Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Asian Turkey Soft Tacos

The Menu:
Asian Turkey Soft Tacos
 
The Original Recipe:
The ingrediants for this recipe sounded delicious! I pinned it on Pinterest in order to go back to make something out of this I knew my kids would love. I was right! Here is the original recipe via "The ComfortofCooking.com" I don't like to put already cooked meat in the crockpot. To many steps. If I'm gonna cook it ahead of time, I might as well cook it when we're ready to eat. This recipe is a fast recipe and didn't take long to make. My 8 year old helped me make this supper tonight, and boy it went over really well!

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: Makes 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped fine
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
4 oz. sliced water chestnuts, finely chopped
1 cup cooked rice (I used brown)
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 head Bibb, Romaine or iceberg lettuce, rinsed and pat dry
Sriracha hot sauce, for drizzling, optional
                                  

Directions:

Microwave ground chicken in a medium bowl, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink, 3-5 minutes. Drain off liquid and transfer mixture to slow cooker. Crumble chicken with a wooden spoon and stir in bell pepper, onion, garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Stir in water chestnuts, rice and scallions. Let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve with lettuce leaves and Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.
Enjoy!
TIPS
Make sure to use ground chicken not ground chicken breast.
The chicken mixture simmers on “Low” to keep from drying out, so don’t set to “High” to quicken the process. If you don’t have a slow cooker, or just don’t have time, simmer everything together in a large nonstick skillet until fully cooked and warmed through.



The Way I Made It My Own:
Yes, I changed a few things! I don't know if Tacos and Asian go together, normally, but these were a HUGE hit!! We also like our asian foods a bit sweet, too. You can eliminate the honey if you want. You can also make them into lettuce wraps. My kids prefered the tacos. :)

Asian Turkey Soft Tacos

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped fine
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced


Sauce:
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
1 Tablespoon Honey (additional 1 Tablespoon brown sugar is desired)

1 cup cooked rice (optional to add chicken bullion for more flavor)
3 scallions, thinly sliced
Clean and rinsed fresh baby Spinach

Directions:
Saute carrot, garlic, red bell pepper, and onion in lightly oiled pan. Add ground turkey; salt and pepper to taste,  saute until cooked through.
Meanwhile, combine hoisin, soy sauce, ginger, and honey (brown sugar if desired).
Stir sauce mixture into meat mixture. Heat through until bubbly. Add rice and scallions; stir. Serve on soft tortilla shells with spinach.

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