Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps

Why the corn starch? It's a cooking trick that you often find in Chinese recipes. The corn starch helps the chicken hold in its moisture and keep it from drying out in the high heat of the stir frying.

Recipe slightly modified from Chicken Mango Lettuce Cups in Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a main, 8 as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken (I use ground chicken thighs for more flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if cooking gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (or potato or rice starch)
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil (peanut oil or canola)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 large mango, diced (see How to Cut a Mango)
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, rinsed, leaves separated

Method

1 Place the ground chicken, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix to combine.

2 Sauté shiitake mushrooms and green onions: Heat a wok or a large sauté pan on medium heat.  Once the pan is hot, add the oil. Add the green onions and sliced shiitakes. Let cook for about a minute.

cook mushrooms in pan for lettuce wraps

3 Add chicken mixture: Increase the heat to high, and add the ground chicken, soy sauce, cornstarch mixture.  Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground chicken and spread around the pan.  Stir fry in this way for 5 to 7 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

add chicken to pan for lettuce wraps

4 Add seasonings and mango: Add the seasoned rice vinegar, sesame oil, and diced mango.  Remove from heat. Adjust seasonings (rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce) to taste.

make mango chicken filling for lettuce wraps

5 Scoop spoonfuls into the cups formed by the lettuce leaves to serve.

Options - stir in a small spoonful of chili sauce, or add a few chili pepper flakes to the oil as it is heating. Top with some fresh cilantro leaves. Experiment with other meats such as lamb, turkey, beef, or pork. Try subbing out the mango with mandarin orange slices.