Lettuce wraps are one of those meals that I always love to order when I am eating out, but hardly make at home. I’m not sure why that is really. These came together very easily and I used the ingredients I had on hand. I loved the flavor of the 5-spice powder in the meat mixture, it really stood out and added a unique taste to the turkey which normally can be pretty bland. If you have never cooked with 5-spice powder before, it is an aromatic Chinese spice blend consisting of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and ground fennel seeds. It is very popular in Chinese as well as other Asian cooking, usually to season stir frys or as meat rubs.
Treat yourself to these flavorful and light 5-Spice Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps at home…
5 Spice Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
1 lb ground lean turkey breast
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 carrot, chopped small
2 tablespoons chopped water chestnuts
1 1/2 teaspoon 5 Spice Powder
2 teaspoons low sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
3 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons black bean sauce
1 teaspoon agave or honey
chile garlic or chile sauce (like sriracha), for serving
Boston or iceberg lettuce leaves, washed and dried
shredded slaw mix (optional)
chopped green onions (optional)
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray and add onion and carrot. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, add ground turkey. Using a wooden spoon, break up ground turkey and sprinkle 5 spice powder over meat. Continue to cook until cooked through completely, about 7 minutes.
While turkey is cooking, combine tamari, rice vinegar, black bean sauce, agave, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Add to ground turkey during the last few minutes of cooking and stir until all combined.
To serve scoop ground meat mixture into lettuce leaves, top with slaw mix, green onions and chili sauce.