Citrusy Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Hey everybody!

So, I had planned on having some sort of delicious rosemary Italian chicken breast or something for dinner – but when I was at the store – which was INSANE AND BUSY AND TERRIFYING BECAUSE IT’S CANADA DAY TOMORROW AND EVERYONE HAS LOST THEIR MINDS AND ARE PARKING IN SPOTS THAT AREN’T PARKING SPOTS BLOOD PRESSURE ANXIETY YARRRGH- they had no chicken breasts. They did, however, have chicken tenders, and it was a toss-up between tenders and ground chicken for this, and well, frankly, the tenders were cheaper.

Sometimes I get these grandiose ideas of the meals I want to have, and    that’s all well and good, but sometimes the ingredients I want just aren’t there, and sometimes you don’t have enough money to go really crazy. So what do you do? You improvise. You think on your feet!

What’s life without a little excitement?

That principle led me to tonight’s meal for 1, what I am going to officially call Citrusy Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The names a bit clunky, I’ll admit but.. that’s what they are! I suppose I could call them Frank, but that wouldn’t be a very good description of their contents.

This has become one of my go-to healthy meals as of late, and it’s super simple to whip up, and is UBER delish! Feel free to experiment with other types of ingredients (for instance, in the vein of improvising, I can never find good bean sprouts here, so I just bought some shredded veg to take their place – it works really well – and adds that fresh crunch I do so adore.)

Here’s the recipe! Enjoy!

(I know my photos suck but what can I say, I’m new. I plan on getting a new camera very soon and learning how to use said camera.)


Citrusy Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: (this is what I used tonight – it changes dependent on what’s there and what’s cheaper)

  • 1 small pack chicken tenders (by this i mean the tender parts of the  fresh chicken breast – NOT nuggets!! lol)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 shitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 (ish) green onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 piece of ginger, thumb sized, grated
  • zest of 1 orange
  • nice big lettuce leaves
  • rice (on the side)
  • 4 tablespoons (depending on what you like) Hoisin
  • Fish Sauce, to taste
  • Sambal Oelek (Sriracha?!)(Hot pepper sauce.)
  • Directions

    First off, chop your veggies and chicken and get those all ready to go, and grate your ginger and orange zest. Got it? Excellent.

    Next, get your shit together. Good job. Yay! :)

    Brown the chicken so it’s cooked almost all the way through, and put however much hot peppery sauce you want to flavour your chicken in now. Oh yes, and don’t forget to oil your wok. I used Pam cause I’m on a diet. I don’t want to talk about it.

    Move your chicken to a plate, and throw in your onions and garlic to start cooking. Follow that with your ginger and orange zest, and follow THAT with your mushrooms and green onions. It’s starting to smell good now.

    Put in as much hoisin as you want, and put  the chicken back in to the      wok. Stir it all around and right after that, splash a bit of fish sauce in there.  I LOVE fish sauce. It smells different, but it’s really really tasty. Once that gets all nice and combined, put in just a bit of water to make it a bit more saucy. Now bring this up to bubbling, turn down the heat, and let it cook for a few minutes while you wash your lettuce.

    Did you make rice? I hope you know how to make rice. If you don’t, just send me a message!

    Plate it all up and voila! Prepare to have very messy hands and a nice full belly! Enjoy :)


    xoxoxox Alley :)



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    7 responses to “Citrusy Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    1. Kristen Dorothy Lois Buckland-Bates-Eamer

      You crack me up..Did you take those pictures of the food prep yourself? This sounds DELISH….

    2. Dad

      kinda cool that we are on opposite ends of the country but got the same idea for dinner. Our lettuce wraps were Moroccaan Spiced and with pork…with fresh Millbank lettuce. the orange is a cool idea

    3. Lynn

      Your recipe sounds very tasty and it’s on my to do list for the weekend. I like the shots you took showing all the steps. My blog system only allows one photo per post as far as I can see and little leeway for where you put them … or I could just be using it wrong.
      Anyhow, your blog looks great and I’ll be a regular reader!

      • Thanks Lynn!! :) I am so excited you’re going to make the lettuce wraps! Go internet go! hehehe Which blog place are you using? You may be able to put in more photos using HTML… not sure! So far I am finding WordPress to be pretty great, I must say – super customizable! This is a “theme”, but i was able to create my own background and header in an image type program and use them to make it all my own! I was having a problem figuring out how to do that before, hahaha (and getting the sizes right – there were some pretty freaky wrong-sized backgrounds I made along the way lol) THanks so much! I’ll link up to your blog, too! fun :)

        Alley :)

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