METALandMIRRORS: Recipe: Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recipe: Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Orange chicken! It is sweet and spicy and everything nicey, lol! OK, maybe that last word isn't necessarily a word, however, it does the job and sounds cute. I like Asian food to an extent. I like sweet and sour chicken, Pad Thai, General Tso's, the white rice and a few other Americanized dishes. I don't like saucy dishes. When I order I have them put the sauce on the side so I can regulate how much I'm getting and not soup on my plate. That's not just with Asian, it is with any food.

I've never had lettuce wraps before, though my husband has been known to eat them. I have had my burger put in lettuce before, instead of the bun, and maybe that counts? I was wondering about supper last night and what to make when my husband came home from his long day at the office and I texted him during the day with a couple suggestions to see if any peaked his interest. He was in meetings and couldn't respond right away, which worked out for me. Got my brain working on something different. I looked through the fridge, freezer, and cabinets and thought "hmmm."

Some items needed are orange juice, lemon juice, chicken, rice vinegar, soy sauce, orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, red pepper, cornstarch, and romaine lettuce.

I used frozen chicken to make it easier on me; however, fresh chicken cut up into bites would work just as well. They can be grilled or fried. I put mine in the oven for 16 minutes at 400*F.

On the stove top, pour 1 1/2 cups water, 2 table spoons orange juice, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, and 3 tablespoons soy sauce in a saucepan and place on medium- high heat.

When hot, stir in 1 tablespoon orange zest, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground garlic, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper, and 3 tablespoons cornstarch. While stirring, bring to rolling boil and remove from heat.

Pull apart and lay out the romaine lettuce leaves, using only those that can hold food. Some will be too small or not weighty enough. I used the small head of romaine lettuce instead of the larger one.

Arrange on serving platter for beautiful presentation and begin to fill the leaves with about 3 pieces of chicken and then drizzle the sauce over the chicken. That way the chicken stays crispy and the flavor of the sauce is not overbearing or soaking everything. Bean sprouts and/or rice would be a nice complimentary filler for the wraps, as well. 
Serve and enjoy!

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