I asked my husband to write an introduction to this recipe. Surprisingly he obliged. He also took the photo.
“If Zoe hasn’t attended a meal out, which is rare, the first thing she has to know is what was eaten and how good it was. Even if it was a mediocre Chinese. Which this was. But the one highlight was a dish of minced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves. She was straight on the case to replicate and, of course, improve”.
This is also to appease all those people on healthy eating regimes. It ticks so many diet boxes. No carbs – tick, low in fat – tick, high in protein – tick, two of your five a day – tick. It’s also pretty tasty.
Chinese chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves
Serves 2 as a main course, 4-6 as a starter
- About 550g of minced chicken
- 1 large carrot chopped into small cubes, or, if you want to be more authentic, a handful of water chestnuts chopped into small cubes
- A handful of chives or the green tops of spring onions
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- A thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, grated or crushed
- Chilli to taste (I use one dried red chilli finely chopped, with the seeds, for a medium hot heat)
- 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 iceberg lettuce, separated into leaves
If, like me, you struggle to find minced chicken in your supermarket/butcher’s, then you will need to mince your own. For roughly 550g of meat use the legs, thighs and mini fillets from the breast cut from a largish chicken. You will need to trim off the skin and as much fat and sinew as possible before mincing in a mini food processor, or you can chop with a knife.
Heat a tiny bit of oil in a frying pan (I use groundnut) and brown the chicken over a medium heat until cooked through (about 5 minutes). Break up the mince with a spoon as you cook.
Add the carrot/water chestnuts and fry for a minute.
Mix together all the ingredients for the sauce and add these to the pan. Heat for about a minute.
Remove from the heat and stir through the chives or spring onion tops.
Serve immediately. Put spoonfuls of the chicken mixture into each lettuce leaf and wrap around.
NOTE: You could also substitute the chicken mince for pork or turkey mince.