I recently had family visit from the states and one of my aunts commented on how tasty my dinners were (she was expecting healthier low-carb dinners to be bland) and these delicious thai lettuce wraps were one of my families favorites so I decided to share the recipe with you. I started with the inspiration of lettuce wraps from Joeys Restaurant and kept coming across recipes for P.F. Changs lettuce wraps (although the recipes varied greatly). So I made a couple different versions at once and used the tastiest one for my lettuce wrap experiment. I did try a recipe that makes the hoisin sauce from scratch however, I wasn’t a fan. If you’ve perfected it then go ahead and use homemade, but I prefer to use the store-bought hoisin sauce (the VH hoisin and garlic sauce isn’t quite the same but will do). I wanted to amp up the nutritional value with more veggies and nutrients. Adding broccoli coleslaw (which has broccoli, carrots and red cabbage) and bell peppers results in getting lots of Vitamin A & C along with other essential vitamins and minerals and I don’t think kids would even notice.
Lettuce Wraps Ingredients:
2lbs extra lean ground chicken or turkey
1 small onion
2 cups broccoli coles law
1 bell pepper
4 green onions (for garnish if you have them)
Ground peanuts (for garnish, optional)
Lettuce (I’ve used iceberg and romaine, anything with a large strong leaf will do)
1/2 hoisin sauce (if you find a low sodium one use that)
4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sriracha (this will just give it a little kick and you can adjust it to your own heat preference, you can use whatever hot sauce you have on hand)
2 tbsp rice wine or apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp chopped garlic
Brown and drain ground chicken. Dice onions and throw in pan with chicken to saute. Finely chop pepper. Mix sauce ingredients and pour half in with chicken and onions and stir to coat. Add peppers and broccoli coleslaw to pan with remaining sauce and mix. Cover and let everything heat up for just a few minutes to keep veggies crisp (if you like them soft cook longer).
Spoon 2-3 heaping tablespoons of filling onto each piece of lettuce and garnish with peanuts and green onions. Enjoy!
You could easily turn these into a tasty appetizer by using small leafed lettuce with one tbsp of filling and serving them on a platter!