You may remember the Pork and Shrimp Lettuce Wraps I did last winter. If you missed it, don’t forget to check it out. I still remember how delicious they were. This past weekend, my mom showed me one of the ways she makes lettuce wraps, with a chicken and flowering chive filling. Its also super delicious!

If you’re unfamiliar with flowering chives, you prepare them by picking off stiff ends, kind of like the way you break off the bottoms of asparagus. Then remove the flowers, which are bitter, and cut as you like.

flowering chives picked

Keep in mind that recipes written at my mom’s house are not quite as exact as the ones I write in my kitchen. She doesn’t have many measuring tools and starts to forget half-way through the recipe that we’re measuring. Still, this is delicious so use the recipe as a base and adjust to your taste.

Chicken and Flowering Chive Lettuce Wraps
~roughly 12 appetizers or 6 entrees

  • 1 3/4 cups small diced chicken thigh meat
  • 1 X-large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup green chopped peppers (choice of sweet or spicy or a mix)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped (1/2″) flowering chives
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • iceberg lettuce leaves to serve
  • hoisin sauce (optional)

Instructions –

1. Mix chicken, egg white, soy sauce, corn starch, and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat wok on high flame and add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Saute peppers with a dash of salt for about 1 minute. Remove to a small bowl.

peppers in wok

3. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the wok and saute flowering chives with a dash of salt for about 1 minute. Remove into the same bowl the peppers are in. Set aside.

flowering chives in wok

4. Add 2 tablespoons oil to wok and stir fry chicken mixture. Add a dash of salt and dark soy sauce. Stir around until cooked through.

chicken in wok

5. While the peppers and chives were resting, they will have let out some liquid. Drain thoroughly and add back into the wok. Stir around until thoroughly mixed. Season to taste and remove to large serving bowl.

Chicken and Flowering Chives in wok 2 Chicken and Flowering Chives

6. Serve with lettuce and hoisin sauce.

Chicken and Flowering Chive Lettuce Wrap

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