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Chinese Chicken "Tacos"

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 10 min | Total: 25 min | Servings:6


Chinese Chicken "Tacos"
Chinese Chicken "Tacos"
Chinese Chicken "Tacos"
This is a nice and simple little gingery chicken appetizer. It's usually made with hoisin sauce, but that's a toughy on low carb. Hoisin (Plum) Sauce is a sweetened fruit sauce (Dana Carpender has a good LC recipe for it, though).

Mine is simplified, but just as delicious as what you might find at PF Changs. Quick, easy, fresh, fast, attractive and yum.

Note: Just about any large leaf lettuce will work for this. I used baby romaine leaves, but cabbage, ice berg, Bibb, etc. would all work.

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 1/2 lbs (681g)  boneless chicken, cut into very small dice809.3320.7144.890000
1/2 cup (62g)  waterchestnuts, diced6001152013
4 each (12g)  garlic cloves, minced16004004
1 tbsp (6g)  fresh ginger, minced4.
1/4 cup (48g)  sesame seeds, toasted and divided271.223.048.1612.486.7205.76
1/4 cup (56.02g)  toasted sesame oil, divided5205600000
4 whole (60g)  green onions (scallions), cut into thin rings19.
2 tbsp (31.88g)  soy sauce16.8801.632.75.2502.5
salt and pepper, to taste0000000
18 each (93.9g)  baby romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried15.
Totals (of 6 Servings):1733.34100.04g158.2g42.66g12.84g0g29.82g
Per Serving:288.8916.67g26.37g7.11g2.14g0g4.97g *


  1. Heat a large non-stick sauté pan, so that it's super hot.
  2. Reserving a little of the sesame oil and sesame seeds for the garnish, in a mixing bowl, blend all your ingredients, except the lettuce cups. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Evenly spread a thin layer of the chicken mixture on the bottom of the hot sauté pan. It should be a thin layer of chicken. It should "sear", not simmer. If you add too much chicken, it will just simmer and steam. You can do this in batches, just make sure you wipe out the pan between batches. You want a high heat sear, to get a little color on the chicken.
  4. Sauté until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Place a small amount of chicken inside each lettuce cup. Garnish with some sesame seeds and sesame oil.
  6. Serve!

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I made these last night. The sauce was missing something to my taste buds, so before I added the chicken to the mixture, I tinkered with it a little bit and ended up adding rice vinegar and some powdered swerve. After I cooked them as you outlined, they still were not on target with what my taste buds were craving (I wonder if the missing Hoisin sauce has something to do with it). It was still very delicious and I had my fair share! My 5 year old had SIX of them. I don't know where he put it all, but it was a hit with all three of my kids. Thank you for this! Not a copycat recipe for PF Changs, but still a very delicious recipe for lettuce wraps! Thank you!

 Jenelle  1/23/2015


---Reply posted by Jenelle on 1/23/2015
I will have to check your book out just for that recipe, it sounds delicous. I will say that even though they weren't what I was craving at the time, I will still definitely make these wraps again.
---Reply posted by DJ on 1/23/2015
I DO think the lack of hoisin has something to do with it. In my book, I've got a ribs dish and I somewhat approximated the hoisin with a few raisins pureed into the sauce. It actually helped. It boosted the carbs, but ... being that the recipe is largely meat, spices and sweetener, the raisins really just helped the flavor and texture without moving the carb count up to an astronomical level. Thanks for the input! :D