My cooking adventures continue this week with another recipe from the Cravings cookbook, Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
I have always been a huge fan of chicken lettuce wraps. I used to go to P.F. Changs just for their lettuce wraps. When I saw the recipe in the Cravings cookbook, it was definitely on my list to make.
I was going to Whole Foods, so I knew I would be able to get ground chicken (which I can't seem to find anywhere else). I picked up all of the ingredients and thought it would be pretty easy. The total time says 30 minutes, so I knew I could easily put it together for a weeknight meal. WRONG.
Either Chrissy uses a food processor, is a super fast chopper, or it is bs because it took me A LOT longer. You have to chop scallions (both the green and white part), 1/2 pounds of white mushrooms, 1/2 cup of water chestnuts, 1 red bell pepper and 1 tablespoon of ginger. The mushrooms took forever since everything has to be minced. Chopping would have been fine, but mincing everything takes so much longer.
Once everything was prepped, I made the sauce and cleaned the butter lettuce. I browned the ground chicken and removed it to start cooking everything else. This is when it got messy. You heat the oil, then add in your scallion whites, garlic and ginger. So much splatter from the oil (and yes I used the proper oil per the recipe).
I continued by adding in the mushrooms and cooking for a few minutes. Next, add back in your cooked chicken, water chestnuts, bell pepper and sauce. By this time, I was mad that not only did the mincing take forever, but my kitchen was covered in oil (the subway tile back splash, the stove top, the floor, counter top near the burner and one cabinet). I told Rory this better taste awful because I never want to make this again.
After everything was done cooking, I added in the green scallions and we served the ourselves.
This is how Chrissy's looks:
And this is how mine came out:
It was time to taste them....and they were heavenly. Seriously soooo good. Even though they were more trouble than the recipe states, I still want to make them again with these few changes. I will use a food processor to mince everything and I will either cook it in a stockpot or with a grease screen on top. I had to clean part of my kitchen after which included moping the floors at 8 pm which is never fun.
Onto the next recipe.