Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

05.09.2016

These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are packed with fresh veggies, cilantro and peanuts. Serve them in iceberg lettuce for an extra crunchy lettuce wrap! 

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps on plate with fresh cilantro

Filling Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are everything I’d hoped they’d be and then some! They are so flavorful and easy to throw together and they have the perfect crunch factor.

I don’t usually do lettuce wraps for dinner because they aren’t filling enough for me, but these are so happening all the time for dinner (I’ll probably just serve them with a side of rice for a more filling meal because I need my carbs).

You can adjust the sauce here to suite your taste. If you love fish sauce, add more, and if you want them salty you can use regular soy sauce. If you love heat, load them up with the Sambal Oelek like I did (the stuff is amazing!).

Whatever you do, I don’t recommend leaving out any ingredients, everything comes together perfectly here to create a truly tasty, satisfying, veggie and chicken-filled lettuce wrap that’s perfect for serving any day of the week!

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps Ingredients

For the healthy Asian lettuce wraps, you’ll need:

  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Lime juice
  • Sesame oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Green onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ground chicken
  • Olive oil
  • Red bell pepper
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Cilantro
  • Peanuts
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Sambal Oelek (for serving)

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps filling in skillet

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

  • Make the sauce by whisking together the fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, sesame oil and cornstarch.
  • Sauté garlic, ginger and the lighter portions of the green onions in some olive oil.
  • Add chicken to the skillet and cook through.
  • Add bell pepper to the chicken and continue cooking until just softened, then add carrots, dark part of green onions and sauce.
  • Cook until sauce has thickened, then stir in cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve in lettuce wraps and enjoy.

Can I Use Ground Turkey Instead of Ground Chicken?

Yes, you can use either ground turkey or chicken in this Thai chicken lettuce wraps recipe. If I were you, I’d buy whichever is on sale at the grocery store!

Can I Use Oyster Sauce Instead of Fish Sauce?

No, oyster sauce is much sweeter than fish sauce. Fish salt is quite salty, which pairs nicely with the flavors of this recipe.

What’s the Best Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps?

You want to choose a lettuce that’s shaped in a way that can easily be filled. Romaine has longer, slimmer leaves so you want to avoid it. Iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce work well for these Asian chicken lettuce wraps.

two Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps on plate with lime wedges and fresh cilantro

Tips for the Best Lettuce Wraps

  • I love the crunch and flavor of the peanuts in these lettuce wraps, but if you have a peanut allergy you can omit them.
  • Toasted or regular sesame oil will work in this recipe.
  • The chicken lettuce wrap filling makes for great leftovers and can be added to salads, rice bowls and more the next day!

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

5 from 2 votes

Lean ground chicken and fresh veggies are cooked in a skillet and tossed with a deliciously flavorful Thai style sauce. Then peanuts are tossed in for a nice crunch, and the filling is layered in lettuce leaves and topped with asian hot sauce. So tasty!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Filling

  • 5 green onions, light parts and green parts kept separate
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 lbs 92% lean ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts*
  • Sambel Oelek, for serving (optional)
  • Iceberg lettuce, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, sesame oil and cornstarch, set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lighter portions of green onions, garlic and ginger and saute 30 seconds, then add chicken and cook, tossing and breaking up chicken occasionally until nearly cooked through (don't drain). 
  3. Add red bell pepper and cook until just slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add carrots and darker portions of green onions, then whisk sauce mixture once more and pour into skillet. 
  4. Cook, tossing frequently until sauce has thickened (and chicken is fully cooked through), about 1 minute, taste and season with a little salt if needed. 

  5. Add in cilantro, green onion greens and peanuts. Serve warm over whole lettuce leaves with Sambal Oelek if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • *I love the crunch and flavor of the peanuts in these lettuce wraps, but if you have a peanut allergy you can omit them. 
Nutrition Facts
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 1265mg 53%
Potassium 806mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 190.5%
Vitamin C 67.9%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 18.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: lettuce wraps
Calories: 481 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

18 comments

  • Kari Coon: Love it! Such good flavor! May 9, 2019 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Michelle Fitch: Excellent! So good for a hot summer night’s dinner. I will keep this for a go to recipe on a weekly basis. August 17, 2018 at 7:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! August 22, 2018 at 11:22am Reply

  • Nicki: This is one of our favourite recipes EVER! I first made them a couple of months ago. My husband loved them so much he made them for a work pot luck and then again last night when we had guests over for dinner. Instead of serving the Samuel Oelek on the side, he just dumped a bunch in and hoped everyone liked spicy! Everyone asked for the recipe. August 1, 2016 at 2:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed Nicki! Thanks for leaving a comment! August 1, 2016 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Jackie: If I substitute Oyster sauce for the Fish sauce will it make a big difference? Or what if it is omitted? July 25, 2016 at 12:34am Reply

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