I’m sure that you folks are out there, but I’m hard-pressed to find a person that doesn’t absolutely LOVE Thai food. There’s just something about it. Its complexities hit all of the “yum!” nerve points, flooding the palette with a combination of sweet, salty, bitter and sour, tide together with a mild sting of spicy. It’s like a little, happy, impromptu break-dance on the tongue. Mmm-Mmm!
I can go from being in mid-conversation with my husband and son at the table while waiting for our food to arrive, to quickly becoming a full-fledged glutton, internally, when a platter of Peanut Chicken Wrap appetizers is set down in front of us. I try my best to keep my composure, of course encouraging everyone to partake in the tasty plate that sits in the center of our table; but secretly I’m thinking to myself that I could easily polish off the whole darn thing, lickety-split, before anyone else ever sees it coming. Crunch-crunch. Dip. Crunch-crunch. Gone. “Hey, didn’t we have some Peanut Chicken Wraps coming, guys? Hmm… Funny, I thought we ordered those.” Yeah, you could say they’re one of my favorite num-nums.
When I fall in love with a dish, I feel compelled to find a simple way of replicating it, as closely as possible, in my own kitchen. I don’t like the idea of feeling like I have to go out to eat (not to mention overpay, often times) in order to enjoy one of my faves, especially when it’s something as fresh and easy to prepare as Peanut Chicken wraps. Crisp, cool lettuce greens loaded with succulent, seasoned minced Peanut Chicken, all accompanied with a finger-licking, sweetly-spicy peanut dipping sauce, makes this treat a popular one to serve as an appetizer for many people, or a few. Or maybe even one. Right? Tell me I’m not alone in this, please.
Taste what’s good and pass it on.
Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Sweetly Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
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(Serves about 4)
Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wrap ingredients:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, poached, cooled and minced in food processor
½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons reserved for garnish
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped, 2 tablespoons reserved for garnish
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fish sauce
½ teaspoon salt
• Pinch black pepper
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges for garnish
20 Romaine leaves, bottom half of the leaves’ hard “rib” portions removed
-In a medium-large bowl, add the cooked and cooled, minced chicken breasts; next add the remainder of the ingredients, and toss all together until well combined; set aside in fridge while dipping sauce is prepared, and until ready to serve.
Sweetly Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce ingredients: (makes about 1 cup)
½ cup unsalted, natural peanut butter
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup, plus 3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
2½ tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon Sriracha chili paste
½ teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped, for garnish
-In a medium bowl (or a food processor), combine all ingredients and gently whisk together to combine; at first the sauce may look “broken”, but it will come together- just continue to whisk until smooth and creamy; set aside until ready to serve with wraps.
-For 4 individual servings, place 5 romaine leaves on each plate, and divided equal amounts of the Peanut Chicken onto each plate; add an equal amount of dipping sauce to 4 small ramekins and garnish with a lime wedge, chopped peanuts and green onions.
-If serving on a platter “family style”, place the 20 romaine leaves on the platter, and add the Peanut Chicken to a small bowl with a spoon; pour dipping sauce into a small bowl and add a small spoon; garnish the dipping sauce with a sprinkle of the reserved chopped peanuts and green onion; finally, garnish the platter with the 4 lime wedges.