Easy to make Asian-Style Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps are extremely flavorful, and perfect for lunch, brunch and dinner.
Big bold flavors, all wrapped up in a piece of butter leaf lettuce. A soft buttery texture leaf with hints of sweetness and a mellow floral note.
Delicate butter lettuce leaves have a nice cup shape for filling the Asian-style Coconut Chicken.
Asian-Style Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps
12 leaves of butter lettuce
1 pound chicken breast or chicken thigh strips (option to also use ground meat)
2 medium green onions, chopped
½ cup canned water chestnuts, drained, rinsed, and chopped
¼ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
1 tablespoon tapioca starch
2 tablespoons filtered water
¼ cup gomasio (sesame seeds and sea salt) – recipe to follow
1/2 cup dried fine flacked unsweetened coconut meat
First make your gomasio.
Recipe for Gomasio
2 cups whole sesame seeds
1 tablespoon Himalayan salt
Place sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
Roast for 10 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until seeds turn golden brown.
Place sesame seeds and salt in a mortar and pestle, and grind into a coarse meal. A coffee grinder will work as well.
When cooled, transfer to a glass container.
Store in refrigerator. Keeps for 6-8 weeks.
Wash lettuce leaves gently so as not to damage or tear them. Drain the lettuce in a clean colander or on clean paper towels for a few minutes before using.
Heat the coconut oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chicken stripes and sauté until oblique in color.
Next add the green onions, water chestnuts, tamari, and chicken broth. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
Mix the tapioca with water and add to chicken mixture. Cook over medium high heat, until the sauce thickens.
Transfer chicken mixture to a serving bowl set on a large platter and sprinkle with the gomasio and mix in. Top with the dried coconut meat on top. Next arrange the butter lettuce leaves on the platter around the bowl.
Each person takes a lettuce leaf and spoons some of the chicken mixture on to it, and grabs the butter lettuce with meat mixture like a wrap of taco style.
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