Chicken Lettuce Cups with Hoisin Mayo & Spicy Pickled Carrots
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Chicken Lettuce Cups

with Hoisin Mayo & Spicy Pickled Carrots

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This summer, we’re bringing you 12 weeks of recipes designed with busy schedules and flexibility in mind. Tucked inside soft butter lettuce leaves, a filling of sushi rice, savory chicken, and spicy pickled carrots come together with a drizzle of mayo mixed with hoisin sauce—a rich, fragrant condiment beloved in Chinese cuisine with a sweetness similar to barbecue.

This summer, we’re bringing you 12 weeks of recipes designed with busy schedules and flexibility in mind. Tucked inside soft butter lettuce leaves, a filling of sushi rice, savory chicken, and spicy pickled carrots come together with a drizzle of mayo mixed with hoisin sauce—a rich, fragrant condiment beloved in Chinese cuisine with a sweetness similar to barbecue.

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Chicken Lettuce Cups with Hoisin Mayo & Spicy Pickled Carrots
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  • 10 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
  • ½ cup Sushi Rice
  • 1 head Butter Lettuce
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 6 oz Carrots
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsps Gochujang
  • 2 Tbsps Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
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Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 15 to 17 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. 

Prepare the ingredients & make the hoisin mayo:
2 Prepare the ingredients & make the hoisin mayo:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots and thinly slice on an angle. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; separate the leaves. In a bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, mayonnaise, and 1 teaspoon of water. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Pickle the carrots:
3 Pickle the carrots:

While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), combine the sliced carrots, sugar, vinegar, a big pinch of salt, and 1/4 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Stir in as much of the gochujang as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe out the pan. 

Cook the chicken:
4 Cook the chicken:

While the carrots cool, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl; add the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked rice, add the sliced cucumbers and pickled carrots (including the liquid). Stir to combine. Stack 2 lettuce leaves on top of each other. Top each stack with the finished rice and cooked chicken. Drizzle with the hoisin mayo. Enjoy!

Make ahead modifications:
6 Make ahead modifications:

Prepare as directed. Transfer the lettuce leaves and hoisin mayo to separate airtight containers, then cover and refrigerate. Transfer the finished rice and cooked chicken to an airtight container. Cool, uncovered, then cover and refrigerate. Serve as directed (if necessary, stir 1 teaspoon of warm water into the mayo to thin to drizzling consistency). Enjoy!

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Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 15 to 17 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. 

2 Prepare the ingredients & make the hoisin mayo:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots and thinly slice on an angle. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; separate the leaves. In a bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, mayonnaise, and 1 teaspoon of water. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Prepare the ingredients & make the hoisin mayo:
Pickle the carrots:
3 Pickle the carrots:

While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), combine the sliced carrots, sugar, vinegar, a big pinch of salt, and 1/4 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Stir in as much of the gochujang as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe out the pan. 

4 Cook the chicken:

While the carrots cool, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl; add the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Cook the chicken:
Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked rice, add the sliced cucumbers and pickled carrots (including the liquid). Stir to combine. Stack 2 lettuce leaves on top of each other. Top each stack with the finished rice and cooked chicken. Drizzle with the hoisin mayo. Enjoy!

6 Make ahead modifications:

Prepare as directed. Transfer the lettuce leaves and hoisin mayo to separate airtight containers, then cover and refrigerate. Transfer the finished rice and cooked chicken to an airtight container. Cool, uncovered, then cover and refrigerate. Serve as directed (if necessary, stir 1 teaspoon of warm water into the mayo to thin to drizzling consistency). Enjoy!

Make ahead modifications: