Monday, May 15, 2017

My Recipe Box - Asian Chicken Wraps

We always have this at P.F. Chang's in the States. They are on their gluten free menu.

Photo is from a meal in Las Vegas March 2017.

So I found a million sites with copycat recipes.

Their Asian name is Ssn Choy Bau or Bow.
San choy bau is a classic Chinese dish that can be found on a lot of menus. Traditionally, its made with chicken or pork mince and uses water chestnuts in the recipe. The cooked meat mixture is then placed in iceberg lettuce cups and rolled up to be enjoyed.
It is often an appetizer and I have done that for company but we often have it as a main course.

We are totally addicted to these. I could see making them with pork, beef or turkey as well.

Since I first made these I have found other san choy bau recipes and made this one with pork. To make this more Thai inspired I added lemongrass.

Gordon Ramsey has a chili beef recipe as well.

Here is a great video to help you make perfect lettuce cups for your wraps.

I found this recipe at Damn Delicious.
None of the copycat recipes included a dipping sauce so I made one.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground chicken or turkey, beef, pork
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
A couple of red Thai chilies chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce to ensure gluten free I make my own. 
2 tablespoons soy sauce gluten free
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon Sriracha, optional
1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 head butter lettuce I use iceberg - -for an appetizer endive would work well


Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.

You can add finely sliced carrots, cabbage, celery. Bean sprouts would be great too. 

Adapted from Eat. Drink. Love.

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons chili sauce more or less depending how spicy you like
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped green onions for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds
To a small mixing bowl, add the soy sauce, chili sauce and honey.
Whisk until combined.
Pour into serving bowl and top with green onions and sesame seeds.


  1. Healthier and tastier to make these at home!

  2. I think it's the chilis that would give me problems.


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