Asian Lettuce Wraps

April 18, 2018

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Asian Lettuce Wraps! Who doesn’t love the fresh and tasty handheld wraps from Asian restaurants? This homemade version tastes like PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (and Pei Wei’s), and they are so easy to make. They can be ready in 20 minutes!

asian lettuce wraps on a white plate

My Go-To Healthy Lettuce Wraps Recipe

There’s just something so satisfying about hand held finger food, as in no forks or chopsticks required. Just pick it up and dive in! None of that dicing it up and eating it slowly like a lady/gentlemen, just shove it in your face because we are hungry, right?

These Asian lettuce wraps make a delicious main dish for busy weeknights or can be enjoyed as an appetizer for a Chinese take-out style dinner party on the weekend.

I love the rich, slightly salty, slightly sweet, slightly sour blend of flavors here. And I’ll never get enough of that crunch. I love the crisp lettuce and water chestnuts.

This is most definitely one of those super easy recipes you’ll want to use time and time again. They’re healthy lettuce wraps that will leave you thinking you don’t really need noodles, rice or a wrap.

Copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Why spend $10 plus tip, plus travel time, plus all the wait time when you can make enough to feed a family for the same price, in a fraction of the time, and you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home? Copycat recipes at home are the best!

turkey chicken lettuce wraps filling in a skillet

Asian Lettuce Wraps Ingredients

These easy lettuce wraps require ingredients you likely have in your pantry already:

  • Olive oil
  • Ground turkey or chicken
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Honey
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Green onions
  • Carrots
  • Water chestnuts
  • Lettuce

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

  • Cook ground turkey.
  • Whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, sesame oil and honey.
  • Move the cooked turkey to one side of the pan, then saute veggies.
  • Add water chestnuts along with that hoisin mixture then warm through.
  • Serve in lettuce leaves.

asian lettuce wraps on a plate

What’s the Best Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps?

For the best crunch and the sturdiest wrap, you’ll want to use either Bibb lettuce or Iceberg lettuce. Romaine works in a pinch, but its leaves are longer, which makes it tougher to form wraps.

Should I Make Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps?

I’ve made this recipe using both ground chicken and ground turkey and both work great. I usually use ground turkey because that’s what I have on hand, but just use what you like or what’s on sale.

Tips for the Best Lettuce Wraps

  • If you are looking for even more protein, you could swap the water chestnuts out with chopped walnuts.
  • These are great for meal prepping. Store the lettuce and filling separately, and assemble when ready to eat!
  • For a slightly spicy filling, add in a few tablespoons of Sriracha.

copycat pf chang's lettuce wraps on a plate

Other Wrap Recipes You’ll Love:

Asian Lettuce Wraps

4.88 from 25 votes

Super easy, super flavorful, super fast Asian lettuce wraps that everyone will love! Perfect main dish for busy weeknights or make them as an appetizer for a Chinese take-out style dinner party on the weekend.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 4 - 5 Tbsp hoisin sauce, to taste (I used Lee Kum Kee)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce, (low-sodium or regular)
  • 2 tsp sriracha (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2/3 cup sliced green onions, white and light green portion, plus more green portion for serving
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped small
  • 1 large head Bibb lettuce or iceberg lettuce

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add turkey or chicken in large crumbles then let cook until slightly browned on bottom, about 3 minutes, then break up and continue to cook until it's fully cooked through, about 3 minutes longer.

  3. Meanwhile while turkey is cooking in a mixing bowl whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, sesame oil and honey, set aside.

  4. Drain of excess liquid from turkey (if there is any) then push to one far side of pan and pull that side of pan off heat.

  5. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tsp oil in now empty side of skillet.

  6. Add green onions and carrots and saute 1 1/2 minutes. Add in garlic and ginger and saute 30 seconds longer.

  7. Pour in sauce and water chestnuts then cook and toss 30 seconds longer.

  8. Serve warm in lettuce leaves garnished with sliced green onions.

Recipe Notes

  • If you are looking for even more protein, you could swap the water chestnuts out with chopped walnuts.
  • Recipe source: inspired by Allrecipes
Nutrition Facts
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 606mg26%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: lettuce wraps
Author: Jaclyn

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49 Comments

  • Kate Yonder

    Gave this recipe a try for dinner. Made it gluten-free but had to omit the hoisin sauce and made up for it with extra honey and soy sauce. Also added sprouted lentils and cubes of tofu. Simple recipe. Easy to follow. Delicious. It’s definitely added to my go-to recipes for lettuce wraps (because each recipe is unique and the yummy ones are worth repeating).

  • Jennifer Pepler

    Made these last night for dinner and they were a huge hit, even with my very picky eater hubby. My husband is a meat & potatoes guy and doesn’t eat many veggies. I added some of the water chestnuts and left them cut large in case he wanted to pick them out. He ate them and said he thinks even if I added more he would still enjoy them. The flavors worked so well together and best part is I had all the ingredients in my pantry. So not having to buy ingredients I will likely never use again is a bonus. The ingredients used worked so well I was blown away how this tasted once mixed in with the meat. I would like to try adding in a few peanuts next time. I did add bean sprouts to my wraps for that extra crunch & it worked great. I am so delighted my hubby really liked these. It is very hard to cook for the 2 of us because I love my veggies and certainly need them to keep my weight somewhat under control. With him not eating many veggies, it really limits what I can cook. This recipe will now be in my meal planning at least 4 or more times a month. Thank you so much for sharing, these truly rock!

  • maeher

    absolutely love this recipe! but i do agree it would pair really well with bean sprouts & crispy noodles in it!