What's for Dinner: Asian Chicken Wrapped in Lettuce Leaves

Here, a fresh, veggie-packed chicken stir-fry is wrapped in a crisp lettuce leaf for a quick summer dinner that's fun to eat. Kids who are old enough just love to make their own wraps.

Credit: Kathy Gunst with the editors of Parenting magazine

Servings: 6


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 3 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh water chestnuts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, separated into leaves
  • Chopped walnuts or cashews, finely chopped scallions, hoisin sauce and/or finely chopped fresh mint, optional, for garnish


Place the chicken in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons of the soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of the sherry and marinate for 30 minutes.

In a wok or large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside. Discard the oil and wipe the wok clean.

Heat the remaining oil in the wok over high heat. Add the carrot and cook for 1 minute. Add the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and water chestnuts and stir-fry for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender.

Add the reserved chicken, the remaining teaspoon of soy sauce and the remaining teaspoon of sherry and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chopped mint.

Place on a serving platter, surrounded with the desired garnishes. To serve, spoon 3 to 5 tablespoons of filling onto individual lettuce leaves, roll each leaf to form a cone and top the open end with the garnish of your choice.

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