Ingredients

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COOKING SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup finely-diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly-grated ginger
  • 1 8ounce can water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (plus extra for garnishing)
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, for serving
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for garnishing

OPTIONAL: 1 8.8-ounce package Maifun rice sticks (or Thai vermicelli rice noodles), pan fried in oil until puffed and crispy. Add them to the lettuce cups before spooning on the chicken filling.


Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Remove the root/core from the butter lettuce. Rinse leaves under cold running water until clean. Pat dry between paper towels. Each leaf will be used as a lettuce cup. 

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the 5 cooking sauce ingredients: hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sriracha to taste. Set the bowl aside. Later, if the cornstarch has settled to the bottom of the bowl, whisk again to incorporate.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is fragrant, add the ground chicken and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink.
  3. Add chopped yellow onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté 3 to 4 minutes more, or until the onions are soft and tender. Add prepared cooking sauce to the pan. Stir until the chicken is evenly coated in the sauce. Cook 1 minute more. If the sauce thickens too quickly, thin it out with 1/4 cup water.
  4. Add water chestnuts and green onions to the pan. Toss briefly to combine. Remove pan from heat. 
  5. Spoon chicken mixture into the prepared lettuce cups, like filling taco shells. Garnish each lettuce wrap with sliced green onions and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Notes

HOW TO TAMP DOWN SWEETNESS IN THE COOKING SAUCE: Add 2 tablespoons oyster sauce to offset the sweetness of the other ingredients.

IF TASTE OF GINGER IS TOO STRONG: Add a bit of brown sugar to tamp it down. 

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVERS: Transfer leftover filling to an airtight container and refrigerate. It will stay fresh up to 3 days. To reheat, add filling to a skillet on stovetop. Warm 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat. For a slightly crispy texture, add a bit of oil to the pan. Spoon heated filling into a crisp lettuce cup.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian-American

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