P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps Salad transforms the popular restaurant appetizer into a savory main dish salad, loaded with copycat ground chicken and more!
Last week, my boys requested taco salad for dinner. Alas, I was out of taco seasoning — and out of cumin to make another batch (oh, the horror!) — so it was onto PLAN B. A quick scan of the fridge and pantry revealed that I may be low on my Tex-Mex seasonings, but I had Asian ingredients aplenty.
So with a new idea in mind, I browned my ground beef and grabbed a few bottles to flavor it with, including hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, and sweet red chili sauce. Then I put together salads topped with the savory ground beef, extra veggies from the fridge, toasted nuts, and my favorite Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.
And the verdict? My boys proclaimed that I could make this last-minute, made-up salad again anytime. I loved it, too…but as I ate it, I couldn’t help but call to mind my favorite Chicken Lettuce Wraps from P.F. Chang’s.
So I decided that with a few tweaks, this salad could mimic the flavors of that popular appetizer. Except instead of serving the ground chicken filling in lettuce cups, I’d scatter it atop a bed of lettuce, layered with extra ingredients for bonus flavor and texture. And that same Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette would be the perfect complement!
Here’s how it all shook out. For Take 2, I browned ground chicken and stirred in fresh minced garlic and ginger. Then came the sauce, consisting of bottled hoisin sauce (check the label for one with natural ingredients), soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet chili sauce, and rice vinegar, along with some chopped green onions and diced water chestnuts.
Then it was time to assemble the salad. I went with romaine, but Bibb lettuce or butter lettuce would also be great choices for the base of the salad. And while I decided to line up the ingredients on top for food blog-worthy photos, the salad would be just as tasty if you layered everything before tossing.
Those lines (or layers) go as follows: the P.F. Chang’s copycat ground chicken, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, creamy diced avocado, and crunchy toasted almonds. The beauty of this recipe is that you can add or delete salad toppings to your liking. Sweet pepper strips, mandarin oranges, ramen noodles (you can find organic ones to avoid the icky additives), edamame, sliced green onions…let you imagination run wild!
Whatever ingredients you ultimately settle upon, drizzle your masterpiece with plenty of yummy dressing and toss before serving. Simply delicious!
If you’re a fan of P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps…if you adore Asian flavors…if you enjoy contrasting textures…if you’re craving taco salad but you’re fresh out of cumin ( 😉 )…I think you’ll ♥go crazy over♥ this P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps SALAD! The beloved restaurant favorite has been reborn, y’all, and you get to welcome it right into your very own kitchen.
Ground chicken adapted from CD Kitchen
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