Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Kung Pao Shrimp


Lately I have been craving Chinese food! I found these awesome recipes on pinterest of course! I made the mistake of making the shrimp very spicy! Warning: try only adding a few of the dried chilis, do not cook them for long! 

Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 pound ground chicken 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 onion, diced 

1/4 cup hoisin sauce (GF)

2 tablespoons soy sauce (GF)

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 

1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 

1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste 

1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced 

2 green onions, thinly sliced 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 

1 head butter lettuce

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat. 

Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce (GF), soy sauce (GF), rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.

Found this amazing recipe on Damn Delicious. 

Kung Pao Shrimp

1/2 tablespoons oil

1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 onion, quartered

1/2 green bell pepper, cut into pieces

10 mini dried red chilies (use half of the quantity if your dried chilies are regular or longer size)

12-15 big shrimp, shelled, peeled and deveined

1/4 cup roasted peanuts

3 stalks scallions, use the white parts only

Kung Pao Sauce: 

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce, for example: ABC Kecap Manis

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

4 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

3 dashes white pepper

1/2 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar, rice vinegar or Apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Mix the Kung Pao sauce ingredients and set aside.

Heat up a wok and add the cooking oil until the oil is very hot. Add the ginger and do a few quick stirs. Add the onion, green pepper, and dried red chilies. Stir-fry until you smell the spicy aromas from the dried red chilies. Add in the shrimp and roasted peanuts and keep stirring.

When the shrimp are almost cooked, add the Kung Pao sauce into the wok, keep stirring until the sauce thickens. Add the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve hot.

You can read more about this recipe on Rasa Malaysia

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