Appetizer/ Main Dish

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

December 30, 2020

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Serve as an appetizer or as a main dish, these chicken lettuce wraps are sure to please. Filled with tasty chicken, crunchy water chestnuts and crisp green onions and topped with a savory sauce.

Bibb lettuce filled with cooked chicken and green onions.

Oh my goodness – these lettuce wraps! Talk about flavor!!! Eat as an appetizer or as a main dish, these flavor packed wraps are sure to please everyone.

There’s something so satisfying about eating these lettuce wraps. They remind me of an appetizer we always get when going to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, PF Chang’s. We only get to go there on rare occasions, since the closest is 100 miles away.

Now we can have one of our favorites, without ever leaving our house! The only drawback, someone has to do the dishes when we make them ourselves!

A lettuce wrap filled with chicken and a dark sauce being held in one hand.

Key ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and measurements can be found below. Just scroll to the bottom!

The main part of these wraps is quite simple consisting of just a few ingredients. The sauce that adds all the flavor does contain a few more, but don’t be intimidate by the longer list. This is where all the flavor comes from and is well worth putting them all together.

  • Ground chicken
  • Bibb lettuce
  • Water chestnuts
  • Green onions
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh ginger
Ground chicken on a plate, with green onions, garlic and other ingredients around the ground meat.

To make the wraps

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Create sauce by combining hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, siracha sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic together in a bowl. Divide the sauce in half – part will be used with the chicken mixture, part will be used as a sauce to drizzle over the wraps.
  • Cook the chicken
  • Sautee onions
  • Add chestnuts and prepared sauce
  • Cook until sauce has evaporated
  • Allow mixture to cool briefly
  • Spoon into lettuce leaves and drizzle on reserved sauce
A bowlful of of chicken mixture topped with fresh parsley

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use ground turkey or ground pork in place of the ground chicken
  • Add finely chopped sautéed mushrooms
  • Omit the siracha sauce if you prefer a milder sauce
  • Chop unsalted cashews and sprinkle on top of wraps
  • Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro on cooked mixture
  • Use butter lettuce or ice berg lettuce – anything that has a nice rounded leaf to hold the filling.

Tips

  • Can be made ahead of time and reheated
  • Add filling to lettuce wraps only when ready to eat
  • These are fun to serve unassembled and let everyone create their own
  • Use one or two leaves to hold the filling. Double up with small leaves or leaves with a small tear.
  • Drizzle additional sauce over filled wraps before eating
A lettuce leaf filled with chopped chicken and drizzled with a brown sauce.

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Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.

Bibb lettuce filled with cooked chicken and green onions.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Kathy
Flavored ground chicken with water chestnuts and green onions in a lettuce wrap.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 12 Wraps
Calories 127 kcal

Ingredients
  

Sauce

  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon siracha sauce (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (freshly grated)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

Filling

  • 1 pound ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion (finely diced, about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 ounces water chestnuts (1 can, drained and chopped)
  • 8 green onions (chopped, whites and green)
  • 1 head bibb lettuce (washed and leaves separated)
  • salt and pepper (if needed)

Instructions
 

Sauce

  • Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, siracha sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic together in a bowl.
  • Divide sauce into two containers- 1 for the chicken mixture, 1 for drizzling over the wraps

Filling

  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the olive oil so the pan is lightly covered. Add chicken and cook until no more pink is showing. Be certain to break meat up into small pieces while cooking.
  • Remove cooked chicken from pan. In the same pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and then the onions. Sauté until onions are soft and lightly golden, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the water chestnuts, cooked chicken and half of the prepared sauce (keeping other half for drizzling over the wraps).
  • Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add green onions and stir until well incorporated. Remove from heat and place in a serving bowl.

Wraps

  • Take one to two leaves of lettuce and place filling in the center of the lettuce.
  • Drizzle on a small amount of reserved sauce

Notes

Substitutions and Variations:
  • Use ground turkey or ground pork in place of the ground chicken
  • Add finely chopped sautéed mushrooms
  • Omit the siracha sauce if you prefer a milder sauce
  • Chop unsalted cashews and sprinkle on top of wraps
  • Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro on cooked mixture
  • Use butter lettuce or ice berg lettuce – anything that has a nice rounded leaf to hold the filling.
Tips:
  • Can be made ahead of time and reheated
  • Add filling to lettuce wraps only when ready to eat
  • These are fun to serve unassembled and let everyone create their own
  • Use one or two leaves to hold the filling. Double up with small leaves or leaves with a small tear.
  • Drizzle additional sauce over filled wraps before eating

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1WrapCalories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 530IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Letuuce Wraps, PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps
    Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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    4 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 4, 2021 at 4:27 am

    5 stars
    100 miles away! Holy cow, that certainly is good inspiration for making your own version at home. These lettuce wraps look amazing, too. Talk about a great way to start off the new year!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 4, 2021 at 4:42 am

      Yep…nothing’s close when you live way out in the country. But that particular restaurant is a bit further away than most.

  • Reply
    Valentina
    January 2, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Kathy, I really wish this was right in front of me — in real life! Seriously, it looks so delicious and love that all of the deliciousness is wrapped up in lettuce. Perfect!
    Happy New Year to you and your family. 🙂 ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 2, 2021 at 5:51 pm

      They are super tasty and didn’t last long after we made them! Luckily they are easy to make so we could whip up another batch for everyone else.

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