PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

December 3, 2014

This recipe was inspired by my parent’s visit to Boston a few weeks ago. We went out to lunch at PF Chang’s, and while debating the menu, we discussed how delicious the lettuce wraps are.

Despite their incredible flavor, however, lettuce wraps are dangerously messy to eat. Without fail, no matter how careful I am, that flavorful sauce always manages to drop on my shirt. Because of this inevitability, we all decided on ordering some (equally scrumptious) stir frys instead.

Still craving the lettuce wraps a few days later, I decided to create my own at home. To tell you the truth, I am often a bit hesitant to make Asian food at home, because it usually requires several ingredients I don’t have in my pantry or refrigerator. Luckily, this tasty recipe has a relatively short ingredient list and – even better – is ready in 20 minutes. YES!

Don’t worry mom and dad, we can now have lettuce wraps at home and spill to our hearts content. Enjoy!

Have you eaten at PF Chang’s before? What is your favorite item on the menu? Let me know below!

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 3-4 servings (3 for main dish, 4 for appetizer)
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil (or cooking spray)
  • 1 lb. ground chicken (can substitute ground turkey)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce¬†(check for gluten free if necessary)
  • 2 tbls. low sodium soy sauce (check for gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 tbls. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbls. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves removed and rinsed

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add the ground chicken. Using a spatula or wooden spoon to crumble the meat, cook until no longer pink.
  4. Add garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and sriracha to the skillet. Simmer an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add water chestnuts for an additional minute.
  6. Remove from heat, sprinkle with green onions.
  7. Serve “taco style” in lettuce cups, allotting a few tablespoons of chicken per leaf.

Recipe slightly adapted from Damn Delicious. Her site is amazing, be sure to check it out!

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