Thai Chicken & Red Pepper Lettuce Wraps

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Thai Chicken & Red Pepper Lettuce Wraps

Chicken and Red Pepper Lettuce Wraps
3 pounds chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt and ground pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
2 large red bell peppers, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon tangerine peel
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional; add more if you like it hot)
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts (optional)
3 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 head Romaine lettuce (or other leafy green)

1) Gently peel off leaves, wash, and pat dry with paper towels.  Refrigerate until ready to serve the dish.
2)  Season chicken well with salt and pepper.
3)  In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add half the chicken (don’t crowd the pan); cook, stirring constantly, until opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add more oil to the pan.  Repeat with remaining chicken.
4)  Add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to pan, along with the onion, bell pepper and celery. Reduce heat to medium-high.  Cook, stirring constantly, until onion is tender and golden, about 6 minutes.
5)  Reduce heat to medium; add garlic, ginger, tangerine peel, and red-pepper flakes and water chestnuts, if using; cook, stirring, until fragrant (Inhale deeply! Enjoy the moment!), 30 to 60 seconds.
6) While garlic/ginger mixture is cooking, whisk the cornstarch and water together in a bowl.  Add in the soy sauce, vinegar, and hoisin sauce.  Whisk together again.
7)  Pour cornstarch mixture over garlic/ginger mixture.  Reduce heat to low.  Add chicken back to pan and toss to coat.
Serve the chicken mixture wrapped in the lettuce leaves.  The combination of the cool, crisp leaves and the warm, fragrant chicken make this a perfect light dinner recipe.

Enjoy!                                           Ecclesiastes 3:18

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This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media. Photo and original recipe found on Cookin with Chopin.

 

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