Serving lettuce cups for Chinese New Year makes a lot of sense (or should I say cents?) as the lettuce represents rising fortune. The word “fortune” encompasses luck, wealth, chances,...
Chinese Chicken Lettuce Cups
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Serving lettuce cups for Chinese New Year makes a lot of sense (or should I say cents?) as the lettuce represents rising fortune. The word “fortune” encompasses luck, wealth, chances, success, and riches. With that in mind, I suggest you have 2 or 3 or these tasty treats
Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the 1 Tbsp. cooking oil, heat for a minute then add the garlic, ginger and 2 sliced scallions. Cook for 30 seconds or until very fragrant, stirring constantly. Add the chicken and cook through, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining 2 scallions, the carrots and the diced water chestnuts. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 6 Tbsps. San-J Asian BBQ Sauce, cook, stirring, until heated through – about 30 seconds.
To make the garnish, place paper towels on a dinner plate. Using your hands, gently pull the mung bean vermicelli noodles apart into smaller portions. Heat 2 inches of oil in a small saucepan or wok (the smaller the pan, the less oil you will need) to 375 degrees F (rippling but not smoking). Fry one small handful of noodle at a time until they puff up – 5 – 10 seconds. Remove from oil with tongs or a strainer – place on the prepared plate and sprinkle with a little salt.
To serve dip the back of a spoon into a small bowl of San-J Asian BBQ Sauce, spread into a lettuce leave, spoon in some filling and top with the fried mung bean noodles if desired.
A gluten free recipe that serves 4 as a main dish, 6 as an appetizer.