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Chinois Minced Garlic Chicken in Radicchio Cups

3/4 pound
uncooked chicken meat, white or dark, ground
2 tablespoon s
3 tablespoon s
soy sauce
3 tablespoon s
peanut oil
2 tablespoon s
rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon
sesame oil
1 teaspoon
sherry wine vinegar
1 cup
densely packed spinach leaves, thoroughly washed and patted dry
1/2 cup
julienned celery
1/2 cup
julienned carrots
1/2 cup
julienned onion
whole radicchio leaves (8-12 for 4 servings), soaked for 15 minutes in ice water
1 1/2 tablespoon s
finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon
finely chopped fresh ginger
green onions, trimmed and minced
1/4 teaspoon
dried red chili flakes
1/4 cup
rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup
plum wine
1/4 cup
chicken stock
2 tablespoon s
chopped fresh mint or cilantro
Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the ground chicken and cornstarch. Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon each of the soy sauce and peanut oil with all the rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and sherry wine vinegar. Add the spinach, celery, carrot, and onion, and toss and season with salt and pepper to taste. Using 2 large or 3 small radicchio leaves for each serving, arrange them into 4 cuplike shapes on a large serving platter or individual serving plates. Divide the julienned vegetable salad mixture among the cups and set aside. 
  3. In a 10-inch skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons peanut oil over high heat until it just begins to give off wisps of smoke. Form the chicken into 1 large patty and carefully set it in the pan. Let it brown on 1 side, then add the garlic, ginger, green onions, and chili flakes, breaking up the patty with a wooden spoon to combine it with the seasonings and continuing to stir until the chicken is browned. Pour in the rice wine vinegar, plum wine, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and the stock, and continue cooking and stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated. Correct the seasoning to taste with a little more salt and pepper, if necessary. 
  4. Divide the chicken mixture equally among the radicchio cups. Sprinkle with the chopped mint or cilantro and serve immediately.
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About this Recipe

Look in the Asian foods section of a well-stocked supermarket, or in a Chinese market, for the few special ingredients you'll need to make this favorite from my Chinois restaurants, a beautiful variation on the classic Chinese minced squab in lettuce leaves.

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