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Yogurt Marinated Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Toasted Black Sesame Seed Sushi Rice
Yogurt Marinated Lemongrass Chicken:
2-4 chicken breast
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh lemongrass, or more to taste
1 cup loosly packed rough chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup chopped English Cuke (cucumber)
1 to 2 tablespoons EVOO
In a non-reactive glass dish, preferably with a lid, mix all ingredients but the chicken until well combined. Add in the chicken, cover, and refridgerate overnight. Preheat oven broiler. Prepare a wire rack by gernerously oiling the rack and placing it over an aluminom lined baking pan. Set aside. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Rinse marinade from the chicken and pat chicken dry. Drizzle the chicken generously with EVOO and salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken on the rack and then into the broiler and cook about 10 mintues per side or until an instant read thermonintor registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove the chicken from the broiler and set aside to rest about 5 minutes. Slice the chicken on the bais against the grain. Serve with Boston Bibb lettuce, Toasted Black Sesame Seed Sushi Rice, and desired garnishes.
Toasted Black Sesame Seed Sushi Rice
1 cup sushi rice, rinsed in a mesh colander until the water runs clear
1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted
salt and pepper to taste
In a small sauté pan over medium heat toast the black sesame seeds until fragrant about two minutes then remove from pan and set aside. In a medium sized sauce pan heat the water, oil, salt, and pepper until water boils. Once boiling stir in the rinsed sushi rice, bring back up to a boil, cover pan with lid and reduce heat to low. Allow the rice to simmer about 20 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Fluff rice with fork while stirring in the toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately with the Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
1 bunch of Boston Lettuce, cored and rinsed
1 serving broiled Lemongrass Chicken
1 serving Toasted Black Sesame Seed Sushi Rice
Garnishes: sliced English Cuke, sliced green scallion, chopped Thai Bird Chili, sliced orange bell pepper, fresh mint leaves
To assemble: place rice and chicken on a Boston Lettuce leaf and top with desired garnishes.