This was really good. I’ve tried a few chicken lettuce wrap recipes the past couple of years and I always felt like something was missing. So, I decided to try another one last night and add some of my own touches. I got this recipe from wegottaeat and they apparently adapted theirs from Pioneer Woman (A blogger turned food network show chick).
I think I need to mention in this post my favorite/healthier substitute for Kikoman soy sauce- Organic Wheat Free Tamari Sauce. Check it out, you’ll probably find it in your local grocery stores gluten-free section.
This is what it looks like:
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
A dash or two of ground red pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger or ground ginger
2 tsp sesame oil
4-6 tbsp honey, depending on how sweet you want it
2 tbsp + 1 tbsp set aside of wheat free Tamari sauce or soy sauce.
1-3 tbsp coconut oil or butter
1.5 lbs chicken breast, diced
1 small onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup cashews, chopped
2 8oz cans of diced water chestnuts (I diced them up a little more, as you can see in the pics)
8 leaves romaine or iceberg lettuce, washed & dried..I find romaine to be a little easier with lettuce wraps.
sesame seeds or green onions for decor if you want
1. For the sauce, mix together rice vinegar, coconut palm sugar, red pepper flakes, ground red pepper, ginger, sesame oil, honey, and 4 tbsp of Tamari/soy sauce – making sure to dissolve sugar. Set aside.
2. Heat coconut oil or butter in pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add diced chicken and brown. Don’t cook it for too long, you don’t want it to get tough. You don’t want to cook it all the way through, it will finish cooking later. Remove chicken from oil, put it in a separate bowl to the side.
3. Add diced onions and minced garlic to pan and a tablespoon or so of Tamari/soy sauce to the pan; brown. When onions and garlic are brown and tender, add stir fry sauce, browned chicken, water chestnuts, and cashews. Saute mixture for a few minutes and taste to see if you want to add more honey or Tamari/soy sauce. I added the honey and Tamari sauce by tablespoon and kept tasting it while it was sauteing, until it was just right.