Meet the Sullivans: Recipe: P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps

August 14, 2012

Recipe: P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps

Do you like Chinese food? We do, but often times it's really greasy and leaves us feeling gross. We really like P.F. Chang's because it is really the only time we can have authentically flavored Chinese food that tastes fresh. Well, this recipe for lettuce wraps is inspired by the recipe for lettuce wraps that P.F. Chang's has on their menu. We really enjoyed this and we're even having it again one night this week! 

16 Boston, bibb or butter lettuce leaves
1 pound ground chicken breast
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Asian chili pepper sauce (see Note)
1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped cashews

1. Rinse lettuce leaves, keeping them whole. Set aside to drain.

2. Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often to break up the meat. Add onion, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar and chili sauce. Cook until the meat is crumbled and brown. Add water chestnuts and green onions. Cook until onions begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.

3. Stir in sesame oil and chopped cashews. Arrange lettuce leaves on the outer edge of a platter. Spoon meat mixture in center. Allow diners to spoon meat mixture into lettuce leaves and eat like a taco.

They also look really nice buffet style if you're having guests. Put the filling in a bistro-style serving bowl with a large serving spoon and pile up the lettuce on a long platter

Cook's Notes

Asian chili pepper sauce can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets. Some brands contain garlic, which is fine. You can use 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes instead like I did.


Caitlin C. said...

I LOVE this appetizer at P.F. Chang's and have always wanted to re-create it at home, but didn't know where to start. Thanks for doing all the hard work for me... these look delicious! :)

Unknown said...

This recipe is delicious!