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  • Writer's pictureChef Lisa

Friday, April 3 - Chicken (or tofu) Lettuce Wraps


  • 1 lb. chicken breast or thighs (or tofu)

  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

  • 1 8 ounce can of whole water chestnuts, drained and diced

  • 2 green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 head of butter lettuce*


  1. Carefully break the lettuce leaves apart, wash and leave out to dry until ready.

  2. Thoroughly combine the garlic, ginger, onion, soy sauce and red wine vinegar together in a bowl.

  3. Cut up chicken (or tofu) into bite-sized piece and put in the marinade for at least 30 minutes before stir-frying.

  4. Thinly slice the chestnuts.

  5. Cut the green onions up into 1 inch pieces.

  6. Turn the wok to high or skillet on the stove to medium high.

  7. Put one tablespoon of oil in the wok and stir-fry the chicken until it is no longer pink.

*I have not heard that lettuce is unsafe, but we can not be too careful. I thought long and hard about using lettuce. When I tested this recipe, I bought a full head of lettuce, removed and discarded the outside leaves and washed the rest in cold water. I laid the individual leaves out to dry on a dry dish towel. In case you would rather not risk lettuce you might use tortillas or pita.

Grocery list

  • 1 lb. of lean ground beef

  • Spices - chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and paprika

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth

  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans hominy, not drained

  • 2 (14 oz) cans of corn, not drained

  • 1 (16 oz) can pinto beans, not drained

  • 1/2 of an 8 oz jar mild (not hot) Pace’s picante sauce

  • Grated cheese

  • Sour cream or yogurt

  • Fresh or pickled Jalapeños (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro

Equipment Needed

  • A copy of theTex Mex Jumble recipe, copied and pasted into text in the font and size easiest for your child to read and follow. Recipe in next sequence

  • Wok or a large skillet

  • Can opener (May need adult assistance)

  • Large cooking spoon

  • Cutting board

  • Knife to cut the cilantro and scallions (parental discretion)

  • Cheese grater (parental discretion)

  • Small bowls for the grated cheese, sour cream and cut up scallions.

  • Optional bowl of fresh or pickled jalapeños - Let an adult handle this. Jalapeños can be hot!!!

  • A table set with a plate (or bowls), napkins and silverware for everyone in the family.

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