This weekend, I noticed something strange happening with my palette. Gone were the cravings for oatmeal stouts, stewed meats, comfortable savory earthy brown dishes. In were the cravings for fresh veggies, zucchini and corn, and my long appreciation for a good IPA commenced. It's the turning of the seasons.
So, inspired partly by my friend, BG, and also by my intense craving for delicious + healthy, I present to you: spicy chicken lettuce wraps.
Here's what you need:
- 1 head of lettuce
- 1 lb ground chicken
- soy sauce, a generous squeeze of hoisinsauce
- small red chile peppers, or you can use fresno peppers for less heat (keep the seeds in for extra heat)
- 1/2 small onion
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 green part of a scallion
Saute the ground chicken, breaking it up into little pieces. Once that is starting to brown, clear a little area on the bottom of the pan to sautee the onions. Add soy sauce to give it some flavor while it's cooking. When those begin to turn translucent, you can add the scallions, chile peppers, ginger, and garlic. Give it a stir, continuing to break up the chicken pieces. Now, at this point, I had a lot of chicken juice at the bottom of my pan, so I actually just took a big spoon and spooned out some of the broth so that the mixture was a little drier. I then added a generous squeezing of hoisinsauce into the pan, and sauteed the rest until the chicken was completely cooked. Voila!
Spoon the mixture into cabbage cups, roll, and enjoy. I grated one large carrot to this mixture just to add more veggies. Didn't. Regret. It.