Saturday, March 26, 2011

Asian Lettuce Wraps (Like Pei Wei or PF Chang's)

These low-fat and healthy lettuce wraps taste like the ones at Pei Wei or P.F Chang's.  I made these with ground turkey like the recipe called for, but I also think you could make them with chicken to make them even more like the lettuce wraps at Pei Wei and P.F Chang's.  This recipe is from Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet cookbook.

Makes 10 lettuce wraps

*cooking spray
*1 1/4 lb. extra lean ground turkey (or boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
*1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen stir-fry vegetable blend, thawed
*1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
*1/4 cup hoisin sauce
*3 Tablespoons reduced-fat peanut butter
*1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced (the original recipe calls for 2 Tablespoon, but it was a bit much)
*1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
*1 Tablespoon sesame oil
*3 fresh garlic cloves, pressed or minced
*4 green onions, chopped
*10 Boston lettuce leaves (or Iceberg if you cannot find Boston)

In a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey over medium-high heat until no longer pink, stirring occasionally.  (If using chicken instead, salt and pepper the chicken lightly, spray the skillet with cooking spray, and cook 6-7 minutes per side.  Remove the chicken from the pan.  Dice up the chicken into very small pieces.  Return to pan.)

Coarsely chop mixed vegetables.  Add to the pan with the cooked turkey or chicken.  Stir in the teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter, ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.  Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the garlic.  Cook for 1 minute.

Remove from heat.  Stir in the green onions.  Scoop about 1/2 cup turkey or chicken mixture on each lettuce leaf.  Fold lettuce leaf over filling.  Serve with additional hoisin sauce if desired.