Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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⅓ cup soy sauce
⅓ cup fish sauce
3 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice cooking wine)
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Savory Barrier Reef Caribbean Style Seasoning
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
4 ounces very thin rice sticks (also called maifun rice noodles)
1 head Bibb (or Boston) lettuce, whole leaves plucked, rinsed, and dried
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
½ cucumber, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
4 scallions, white and green parts sliced
½ cup chopped peanuts (optional)
For the sauce: Whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce, mirin, honey and Barrier Reef until honey is incorporated. Place chicken in a ziptop storage bag. Pour half of the sauce over chicken, seal bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Reserve remaining sauce.
For the chicken: Preheat grill to medium-high, making sure it is well oiled. Remove chicken from refrigerator and shake off any excess marinade. Grill until cooked through, 10 to 20 minutes depending on grill heat and size of chicken. Turn chicken over halfway through to get an even char on all pieces. (The chicken can also be pan seared on the stovetop over medium-high heat with a little canola oil.) Remove chicken from grill and mince into small pieces. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the reserved sauce.
For the garnishes and to serve: Place noodles in a medium saucepan or heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes or until noodles are soft. Drain, rinse with cold water, transfer to a serving bowl and toss with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the reserved sauce. Stack lettuce leaves on a serving plate. Place remaining reserved sauce, mango, cucumber, scallions, and peanuts in separate serving bowls. Serve family-style so everyone can assemble to taste. Build a wrap starting with 1 lettuce leaf topped with a small pile of noodles. Add a scoop of chicken and scatter remaining garnishes on top to taste. Serve with extra sauce. Serves 4 to 6.
Note: Mirin can be found in most grocery stores alongside other Asian pantry products.
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