I’m constantly being asked to share recipes at Hali’imaile General Store. In an effort satisfy some of these requests we’ve decided to share recipes available in my two cookbooks, The Hali’imaile General Store Cookbook and Family-Style Meals at Hali’imaile General Store.

I hope you enjoy!  – Bev

Minced Chicken Lettuce Wraps

from Family-Style Recipes at the Hali’imaile General Store

When I lived in New York in the 1970s, I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I ate my first squab in lettuce cups at Uncle Tai’s on Lexington Avenue. This is my version of the experience. My bet is you can’t eat just one of these lettuce cups filled with this well-seasoned chicken mixture. but that’s okay–it’s a pretty healthy and nutritious dish that can be part of a finger-food meal or served as an entree.


2-3 heads of butter lettuce
2 tablespoons oil1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2″ by 1/4″ thick pieces
1 cup finely sliced fresh shitake mushrooms
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely sliced green onion
1 cup finely chopped water chestnuts
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (Chinese sweet-spicy sauce)
2 tablespoons plum sauce (Chinese duck sauce)
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


1. Clean and separate the lettuce leaves. Pick through the leaves, using those that will hold a generous 2 tablespoons of the chicken filling. Place the leaves on a serving platter.

2.  Heat a wok over high heat until smoking. Add the oil in a circular motion starting 3 inches up from bottom of wok. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms; stir fry for 30 seconds. Add the ginger, garlic, and green onions ans stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, and vinegar and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the pine nuts and the cilantro. Stir to incorporate. Remove mixture from the heat and transfer to a bowl.

3.  Place 2 generous tablespoons of the filling in each lettuce leaf, and roll up to eat.

Serves 6