Lemongrass Ginger Chicken in Lettuce Cups
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.
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- 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
- 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
- 12 lettuce-leaf "cups," using iceberg or butter lettuce, or a mix
- 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. 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. 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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