Vietnamese Chicken Meatball Lettuce Wraps

by katerina on June 25, 2013

Anyone else have a garden overflowing with lettuce!? Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining, I am just in need of ideas outside of salads so I created this recipe for Vietnamese spiced chicken lettuce wraps inspired by Bun Cha.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can make it as a meal for two people, or as an appetizer for several. It is also very nice with fresh bean sprouts and pickled daikon. If you happen to have a nice day, feel free to cook them on the grill and eat outside.

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Vietnamese Chicken Meatball Lettuce wraps

(makes 8)

2 carrots, julienned
Pickling liquid:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon salt.
Meatballs:
300g ground chicken or turkey
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 finely sliced scallion, white part only
For frying:
1 tablespoon oil
Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham):
the juice of 1 lime
2 red bird’s eye chillies, sliced
1/4 cup Vietnamese fish sauce
1/2 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
For serving:
fresh lettuce
fresh mixed herbs (basil, mint and cilantro are good choices)

1. Prep your carrots first. Combine the pickling liquid ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add your carrots. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then drain and cool.

2. Preheat oven to 350F.

3. In a bowl mix all of the meatball ingredients together.

4. Heat a medium frying pan to medium high heat and add the tablespoon of oil to the pan. Form meatballs and drop into the pan. Fry over medium heat in the oil until golden brown. Flip, and transfer the entire pan to the oven. Cook for 15 minutes in oven. Check for doneness and remove.

5. While the meatballs are baking mix together your dipping sauce, wash your lettuce and pick your herbs.

6. To eat put a meatball and some pickled carrot on a piece of lettuce, top with herbs, wrap up and dip in the sauce.


Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Total Time:30 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 100



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

j June 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Mmmmm…. healthy food that tastes too good to be healthy!

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Pat June 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Sounded healthy and great until the frying part…..

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katerina June 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

so don’t use much oil! The recipe does not require more than a tablespoon which isn’t that much, but you could also use a cooking spray.

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