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Author: Lisa Lin

Asian Jerk Meatball Wraps

Makes about 10 to 12 wraps.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr


Asian Jerk Seasoning

  • 6 to 7 Thai chilis
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 stalks of green onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 1 TBS water
  • 2 TBS dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground all-spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 2 pounds ground chicken, I used thigh meat
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 stalks of green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 TBS fish sauce, or season with salt
  • 3 TBS olive oil

White Bean Sauce

  • 1 15-oz can of cannellini beans
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS water
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Other ingredients

  • 1/2 head of butter lettuce, rinsed
  • 2 manila mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • shredded vegetables


  • PREPARE MEATBALLS: In a blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients for the Asian jerk seasoning. In a large bowl, mix the ingredients for the meatballs and jerk seasoning together until well combined. Shape a heaping tablespoon of the ground chicken and form into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the meat. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Pour half the olive oil (1 1/2 tablespoons) in the pan. When the pan is hot, fill it with about half the meatballs. Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, making sure that all sides are browned. Dish up the first batch, toss the remaining oil in the pan, and brown the rest of the meatballs.
  • PREPARE WHITE BEAN SAUCE: Blend the ingredients for the white bean sauce in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • PREPARE WRAPS: Take a piece of lettuce and fill it with a few meatballs, mango, and vegetables. Top with some of the white bean sauce. Best served immediately.


1. Asian jerk seasoning adapted from CHOW.com. [br][br]2. SUBSTITUTIONS: Don't want to bother making your own jerk seasoning? No problem! Just stir about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ or jerk sauce to the ground chicken. Don't care for the beans sauce? An aioli works just as well.
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