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!

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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

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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
  • 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, and sesame oil.
  • 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

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4.89 from 51 votes

Asian Lettuce Wraps

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
Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes


  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 4 - 5 Tbsp hoisin sauce,* to taste
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce, (low-sodium or regular)
  • 2 tsp sriracha (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 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


  • Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile while turkey is cooking in a mixing bowl whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, sesame oil, then set aside.
  • 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.
  • Heat remaining 1 1/2 tsp oil in now empty side of skillet.
  • Add green onions and carrots and saute 1 1/2 minutes. Add in garlic and ginger and saute 30 seconds longer.
  • Pour in sauce and water chestnuts then cook and toss 30 seconds longer.
  • Serve warm in lettuce leaves garnished with sliced green onions.


  • *I like Sun Luck Hoisin sauce or Lee Kum Kee Hoisin sauce.
  • If you are looking for even more protein, you could swap the water chestnuts out with chopped walnuts.
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.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Because I felt 1 tsp didn’t do enough to make a difference in flavor, trying to narrow down the ingredients list if people didn’t already have it on hand too.

  • Kristy

    Have made twice & consistently good. I use chicken & have only omitted carrots once because I didn’t have on hand. But would be certain to have all the ingredients on hand for the sauce. I do omit the optional sriracha & recipe still tastes good. My family & friends like this dish. One of my favorites.

  • deefee

    some issues with this. The first time I made it the leftovers were so dry and too much turkey, not enough veggies. The next time I doubled the sauce and added a bag of cole slaw mix, more shredded carrots and shredded purple cabbage. I removed the turkey while cooking down the cabbage/carrot mix.
    Also, it says “add….sesame oil and honey” but honey is not listed on the recipe. I added two tablespoons and it seemed ok but not sure if that was a necessary ingredient or not?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Honey was omitted from the recipe sorry for the confusion. It was 1 tsp and it didn’t change hardly anything so I omitted it.

      • Jay Elliott

        I have been making this recipe for for over a year now and we love it. When I made it today, I noticed it was missing the honey as a ingredient. I thought I was going crazy. Thanks for the update.

  • SuzyQ Shops

    LOVE these! The entire family raved about them- not a bite left. I did use 1.5 times the sauce.

  • Heather

    I made this exactly how the recipe instructed and it was fabulous. My 3 kids (9,11 and 12) all agreed it will be on our monthly dinner plan rotation. Thank you!

  • Amber

    Omg these are so delicious!!! I forgot green onions at the store but it was still amazing. Thank you

  • Beth Nottingham

    Absolutely the best Lettuce Wrap recipe I’ve ever made! Be sure to add the honey, as it adds just the perfect amount of sweetness to finish off the incredible flavors of this recipe!