Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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1-2 heads lettuce (iceberg)
1 lb./0.48 kg chicken (ground or cut into thin strips)
1 shallot (finely chopped or 1/4 cup purple onion)
3-4 garlic cloves (minced)
1 bell pepper (diced)
1 cup shiitake mushroom (fresh chopped)
1-2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1-2 red chilies (minced or 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. crushed dried chili or cayenne pepper)
2 cups bean sprouts
1 cup basil (fresh chopped just before adding
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 tsp. cornstarch (dissolved in 2 tbsp. cool water)
For the Stir-Fry Sauce:
2 tbsp. oyster sauce (or hoisin sauce)
1 tbsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. Golden Mountain Sauce (or 1 extra tbsp. fish sauce)
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice (fresh-squeezed, plus more to taste)
1 tablespoon brown sugar


Place all stir-fry sauce ingredients together in a cup. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.

Cut out the core of the lettuce(s) to make separating the leaves easier. Gently separate and place leaves on a plate in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Drizzle a little oil into a wok or large frying pan set over medium-high heat. Add the shallot/onion and garlic. Stir-fry until fragrant (30 seconds).

Add the chicken and stir-fry 2-3 minutes, or until nearly cooked. When wok/pan becomes dry, add enough chicken stock to create a good sizzle (2-3 Tbsp. at a time).

Add the mushrooms and chili. Continue stir-frying another 1-2 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.

Now add the green pepper, tomatoes, stir-fry sauce, plus any remaining chicken stock. Stir-fry another 1-2 minutes. Add the bean sprouts and gently fold them in for 30 seconds to 1 minute (you want to retain their crispness).

Reduce heat to medium-low and push ingredients to the side of the wok to reveal the sauce. Add the cornstach mixture, stirring until sauce has thickened.

Remove stir-fry from heat and fold in the chopped basil leaves (see basil tip below recipe).

Taste-test, adding more lime juice if too salty. If not salty or flavorful enough, add more fish sauce.

Place this stir-fry on the table together with the lettuce leaves on the side, and let everyone put together their own wraps. Note that lettuce wraps can be a tad messy, but that's half the fun. ENJOY!

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