CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS WITH MELON MINT RELISH

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If you are watching your carbs….and really, who isn’t, these chicken lettuce wraps are for you.  They are light, fresh, healthy and SUPER easy to prepare.  If you don’t want to serve them as wraps, you could also just use the ground chicken mixture to top shredded romaine.  The melon mint relish is a delicious cooling element to counter balance the spicy chicken.

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INGREDIENTS:

1#                                          ground chicken or turkey breast

2 T                                         ginger, grated

1 T                                         garlic, minced

1 bunch                             scallions, minced

1 T                                         olive oil

1 T                                         fish sauce or you may substitute soy sauce

1 T                                         brown sugar

1 T                                         Asian chili-garlic sauce

4 ea                                      juice of lime

¼ C ea                                 minced cilantro, parsley and mint

3 T                                         peanuts, chopped

2 heads                              butter lettuce, washed and dried well

METHOD:

Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.  Add ginger, garlic and scallions.  Cook 1 minute until fragrant.  Add ground chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink and cooked through.  Add  brown sugar, chili garlic paste, fish sauce (or soy) and juice of limes.  Cook until liquid is reduced but not dry.  Stir in cilantro, mint, parsley and peanuts.  Serve in butter lettuce leaves with melon relish

Melon mint relish – Dice 1 small, peeled and seeded, honeydew melon.  Add juice and zest of 1 lime, pinch of brown sugar, ½ C chopped fresh mint and salt to taste.  Serve with chicken lettuce wraps

Serves 6

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