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Lorraine Wallace's Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups

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Lettuce cups are always a good time: they're hands-on, tasty, and super quick to throw together. Adapted from Lorraine Wallace's Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken, these Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups combine lean ground chicken, ginger, and scallions in a sweet soy-honey glaze. Tossed with crunchy water chestnuts and cashews, they make for fine warm-weather eating.

What Worked: They're a lightning-quick dinner and one that's fairly healthy to boot. Add some crunchy carrots and cucumber slices and you've got an easy summer dinner.

What Didn't: This recipe ran a little sweet for our tastes. Next time we might splash in some lime juice for balance.

Suggested Tweaks: Speaking of balance, these lettuce cups do well with a bit of added heat. Have some sambal or sriracha on hand to give 'em a little kick. And if you'd like to bulk up this meal, a dish of cool sesame noodles or even blanched rice noodles would be a perfect starchy match.

Reprinted with permission from Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken by Lorraine Wallace. Copyright © 2012. Published by Wiley. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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