Saturday, April 6, 2019

Chicken Lettuce Wraps #Recipe @PegCochran

I get daily emails from the NY Times Food section written by Sam Sifton with various recipes that have appeared in the paper.   He often includes a “no-recipe recipe” which is simply a loose set of instructions for putting together a dish.  The recipe following is my “no-recipe recipe” which came about because 1) I wanted something with an Asian flavor 2) I wanted to use up part of a red pepper I had in the fridge and 3) I wanted it to be low calorie since I recently joined Weight Watchers in order to lose a few pounds!

So here you go.  Feel free to change, add or subtract from this basic set of instructions. I can see adding some edamame (which I meant to do but forgot), some chopped broccoli or sliced snow peas or served over rice instead of folded into lettuce leaves.

Here’s what I did:

I chopped up some scallions (you could use onions), red pepper and a couple of chicken breasts.  

Add a bit of sesame oil (or other mild oil) to a pan and heat.  Add chicken and sauté until cooked.  Remove from pan to a plate and set aside.

Saute veggies and a garlic clove or two—in this case red pepper and scallions—until softened.

Add chicken back to the pan and add sauce (below).  I also threw in some chopped water chestnuts for crunch.

¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use Tamari sauce for gluten-free)
2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce (use a gluten-free brand for gluten-free)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame (or 1 teaspoon if you are concerned about calories)
1 tablespoons brown sugar

Add sauce and heat through and serve in lettuce leaves with extra soy sauce if desired for dipping.  Pass matchstick carrots and cucumbers to add.

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  1. I think we need to invite Sam to be a guest on MLK. Love his recipes, and his attitude toward food. This recipe looks great.

  2. This recipe does look good. I also enjoy reading Sam's instructions for a no recipe dish.
    Are you allowed to give the points per serving for us fellow WW's?

    1. Sharon, I sort of guessed at the points. Chicken is 0 points and so are all the veggies. 2 tbs. hoison sauce is 5 pts. Instead of brown sugar, I used Splenda so no points for that. And I used about 1/2 TBL oil for around 3 points. So 8 points more or less if you ate the whole thing yourself, but I got at least three or four meals out of it.

    2. Thanks so much!!!! Looks like it will be on my menu this week!!

  3. Lovely, simple, adaptable, and tasty.
    A winning combination.