Almost-Famous Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
50 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the Chicken:
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • For the Stir-Fry Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • For the Noodles:
  • 2 bundles cellophane noodles
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • For the Stir-Fry:
  • 4 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled ginger
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 scallions; 2 minced, 2 cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms,stemmed and diced
  • 3/4 cup diced water chestnuts
  • Small lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Soy sauce, chili paste and/or hot mustard, for serving
Directions

Prepare the chicken: Whisk the egg white, cornstarch and rice wine in a bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Make the stir-fry sauce: Whisk 1/3 cup water, the oyster, hoisin and soy sauces, the rice wine and sesame oil in a bowl, then whisk in the cornstarch until dissolved.

Fry the noodles: Pull the noodles apart into sections. Heat 3/4 inch peanut oil in a medium saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer registers 380 degrees F. Working in batches, press the noodles into the oil with a spatula until they puff, 5 to 10 seconds. Drain on paper towels.

Make the stir-fry: Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons peanut oil to the skillet; when almost smoking, stir in the garlic, ginger, jalapeno and minced scallions, then add 1/2 teaspoon salt and the sugar and stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms, water chestnuts and scallion pieces and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the stir-fry sauce and chicken and cook 1 minute.

Make a bed of noodles on a platter and top with the chicken mixture. Serve the noodles and stir-fry with lettuce leaves and soy sauce for dipping.

Photograph by Andrew Mccaul


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