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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 TBS. Rice Vinegar
1 TBS Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (I would do less next time)
1/4 tsp. ground ginger (I used fresh ginger)
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 TBS. Soy Sauce

Mix all ingredients together, and stir until the brown sugar has dissolved. Set aside

2 TBS. canola oil (I used olive oil)
1 chicken breast (chopped into small pieces)
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. soy sauce
**I also added in 3/4 cup matchstick carrotts and 2 chopped stalks of celery**
1/4 cup cashews
8 leaves of green leaf or iceburg lettuce, washed and dried (I liked Romaine the best)

Heat oil in pan. Add in chicken and brown around 4-5 minutes. Remove chicken from oil and add onions and garlic (and carrots and celery). While cooking, add in soy sauce. Cook till onions are almost cooked, add back in chicken and add sauce over the top. Cook till sauce has thickened, add in cashews.

Spoon chicken into lettuce leaves. Add you favorite hot sauce, more cashews, or basil.

*** MY CHANGES ***
I added some of the changes I made above, but here is the explanation.

I would do less red pepper then next time. They were really pretty warm/hot. It was okay for Jason and me, but not for Bella. It was too hot for her. She likes lettuce, and was a bit miffed that it was too hot for her.

If you look in the recipe, this *says* it's for 6 servings, but it only has 1 chicken breast in it. It's also lacking some veggies in my opinion.

I tripled the recipe, sauce and all. I did 3 chicken breasts, and instead of cooking the chicken and then taking it out to cook the veggies, I cooked everything all at once. I threw the chicken in first, and then added in onion and garlic. I also decided to add in some matchstick carrots (3/4 cup) and chopped celery (2 stalks, chopped). I waited till that was almost done, and then I added in the sauce. I cooked it on medium/high till most of the moisture cooked off, added the cashews, and then turned it off to let it cool. It was the perfect consistency.

Instead of iceberg lettuce, I think Romaine is better. It's almost makes a Lettuce wrap taco. I picked up a bag that had three romaine heads in it, and with the leftovers we both have today, we went through all three heads.

This was seriously good. We will definitely be making it again. I think it's the sesame oil in it. Something about it reminds me of sushi. I think it's the smell of the sauce, and the way the ingredients all blend together. It was SOOOO good, and I am so looking forward to my leftovers today!

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