Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps + WP Rant

Ok what is up with WordPress? Or is it my browser? Or my laptop?

I have been trying to post pictures but just cannot. The media uploader doesn’t pop up; and my pop-up blocker isn’t enabled! Darn it, I can’t even access my reader!!

And when I try to access the main WordPress page, I get that awful, archaic, beneath-the-surface webpage where the buttons don’t display, the pictures don’t show and everything  is in Times New Roman. I need to get this fixed! (I am so technologically challenged, I can’t even clearly explain the problem I’m facing.)

I have been sad all day wondering why I can’t post properly. Posting without a picture, however basic the picture may be, is still quite bland.

But I guarantee you this dish is not.

In my last What I Ate Wednesday post, I posted about the Asian chicken lettuce wraps I ate for dinner.

I picked up some ground chicken at the market and wanted to make something other than keema curry or chilli. I wanted a cold, spicy chicken salad with Asian flavours. I really enjoy Thai raw papaya, and I love cold Thai beef salad as well. I was toying with minced chicken salad ideas in my head when boom! I remembered seeing pictures of lettuce wraps on The Food Network Website, so I bought a head of lettuce too. I figured if I could season chicken my ground chicken well, and toss it up with soy, it would make a nice Asian-inspired lettuce wrap.

These are quite easy to make, and my humble suggestion would be to let the chicken simmer with the lemongrass for a while…this way, that wonderful flavour seeps in and lasts. I ate this for lunch on Thursday too!

LEMONGRASS CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 grams ground chicken
  • Water for boiling
  • A handful of lemongrass leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium sized onion, sliced
  • 1 medium sixed tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium sized bell pepper, chopped- any colour you like
  • 1/4 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • A handful or a quarter cup of roasted cashewnuts of peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes or 1 red or green chilli, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 6-8 lettuce leaves, depending on how much chicken you want to roll into one leaf

METHOD

  • First, take a large pot and to it, add the ground chicken, enough water, the lemongrass leaves, rice wine vinegar and 2-3 garlic cloves. Cover and allow to simmer on a gentle heat till the chicken is cooked.
  • Next, drain off the water, remove the lemongrass leaves. Keep the chicken and garlic cloves aside.
  • In a wok, heat the oil (I used toasted sesame oil) and allow it to get hot. Add in the garlic you saved from boiling the chicken, the thinly sliced ginger,  mushrooms, onions and swish around for about 30 seconds before adding the soy sauce and stir-frying.
  • Next, add in the chicken and cashewnuts and  stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the tomatoes, bell peppers, crushed chilli flakes, sugar and salt and stir fry for a minute or so more.

You’re done! Allow the chicken to cool in the fridge before placing on washed and dried lettuce leaves. Roll up and enjoy!

Hopefully I can figure out why my WP is acting weird.

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18 thoughts on “Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps + WP Rant

  1. Your recipe is an awesome mix…and I think it’s a problem with wordpress..cause I have been experiencing the same problem and cursing my internet connection…guess..i was wrong…

    • Thanks for the compliment!! And yes, WP just needed some time to sort itself out. Mine is now functioning properly, after a week and a half of stressing out! Hope you are having a great week. Thank you for visiting my space!

  2. Ooh, I’m so glad you’ve posted this! Even without photos (who knows with wordpress, goes loopy sometimes – hope it’s better now?!) I’m going to struggle to find lemongrass I think, you think it’ll still be tasty without?!

    • I really didn’t know lemongrass was hard to source. I guess we take it for granted here, like bananas and coconuts! Perhaps you could marinate the chicken in lemon juice and mint instead- not the same taste but a hint of sour would come through. My WP is still not working right.I’m wondering if it is my comp!

  3. Recipe is so easy and soo …. Yummy. Cannot wait to try it out. And healthy too I am sure. My wife is forever urging me to follow a healthy oil free diet. But I love greasy, oily food !!

  4. Sometimes WP makes me ANGRY! Once or twice I’ve lost a whole post and the autosave DID NOT save which has prompted me to hit “save draft” compulsively every time I finish a few sentences whenever I write anything. Soooooo annoying. And the reader freaks out on me.Sometimes the little comment icon will light up, and I KNOW there’s a new comment, but when i click the icon there is nothing new. Phew! Rant.

    Lemongrass is fancy!!! It’s not anything I ever really use so it makes your seasoned chicken sound extra special. Lettuce wraps seem to be making a comeback and it’s a good thing, too!! Because they are delicious.

    • That has happened to me too. It is so infuriating! And not posting a picture seems a little pointless. Oh you should get your hands on some lemongrass at an ethnic store, it is so fragrant and I sometimes brew tea with it. It really wakes me up!

    • Ok…I am hoping things will get back to normal soon! Now I can see the pages properly but still no pics. And I will make all these things when you come to Mumbai next!!

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