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Hi! Happy almost Friday!!! How’s your week going? We have another cold snap on the way for the weekend, and everyone’s looking forward to it. It took forever for the heat to break, and we’re ready for it to feel like fall, at last.
A crisp, sunny weekend on its way, so let’s celebrate that it’s Friday Eve with these Mongolian Chicken Lettuce Wraps! You might remember a few months ago when I tried these P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces from Walmart. There are two more flavors now that are NEW to stores – Mongolian and Soy!
In the spring, I picked up the P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sesame Sauce and used it to make these Sesame Chicken Potstickers from scratch. Well, mostly from scratch – I did not make homemade wonton wraps. 😉 The P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces are wonderful! When I learned about the two new flavors, I couldn’t wait to experiment.
Every flavor that I’ve tried is delicious, and I love how they simplify my cooking. Sometimes I’ll use them as a marinade, and other times I use them as a sauce. They’re very versatile, and they’re seriously good – they’re an integral ingredient in both those Sesame Chicken Potstickers, and in these Mongolian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
Those recipes can be made without them, sure, but they made a huge difference in both flavor and ease!!
I made those potstickers a few months ago because potstickers are one of my top favorite appetizers to order when we go out to eat. I love that now I can easily make them at home. That’s the deal with these Mongolian Chicken Lettuce Wraps too. They’re one of our favorite appetizers to order at restaurants, but now they’re a cinch to make at home. I actually put these lettuce wraps together in about 30 minutes total. I’m thrilled that we can easily make them anytime we want.
They were gone much faster than 30 minutes. These are fabulous as an appetizer, but we ate these for our dinner, and they were so satisfying. I used shredded chicken instead of ground chicken because that’s just my preference, and I threw in a few peppers, garlic, an onion, water chestnuts (a must!), sesame oil (also a must!! it adds so much to these!), and a few other ingredients, along with the P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Mongolian Sauce mixed in.
Now, lettuce wraps are not usually prepared with Mongolian sauce, I suppose, so why Mongolian? You know, you could use almost any of the P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces. I chose Mongolian because I was thinking of other Asian dishes that I love, and I thought about Mongolian beef, and I just thought: hey, I’ll do a mashup of lettuce wraps and Mongolian beef. Why not?
But there are a bunch of different flavors of the P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces – the two new ones are Mongolian and Soy! They also have Teriyaki, Sesame, and Kung Pao. I think any of those would be great with lettuce wraps, and really versatile. When we want to make Asian food at home – these sauces really simplify our recipes. What sauce we had leftover from the lettuce wraps, we used with chicken in the crock pot! Just added peppers and rice noodles, it was perfect!
Pop into Walmart to pick up a few flavors, and let me know what you think!
Mongolian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
This Mongolian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe is ready in about 30 minutes. These are a fabulous appetizer or light meal! We can't get enough!
- 1 head butter or iceberg lettuce
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 small red pepper diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 large cooked chicken breasts (I used rotisserie chicken) diced
- 8 oz. can water chestnuts drained, diced
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1/4 cup P.F. Chang's® Home Menu Mongolian Sauce
Rinse the lettuce, and set aside 8 leaves.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
Add onion, pepper, and garlic cloves, cooking until soft and browned, about 7-8 minutes.
Add diced chicken and water chestnuts, cooking until heated through, about 3 minutes.
Add sesame oil, soy sauce, and P.F. Chang's® Home Menu Mongolian Sauce, cooking until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
Spoon chicken mixture into 8 lettuce leaves, and serve immediately.