Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The dinner solution to HANGRY and LIGHT. Fast, loaded with flavor and better than takeout any day, These chicken lettuce wraps make eating healthy simple especially because you know what’s in it!

I love lettuce wraps. Actually, I love what goes inside lettuce wraps. The lettuce is just a low-calorie vehicle for what’s inside. And speaking of the lettuce, I am not a fan of “hot” lettuce so I typically use the coldest, most crisp lettuce I can find. That’s usually lowly iceberg which frankly gets a bad wrap because it has little nutritional value. But you can’t have a wedge salad without iceberg and like I said, it’s a vehicle for the “stuff.”

The only thing that might be a little difficult to find with this recipe is the ground chicken. If you like your butcher and they’ll grind your chicken breasts fresh, by all means do that. Otherwise, a package from the store is totally great. One other disclaimer: make sure you wash your hands frequently before and after handling the chicken. There’s my PSA on that. For the rest of the ingredients, while it’s a lengthy list, once you buy them, you’ll use them over and over because you’ll be craving this ALOT. And I do have a cheater version of the recipe below if you want to go that route as well.

browned ground chicken in skilletHeat a skillet with a little olive oil and swirl it around. Brown your chicken until it loses the pink color. Meanwhile, mix all the sauce ingredients up (or if you’re using the cheater version, you’ll skip this step).

After the chicken is browned, pour the sauce over and simmer the chicken in the sauce for a few minutes until thickened. The filling can be made ahead at this point and refrigerated.

sauteed mushrooms and onions in skilletMy other favorite thing to serve with this is sauteed mushrooms and onions. It adds a hit of meaty umami that takes the dish to another level. You could even add your favorite pepper because it definitely benefits from a hit of heat.

lettuce wraps on plate close upMake sure your lettuce is all washed and ready and your condiments like the Avocado Cilantro Everything Sauce, more fresh cilantro, cut limes, crushed red pepper and peanuts are ready to go because as soon as these are ready, your group will be clamoring for them.

Load up the lettuce and top with your choice of toppings. Oh yeah – we sometimes skip the lettuce and eat them as bowls with roasted broccoli and edamame. So good!

Let me know in the comments if you try them!

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Tips

For a few. Make recipe as is or follow the simpler version below

For a crowd. Increase chicken and sauce ingredients by about 1.5 for every two people.

Simple version

Use Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce (along with the peanut butter and cornstarch) as a substitute for most of the sauce ingredients listed before the chicken. The flavors aren’t as layered but it takes up a lot less room in your fridge, saves time and money!

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5 from 10 votes

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The dinner solution for light and HANGRY. A quick mealtime solution that can be easily adjusted for a crowd.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
 

For the Sauce

  • 2 TBSP soy sauce, low sodium is best
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 TBSP Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 TBSP fish sauce
  • 2 tsp peanut butter, *keep if using simple version
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, plus a little more
  • Simple Version: substitute 1 cup of Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce for all the above ingredients except peanut butter

For the Chicken

Garnish

Instructions

  • Combine soy sauce and the next five ingredients. Lightly whisk to incorporate together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Note: If using simple version: mix only peanut butter in with the Soyaki Sauce and skip to step #3.
  • Heat a med-large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and once heated, add chicken spreading out evenly over the surface of the pan.
  • Cook chicken until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain any grease or excess water from the pan if needed. Add green onions along with a pinch of crushed red pepper if using. Saute until the onions turn bright green.
  • Add sauce mix (or Soyaki Sauce, if using) and simmer gently for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
  • If using mushrooms, add them into the skillet. See below.
  • Assemble the wraps by taking a piece of lettuce and adding about 1/4-1/2 cup of meat mixture to wrap. Garnish with favorite toppings listed above.

For Mushrooms (Optional)

  • Heat 1 T canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add sliced or chopped mushrooms to the pan and saute' until browned about two minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan to a plate and set aside until ready to add them to the dish.

Notes

 Avocado Cilantro Everything Sauce makes a great accompaniment! 
Mix a slurry of cornstarch and a little pan sauce and add back in to the pan to thicken sauce if needed.
Course: Main Course
Author: Lori Murphy
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10 Comments

  1. I have made this recipe a few times and passed it on to a few friends as well! It is quick, easy and delicious. I usually always double the recipe to serve my family of 4. I think next time I will use 4lbs of ground chicken and freeze half for a future meal or divide into smaller portions for a quick meal when we are on the go. I also add a can of chopped water chestnuts to add a crunch.5 stars

    1. This makes me SO happy!☺️ Water chestnuts are a great addition! I have doubled it as well and freezing it makes for a great weeknight meal. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Yay Melissa! I do love not having to leave the house to pick up the carryout especially in the cold weather/ Enjoy and let me know how you like them!

  2. Made the lettuce wraps last night with the TJ hack! Loved and was so easy. I did dice up some shiitake mushrooms and added to the chicken when I added the onions, delicious! Made and used the avocado everything sauce as well, perfect combo. Will be making again.5 stars

    1. Thanks Lynda! So happy you and the family enjoyed them. And glad you tried the simple version – I did adjust the recipe to keep the cornstarch and peanut butter in -thanks so much for the feedback!