Sunday, April 7, 2013

Vietnamese Chicken Wrap

Vietnamese Chicken Wrap

I have been carrying around this recipe for Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches a long time - and I am very happy that I gave this a whirl. The first time I had a Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich was not in a nice Asian restaurant, but Good Time Charley's in Ann Arbor. I wanted to make it as a wrap and less spicy (for everyone's taste). I loved the way this turned out and will make it again. The work is more prep than anything else, and if you have mandolin slicer - it will be really great.

Ingredients (Makes 4 wraps):
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 cup Matchstick-cut carrots (smaller the better)
2 tsp Peanut or canola oil
1 lbs Chicken breasts (2 or 3), cut into 1/4" diagonal slices
1/4 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Garlic, chopped (or one clove)
1 tbsp Soy sauce
2 tsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
2 cups thinly sliced English cucumber (1/8" thick)
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced Lettuce
1/4 cup Cilantro leaves

1. Combine sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan; cook until sugar dissolves. Add carrot and remove from heat. Let cool.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with pepper. Sauté 3-4 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 10 minutes.
3. Combine remaining garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and hoisin sauce in a bowl; add the cooked chicken and toss.
4. Prepare wraps. Place lettuce and cucumber on the base of the wrap. Add chicken and drizzle with leftover sauce and a small amount of the vinegar-sugar mix. Add carrots (use a slotted spoon), cilantro and hot sauce (such as Sriracha) if desired. Wrap up the contents and cut in half.


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