Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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    These chicken lettuce wraps are the real deal! No need to go to a restaurant and spend a ton of money for them when you can make them right in your own home. You get far more than you would get at a restaurant and you know all the ingredients that go into it!

    I’ve got a new video today to show you how to make these chicken lettuce wraps!! It’s right inside the recipe so be sure to watch!

    Chicken lettuce wraps are one of my favorite things to make at home because they’re so easy and so flavorful.

    There is absolutely no need to go to the restaurant to buy these.

    You don’t get nearly enough for the markup that you pay and quite frankly, I think the homemade ones taste even better!

    These chicken lettuce wraps are the real deal! No need to go to a restaurant and spend a ton of money for them when you can make them right in your own home. You get far more than you would get at a restaurant and you know all the ingredients that go into it!

    Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of the original place that started this trend.

    I don’t want to name names but you all probably have an idea of what I’m talking about.

    I don’t really like the fancy American-Chinese cooking — especially when it’s at a “fancy” restaurant where they upcharge you like crazy for such a small amount of food.

    HOWEVER, the one thing I’m a huge fan of at this particular chain is their chicken lettuce wrap appetizer dish.

    We ALL know what it is and I’m sure 80% of you have had it once before.

    Well, they don’t exactly give you a ton and for the price, you could make this dish like three times AND be completely stuffed.

    We totally eat these as our meal and not as an appetizer.

    You can treat these however you like but we think this is a healthier meal option if that is what you are going for!

    You can control what how much of what goes in it (i.e.: salt content) and you also get as many lettuce leaves as you want :)

    Serve this with a side of white rice and you can call this a meal!

    These chicken lettuce wraps are the real deal! No need to go to a restaurant and spend a ton of money for them when you can make them right in your own home. You get far more than you would get at a restaurant and you know all the ingredients that go into it!

    What can you substitute for the chicken?

    I’ve made this with ground pork and ground turkey before!

    What if you can’t find water chestnuts?

    You can omit them since they don’t add flavor but merely there for texture and crunch!

    A reader mentioned she substituted bamboo shoots so that is an alternative too.

    These chicken lettuce wraps are the real deal! No need to go to a restaurant and spend a ton of money for them when you can make them right in your own home. You get far more than you would get at a restaurant and you know all the ingredients that go into it!

    Can this be made ahead of time?

    Yes! This is a great dish to make ahead of time for meal prep.

    Can this be prepped but not made ahead of time?

    Yes! All the ingredients can be prepped and then just thrown into the skillet to warm up/cook through.

    These chicken lettuce wraps are the real deal! No need to go to a restaurant and spend a ton of money for them when you can make them right in your own home. You get far more than you would get at a restaurant and you know all the ingredients that go into it!

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    Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    A great weeknight meal if you're in the mood for some chicken lettuce wraps that come together easily!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
    Calories: 179kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the sauce

    • 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

    For the rest of the dish:

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1: 8- ounce can of water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup reconstituted shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
    • 1/2 pound cooked ground chicken
    • Bibb lettuce cups


    • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
    • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil and vegetable oil. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, water chestnuts, and shiitake mushrooms. Cook the veggies until tender and warmed through, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the cooked ground chicken to the skillet then pour the sauce all over the entire mixture. Stir to combine. Let cook together for 3-5 minutes.
    • Serve hot in the bibb lettuce cups and with a side of white rice, if desired.



    To finely chop the ingredients fast, you can pulse them in a food processor. Don't overdo it but just so you get roughly chopped pieces.
    Nutrition Facts
    Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 179 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Carbohydrates 14g5%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 8g16%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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  • megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    I LOVE pf chang’s lettuce wraps! My husband is going to go crazy when I make these – great recipe!

  • Leslie says:

    I adore Lettuce wraps. I dont fell bad eating like 20 of them!

  • Kathryn says:

    Such a great light bite – these sound really tasty!

  • Amanda at the red table says:

    I’ve been meaning to hunt down a recipe for these babies, and look, you did my job for me!

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    these look so good! and perfect to make after work. I am going to have to have a go at this recipe asap!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    This is perfect! We’ve been looking for a good chicken lettuce wrap! My husband LOVES them! Thanks!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    Love this! Lettuce wraps are a favorite in my house :)

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    ooooo, Julie – I want these! I use to work at the Cheesecake Factory in Highschool and practically lived off their lettuce wraps… must make these!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I should just go hide under a rock right now or rather maybe that’s where I’ve been because I’ve never had it but I’ve heard of it and I want it so so much. Seriously.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I seriously LOVE lettuce wraps!!!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    My hubby and I love the lettuce wraps from PF Changs. The restaurant is up near his office so once in a while he’ll pick some up for me to fill that craving. Now I can’t wait to try these so I can get my PF Changs lettuce wrap fix anytime!

  • dixya @ food, pleasure, and health says:

    i love PF Changs wraps and did try making it once minus the water chestnuts. I am going to have to try this again :) so glad you are doing more of takeout-fake outs

  • Kristen M. says:

    My husband and I love PF Chang’s but you are right it isn’t the cheapest meal. When we do go, ordering the chicken lettuce wraps is a given. I am totally going to try out your version.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love lettuce wraps, these look so delish!

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} says:

    Dang, I hope my old photos get deleted when I upgrade my site soon. LOL.

    I’ve been absolutely craving lettuce wraps. I really don’t care for the P.F. Changs version at all either. Yours look amazeballs!!

    • Julie says:

      Haha, don’t worry! They won’t. I had a weird process for mine when I used to blog. I didn’t use the WordPress uploader but instead uploaded my own photos onto my server. It’s probably just not linked up correctly and I didn’t bother to correct the link ;)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    You and my husband have the exact same opinion of PF Changs. If he is going to get Chinese, he wants it from a place with Asian workers, where it is large portions, and cheap!
    But I LOVE their lettuce wraps!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I’m with ya, sista! Not a huge fan P.F. Chang’s, expect for their lettuce wraps and sticky short ribs. Other than that, it’s overpriced and typical. However, I’m loving this recipe and seriously can’t wait to make these. The hubs comes home on Friday and I think this is the dish to make him smile:)

  • Culinary Collage says:

    These look good…..I haven’t had lettuce wraps in years……this will inspire me to make them soon……thanks!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Oh man! Love this one too Julie! Matt would really love this one too. I think Im going to have to make it for him soon; he really loves PF Changs lettuce wraps. Great photos too as always! :)

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    It’s been way too long since I’ve been to PF Changs! I need to find one…

    Thanks for the recipe in the meantime!

  • a farmer in the dell says:

    I love lettuce wraps. These look fantastic! I may swap the chicken for eggplant. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  • Jen @ Pretty Plate says:

    Great recipe! I love making things like this at home versus eating out, so much healthier and less expensive. Thanks for sharing.

    : )

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I totes made these this past weekend! Truly the best thing at P.F. Changs. I didn’t use as much brown sugar, but I think my recipe could have used a little more so I am going to tweak it this weekend.

  • marla says:

    These wraps are perfect ~ now I need to learn better knife skills to make that fine dice ;)

  • Steph says:

    This is one of my most favorite things to eat! Love it!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    A classic! I’ve never found a Chinese restaurant to fall in love with yet since moving from the U.K. I was spoiled back home as one of my friends family owned theee best restaurant ever! I ate there almost every night :)

  • Tracey says:

    I’ve heard so many raves about PF Chang’s lettuce wraps, but I’ve never tried them. I’m sure your homemade version is way better anyway, so I’ll just have to go that route!

  • lauren says:

    My husband and I just made these the other night for our anniversary! We used a whole pound of overpriced ground chicken and it was still cheaper than that place you mention ;) We were too lazy to make rice and ended up eating the whole thing, but it made a TON. It’s so good and so easy!

  • Lynne says:

    Made for dinner tonight and my family loved them <3

  • Tatiana says:

    We just made these for lunch and they are unbelievable!!! Delicious!!! Can’t wait to make this dish again.

  • Taylor says:

    I LOVE the lettuce wraps at PF chang’s… but totally agree about them over-charging. I will have to try these! :) I bet ground chicken would work well too!

  • Ana says:

    We tried on Saturday for lunch and it was a hit! My daughter who is usually a picky eater, loved these wraps too. Thanks Julie… you made our day!!!

  • Becky says:

    LOVE these! My husband’s enthusiasm over lettuce wrapped food was low. I made these anyway, and we both loved them! I feel like I’m making healthy food, and he likes it, anyway! We can’t get enough of these!

  • Lia says:

    I love lettuce wraps, theses are a must try on my list. Everything on your site looks so yummy!

  • Marsha says:

    Just made these. DELICIOUS!!!!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    We just had these for dinner! They were amazing! My husband and I both devoured them! Definitely doing these again soon!

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! One of our favs!

  • rachel says:

    THANK YOU for posting this!! I have made these over and over again for dinner and for dinner parties. My friends have said there kids love them too! Every time I make them they are a big hit- all thanks to you! :)

    • Julie says:

      Oh that makes me so happy to hear, Rachel! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alice says:

    Made this tonight. LOVED IT! Probably the best recipe for lettuce wraps that I’ve tried. My whole foods was out of water chestnuts, so I used bamboo shoots instead and they seam to be quite close in texture and flavor. Used ground chicken to make it a one pan meal. I also added just a wee bit of sriracha and fish sauce to cut the sweetness. Excellent. Was trying to make it for lunch this week and a large portion was eaten while standing over the stove. Definitely a keeper.

    • Julie says:

      So glad you enjoyed this!

  • Kimberly says:

    I made these tonight, and let me tell you, this recipe is SPOT ON. My two toddlers ate it up and my husband and I polished off the rest. Absolutely perfect recipe!!! I’ve tried a couple of others and they were nowhere near this good. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DM says:

    Use ground turkey. It tastes good and you don’t have to chop all that chicken.

  • Danielle says:

    I made these over the weekend and WOW they are amazing! I’ve made so many “copycat” lettuce wrap recipes and I’ve always been disappointed but these were perfect and so simple! Followed the recipe exactly but as a dipping sauce used Trader Joe’s Gyoza sauce. Can’t wait to make these again and again :)

  • Lanie cory says:

    That’s very nice and thanks for shared

  • Brittan Lauren says:

    Made these and LOVED them. I added in some chili garlic sauce for spice and they were off the charts delicious. I will be adding these in to my regular meal schedule.

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! Sounds amazing

  • Jasmine Dulin says:

    These are bitchin. For me personally, I prefer to make the filling and mix it up with rice, instead of doing a lettuce wrap. Maybe next time I’ll serve it with broccoli slaw for some fresh crunch. But SO GOOD

  • Jnoele says:

    The last time I made these decided to use shredded lettuce and make them “bowls” game changer! They are delicious and a time saver!!

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