Lettuce Wraps


Who doesn’t love those fresh and tasty Lettuce Wraps from Asian restaurants? This homemade version tastes like PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (and Pei Wei’s), they are so easy to make, and they can be ready in 20 minutes! They make a delicious main dish for busy weeknights or make them as an appetizer for a Chinese take-out style dinner party on the weekend.  

lettuce wraps

My Favorite Lettuce Wraps

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?

Oh and let’s layer on the sriracha while we are at it right?

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 (which if you are looking for even more protein here you could swap those water chestnuts out with chopped walnuts).


Chicken Lettuce Wraps or Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

I’ve made this recipe using both ground chicken and ground turkey and either 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.

turkey chicken lettuce wraps

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Recipe Copycat

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!

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

  • First you’ll cook the ground turkey or chicken through in a skillet with a little oil.
  • While that turkey is cooking you use that time up to whisk together those seasoning ingredients: hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, sesame oil and a hint of honey.
  • Then you’ll move the cooked turkey to one side of the pan (to save the hassle of removing then returning later on). Add a little more oil and some shredded carrots and sliced green onions and saute for a minute or so then add and briefly saute garlic and ginger.
  • Add in those crisp water chestnuts along with that hoisin mixture then you’ll cook long enough just to warm through, about 30 seconds.
  • Now tear off those lettuce leaves and pile in that delicious lettuce wrap filling!

asian lettuce wraps recipe

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

Though if you love carbs this would also be delicious served with brown rice. Just saying. I’m a carb lover myself.

pf chang's lettuce wraps

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Lettuce Wraps

5 from 4 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.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 305 kcal


  • 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


  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.

  9. Recipe source: inspired by Allrecipes

Nutrition Facts
Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 606mg 25%
Potassium 387mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Vitamin C 7.6%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 13.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Ronit Sarig: It turned out so good!!! I got ground chicken at Trader Joe’s, and honestly, that was the hardest part about this recipe :) Quick and easy, and very delicious. Even my picky husband gave it his blessing!
    Thanks for a great recipe. My daughter turned me on to your site; she has made many of your cupcakes, every recipe a success! April 27, 2018 at 4:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m go glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed these lettuce wraps and I’m happy to know your daughter has enjoyed my recipes too Ronit! Thanks for your comment and review! April 28, 2018 at 11:09am Reply

  • pictaram: I like lettuce wrap. It’s been months since the last time I had, gotta try this recipe. Thank you for sharing! April 24, 2018 at 5:52am Reply

  • Penny: Easy and delicious! First time I made this dish, and it was for company. I decreased the sriarcha, because my guests don’t care for much spice. Also used ground pork with about 4 oz ground beef instead of ground chicken or turkey. I’ll make this recipe again and again, both following the recipe and improvising a bit. April 22, 2018 at 4:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious with pork and beef too! Thanks for your feedback and review Penny! April 22, 2018 at 10:01pm Reply

  • Janet: About how much of the mixture do you put in each lettuce cup? Or in other words, how many filled cups makes a serving? April 19, 2018 at 9:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You should get two wraps per person. And it was a few large spoonfuls in each. April 19, 2018 at 11:01am Reply

  • Harriet: I love lettuce wraps, and trying new fillings and this looks so delicious. April 19, 2018 at 8:24am Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Lettuce wraps are my fave and these look absolutely delicious! April 18, 2018 at 7:18pm Reply

  • Nancy Brooks: You mention sautéing the onion and carrots but carrots are not listed in the ingredients. How much carrot should be prepared? April 18, 2018 at 5:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I totally missed that in editing, it’s 1 medium carrot. Hope you enjoy! April 18, 2018 at 8:43pm Reply

  • Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen: I love lettuce wraps!!! Dinner plans! April 18, 2018 at 1:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes a dinner staple! April 18, 2018 at 8:43pm Reply

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