Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Ginger Garlic Sauce

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Ginger Garlic Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Course: Recipe
Servings

4

servings
Active Time

30

minutes
Total time

40

minutes
Cost Per Meal/Person

$1.95

This recipe was inspired by the Pinch of Yum website/ food blog. It's a great website with fantastic recipes. This makes about 4 ‘person meals', or 2 nights of dinner for two of us.

Notes about the recipe:
• Start with soaking the rice noodles in water.
I pretty much follow the recipe as it is. I think letting the ground turkey sit in the sauce before you cook it is whatmakes it so flavorful.
• I do use the rice vinegar & cornstarch, as I think the vinegar adds a good flavor.
• I use about 1.5 lb of ground turkey, to ensure that it is enough for two dinners for us.
• I use iceberg lettuce because I think it holds up well as the ‘wrap' and I just use whatever nuts I have around the house (peanuts, cashews, toasted walnuts).
• I have made this with and without the noodles. It's a little heartier with the noodles, but you can use thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta instead of the rice noodles (a good way to save money).
• I have included $1.50 for small amounts of soy sauce, honey, chili paste, rice vinegar, etc. I always have these things in the house, so using a couple of tablespoons probably doesn't even cost me a dollar. You may have to buy a couple ofthese things for the first time you make the dish, but after that, the cost is dramatically less per meal.

Ingredients

  • Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon chili paste

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger or ginger paste

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 green onions, minced

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (optional–makes it more tangy)

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional–helps the sauce thicken)

  • Main Dish
  • tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1.5 lb. ground chicken or turkey

  • 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, chopped

  • 6 ounces rice noodles

  • 12 head lettuce (romaine boston, or iceburg)

  • 1/4 cup cilantro fresh

  • 4 green onions

  • 1/2 cup peanuts lightly salted

Directions

  • Soak the rice noodles in a large bowl of water. While the noodles are softening make your Sauce/Marinade. When the noodles are softened, drain and rinse with cold water. Cut into small pieces.
  • Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour about 3/4 of the sauce into a bowl with the ground chicken and peanuts. Stir to combine – marinate for 15 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the meat and peanut mixture and sauté for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Add the noodles and stir-fry for another 5 minutes or until soft, adding a splash of water, oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, or lime juice to moisten the pan as you see fit.
  • Remove from heat, scoop mixture into lettuce leaves, top with cilantro, green onions, peanuts, and the reserved sauce.

Total Cost of Meal

  • • $4 – 1.5 lb ground turkey
    • $1 – Head of iceberg lettuce
    • $1 – Small piece of ginger + scallions
    • $0.30 – 6 oz pasta
    • $1.50 – Small amounts of other things: honey, soy sauce, chili paste, lime juice
    $7.80 Total

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3 thoughts on “Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Ginger Garlic Sauce”

  1. I made this tonight! I didn’t use the rice vinegar, but I did use cornstarch. I didn’t have any limes so I used one whole lemon, and I used vegetable oil in the skillet, because of a sesame allergy. I soaked the rice noodles in cold water, and they were still a little stiff when I added them to the skillet, but they absorbed the extra liquid and softened up. I didn’t need as much cook time as in the recipe. I also used romaine hearts as the lettuce. I think next time iceberg would be better; the romaine heart leaves are long and thin, and I had trouble keeping the mixture inside. But sooo good! So much flavor!

  2. Hi – can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing! There are two “sauce” headers — I’m guessing the first one is what you marinate the turkey in? Also can you clarify how much sesame oil to use? Appreciate your help!

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