Stuff your mouth with some of my Korean-style chicken lettuce wraps. I offer you my healthy take on a traditional Korean BBQ favorite.
Korean food is more than just eating dinner- it is a communal experience. I cannot count how many times I went out to eat Korean BBQ with various friends in Seoul. The only downside for me was that I don’t eat red meat, and Korean BBQ is always pork or beef. This motivated me to create a lettuce wrap recipe that involved chicken. And my mission was a success! These wraps are absolutely divine! I melt every time I get to eat this for dinner. If you are new to Korean cuisine, I encourage you to give this recipe a go!
Notes on how to set the table:
- Place the chicken in the middle of the table for all to share
- Each person gets their own individual rice bowl
- Each person also gets their own Ssamjang (dip) dish
- Serve the lettuce leaves on a platter or bowl. Your guests can rip off pieces of lettuce to make their individual wraps
- Chopsticks recommended 😉
Korean-style Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Stephanie Thiel)
- 3 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup coarsely chopped white or yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
- 3 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce
- 2 tsp. gochujang
- Olive oil for cooking
- Salt and pepper to taste
- One head romaine or red leaf lettuce
- Use a lettuce that is sweet (I don’t recommend green leaf because it is too bitter tasting)
- Ssamjang (Korean soybean paste) to dip
- White or brown rice (one bowl per person)
My favorite brand of teriyaki sauce to use:
To cook the chicken:
- In a large skillet, saute the onions (with olive oil) on low-medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Chop the chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Add to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the teriyaki sauce and gochujang. Stir until the sauces are evenly distributed on all chicken pieces. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Then, turn the stove heat to high. Cook until the liquids are cooked out and the chicken begins to nicely caramelize. (About 10 minutes).
Instructions to serve:
- Assemble and eat with your hands!
- Take a piece of lettuce (about 1/3 of a leaf).
- Place on the lettuce leaf about 1/2 Tbsp. rice, piece of chicken, and some Ssamjang paste.
- Wrap the lettuce around the contents. Then, proceed to stuff into your mouth.
- You of course can add more of less rice, chicken, or Ssamjang paste onto the lettuce wraps. You will learn what you want more or less of in each bite.