Thai Green Chili Stir Fry on Bed of Shredded Lettuce

Tackle your own “take-out” Asian meal in under 30 minutes. Serve with Thai-Style Pesto with Rice Pasta.


  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Fresno chili pepper, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger root, grated or minced
  • A handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (1/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (1/3 palmful)
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari (dark soy sauce) or 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Kosher salt (if not using fish sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons high-temperature cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce, well chilled, cored, quartered and very thinly shredded


Peel the tough outer layers of the lemongrass to expose the inner pale yellow layer. Trim 2 inches from the bottom, cutting away the bulb. Slice until the tops become tough. Add the pieces to a small pot over medium heat and add the stock and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce by half. Strain, reserving the liquid.

Into a food processor add the cooked lemongrass, chilies, shallot, garlic, ginger, sugar, cilantro, mint, cumin, coriander, Tamari, pepper, lime juice and salt (if not using the fish sauce). Process into a paste.

Heat the oil in a wok or large sauté pan over high heat; add the chicken and brown. Remove to a plate. Add a drizzle more oil and stir fry the bell peppers and onion for 2 minutes. Stir in the paste for 1 minute, then add the reserved liquid and stir. Return the chicken to the pan. Serve the stir fry on a bed of shredded lettuce.

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