Easy Entertaining #9: Chinese Noodle Soup and Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Take-out is fine, but give this easy Chinese Dinner a try!


Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced into strips 
  • 1 T. oil 
  • ⅓ c. soy sauce 
  • ⅓ c. brown sugar 
  • ½ c. water 
  • 1 T. catsup 
  • ¼ c. dry sherry 
  • ½ t. crushed red pepper 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 green onion, sliced 
  • 1 T. cornstarch 
  • 1 T. water 
  • iceberg lettuce leaves 
  • sesame seeds 


1. Heat oil in large saute/frying pan on medium-high heat. Add chicken strips and brown quickly. 

2. In large measuring cup, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, catsup, dry sherry, red pepper, garlic and green onion. Pour over chicken. 

3. Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes. 

4. Mix cornstarch and water into a slurry. Add to chicken and simmer for about 5 minutes, until sauce begins to thicken. 

5. Place lettuce leaves on platter (tearing them into easy-to-handle size). Place 1 or 2 pieces of chicken on each lettuce cup. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.


Chinese Noodle Soup 

  • 1 pkg. frozen Potstickers 
  • ½ t. hot chili oil 
  • 1 t. sesame oil 
  • 3 T. water 
  • 8 cups chicken broth 
  • ½ t. white pepper 
  • grated carrot 
  • sliced mushrooms 
  • 2 baby bok choy, sliced 
  • 3 green onions, sliced 


1. In large frying pan, heat chili and sesame oil on medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add frozen potstickers, flat side down. Brown for about 1 minute. Add 3 T. water, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. 

2. While potstickers are steaming, place chicken broth in stock pot and heat over high heat. Add white pepper, 2 handfuls grated carrot, 4 handfuls sliced mushrooms, bok boy and scallions. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes. 

3. When potstickers are down steaming, place in stock pot and continue heating until ready to serve. 

This dinner is delicious served with Mango Sorbet and Almond Tea Cookies 

(see Cookie Jar: Episode #5).

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