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Earthbound Farm co-founder Myra Goodman calls these spicy, Asian-inspired lettuce cups one of her favorite meals. And they feature one of our favorite products, Organic Easy Leaves!

We fill fresh, tender whole lettuce leaves with a mixture of finely diced chicken, tender baby bok choy and crunchy water chestnuts, enlivened with ginger, garlic and Jalapeño pepper for a fun dinner or entertaining appetizer. You can explore variations on the filling with diced or ground beef, pork or turkey — all are delicious!

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups

  • Serves 4 as a main course or 8 as an appetizer
  • From Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman
  • Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds Skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cut into 1/2-inch dice)
  • 3 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut oil
  • 3/4 cup Finely sliced green onions (including white and about 3 inches of green)
  • 3 tablespoons Peeled, grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Very finely diced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Minced fresh lemongrass (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Minced garlic
  • 3 Baby bok choy (about 8 oz, including white ribs, very thinly sliced)
  • 1 can Water chestnuts (8 oz, rinsed, drained and cut into 1/4-inch dice)
  • 2 tablespoons Low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Thinly sliced fresh cilantro or mint leaves
  • 10 ounces Earthbound Farm Organic Butter or Petites Leaves (or 2 heads Boston, butter or iceberg lettuce, separated into individual leaves, rinsed and dried)
  • ASIAN DIPPING SAUCE: (makes about 1-1/2 cups)
    1/4 cup Toasted sesame seeds
    1/3 cup Low-sodium soy sauce
    1/4 cup Unseasoned rice vinegar
    2 tablespoons Mirin (sweet rice wine)
    Grated zest and juice of 1 lime 
    2 tablespoons Toasted sesame oil
  • Directions

  • To make the dipping sauce, place all the ingredients in a glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake the jar vigorously to combine. Set aside. The dipping sauce can be refrigerated, sealed tightly, for up to 7 days. Let it return to room temperature and shake to remix before using.
  • Spread the chicken on a plate. Place 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch in a sieve and sprinkle it evenly over the chicken.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon each of the sesame oil and peanut oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a medium-size bowl, leaving the pan juices in the skillet. Set the chicken aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon each of sesame oil and peanut oil to the skillet. Add the green onions, ginger, Jalapeño, lemongrass (if using) and garlic, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the water chestnuts, bok choy, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, mirin and fish sauce (if using). Cook, stirring frequently, until the bok choy wilts and the sauce is hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken mixture to the center of a large platter and cover it loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into the liquid remaining in the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the cilantro over the chicken mixture and arrange the lettuce leaves around the edge of the platter. Divide the Asian Dipping Sauce among individual small sauce bowls. To assemble the wraps, spoon a few tablespoons of the chicken mixture into a lettuce leaf. Loosely roll the lettuce around the chicken and dip the lettuce roll into the dipping sauce. Enjoy!
  • Note: the recipe makes a very generous amount of dipping sauce. You'll likely need 1/4 cup or less per serving, so you'll have plenty left over for a recipe repeat, if you like! Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator and use within the week.
  • Calories per serving: 540, Fat 34 grams, Cholesterol 145 mg, Sodium 1340 mg, Carbohydrates 21 grams, Fiber 3 grams, Sugars 6 grams, Protein 35 grams.
  • Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 100%, Vitamin C 40%, Calcium 15%, Iron 30%, Thiamin (vitamin B1) 20%, Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 35%, Niacin 60%, Vitamin B6 60%, Folate 25%, Vitamin B12 15%, Phosphorus 40%, Magnesium 25%, Copper 20%.

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