Monday, January 4, 2016

Meal Prep: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

New year, new everyone- amirite? With Christmas and NYE on Fridays this year, this break has seemed ten times longer than normal so today will be a little rough for everyone I would imagine (I haven't physically been in my office since the 18th - though I've been working remotely). And while I still have 2015 wrap-up items to post this week, I figured I'd start the week off on the diet foot to remind myself that it's that time of year again.
I'm not naturally the best cook in the world and have used the last 2-3 years to try to teach myself some easy-to-make meals to have under my belt. I've since perfected a Mexican ground turkey lettuce wrap (here) but I wanted to try to do an Asian one. So with some Googling, some improv and some practice -  I can honestly say that I made that happen. Here's what I made yesterday for our lunches this week and it could not be easier or yummier:

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Olive/Coconut Oil for pan
  • 2 pounds of ground chicken
  • Sriracha (to taste)
  • 2 TBSPs Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 4 TBSPs Soy Sauce
  • 2-3 TBSPs Grated Ginger (depending on your taste)
  • 1 Diced Bell Pepper
  • 6-8 stalks of Green Onion
  • 2 Yellow Onions
  • 1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 grated cloves of garlic
  • Raw Peanuts (handful)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Can of Water Chestnuts
  • Dash of Asian Fish Sauce (at your discretion)
  • 2 Heads of Butter Lettuce

Heat a saucepan with your oil of choice (I used olive oil only because we are out of coconut oil-which I prefer with Asian meals) over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and heat until it is brown. Drain fat.

Mix in green/yellow onions, garlic, ginger, bell peppers and stir.

Add in hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, asian fish sauce and Sriracha.

Once mixed-in, add the water chestnuts and peanuts and stir well until the sauce reaches all the goodies. Then add sesame seeds to garnish.

Fill washed/dried butter lettuce leaves with mixture, roll-up and eat! Hint: You can also drizzle the top with extra hoisin sauce if you're okay with your mind exploding in ecstasy. Why is butter lettuce so pretty?

And here's how I separated them out for our lunch boxes for fresh eating at the office since greens are such sensitive sallies when it comes to liquid:

They are seriously good. It was quite the feat to pack them to-go and not eat the entire wok full instead.

Happy eating! And happy back to reality day!
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Ashley Lillis said...

Those look so delicious! Lettuce wraps are one of my favorite things to eat at Pei Wei and PF Changs, and these look like a great and healthier alternative! Great idea to pack them separately so the lettuce doesn't get wilted between when you pack them and when you eat them!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Saw these on your IG last night and thought I AM SO MAKING THOSE FOR LUNCH SOON. Thanks for sharing!!

Pat Hatt said...

Can't go wrong with chicken indeed, sure works for my feed.

JW | PEONY said...

I will definitely be making these - YUM!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

These sound delicious! Perfect healthy meal to kick off the year. I like that you use peanuts for some added crunch and flavor.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

these look so amazing! one of my goals this year is to try new recipes, so thanks for sharing :) meanwhile, i'm starving now. looks so good!

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

These are always my FAVORITE thing at PF Changs and I always am like I should make these at home but for some reason thought they'd be difficult. Yet, this recipe makes it sound fairly easy. 2016 will hopefully be the year I get it done.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

These look delicious! I may try making them with tofu! YUM!

julie @ said...

That looks easy enough for me to make... And looks delish!! Happy New Years!

The Siberian American said...

These look delicious and easy to make-my favorite combo! :)

Jax said...

That looks real yummy and real tasty!!! I'm deff going to have to try these. I've been eating the same salad every day for lunch for about 5 years. Lmao