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Stir Fried Minced Chicken On Lettuce Leaves

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Ingredients
  Chicken breast meat 1 1⁄4 Pound, finely chopped
  Dried chinese mushrooms 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cornstarch 1 Tablespoon
  Dry sherry 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Szechuan peppercorn/1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Iceberg lettuce head 2
  Safflower oil 3 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Scallions 2 , finely chopped
  Chopped water chestnuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped bamboo shoots 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Boiled ham 2 Ounce, finely chopped
  Low sodium soy sauce 3 Tablespoon
  Dark sesame oil 2 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In a bowl of hot water soak mushrooms for about 10 minutes. Stir, and let them be in water for another 20 minutes and then drain.
2) Remove the mushroom stems and discard. Thinly chop mushrooms.
3) Separate lettuce leaves and trim about 12 neat leaves of same size.

MAKING
4) Take a clean mixing bowl and combine sherry and cornstarch. Blend in salt and chicken.
5) Mix well and marinate the mixture for about 15 minutes.
6) In the meantime, take a heavy bottomed skillet and place it over medium heat. Toast peppercorns for about 3-4 minutes, shake the pan continuously.
7) Next, take a large wok (or skillet) and place it over high heat.
8) Stir in 2 tablespoons of safflower oil and turn the pan around to coat the surface with oil. Stir in chicken and fry until done, or chicken is no longer pink.
9) Take out chicken and put aside.
10) Pour the remaining safflower oil in the wok and heat over high flame. Now, stir fry scallions, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, garlic, and ginger for about two minutes.
11) Next, stir in mushrooms, peppercorns, and ham and fry for a minute.
12) Put chicken and fry until well heated.
13) On a platter, arrange the lettuce leaves and put stir fried chicken over it.

SERVING
14) Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Stir Fried
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
35 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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