I love this recipe because it is both quick & delicious. It’s also easily customizable, and can be made in about 30 minutes from start to finish. Plus it’s packed with lean protein, healthy fats, and vitamin C. You can make it sweet or spicy (don’t remove hot pepper seeds or use an extra chili), and use your choice of chicken, turkey, or pork. No ground meat on hand? I like to pulse boneless & skinless chicken thighs and breasts in my food processor to make a quick minced meat that works beautifully for this recipe.
Easy Weeknight Lettuce Wraps
For the stir fry:
- 1 lb of ground turkey, chicken, or pork
- 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small red chili pepper (Thai or cherry bomb works well), seeded and diced
- 1 cup Thai basil leaves, washed & dried
- 2 shallots or half a small red onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 T coconut oil, divided
For the sauce:
- 2 T tamari or coconut aminos
- 1 T oyster sauce
- 1/4 t fish sauce
- 1 T honey
- 1 t apple cider vinegar
- black pepper, to taste
For the wraps:
- One head of leaf lettuce such as bibb or red leaf
- 1/2 c Thai basil leaves, washed & dried
- Hot sauce or additional sliced chilies
- Hoisin sauce
- Lime slices
- White, brown or cauliflower rice (optional)
In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients until blended. Set aside.
Carefully remove whole leaves of lettuce (you will want about 2-3 per adult). Wash and dry thoroughly, wrap in paper towel & keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Heat a large wok or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 T of oil and coat the pan once melted. Stir fry shallot, garlic, red pepper & chili until fragrant and glossy. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil and stir fry the ground meat until it is cooked all the way through. Add the vegetables back into the pan, plus the Thai basil, stirring to incorporate.
Reduce the heat to medium low. Pour the sauce over the stir fry, tossing to coat, and allow to simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. If the stir fry is too dry, add a small amount of water to rehydrate.
Serve by scooping spoonfuls of stir fry (and optional rice) onto lettuce leaves, adding toppings as desired, and fold into bundles for eating with your hands. Enjoy!