Chicken in Lettuce Cups

With the cold weather and holidays, we have been indulging in fairly heavy and (fat) rich meals, so we decided to have a light dinner last week and decided to have diced chicken wrapped in lettuce. The problem was, I was out of hoisin sauce. So, we improvised a bit this time, and made our own sauce. I still prefer the hoisin sauce though.

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced fine

4 dried shitake mushrooms – soak in warm water and dice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 onion, diced

1 teaspoon ginger, minced

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons dry sherry

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 tablespoons water

Serve with:

1/2 cup green onions, finely sliced

lettuce leaves

hoisin sauce OR (since I didn’t have any hoisin sauce)

Mixture of 1 tsp. oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons bottled barbeque sauce, 1/4 cup Catalina dressing, 1-2 tablespoons of ketchup, 2 teaspoons honey, and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix together the cornstarch, dry sherry, oyster sauce, and water in a small bowl. In a wok or large pan, heat oil and saute’ the chicken until opaque and set aside. Heat up a bit more oil and saute’ the ginger, garlic and onions until fragrant. Add the dried mushrooms, stir fry for a couple of minutes and add the chicken back in the pan. Season with the cornstarch mixture, and stir. Remove from heat.

To eat, spread a little sauce on a lettuce leaf, add a spoonful of the chicken, and sprinkle with green onions. Wrap up in the lettuce, and enjoy!

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5 comments on “Chicken in Lettuce Cups
  1. JMom says:

    Hi Ting, this is also our favorite at the chinese restaurant. We were so glad when we tried making it at home and it actually came out decent.

    Karen, what a great idea with the tamarind jam sauce! I’ll have to try that next time. I have to find tamarind jam first 🙂

    Hi Celia and Manang! Glad to be of service. I love the way we end up reminding each other what to eat next :-)ha!ha! We’ll all end up having to go on diets soon!

  2. Manang says:

    Hmmm, you are very creative indeed! thanks for the ideas…

  3. celia kusinera says:

    This is one of my favs that I haven’t eaten in years! Thanks for the recipe and for reminding me…

  4. Karen says:

    Ooohh la la! I think I can eat this everyday. Hmmm… might try a thin layer of tamarind jam for the sauce too.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. ting-aling says:

    Hello JMom. I finally got the time to read. Brought home some work and I finished early. We used to order this from our favorite chinese it’s gone bankrupt so we’re in search of a good one.

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