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Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps

July 3, 2014

I love lettuce wraps. There's something about them. They just taste so fresh, flavourful and guilt-free! I have wanted to make a Thai Chicken version for some time but I never have all of the right ingredients; there is fish sauce at the cottage but not at home, we ran out of lemon juice, no one in the house wants them but me....

And so last night, after a long weekend at the cottage, we didn't have much to choose from but I was determined to make a variation of this delicious looking recipe! I didn't have all of the ingredients but I made it work. So next time, when I follow The Cozy Apron's recipe, it will definitely be better than the last!

Roughly, these are the steps I took....

- I was worried I would miss out on some key flavours since we didn't have fish sauce, limes, cilantro, green onions, ginger, red pepper flakes or sesame oil. So what did I have? Chicken, lettuce, peanut butter, peanuts, soy sauce and a couple other substitutes. Cooking is all about experimenting right? Back to missing out on flavour... Instead of poaching the chicken, I decided to season the chicken with an inspired peanut butter, parsley, garlic, white vinegar and lemon juice mixture. I coated the chicken and threw it on the bbq with the rest of the chicken others were having.

- I then prepared the other ingredients I was going to add to the chicken once it was cooked; spanish onion to replace the green onions, cajun spice to replace the red pepper flakes, soy sauce, peanuts, pepper, and parsley. Once the chicken was cooked, I diced it and added it to the mixture.

- I then prepared a sauce for the lettuce wraps instead of a dipping sauce. The sauce was very similar to what I coated the chicken with, consisting of peanut butter, white vinegar, parsley, lemon juice, garlic and soy sauce. I spread this sauce on the lettuce leaves and then placed the chicken mixture on top. I was excited and hesitant all at the same time. I grabbed my trusty bottle of franks (as I usually like to add a bit more of a kick) and headed for the dinner table.

- If I do say so myself... they were delicious. I asked others at the table if they wanted to indulge and surprisingly my husband said yes! I was thrilled. He enjoyed them almost as much as I did. And that's big. Normally he doesn't seem tempted by something like this... I think it's the peanut butter and chicken thing he finds a bit weird. But that is all in the past now.

Next time I will definitely make sure I have all of the ingredients on hand but this version left me very satisfied. I hope you don't get discouraged when you're missing ingredients in the kitchen. Improvise and replace or just skip an ingredient to make a new or totally different dish!

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