Saturday, June 9, 2012

Copycat PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Love PF Chang's food but the closest one is 20-25 minutes away.  There are also some folks in the tailgate that are on the Atkin's Diet so I was looking for a recipe that didn't have a lot of carbs.

Found this recipe on the web when I did a google search for "Lettuce Wraps from PF Changs".  Thought I would give this a shot.  I modified the original recipe that I found.

I've got to say its similar to PF Chang's but not exactly the same.  But it was really really good.



  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsps red wine
  • 2 tsps water
  • 2 tsps soy sauce

Filling Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced small
  • 5 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of shittake mushrooms
  • Few shakes of minced onions
  • 1/2 can of bean sprouts (drained)
  • 1 can (8oz) of water chesnuts (drained)

Cooking Sauce

  • 1 tbsp hoison sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tbsps oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsps cornstarch

Lettuce leaves (washed)


Mix all the ingredients for "cooking sauce" and set aside.

In bowl, combine marinade ingredients and mix well.  Add chicken and stir to coat.  Stir in 1 tsp of oil and set sit for 15 mins.

Heat wok or frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add 3 tsp of oil.  Add chicken and stir fry for 3-4 mins.  Set aside.

Add 2 tsp of oil to the pan.  Add ginger, garlic and minced onions. for a minute or so.  Add mushrooms, bean sprouts, and water chesnuts.  Stir and cook for 2 mins.

Return chicken to the pan.  Add cooking sauce to the pan.  Cook until thickened and hot.

To serve, pour the mixture into a lettuce leaf and eat like a burrito.  (NOTE:  make sure that the mixture is drained a little before putting in the lettuce leaf or it will get soggy)

Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob

I did Baked Potatoes in the crock pot a while back and they were delicious.  So I decided to try my hand at corn on the cob.  Figured for a tailgate I can cook these in the slow cooker before I leave and throw into a chafing dish when I get there!

This was so easy it was crazy.  And the corn was perfect!  Didn't need a tray for the corn since it was in the foil so I used that instead!


  • Corn on the Cob
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Salt


Shuck the corn.  Wash.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.  Wrap individually in foil.  Cook on High in the slow cooker for 2 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

One of my favorite blogs is "A Year of Slow Cooking".  She did this recipe so I thought I'd try it since Philadelphia Cooking Creme was on sale.  The original recipe is here.

I thought the beef was tendor and it was good.  Next time I would chop up an onion and put some minced garlic in.  Although it was good I think that would have given it some needed flavor.


  • 2 Packages of Mushrooms
  • 1 (10oz) package of Philadelphia Cooking Creme - Savory Garlic Flavor
  • 2lbs of Beef Stew cubes


Dump everything into a crock pot / slow cooker.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  Stir Occasionally.