Cubed Chicken in Lettuce Leaves ( Yang Chow Chicken Soong)

"This recipe is similar to the lettuce wraps that are so popular in Asian restauants. It was in the R.S.V.P. section of a June 1982 issue of Bon Appetit magazine. It was requested from the Shun Lee Palace in New York City. Preparation time will be reduced if all chopping is done in a food processor. Once the prep is done the lettuce wraps come quickly together!"
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  • 1 large chicken breast, skinned, boned, sliced and cut into tiny cubes (about 2 c. total, this is easier to do when chicken is partially frozen)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 long green chilies, cored, seeded and cut into small cubes (hot or mild)
  • 10 -12 water chestnuts, cut into small cubes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 12 cup finely diced celery
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons shaohsing wine or 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 12 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 12 teaspoons chili paste with garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups peanut oil
  • 12 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, leaves separated (cored)


  • Combine chicken,egg white,1 tablespoon cornstarch and salt in medium bowl and stir to blend well.
  • Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Combine chilies, water chestnuts,celery,carrot and ginger in another bowl.
  • Combine green onion and garlic in separate bowl.
  • Mix wine, soy sauce, chili paste and sugar in another bowl.
  • Blend remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch and water in small bowl, mixing until smooth.
  • Pour peanut oil into wok;place over high heat.
  • When oil begins to smoke, add chicken in batches and cook, stirring constantly to separate cubes, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Remove chicken with slotted spoon, drain well on paper towels and set aside.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons peanut oil from wok and return to high heat.
  • Add water chestnut mixture and cook, stirring constantly about 30 seconds.
  • Add green onions and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 10 seconds.
  • Return chicken to wok and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds.
  • Add wine mixture and sesame oil; restir dissolved cornstarch.
  • Add to wok and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to heated platter.
  • Spoon chicken mixture into lettuce leaves and fold over to enclose; serve hot.

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  1. Chef Dr Liam
    Delicious!.. but this wont feed six with one breast, I used 4. I also didnt use a food processor. Just take your time and do a fine chop on the veggies, ginger, garlic, etc. I recommend using Boston Bibb lettuce as it makes a nicer cup. Keep the lettuce leaves in cold water to keep them crisp. This came out just great each time I make this. You can also add some nuts ie cashews or pecans to the veggies as they cook. Just a last comment. Whoever figured out the nutritional values needs to rethink the calculations. The amount of fat ( 74.8 grams per serving ) INCLUDES the 2 cups of peanut oil you cook the chicken in..
  2. kimberly.hellstrom
    Wonderful! The flavors came out so good. Prep time is lengthy, but was worth it. I will add a bit more soy sauce and a little hot sauce next time. Great!
  3. m0m
    This looks wonderful, but how much chicken would be needed!



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