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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I’ve been MIA, in my own private Idaho, head down, nose to the grindstone. Have you ever been in your car headed toward a destination only to find you arrived but have no recollection of how you got there? That’s basically what my past six weeks have been like. I picked my head up the other day and barely remember the journey that got me to today.

It’s nothing life threatening…it’s just life. Just a lot of life packed into a month or so. That’s all. But, enough of it to make me miss out on get-togethers with friends, skip over online chats with pals, and pass on a virtual baby shower.  Enough to take me away from my blog and make me fall asleep on the couch in front of the TV some evenings. Enough to make me forget earlier this year I pledged to savor the moments.

I did have a few cool moments though…some really cool ones. A girls’ weekend away. A few posts on Martha Stewart’s G-Free Fridays. Some time with the kid over spring break. Walks with the little dogs to clear my head and regular yoga to help ease the stress.

OK, now it’s time to clear the chalkboard and start over again. Yep. That’s what I’m telling myself. ;D

Anyhoo, during the weekend I was away I had the chance to eat at PF Changs and enjoy several of their wonderful gluten-free menu items. My friends and I ordered the Chicken Lettuce Wraps, some Singapore Street Noodles, Garlic Snap Peas and Mongolian Beef. Yes, we were hungry and it was so good.

These Chicken Lettuce Wraps are inspired by that meal. A few online recipes helped me figure out how to make a unique sauce for the chicken. This recipe is not a copycat of the one at PF Chang’s but it’s delicious and suits my hubs and me just fine.

The inspiration recipes:

Gluten Free Cooking School’s Singapore Street Noodles

The Culinary Life’s Lettuce Wraps

Some other recipes to check out:

Chef Jeena’s curry powder recipe…if you’re so inclined.

Elana’s Pantry Thai Chicken Wraps

Life As A Plate Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

Book of Yum’s Jicama Tofu Lettuce Wraps


Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Make the sauce by mixing the following ingredients together, then set aside:

4 tablespoons SanJ organic gluten-free tamari (soy) sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup or tomato sauce
2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce (optional)*
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
pinch turmeric
2 teaspoons organic natural peanut butter
½ teaspoon gluten-free Thai Kitchen fish sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)

Heat in a wok over medium high heat:

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon sesame or avocado oil

Add, stirring for 5 minutes, until fully cooked:

1 pound ground organic chicken or turkey

Add in and stir until just wilted:

¾ cup carrots, shredded
1½ cups savoy cabbage, shredded then chopped
1 cup shitake mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup water chestnuts, chopped
¼ cup snow peas, chopped

Mix in the sauce you prepared earlier and heat through.

Serve with freshly washed organic Boston lettuce leaves.


Notes: *Please use Sriracha sauce only if you determine, based on the ingredients list, that it’s a safe gluten-free product. I couldn’t find a definitive claim this sauce is gluten-free. Sriracha sauce is a hot chile sauce so if you do not like spicy foods omit it from the recipe. If you are not confident it’s gluten-free you can substitute another gluten-free hot sauce in it’s place—add to your own tastes.

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Reader Comments (15)

Tried to comment earlier, but my comment went into a black hole. :-( These look fantastic, Nancy! What are Savoy carrots though? I know about Savoy cabbage ... I think the Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the best use of Iceberg lettuce on earth. ;-)

I think we often do that thing where we arrive somewhere and are not sure of how we got there. As long as I can remember some highlights along the way, as you did, I don't worry about it too much. ;-)

Have a good Sunday evening, Nancy!

Mar 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Shirley - Thanks for picking up on the typo...yes, it's savoy CABBAGE. Do you have any idea how many times I read that and didn't see it? I do remember some of the highlights so maybe that's a good sign. *hugs*

Mar 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterNancy Kohler

Nancy, I have had the "how did I get here" thing happen to me so many times lately that it kind of scared me the other day when I got the kids all the way to school and could not remember any part of the ride. It was my sign to turn my dang brain off and let some things go. Hence my little break at the beach right now! I am glad that you are finally getting a chance to clear the slate and start over. I just think it is so important! It is exactly what I am doing right now too! We just need to reboot ourselves and get into a slower mode.
These lettuce wraps look amazing. We will totally be making these. And, my hubby is super sensitive to when he gets glutened and he eats Sriracha all of the time and never has any problems. I gave up trying to find out if it was gf or not. LOL
Take care of yourself, Nancy!!! Remember your post to savor the moments. ;)

We all need a little break to breathe to hit the "reset" button once in a while. By the way, these lettuce wraps look gorgeous - my kids love lettuce wraps, so fun to eat!

Mar 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Nancy, lettuce wraps are James's all-time favorite appetizer. He is going to LOVE this recipe. PF Changs is one of my favorite restaurants. Shame there isn't one closer to me! I'm glad you were able to blog again. We've missed you!

These look amazing... Sorry that life has been so busy for you lately. I miss chatting with you and look forward to catching up soon.

Yummy recipe yet again! Glad you had time to sweep the cobwebs from your mind, and hope you keep feeling the inspiration and love.

Mar 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInTolerant Chef

I love PF Changs! Though I usually get chicken lo mein, one of my friends only ever orders the lettuce wraps when she goes. I definitely need to send her your recipe, and try these out for myself!

Mar 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

These look amazingly delicious! I adore lettuce wraps of all types!

Hi Nancy, it's good to see you posting. I hope that life settles down for you a bit and you get a bit of a breather this month. -xoxo

I can totally relate. Nice to see you back again! These look delicious, too! xo

Lettuce wraps are truly one of my favorite things. What a great recipe!

Mar 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

My sister is the lettuce wrap queen 'round these parts, but I am making your recipe instead next time they make the menu. Shhh...don't tell her. ;)

Apr 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaina

thanks a lot for the recipe, I'm gonna make a review in xlpharmacy reviews about this recipe because is pretty simple and healthy and can be drink between meals, thanks

Nov 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkyon

Oh! gosh! absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing.

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