Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mini Chicken Lettuce Wraps

2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
1/2 green mango, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for grill grates
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
3 thin chicken cutlets (about 3 ounces each)
24 small leaves Bibb lettuce, from about 3 heads (3 ounces each)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

In a medium bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt until sugar is dissolved. Add carrot and mango; toss to combine. Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally, at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate up to a day.

Heat grill or grill pan to high; lightly oil grates. In a shallow dish, combine lime juice, ginger, and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add chicken and let marinate for no more than 5 minutes. Grill chicken until browned and opaque throughout, 1 to 3 minutes per side; transfer to a plate to cool.

Thinly slice chicken; toss with carrot mixture. Divide mixture among lettuce leaves; drizzle with juice from carrots and sprinkle with cilantro.

Helpful Hint: If you can’t locate a green (unripe) mango, pick a firm one. To store, refrigerate carrot and mango mixture, grilled chicken (unsliced), and cleaned lettuce leaves, separately, up to a day.

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