Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik
Total Time
50 Mins
Serves 4

This variety of lettuce retains a bit of crunch even after being slightly wilted, making it an ideal player in stir-fries. If you don't have Little Gems, you can substitute pieces of hearts of romaine.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat pan. Cook chicken, stirring only when browned, until most of pink is gone, about 10 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, onion, and carrot, stirring to combine.

Step 2

Make a well in the center of the pan and pour in broth. Cook until simmering. Mix cornstarch and soy sauce in a small bowl. Add chili sauce, then pour into broth, stirring to combine. Add Little Gems and toss mixture to coat, cooking until half the lettuce leaves are wilted, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Sprinkle the dish with basil.

Step 4

*A mini romaine, Little Gem lettuce has sweet, crunchy, and densely packed leaves. Find it at farmers' markets and well-stocked grocery stores.

Ratings & Reviews

jstwil's Review

July 18, 2013
This was so-so. Pretty good flavors, and I enjoyed it fine, but it was a bomb with my children. They usually eat anything, but this one met with fierce resistance. Maybe too much spice for children.