Chicken in lettuce cups

Recipe: Chicken in Lettuce Cups
Serves 4-6

  • 1-2 Dried Shitake Mushroom (Asian Food Aisle)
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Carrots
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Celery
  • 1/4 Cup Bamboo Shoots (Canned)
  • 1/4 Cup Water Chestnut (Canned)
  • 1/8 Cup Sliced White Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Zucchini
  • 1-2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Head of Lettuce (Iceberg, Butter or Romaine)
  • 3 Tbs. Cooking Oil or Sesame Oil
  • Soy Sauce (To taste)
  • White Pepper (To taste)
  • Plum Sauce (Asian Food Aisle)

1. Place chicken in boiling water till fully cooked. Tip: Much easier to dice chicken into small pieces when cooked.

2. Place 1-2 dried mushrooms into a bowl of hot water and let it sit for a few minutes, until soft.

3. Wash then finely dice bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, zucchini, onions, carrots, mushrooms and celery. (To save time, put ingredients in a food chopper, kids really like this part)

4. Take the cooked chicken and finely chop.

5. In a heated wok, pour in the oil and add the finely diced vegetable and stir for a 2-3 minutes. Then add the minced chicken.

6. Add the soy sauce and white pepper to taste.

Prepare the lettuce wraps:
7. Take the head of lettuce and cut off the bottom. Rinse then peel back the lettuce leaves one at a time. Take a pair of scissors and cut around the end of the lettuce leaf to form a round cup.

8. Pour some plum sauce in a bowl.

9. To assemble, spread some plum sauce on a lettuce cup. Fill leaf with the chicken mixture and serve!

Optional:

Vegetarian: Omit chicken and substitute eggplant, string beans or colorful bell peppers

Seafood: Omit chicken and substitute with shrimp, crab, or scallops

Chef Shan-Shan started a blog since her friends were requesting recipes all the time. Read her blog at cookingwithshan.blogspot.com.

Bamboo Garden Restaurant
301 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005
415-467-5370
The restaurant also caters and hosts parties.
www.bamboogardenbrisbane.com

Bamboo Garden was opened 6 years ago by Shan-Shan Chen. Her family has owned and operated many Chinese Restaurants in the bay area for the past 30 years. As a working mother of two, it is very important for Shan-Shan to pass down her families Chinese traditions and recipes to her children as well as incorporate the American culture into the food that they prepare and serve.

Shan-Shan is currently working on a series of "Come Cooking with Mei-Mei" Children's story books that incorporates Chinese cooking along with telling a story about a Chinese tradition with a modern twist.

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