Spicy-Crunchy Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

  • Yield : 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m
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  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Southeast Asian fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Asian-style chile paste, like sambal oelek
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, like corn, peanut, or soy
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 scallions (white and green), thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup canned, drained water chestnuts, chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 8 to 10 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Lime wedges


Step 1

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, and chile paste. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and salt, and stir-fry the meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the scallions, carrot, and water chestnuts. Transfer the chicken mixture to a bowl and cool. Stir in the lime juice mixture, mint, and coriander. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 3

Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and fill each with some of the chicken salad. Serve with lime wedges.

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