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Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 sweet red pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 12 teaspoons minced fresh ginger (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Fresh basil (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup torn up leaves – must be fresh!)
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white/brown rice (I used Nishiki brand)
  • Large pliable lettuce leaves, washed (Boston Bibb, Green Leaf, Iceberg, Butter)


  1. Cook your rice according to package directions.
  2. In small bowl, combine soy sauce, olive oil, sugar, and water. Stir and set aside.
  3. In large nonstick skillet, brown together the chicken, jalapeno, red pepper, garlic, and ginger over medium heat. After 1 or 2 minutes, add your soy sauce mixture to the meat mixture and stir.
  4. When chicken is cooked through, take pan off heat. Add rice to chicken and stir until combined. (The original recipe calls for 2 cups cooked rice, but you can add more if you have more than that in your pot). Stir in basil.
  5. Roll up into lettuce leaves and top with additional basil, if desired.


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