what to do with a huge leftover bag of lettuce: PF Changs style lettuce wraps

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After throwing an event where we had sub sandwiches I was left with this HUGE bag of lettuce.  My solution for how to use it was: lettuce wraps. And if I do say so myself I think they turned out pretty well. The following recipe was found online. It is supposedly PF Chang style lettuce wraps.

Serving Size: 6 people

Ingredients:
7 1/2 tablespoons oil
5 boneless chicken breasts
2 1/2 cups water chestnuts
1 2/3 cups mushrooms
7 1/2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
10-12 1/2 leaves iceberg lettuce leaves (or sub walmart sub sandwich bag style)

Special Sauce:
5/8 cups sugar
1 1/4 cup water
5 tablespoons soy sauce
5 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
5 tablespoons ketchup
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon sesame oil
2 1/2 tablespoons hot mustard
2 1/2 – 5 teaspoons garlic and red chile pepper paste

Stir Fry Sauce:
5 tablespoons soy sauce
5 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

lettuce wraps

Directions:

  1. mix all the special sauce ingredients together. refrigerate.
  2. bring oil to a high heat in either a large frying pan or a wok
  3. saute Chicken breast till fully cooked. this should take about 10 minutes.
  4. remove chicken from pan to cool. leave oil in pan and keep it hot.
  5. mince water chestnuts, mushrooms, and chicken to roughly the size of a small pea.
  6. prepare stir fry sauce in a bowl by adding all stir fry sauce ingredients.
  7. add another Tbsp oil to pan and saute water chestnuts, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and chicken in the stir fry sauce. about 4 minutes.
  8. serve over lettuce “cups” and top with special sauce.

Note:  Lettuce wraps can be very messy to eat.  It might be easier to cut lettuce up and eat like a salad. Use the Special Sauce as your dressing. 

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Crock-Pot Orange Chicken

I am crazy about Chinese food and Orange Chicken is no exception. I’ve never tried to make any of it before (it always seemed so far out of my league), but when I saw this recipe I had to try it. It’s easy, delicious and my husband LOVED it.

Ingredients:

• boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks (I used about 4)
• 1/3 cup flour
• olive oil
• 1/2 Tbl. salt
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (I used 1/2 tsp of molasses and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice as a substitution)
• 3 Tbl. ketchup
• 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)
• 4 Tbl.  brown sugar

In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup.  Pour the flour in a small bowl.  Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess.

Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken.
The chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked since it’s going in the crock pot.

After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot. Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.

Serve over rice. I added some frozen veggies to the rice to make it a bit healthier. Enjoy.