Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Published Feb 03, 2020, Updated Mar 16, 2022
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These healthy Asian chicken lettuce wraps are so easy to whip up! They’re like the PF Chang’s lettuce wraps but better for you and still just as delicious.
Oh man, PF Chang’s lettuce wraps. The best thing on the menu, right?! I can’t remember the last time I went to PF Chang’s, but I do remember loving their chicken lettuce wraps, so I figured I would recreate my own version! I love the flavor and texture of these wraps — the umami-rich Asian chicken combined with the crunch-factor from the water chestnuts and lettuce is just so satisfying.
There are three main parts to these lettuce wraps: the chicken filling, the peanut sauce and the lettuce wraps! All three are important for this recipe so let’s break them down!
The Chicken Mixture
This is the most time intensive part to the recipe, but still not too bad, I promise! You’ll start by mixing the sauce/marinade for the chicken in a small bowl and set aside:
- hoisin sauce
- low-sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
- rice wine vinegar
- sesame oil
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add the avocado or olive oil and onions. Cook until the onions are soft and then add in the garlic and ginger. When you can smell the ginger and garlic, add in the ground chicken and cook until opaque. Add the sauce you prepared to the skillet and cook until the sauce reduces slightly and chicken is fully cooked through. Turn off the heat and stir in water chestnuts. Season with salt and pepper if needed. One step = done!
And don’t skip the water chestnuts! They add a nice crunch-factor to the wraps and they’re packed with antioxidants.
You may or may not know this about me but I am a total sauce lover! This peanut sauce takes this recipe to the next level in my opinion. Don’t skip this!
- peanut butter
- low sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
- maple syrup
Simply whisk all of the peanut sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. If you prefer a thinner sauce, add one tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
The grand finale! The type of lettuce matters! I prefer butter lettuce but iceberg lettuce works great too and is a bit crunchier. You want a large, hearty leaf that can hold the chicken mixture. To serve, spoon about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture to the center of each leaf. Top with crushed peanuts and green onions. Serve with peanut sauce drizzled on top or on the side for dipping!
More Healthy Chicken Recipes to Try:
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
- Za’atar Chicken Bake
- Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers
- Lemon Garlic Chicken Sheet Pan Meal
- Chicken Fajita Quinoa Bowls
- Sesame Chicken
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- 3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 Tablespoons low-sodium tamari, or soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1/2 cup water chestnuts, drained and sliced
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Butter, Bibb or Iceberg lettuce (leaves separated), for serving
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced, for serving
- 1/4 cup crushed peanuts, for serving
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari, or soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- Whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha and sesame oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onions and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then stir in garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add ground chicken and cook until opaque and mostly cooked through, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon.
- Pour in sauce and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, until sauce reduces slightly and chicken is cooked through completely. Turn off heat and stir in water chestnuts. Taste mixture and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
- Make peanut sauce by whisking together all ingredients in a small bowl. For a thinner sauce, add water 1 Tablespoon at a time to create the desired consistency.
- Serve chicken mixture with lettuce leaves and spoon about 1/4 cup into center of each leaf. Top with crushed peanuts and green onions. Serve with peanut sauce.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Can you sub tempeh for the chicken?
I haven’t tried it, but I think that should just fine. Let me know if you try it!
I love lettuce wraps! These look amazing, we’ll totally have to try them soon!
Yes, definitely!! They are SO good. 🙂
They look fantastic and loaded with flavor! I can’t wait to try them with the lettuce I’m growing at home.
They are so delicious!! Definitely come back and let me know what you think if you try these lettuce wraps. 🙂
I loved how easily this super tasty dish came together. The flavors were perfect and this really hit the spot. Another winner in our home 🥰
Woot woot!! That makes me so happy to hear, Margaret. Thanks for trying this recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3
Made this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious. Easy and fast to put together, loved it. Thank you for always having such amazing recipes.
Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Genevieve! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3
Made this tonight and it was super easy, filling and incredibly flavorful!
Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Amalia. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!
ABSOLUTELY delicious!! Such a huge hit with my family. I added some peeled carrots as well as radishes.
Ahh yay!! I’m so glad this dish was a hit with your family, Carly. Thanks so much for trying it. 🙂
Just made this and it was AMAZING!!! Have made several of your recipes and have loved them all! Thnx for sharing!
Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Griselda! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. 🙂
Loved this recipe!
Amazing dish. Family favorite, and we had for dessert the no bake cookies, so it was a complete EBF meal.
Thank you for sharing your recipes I’m a big fan :)!
Ahh I love that!! So glad you enjoyed the recipes. I so appreciate you coming back to leave a review. 🙂
These were DELICIOUS!!! Best lettuce wrap recipe I’ve ever made!
Ahh yay!! So glad you loved these wraps, Linda! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it. 🙂
Wow! These lettuce wraps tasted awesome!! Even my very picky red-meat-eating husband enjoyed them. I’m new to cooking so it took me longer(an hour) to make it, but it turned out perfectly so that was very satisfying. Thanks for writing a recipe that even a newbie could follow!
Woo!! So glad this recipe was a success, Amy! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!
These turned out so good! The peanut sauce is on point. Delicious!!!
Woo!! So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Dilusha. Thanks so much for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!