Monday, April 26, 2010

Stir Fry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The recipe I am going to share with you today is "Stir-fry Chicken Lettuce Wraps". I got this recipe from Martha Stewart's cook book. This is something new which I tried and came out really good. So thought of sharing the same with you guys...hope you like it too.
I got this cookbook from Library.Here in US, one thing I like is the Library..there will be at least one library in every neighborhood and has a good collection of books, magazines and DVDs. I am not that crazy about reading books but we used to take DVDs from there. You know once we got a malayalam dvd from there!!! (I think some mallus donated it). Last time when we visited the library, my husband asked me "why can't you take some cook books and try some new recipes?". There we saw a good collection of cookbooks and finally i selected 2-3 books. I also chose some baking books too. Actually I am not that good in baking so thought of learning some baking tips too (sure,you can expect some of my new baking experiences in future posts :) ).
We had another version of "Chicken-Lettuce wraps" from one of the famous Chinese restaurant chain in US: "PF Chang's Chinese Bistro". But the filling is not the same as the one which I prepared here. I prepared the Chinese stir-fry chicken as filling.You can buy the lettuce from any grocery shop. There are so many varieties of lettuce are available: Boston lettuce, Iceberg etc .here i got the iceberg lettuce.Lettuce is always a healthy vegetable. Don't get confused it with Cabbage (Yes, When we first tried this at "McDonald's" during our first visit to abroad, we thought it was Cabbage leaf.) 
What the cook says about this dish is that wrapping the stir-fried chicken in lettuce keeps this dish lower in calories & Carbohydrates than it would be if served with rice/roti.The best part i liked about this dish is here we used very less oil for cooking.
OK, here is the details of the recipe
Cooking time:20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Chicken: 1 pound
Pepper: 2 tbsp
OliveOil: 2tbsp
RedBell pepper:1/2 portion(here i used yellow and Red peper)
Onion: 1 big 
Redchilliflakes:1/2 tsp
soysauce: 3 tbsp
Ricevinegar: 3 tbsp
Cornflour: 11/2 tsp
water:1 tbsp
salt: to taste
garlic: 3 pods
Ginger: medium sized
Lettuce leaves:8 leaves( about 1 head)
Preparation:
Step1: prior to cooking
  • Cut the chicken (use chicken breast) into very thin pieces. Marinate the chicken with salt and pepper. Keep it for 15- 20 minutes.
  • Cut Bell pepper and onion into thin slices.
  • Mince the ginger and garlic.
  • Mix the corn flour with 1 tbsp of water(do not add more water)
Step2:Cooking Chicken
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil and add half portion of the chicken pieces and fry until the chicken get fully cooked (until opaque throughout).Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining portion of the chicken and repeat the same process.
Step3:cooking vegetables
  • Add the remaining oil in the same pan fry the onion until get brown color add the bell pepper and fry it for sometime.
  • Reduce the heat and add the ginger garlic and redpepper flakes and stir well and cook for 1 minute
Step4:Adding sauces
  • Stir in the cornstarch, soy sauce and rice vinegar. 
Step5:
  • Add the chicken and mix with all ingrredients..just heat for 1 minute and switch off the heat
Step6:Making wraps
  • Separate the leaves from the lettuce head and take one/two spoonful of stir fried chicken into the lettuce leaves and wrap it
Have it as an appetizer.
Points to ponder
  • Do not add excess water into the cornflour.
  • You can make the Red chilli flakes at home.just crush the red chilli pepper using Mortar and pestle
  • Do not overcook the chicken.just cook it in oil for 4-5 minutes. 

37 Said:

Sushma Mallya said...

Loved the way you have served this chicken in a lettuce, looks beautiful and delicious...

SathyaSridhar said...

Rani,,well presented dear chicken looks great as u said using oil is very little amount in this recipe dear...me n my hubby like the lettuce very much dear and also very good for health as u explained about it..

Krishnaveni said...

Attractive and delicious. Excellent combination

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this look so good, it must be tasted wonderful!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

This is so healthy and yummy, love anything used less oil, beautiful pic too...

Babli said...

Looks yummy, delicious and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

divya said...

this look so good,delicious and mouthwatring.wonderful presentation.

Pavithra said...

Looks very very yummy... I usually make the vegetarian version by adding tofu in it..looks so yummy...The click is awesome too.

Priya said...

Yummm!! mouthwatering wraps..am inviting myself to ur place to enjoy...very catchy dish Prani..

Kalai said...

Wow! That's one truly inspiring and a healthy dish! I loved your note about using lettuce instead of rice and roti's, how true? And a perfect click! Definitely a worthy one to try.

I don't know, how I missed your blog all these days, I checked few of your recent recipes and they are very lavish and tempting!

Loved browsing your blog-

Pam said...

They look so delicious. I love lettuce wraps.

Uma said...

loved this veg n chicken combo..
looking forward for your baking recipes :)

Kairali sisters said...

Prani..Lettuce wraps are our fav appetizer during our visits to PF Changs...We love it..Yours looks super delicious da...

Love
KS

Kamalika said...

Lovely recipe with a lovely presentation...I too prepare this...it is really very tasty dish....

Panchpakwan said...

Hi Prani,

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Yummy Team said...

Colorful and lovely wraps, Prani..Thanks for sharing..

Sandi said...

that looks really good. I always wanted to make lettuce wraps. Looks very easy too! Thanks for sharing

VineelaSiva said...

Prani the wrap looks very yummy.

Nisha said...

Ho wow , yummy yummy

Gita Jaishankar said...

Stir fry looks so tempting and tasty...so yum :)

Rumana Rawat said...

Wonderful and delicious:-)

AshKuku said...

Thanks for the kind words u shared on my blog space...... If not for u visiting me, I would have been deprived of your lovely & yummy space.... All yummy preps..... Just drooling over all the preps... I love this shredded chicken prep.... I love chicken a lot.... This is very very tempting ,, be it the color or the texture..... WOW!!!!! Hope to c u more often.....

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Life is beautiful!!! said...

I love chicken fry and this wrapped chicken fry looks perfect :)

shahana said...

Sounds delicious!Perfect appetizer.Im bookmarking this recipe.

Nostalgia said...

Awesome.. I love it.

Suja Sugathan said...

Lettuce wraps..wonderful presentation. Yours looks awesome and i am so tempted to try this..

you have a wonderful space..i am so delighted to be here and checking around all these wonderful recipes

Deepti said...

Wonderful recipe dear...i m surely going to try it soon.

Krishnaveni said...

Please collect your awards from my blog

Rachel said...

prettily presented

Suhaina said...

Really delicious dish. I like the combination. Very healthy too. Nicely presented.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Hi Prani!!! hru doing dearie??? missed u alot!!

Chicken in lettuce looks really yumm lor! Make me drool! :D~

I'm back again but with bad internet connection...:( See U, take care...

Ammu said...

Looks delicious & mouthwatering. Nicely presented.

An Open Book said...

the red against the green looks beautiful...

Malar Gandhi said...

Delicious, wonderful presentation...like salad, perfect.

Aysha said...

amazing presentation n nice recipe...pls come n collect your awards dear

PranisKitchen said...

sushma,sathya,krishna,sonia,treat and trick,babli,divya,pavitra,priya,kalai,pam,uma,kairali sis,kamalika,panchpakwan,yummyteam,sandi,vineelasiva,gita,rumana,ashkuku,life is beautiful,shahana,nostalgia,suja,deepti,krishna,rachel.suhaina,lovetocook,ammu,openbook,malr,aysha thanks for the lovely comments dear friends.

Ingrid said...

These look amazing! Love lettuce wraps!

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