Have you been to P.F. Chang’s? If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a chain of casual dining restaurants serving Americanized Chinese food. I mean, the food is pretty much the same stuff you can get from your neighborhood Chinese take-out joint, but it’s served in a somewhat fancy setting, so I guess it’s somewhat elevated Chinese food.
Anyhow, one of my favorite dishes is the chicken lettuce wraps, their signature appetizer. There’s something about the warm chicken filling and the cool lettuce cups you assemble at the table before you shove the whole thing in your mouth. It’s pretty much an Asian taco. And I think I’ve mentioned our love of tacos around here…
These Asian chicken lettuce wraps are reminiscent of the ones served at P.F. Changs, but they’re even better since you’re making them yourself! Super easy for a weeknight dinner– serve it with some rice to round out the meal. Feel free to add some other ingredients to the filling to suit your tastes.
for the dressing:
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
for the filling:
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 small radicchio, shredded
2 carrots, shredded with a box grater
1 cup of water chestnuts, diced
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
4 scallions, diced
Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
Sriracha or other hot sauce
Optional garnishes: fresh bean sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, crunchy noodles, chopped chives
In a small bowl, combine first six dressing ingredients. Whisk in the vegetable and sesame oil. In a skillet, cook the minced garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add most of the radicchio and carrots and cook until slightly wilted. (Reserve some of the raw veggies to top the wraps when serving.) Stir in the water chestnuts and chicken to heat through. Off the heat, toss in the scallions and add the dressing slowly to the filling mixture, tossing to combine. You may not need all of the dressing. To serve, spoon chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves. Top with any remaining dressing, hot sauce and garnishes as you’d like.