Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Posted by JMom | Thursday, January 20, 2005 | 5 comments »

With the cold weather and holidays, we have been indulging in fairly heavy and (fat) rich meals, so we decided to have a light dinner last week and decided to have diced chicken wrapped in lettuce. The problem was, I was out of hoisin sauce. So, we improvised a bit this time, and made our own sauce. I still prefer the hoisin sauce though.

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced fine
4 dried shitake mushrooms - soak in warm water and dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons water

Serve with:
1/2 cup green onions, finely sliced
lettuce leaves
hoisin sauce OR (since I didn't have any hoisin sauce)
Mixture of 1 tsp. oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons bottled barbeque sauce, 1/4 cup Catalina dressing, 1-2 tablespoons of ketchup, 2 teaspoons honey, and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix together the cornstarch, dry sherry, oyster sauce, and water in a small bowl. In a wok or large pan, heat oil and saute' the chicken until opaque and set aside. Heat up a bit more oil and saute' the ginger, garlic and onions until fragrant. Add the dried mushrooms, stir fry for a couple of minutes and add the chicken back in the pan. Season with the cornstarch mixture, and stir. Remove from heat.

To eat, spread a little sauce on a lettuce leaf, add a spoonful of the chicken, and sprinkle with green onions. Wrap up in the lettuce, and enjoy!


  1. ting-aling // 1/20/2005 2:21 AM  

    Hello JMom. I finally got the time to read. Brought home some work and I finished early. We used to order this from our favorite chinese it's gone bankrupt so we're in search of a good one.

  2. Karen // 1/21/2005 10:51 AM  

    Ooohh la la! I think I can eat this everyday. Hmmm... might try a thin layer of tamarind jam for the sauce too.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. celia kusinera // 1/21/2005 12:30 PM  

    This is one of my favs that I haven't eaten in years! Thanks for the recipe and for reminding me...

  4. Manang // 1/21/2005 8:45 PM  

    Hmmm, you are very creative indeed! thanks for the ideas...

  5. JMom // 1/22/2005 3:48 PM  

    Hi Ting, this is also our favorite at the chinese restaurant. We were so glad when we tried making it at home and it actually came out decent.

    Karen, what a great idea with the tamarind jam sauce! I'll have to try that next time. I have to find tamarind jam first :)

    Hi Celia and Manang! Glad to be of service. I love the way we end up reminding each other what to eat next :-)ha!ha! We'll all end up having to go on diets soon!