Lemongrass Ginger Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

Our version of the classic Chinese restaurant dish brings in tart-hot Southeast Asian flavors. We've used medium-size lettuce leaves here for a main course; if you want to make appetizers, just choose small leaves.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6 (12 lettuce cups) (serving size: 1 lettuce cup)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Calories from fat: 60%
  • Protein: 9.3g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.3g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 305mg
  • Cholesterol: 33mg

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minced ginger, divided
  • 1/4 cup good-quality hoisin sauce, such as Koon Chun or Lee Kum Kee
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter, chunky or smooth
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 8 canned water chestnuts, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño chiles, chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Salt
  • 12 lettuce-leaf "cups," using iceberg or butter lettuce, or a mix

Preparation

  1. 1. Mix chicken with 1 tbsp. fish sauce, the sugar, and 2 tbsp. ginger in a small bowl; set aside. In another small bowl, stir hoisin sauce with lime juice, peanut butter, and remaining 1 tsp. fish sauce until smooth; set sauce aside.
  2. 2. Heat a large frying pan (not nonstick) over medium-high heat. Swirl in oil. Add garlic and remaining 1 tbsp. ginger and cook until fragrant. Add chicken and cook, stirring and breaking up chunks, until no longer pink, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add carrot, water chestnuts, green onions, lemongrass, and chiles and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute more. Add cucumber and peanuts and stir to combine. Add salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. 3. To eat, spread some hoisin sauce on a lettuce cup. Top with chicken mixture, fold up, and eat with your hands.
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