Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps – SRC

August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am 16 comments

Move over PF Changs, these cashew chicken lettuce wraps are my new favorite! Plus, I don’t have to make a trip down all the way down to Colorado for a fix πŸ™‚

Thanks to Kirstin at Troyer’s Loving Life blog, I can enjoy these hand-held wraps in the comforts of my own home at a fraction of the cost. I was assigned Kirstin’s blog this month for the Secret Recipe Club and the moment I spotted her recipe I was sold. I’d been craving PF Changs the past couple weeks and this recipe hit the spot and then some!

I made just a few tweaks based on the ingredients I had on hand (and needed to use up in my pantry). I subbed coconut sugar for the brown sugar in the teriyaki sauce and increased the ground ginger for some added heat based on my personal preference. In the chicken filling, I opted to use up my ground chicken in the freezer instead of breast meat in the original recipe, decreased the cashews to 1/2 cup and subbed water chestnuts for mushrooms for additional crunch (oh my yum!). I also added two cloves of garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and a drizzle of sesame oil based on my flavor preferences.

I am already craving these wraps after making them TWICE. I enjoyed them so much they are going to be put into my weekly regular dinner rotation. Thanks Kirsten, this one is real winner!

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps
(Adapted from “Troyer’s Loving Life”)

Teriyaki Sauce:
2 Tbsp Braggs liquid aminos (or gluten free soy sauce or tamari)
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1Tbsp coconut palm sugar (or could use honey or agave)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Sesame oil

2/3 – 3/4 lb ground chicken (or chicken breast or tenders, diced in small pieces)
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 green onions, finely chopped
8 oz can sliced water chestnuts, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1-2 tsp Braggs liquid aminos or gluten free soy sauce
coconut oil (canola or other neutral oil works here too)
drizzle of sesame seed oil
3 shakes of crushed red pepper flakes, optional
8 butter lettuce leaves

Vegetable Topping:
2 carrots, peeled & Julienned
1/2 Tbs. Sesame Seeds

1. Mix all sauce ingredients, making sure the sugar dissolves.
2.Β Place oil in a non-stick pan and cook chicken till cooked through and lightly browned. Add garlic, green onions, water chestnuts, cashews and 1 tsp. soy sauce and cook for two minutes. Add teriyaki sauce and cook on medium-high until sauce began to carmelize a bit on the chicken, stirring frequently. Lower heat to “low” and continue to cook a bit longer or until your desired consistency is reached.
3. Drizzle with sesame seed oil to taste if desired and crushed red pepper to taste.
4. Spoon chicken mixture into lettuce leaves and top with carrots and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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  • 1. Kirstin  |  August 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

    YAY! Glad you liked these! I totally love them too and would make them a lot more if I could! Your tweaks sound yummy and I may try these next time I make them.

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  August 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      thanks so much for the inspiration! I LOVED these!!!

  • 3. czieman  |  August 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This sounds delicious! May I share it on Pinterest linking it to your blog?

    Sent from my iPhone

    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  August 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks! Of course, please feel free πŸ™‚

  • 5. Sarah Ellis  |  August 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Oh yum!!! I love cashews – never been to PF Chang’s, but these look so so good! My mouth is seriously watering over here!!

  • 7. bakingaddict  |  August 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    These look delicious and quite healthy – I can’t wait to try them out. Great SRC pick.

  • 8. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies  |  August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love lettuce wraps..something so wonderful about the cool crisp lettuce and a wonderful hot filling! Yours look delicious…great SRC pick!

  • 9. Megan  |  August 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love chicken lettuce wraps — such an easy, quick, and delicious meal!

  • 10. Jenni (@GingeredWhisk)  |  August 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    These look amazing!! I love lettuce wraps, they are so fun (and delicious) to eat!

  • 11. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  August 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    These look so good! I make some chicken lettuce wraps but they have some different flavorings. These sound delicious! I especially love the idea of cashews, I usually use almonds in the one I make but I looooove cashews.

  • 12. Bean  |  August 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

    These lettuce wraps look fantastic! I definitely want to try making them for dinner some night!

  • 13. Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen  |  August 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Yum! We don’t have a PF Changs anywhere even close to where I live, so I’m glad to hear that these make-at-home lettuce wraps are even better than their’s! Great choice for SRC!

  • 14. Shari, The Saucy Gourmet  |  August 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    We are huge fans of lettuce wraps in our house. Can’t wait to try these, great SRC choice!

  • 15. Renee - Kudos Kitchen  |  September 1, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I would definitely make these several times in the same week! You can’t go wrong with chicken and cashews! Great pick for SRC!!!

  • 16. Teri [a foodie stays fit]  |  March 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I just made these – they are delicious! Trader Joe’s didn’t have water chestnuts so I just left them out (even though I LOVE water chestnuts πŸ™‚ and they are still great!


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