With Minute® Chicken & Herbs rice cup, veggies, peanuts and a hint of spice, these lettuce wraps boast a winning combo of delicious flavors.
With these Asian Lettuce Wraps on the menu, you’ll look forward to dinner all day long.
Heat rice according to package directions.
In a medium bowl, combine rice, water chestnuts, green onion, peanuts, chili sauce, soy sauce and five spice powder.
Spoon rice mixture into lettuce leaves. Serve warm.
Add 1/4 cup ground turkey or beef, cooked and crumbled for a protein option.
Five spice powder is a blend of spices that is commonly used in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine. It is made from a mixture of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds, that are ground into a fine powder. Mixtures vary depending on the recipe, but all are used to flavor a variety of dishes like meats, stews and marinades. Five spice powder has a warm, slightly sweet and savory flavor and is often used in small amounts to enhance the flavor of a dish without overpowering it, so make sure to not overdo it!
The lettuce you use for this recipe needs to be able to maintain a structure when you pick it up to eat it. It is best to use a heartier lettuce type for your wraps. Try using romaine or butterhead lettuce as they have larger, sturdier leaves to hold your wraps together. Make sure to buy fresh lettuce that isn’t wilting or brown. Kitchen Tip: If your lettuce is starting to get old, revive it in an ice water bath before it’s too late!
Enhance these wraps with your favorite veggies! Try adding shitake mushrooms for an earthy umami flavor that will contrast well with the crispness of the water chestnuts and green onion. Or, for some meaty texture, use Chinese eggplant.
This recipe uses Minute® Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice, but to make it vegan, try using our Minute® Ready To Serve Jasmine Rice, instead. The aromatic jasmine rice will complement the other flavors well, while also keeping the dish completely vegan!
Add some protein with a five spice saucy tofu! Press extra firm tofu, coated in five spice seasoning and cornstarch, then fry it in sesame oil, chili, and soy sauce for a delicious addition to this dish!
Lettuce wraps are a great way to keep a dish gluten free. Check out these Lettuce Wrap Recipes that will get your creativity flowing in the kitchen! Try out the Chicken and Basmati Lettuce Wraps for an easy midweek meal or these tangy Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Wrap, that are loaded with satisfying flavor!