Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
If you love Chinese food, I am sure you have tried P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps. They are an appetizer of ground chicken wrapped up in fresh lettuce leaves and served with a savory and delicious dipping sauce.
Making them at home is super easy, and they make for a great appetizer for a healthy weeknight dinner.
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What Do You Use to Make Lettuce Wraps?
There are three main ingredients: chicken, fresh lettuce leaves and hoisin sauce. You will need ground chicken, and either iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce.
How Do You Cut the Lettuce?
Get a head of iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce. Cut off the bottom stem. Separate each leaf for wrapping. If the leaves are too big, cut it into halves. On the other hand, if you use butter lettuce, usually the leaves are smaller so you don’t have to cut them.
The Best Lettuce Wraps Sauce
For the wraps sauce, I love a spicy and savory sauce, so I use Chinese Hoisin sauce and mix it with Sriracha. The sauce should be a bit watery, so mix and dilute the sauce with some warm water.
Wrap the lettuce around the ground chicken and spoon the sauce over it.
How to Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Marinate the ground chicken with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil and scallions.
- Mix the dipping sauces.
- Cook the ground chicken mixture in a wok until fully cooked, about 2 minutes.
- To assemble, carefully peel off the lettuce leaves from the iceberg lettuce head. Be careful not to break the leaves.
- To serve, just add the chicken on a lettuce leaf, spoon the sauce over and enjoy!
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 280 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- 1 lb. ground chicken breast
- 2- inch peeled carrots, diced into tiny squares
- 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 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 (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 stalk scallion (finely chopped)
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 1 fresh and cold iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce
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
- Mix the ground chicken meat and carrots 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 spoonful 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.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
We don’t have a PF Chang’s here in Canada (at least not in my city!) so I really need to make these at home. I try and go there at least once whenever we visit the States! I see so many copycat recipes for these on Pinterest, but it seems like your recipe has been around for a while. I will have to try it!
Hi Natasha, yes, I am the first one who did the recipe way back then. ;)
Try this the other night, love it . I marinated my chicken overnight so the favor really soaked in.
Will do this again
Myrna – thanks for trying this lettuce wraps recipe.
I have had the The lettuce wraps before at several restaurants, I made them for my grandkids they loved them !! Great recipe thanks so much for posting it !!
Looks delish. Will definitely try it. Big fan of your blog for a long time. Thanks!
Thanks Martha. :)
Hello, did I overlook the inclusion and preparation of rice noodles used as a garnish?
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.
Did you make the dipping sauce? The dipping sauce is what makes the flavors of the lettuce wraps. Without the sauce it’s pretty plain tasting.
Hello from the Philippines Rasa Malaysia!!…any substitute for Japanese Ponzu Sauce?
Soy sauce + lemon juice = Ponzu.
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!
It seems very good and your photos are worderfull. Thks you for the recipe.
What is Japanese ponzu sauce? Any substitute?
Here you go: http://www.asiansupermarket365.com/Mizkan-Ajipon-Ponzu-Citrus-Seasoned-Soy-Sauce-p/hmapssaej.htm
You can skip it but it really makes it very good. You can add soy sauce with lime juice for similar taste.