Lettuce Wraps

04.18.2018

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), 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

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?

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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

4.75 from 8 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

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.

  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.

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23 comments

  • Julian: Super easy and very flavorful. I went a little light on hoisin and a little heavy on the sriracha. I also use peanut oil instead of olive oil. Served with rice for an easy weekday meal. October 16, 2018 at 3:30pm Reply

  • Robyn: We made these tonight for dinner and they were delicious. October 3, 2018 at 6:20pm Reply

  • tyson warrren: Tripled the recipe. Fed 12 guest as an appetizer. Awesome recipe. Cut back on the sriracha and vinegar. So good. Thank you will make this a regular. August 19, 2018 at 5:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear you liked them thanks for your feedback Tyson! August 19, 2018 at 7:17pm Reply

  • Amy B -: delicious! I omitted the honey and didn’t miss it – a great light dinner! August 11, 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Ruth Anne: These were fabulous! I did add 1/2 a chopped onion and sauteed that after I drained the ground chicken. Even my 4 year old liked this! Thanks so much for the recipe! Oh and I had no siracha so I added a 1/2 tsp of gochujang instead and worked great! July 25, 2018 at 8:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave positive feedback! July 28, 2018 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Michelle: Just made these and they are phenomenal! So much flavor! June 14, 2018 at 6:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 18, 2018 at 2:43pm Reply

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