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Thai Lettuce Wraps

Introduction:

Thai Lettuce Wraps are a delicious and healthy appetizer or light meal that features a flavorful filling wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves. This recipe combines ground chicken, vegetables, and Thai-inspired seasonings for a refreshing and satisfying dish.

Why we love this recipe:

  • It’s a fun and interactive way to enjoy a meal, as each person can customize their own lettuce wraps.
  • The combination of fresh vegetables, tender chicken, and aromatic spices creates a delicious and satisfying dish.
  • This recipe is easy to make and can be ready in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce

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  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
  • Lime wedges for serving

Instructions:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrots, and mushrooms to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, and Sriracha sauce (if using). Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables in the skillet and stir to combine.
  4. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce is heated through.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro and mint.
  6. To serve, spoon the chicken and vegetable mixture into the lettuce leaves. Garnish with chopped peanuts (if using) and serve with lime wedges on the side.

Notes:

  • You can customize the filling by adding or substituting your favorite vegetables or protein.
  • For a vegetarian version, you can use tofu or tempeh instead of chicken.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition:

  • Serving Size: 2 wraps
  • Calories: 250
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 20g

FAQs:

Q: Can I use a different type of lettuce? A: Yes, you can use iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce if you prefer.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat the filling and assemble the lettuce wraps.

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