Wednesday, September 1, 2010

THAI LETTUCE CUPS

(recipe and pic from www.sisterscafe.blogspot.com)

1 T extra virgin olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips (I usually chop chicken)
Salt and freshly, ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips (Again I like mine chopped:)
1/4 c. sweet chili sauce
1/4 c. honey
2 iceberg lettuce heads, cut into quarters and leaves gently removed to make lettuce cups (1 head is enough if you are making as a salad.)
1/2 c. honey-roasted peanuts, chopped (or whole, or crushed, however you like them)
Juice of 1 lime
1 handful basil, chopped (fresh is best but not essential)

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with one turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. (Or you can use Pam, and a little water when needed to save calories) Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook in the pan until golden brown on all sides. (you may want to drain off some of the liquid at this point)

Add in the red pepper and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add in the chili sauce and honey and simmer to reduce it and coat the chicken. To serve, lay the lettuce leaves on a platter. Scoop some chicken mixture onto each leaf. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, lime juice and basil.

OPTION: Turn the same recipe into a salad

NOTE: I prefer it without the basil

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