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Lettuce Wraps (PF Chang’s Copycat Recipe)

Lettuce wraps (PF Chang's Copycat) - easy lettuce wraps recipe that is better than PF Chang's. So good, healthy and budget-friendly.

Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Lettuce wraps (PF Chang’s Copycat) – easy lettuce wraps recipe that is better than PF Chang’s. So good, healthy and budget-friendly.
Serves 4 | Prep Time: | Cook Time: | Total Time:

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken breast
3 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water until soft, remove stems and chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
2 fresh water chestnuts, chopped finely, optional
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Marinade:

1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce, for coloring purpose
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 stalk scallion, finely chopped
3 dashes ground white pepper
1 fresh and cold iceberg lettuce head

Hoisin Dipping Sauce:

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce
1 tablespoon warm water,

Sweet Chili Sauce:

4 tablespoons Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce
Some cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Method:
Mix the ground chicken meat, chopped mushrooms and water chestnuts with all the Marinade ingredients. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Mix the dipping sauces and set aside. Heat up a wok or pan and add the cooking oil. Saute the garlic until light brown and then add the chicken. Stir-fry the ground chicken and break up the lumps so they form into nice small pieces. Continue to stir-fry until the chicken is cooked. Dish out and set aside.

Carefully peel off the lettuce leaves from the iceberg lettuce head. Be careful not to break the leaves. Scoop up a big spoonsful of chicken and place it in the middle of a lettuce leaf. Wrap it up and dip into the hoisin-ponzu sauce or sweet chili sauce before eating. Alternatively, you can add the sauce on top of the chicken before eating.

Lettuce wraps (PF Chang's Copycat) - easy lettuce wraps recipe that is better than PF Chang's. So good, healthy and budget-friendly | rasamalaysia.com

Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps (PF Chang’s Copycat) – easy lettuce wraps recipe that is better than PF Chang’s. So good, healthy and budget-friendly.

Lettuce wraps (PF Chang's Copycat) - easy lettuce wraps recipe that is better than PF Chang's. So good, healthy and budget-friendly | rasamalaysia.com

Lettuce wraps are basically minced chicken (or pork) wrapped up in fresh iceberg lettuce leaves served with hoisin dipping sauce. It’s one of the most popular Chinese recipes. Lettuce wraps are tasty and very refreshing and come complete with a crunchy texture of the cold iceberg lettuce leaf. They are healthy and great for the palate, and there are so many ways to prepare them.

People love to play with their food, in this case, the assembling—and eating—of lettuce wraps are fun to many people. It’s no wonder that lettuce wraps are so popular at PF Chang’s—a popular Chinese food chain in the United States—and the must-have for diners. It’s not an overstatement that PF Chang single-handedly made Chinese lettuce wraps or lettuce-wrapped chicken famous in the US. Everyone could use some lettuce wraps.

I made two dipping sauces to go with my lettuce wraps: Hoisin sauce and sweet chili sauce. It’s totally up to you how you want to devour these tasty lettuce wraps. Here is my lettuce wraps recipe, a copycat recipe, which I believe is far more delicious than PF Chang’s lettuce wraps!!

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43 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. chmpman

    I’m a food lover and I like to cook too. I like to cook the dishes I had in restaurant but do it on my own and simple version without recipe. This is one of the dishes I tried at home, with minced pork, water chestnuts, black fungus and dried shrimps, not bad

  2. 5 Star Foodie

    I’ve always wanted to try the lettuce wraps and never get the chance. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. HoustonWok

    oh wow, thank you for the recipe! you are right PF Changs made lettuce wraps popular here in the U.S. Although I don’t go to PF Changs often, however when I do go I have to order these.
    Cheers

  4. aaron fong

    so is that the new copyright/ watermark on ur photo?..very informative..hehehe..by the way..the lettuce wrap look so yummy..

  5. My Taste Heaven

    Lettuce wraps. I have never tried them, looks like a salad with chicken. I will these lettuce wraps when I go to the US next time.

  6. Chris

    I grew up in Msia having this dish, mostly at home. In those days, it was actually chicken fried rice, more economical I suppose.

  7. Gala

    inspired by your posting, I tried the recipe today (for dinner), modified a bit (replaced the water chesnuts with apples …. do not have a asian grocery store nearby). Taste great!

  8. NYMY

    If there’s 1 Chinese dish made in USA that Americans can be proud of, that would be Lettuce Wrap. I first had it at P.F. Chang’s. Even better, it was at PF Chang’s Las Vegas. Yeah, baby! I was blown away. A must order whenever I eat there or at Pei Wei, the casual version of this restaurant chain. So good I even researched and bought some of its PFCB stock :) Now, that’s putting money $$$ where my mouth is.

  9. Laura

    Just wanted you to know that I made these wraps for my family. We really enjoyed it! I appreciate your recipes so much they are so inspiring:->

  10. shelley

    Just want to tell you what a delicious recipe this is….Tried it at home, everyone LOVED it. I’m making this again for a party this time!!!

  11. HV

    Bee,

    This dish is yummy. It is perfect on days that I just want to eat something light and tasty.

    Thanks to your website….. my husband thinks that I am such a great cook. Your website is my favorite! I am always looking forward to see what’s new.

  12. Jacky

    Hi Rasamalaysia! I love your recipes – thx so much!!!!
    I’ve got a question about the lettuce wraps though; I’ve tried similar ones before in Taiwan, but they were made with small fried shrimps. I can’t find any recipe for that in English though. Have you ever tried them?

  13. Melissa Goh

    The lettuce wrap looks yummy but I have a little problem here..is there anything that I can substitute Shaoxing wine with?

  14. Susannah

    YUM! I just made this recipe for my daughter and I. SO delicious! Great layers of flavor! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Leisa

    I would like to make a vegetarian version of these and was thinking if I replaced the chicken with more mushrooms it would probably work. Are there any other vegetables I could add that would enhance that?

    • dolly

      I have been eating this recipe for decades now (long B4 PF Changs’ came around) from a small Chinese restaurant in the NY suburbs. The recipe is called ‘Vegetable Soong’ and is made with Extra Firm Tofu, chopped fine, shitaki mushrooms, carrots, scallions, lots of fresh ginger, water chestnuts and either celery or bamboo shoots all very finely chopped. It doesn’t appear to have any sauces added to it, most of the flavors appears to come from the fresh ginger and scallions & mushrooms cooking down. It is served with lightly toasted pine nuts on top, with the lettuce cups and hoisin sauce and brown rice as an aside. The brown rice seems to temper the spiciness and make it more filling, the hoisin is just a smear on the lettuce B4 adding the vegetable mixture. Hope that helps!

      • dolly

        Oh, also in searching to find the exact recipe for the ‘Vegetable Soong’, I have come across various versions using: Pork, Ground Pork, Shrimp and Chicken, all under various names. But I still prefer the cleaner flavor and texture of the Ginger Tofu version.

  16. PDX Deb

    I make these a few times a month from your cookbook and we just love this recipe! I do find it gets very wet as the chicken is cooked completely. Do you drain the liquid, or am I doing something wrong? I do use canned water chestnuts, but otherwise follow the recipe exactly. Not sure why it’s so liquidy!

  17. Heejin

    I just made it with your recipe as is..
    Sorry. I couldn’t enjoy it at all. I should add more table spoons of soy sauce and sugar but still not good..
    I really missed the original p.f chang one.

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