I always feel a little ignorant when I refer to something as being “Asian”. Asia is such huge part of the world, made up of so many different countries, cultures and ethnicities, I guess it just feels like a bit of a cop-out to generalize something as being Asian. But, this recipe does have some flavours that can be found in many different cooking styles across Asia and being the ill-informed North American that I am, I’m not sure what region this recipe would “belong to”. Although, with that being said, I did just kind of throw this together and whatever it is, it’s delicious, so I suppose “Asian” will work just fine.
Asian Lettuce Wraps
– 6 chicken thighs
– 1/3 cup cashews, chopped
– 1 tablespoon canola oil
– 2 cloves garlic, crushed
– 3 tablespoons soya sauce
– 2 teaspoons brown sugar
– 3 generous tablespoons hoisin sauce
– 1 teaspoon siracha sauce (more or less depending on how hot you want it)
– 1 carrot, slice into small matchstick
– 3 cups bean sprouts
– 1/2 red pepper, cut into small pieces
– 4 green onions, chopped
– lettuce for wrapping
– crispy asian noodles
1. Heat a large frying pan to medium high heat. Add chopped cashews and stir until roasted. Watch them carefully as they can burn very easily. Remove the nuts from the pan.
2. Heat the oil in the same skillet and saute the crushed garlic until softened.
3. Add chopped chicken into the pan and cook with the garlic for about a minute. (I used leftover cooked chicken thighs and chopped them up into quite small chunks.)
4. Add the soya sauce and brown sugar to the pan, allow to cook for about a minute.
5. Add the the carrots to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the red pepper.
5. Once the red pepper and carrot are slightly softened, add in the hoisin, siracha, green onions, bean sprouts and toasted nuts. Stir to combine until the bean sprouts have softened slightly. Remove from heat.
6. To assemble: place the chicken mixture on a piece of lettuce and top with noodles. Enjoy!
I didn’t intend to blog about this recipe, but it just tasted so darn good and I got about 7 requests for the recipe, so I thought I better post it! With that in mind, I just have a mediocre iPhone picture that will have to do. I guess let this be a lesson to me… always take food pics! 🙂