Weeknight meals definitely should be quick and easy, but not lacking flavor in any way, and lettuce wraps always seem to please most family’s palates. Since I got my electric pressure cooker many years ago, I tend to use it most often for two things; low & slow cooking items like roasts, or beans, and healthier easy meals for during the week. Cooking chicken thighs in a simple Asian sauce only takes minutes, and shreds so easily to place onto leafy green leaves of lettuce for a delightful meal.
The sauce is made of all pantry items, which most of us already have tucked away ready to use. There is fresh ginger and garlic, two items you may need to pick up at the store, but those are easy enough to find. There is no need to sear the chicken before placing on the lid for a full steam of 13 minutes. It can’t get much easier than this, can it?
After the cooking time is up, a quick shred of the chicken with two forks, and a reduction of the Asian sauce in the pot happens, while you gather the topping for the lettuce wraps. I love raw shredded carrots and fresh cilantro on top of my wraps, but you could go with bamboo shoots, finely sliced cucumbers, or any other fresh herbs you may have on hand. This is the time to get creative and really please those taste buds. These wraps are so tasty good, and will definitely become part of your weeknight recipe regimen.
1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon or lime
12 lettuce leaves for wrapping
fresh cilantro, optional
1/3 cup shredded carrots, optional
- Unwrap chicken and pat dry, set aside.
- Pour soy sauce, hot sauce, ginger, 1/2 cup water, and garlic in pot, whisk. Place chicken on top and dip into sauce on all sides.
- Place lid on top of pot and seal. Cook on high pressure for 13 minutes. Let steam release naturally, then remove lid. Place chicken in bowl and reduce sauce in pot by using sauté function, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
- Shred chicken with two forks and ladle reduced sauce over top. Place chicken in lettuce leaves and top with cilantro and carrots, or other toppings, if desired. Enjoy!