cooking for your boyfriend

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves 2 hungry boyfriends in 30 minutes

2 tablespoons safflower oil
1 1/2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger* (see photos below)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 head of lettuce, preferably boston or butter

1.  Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat.  Add half the chicken and cook 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  Transfer to a plate.  Repeat with the remaining chicken.

2.  Lower heat to medium.  Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet along with the pepper and onion.  Cook, stirring constantly until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

3.  Add garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute, until fragrant.

4.  Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch mixture, and cook stirring constantly for 30 seconds.  Remove from heat.  Add the chicken and any accumulated juices.  Toss to coat.

5.  Serve your boyfriend.  Pour chicken mixture into a bowl with a spoon for scooping.  Place clean lettuce leaves on a large plate.  Let your boyfriend assemble his own wraps.   He'll have fun doing it.

*Ginger root-You can find this in the produce section at the market.  This is what it looks like before you peel and grate it.
*Break off a chunk and peel using a paring knife.

Tip: Peel unused ginger, tightly wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then place in a freezer bag.  Freeze for up to 3 months.  No need to defrost.  Frozen ginger can be grated or cut.

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