I love asparagus, but my favorite way to eat it is simply blanched, served with a spritz of lemon juice and a little s&p. For this contest, I decided to get a little creative, and transform some of my favorite standbys with the addition of my favorite spring veggie. The BF loves Asian flavors, and I love the fresh crispness of lettuce wraps. And thus, Asparagus and Chicken Lettuce Wraps were born. —Loves Food Loves to Eat
4 as a meal, 6-8 as an appetizer
chicken breasts- 'diced' small
fresh grated ginger
asparagus-rinsed, and diced
vegetable oil for cooking
toasted sesame seeds
head iceberg lettuce- layers separated into 'cups'
Mix together soy sauce through sesame oil, and marinate chicken in mixture for 30-60 min.
Heat oil to medium in large wok or skillet. Add onions, garlic, and asparagus, and stir-fry until tender. Add mushrooms, and cook until tender. Put mixture in bowl, and set aside.
Add chicken w/marinade to hot wok, until cooked. Add back in veggie mixture- stir to combine.
Whisk together 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 T rice vinegar, and cornstarch, until dissolved. Stir into chicken/veggie mixture, until 'gooey.' Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Serve in a bowl, accompanied by a plate of lettuce cups, nuts, and green onions. Let guests make their own lettuce wraps, putting a big spoonful of mixture into lettuce cup, and garnishing with nuts and green onions.