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Slim and delicious chicken lettuce wraps

The time that I am able to spend with my little Sammy in the mornings while Elijah is at school is so precious. It's always the most entertaining part of my day, as I answer question after question followed by constant commentary followed by bossy orders telling me exactly where I can sit and what I cannot touch or breathe on. I do like the orders commanding me to "Come suggle wif me, Mama!" Then Elijah comes home and it's more difficult to get that quality time with either one of them. Just a few more days of this and we will officially be in summer mode!

Summer can be defined by so many things: hot weather, watermelon, popsicles, grilling, corn on the cob, swimming pools, fireworks, skydiving, traveling, freedom, splash parks, sunscreen, sprinklers, ice cream trucks, swim suits, beach towels, lemonade and so many other things. Oh, and don't forget slimming down! I have a difficult time eating heavy, calorie-laden foods in the summer-time (ha! wait till you see what next week's post is!) and I adore salads and other light foods when it is steamy out (still waiting for this).

Like these lettuce wraps, for example! I have always LOVED P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps almost as much as I love adding hot peppers to my food. But every time I eat them I know they are filled with greasy calories. Mmm, they are sooo good, though, aren't they?! So I searched around on some other food blogs and found a few variations of P.F. Chang's signature appetizer. The one you will find below is a version of this one I found on Iowa Girl Eats. It is slimmed down, yet it is still sooo addicting and delicious.

 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add:

1 pound lean ground chicken

2 shallots, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook, breaking the chicken apart with a spatula, until the meat is almost cooked through.

While the meat is sizzling in the skillet, throw the following into a microwavable bowl:

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon water

2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (found in the Asian aisle)

Microwave on high in two 15-second intervals, stirring after each one.

When the chicken is nearly cooked through, add 3 minced cloves of garlic to the skillet.

Cook, stirring, for an additional 3 minutes.

Throw in the soy sauce mixture from the bowl.

Stir until combined.

Add:

4 green onions, sliced

8-oz. can water chestnuts, chopped

Stir until combined and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until heated through.

Remove from the heat and divide the chicken mixture between 8 large butter or iceberg lettuce leaves. Top with chopped peanuts and serve!

I thought a copycat P.F. Chang's recipe would for sure have to be complicated, but this one is not. At all. It's straightforward and simple and your hungry tummy will not be disappointed.

Slim and Delicious Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A healthy version of the famous P.F. Changs chicken lettuce wraps. It tastes just as good, if not better!

Serves: 8

Total time: 20 min

Slim and Delicious Chicken Lettuce Wraps



Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (found in Asian aisle)
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 8-oz. can water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 8 large butter or iceberg lettuce leaves
Instructions:
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, shallots, salt and pepper and cook, breaking chicken apart with a spatula, until the meat is almost cooked through. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for an additional 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a microwaveable bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, peanut butter, water, honey and chili garlic sauce. Microwave on high in two 15-second intervals, stirring after each one.
  2. Add the liquid mixture to the chicken mixture and stir until combined. Add the green onions and water chestnuts. Stir until combined and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat and divide the chicken mixture between the lettuce leaves. Top with the chopped peanuts and serve.

 

 

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Reader Comments (13)

This sounds delicious except that I'm going to make it with diced tofu for a vegetarian version!

06.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I printed my first recipe from your site today...I love the layout and wish more sites had their recipes print this way. I am going to try this recipe soon!

06.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

yummy! I will try this weekend! Cool food for hot summer weather!!

06.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Ashworth

How slim (calorie wise) are these lettuce wraps?

06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

We had this on the weekend. I doubled it for friends and it turned out great! When I do it again, I'll make more of the sauce - we thought we'd like it more 'saucy'. I also diced up carrots in to it. Fabulous for lunch. Very filling and healthy!

06.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Oh

Made these tonight, the kids loved them....I'll definitely make them again! Delish:)

06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

Thank you! This recipe has become one of the favorites in my family and circle of friends. Super yummy!

01.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

How close to the real thing? these wraps don't look anything like PF Changs. please comment if you have had CHANGS -
then decided to make these and why use shallots? Can I use green onions in the beginning maybe the white part?

03.1.2014 | Unregistered Commenterpatty

Hi Patty! Green onions would be a great replacement. I am a HUGE fan of PF Changs lettuce wraps, and I can honestly say that these taste very similar. PFC has a darker, deeper sauce, but in all honesty these are just as delicious, in my opinion. Report back if you give them a try!!
Megan

03.1.2014 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

AWESOME! We're eating them now! Used very lean ground turkey instead and 8 cloves of garlic because we're garlic fanatics and this was so yummy and filling that I am not sure if we will have room for dinner!~ we split the recipe between 2 so yes yes! very happy with the turnout and can't wait to pass this around to my Chang friends!
You did a terrific job! THANK YOU!!!

03.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterpatty

Patty! I am so glad you gave this a try and that your family loved it as much as mine does. Thank you for your kind words!!
Megan

03.5.2014 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

anyone figured out how to do the white things that look like Styrofome

03.18.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Zaiz

Love this!

09.9.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdsteele

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