Friday, May 21, 2010

Thai Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps


These are light, but sinful tasting. Very low carb and full of flavor. My 2.5 year old was a HUGE fan tonight. You can add more veggies, but my husband is a picky guy. I personally would add some diced water chestnuts and maybe some diced canned mushrooms...This would be faaantastic with my spicy peanut noodles from last week on the side and would easily serve 6 people with the noodle dish. The three of us chowed down and still had a bit leftover and didn't have any side dish with it.

Ingredients
2-3 small heads of Boston/butter lettuce

1 cooked deli roaster chicken (or your own chicken equivalent - here is my roasted chicken recipe: http://thefrugalgourmom.blogspot.com/2010/03/whole-oven-roasted-chicken.html) - Cleaned and finely diced.  It was about 4 cups of diced cooked chicken.

1 bunch of green onions/scallions - minced (whites & greens)
1 carrot - shredded
1" ginger root- grated
2 cloves garlic- minced finely
1/2 diced poblano (or other spicier chili, I kept it mild so my kid could eat it)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup of honey
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup of unsalted roasted cashews
A squeeze of citrus (I used orange because it was in the fridge, but lemon or lime would work too)

Put the chicken in a large bowl. Add the shredded carrot, scallions & chili pepper. Mix well.



Get a skillet hot and add the cashews. Let them toast for a minute or two while you mix them around. They will get a bit of color on them when they are done. Let them cool. Then put them in a ziplock bag and take out a little frustration on them. You don't want to make cashew butter...so just lightly tap them so they break apart. Add them to the chicken and mix well.





In a microwavable measuring cup, combine the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger & sesame oil. Microwave for about 1 minute and mix well with a whisk. Don't add all of the sauce at once. Drizzle it over the chicken mixture and toss. Taste it. They drier the chicken is and the more veggies you add, the more sauce you will need. My chicken was moist and I didn't have a lot of veggies, so I only used about 1/2 the sauce. You may need all of it. Just keep drizzling, mixing & tasting. Squeeze the citrus over it and mix again.

You can make this in advance and just pop in the microwave when you're ready to eat!!!!

This is my leftover dressing.

After I had made it and tasted it...I decided it needed some citrus. I found an orange in the fridge & used it.


Remove the leaves of lettuce & wash them. Dry them out and lay them on a dish. Serve family style. The kids will love to assemble their own "lettuce" tacos and have fun. Mine did.



P.S.  This chicken mixture would be unbelievable on top of a lettuce or cabbage salad with some red bell peppers and tomatoes! Yum-o-rama. Top with some crunchy chow mein noodles? Yum-yummity-oh-rama.

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