Easy Stir-Fried Ginger Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Some good friends recently made this dish for us. It was so tasty, healthy and filling that I asked for the recipe and quickly tried it at home. When my daughter licked her plate clean, I knew I had a winner, and this dish quickly became a staple at our house.

Officially called Stir-fried Garlic Chicken with Cilantro, the dish was pioneered by inventive San Francisco chefs Anne and David Gingrass of Postrio and Hawthorne Lane restaurants. In addition to being tasty and easy to make, it’s low in fat, and the ginger and garlic offer powerful health benefits. You can adjust the spices to your tastes. I like the dish on the gingery side.

2 pounds coarsely ground boneless and skinless chicken (leg meat is ideal)
1 teaspoon chili flakes, or more to your taste
2-4 cloves finely chopped garlic (the original recipe calls for 4 Tbsp.)
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
4 scallions, thinly sliced
Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
8 cups loosely packed julienned spinach leaves
24 outer leaves of radicchio or other lettuce
Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish

1. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken with the chili flakes and 2 tablespoons each of the garlic and ginger. Mix gently until flavorings are evenly distributed.

2. To prepare the stir-fried chicken, heat a wok or large skillet until very hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then the chicken mixture. Stir-fry slowly over medium heat, allowing the meat to brown lightly. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons each garlic and ginger and stir-fry quickly over high heat until fragrant, then add the red wine vinegar, soy sauce and demi-glace. With the pan still on high heat, let the liquid reduce until it begins to coat the meat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the scallions and cilantro; then toss to mix thoroughly.

3. Make a vinaigrette for the spinach in a large salad bowl by whisking together 2 tablespoons olive oil with the sherry vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss the spinach with the vinaigrette to coat it lightly. Place 3 radicchio leaves on each plate, then fill the leaves with the spinach salad. Spoon a small amount of the stir-fried chicken over the spinach and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Yield: 8 servings.

Here are more tasty and low-fat recipes. Enjoy!

Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman

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5 responses to “Easy Stir-Fried Ginger Chicken in Lettuce Cups

  1. I love lettuce cups and this recipe is definitely one I want to try out. Great post, I really enjoyed it.

  2. You’ve got me getting out our grinder soon! Sounds & looks great. We get awesome boneless/slinless thighs at a super Korean Supermarket, far better than the rest. Thanks Suz!

  3. Hi Babygirl! Welcome to Slow Family. I enjoyed your blog and hope you visit here again. Let me know if you try the lettuce cups and what you think.

    Hi Anne! You grind your own meat? Wow. I’m impressed! Definitely dark meat is best for this recipe – It’s fine with white, but the dark is a little tastier. Have fun! Let me know what you think and if your boys like it.

  4. I love ginger with chicken in any form! This looks really delish. I will try it although I will probably not grind the meat!! I posted a ginger chicken recipe this week too- weird. I am liking ginger more and more.

  5. Hi there, Weekend Cowgirl! It’s always great to see you. I bought ground chicken meat to make this. (It never even occurred to me to grind my own meat!) I’ve also made it with strips of chicken breast. Both work really well. I love ginger. I’ll have to go see your recipe! (That is weird that we posted such similar ones.)

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