The dinner solution to HANGRY and LIGHT. Fast, loaded with flavor and better than takeout any day 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.
Heat 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.
My 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.
Make 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!
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.
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!
chicken lettuce wraps
The dinner solution for light and HANGRY. A quick mealtime solution that can be easily adjusted for a crowd.
For the Sauce
- 2 TBSP soy sauce low sodium is best
- 1 TBSP cornstarch *keep if using simple version
- 1/4 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
Cheater Version: substitute 1 cup of Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce for all the above ingredients
- 1 TBSP canola or peanut oil
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 3 oz shiitake or portobello mushrooms chopped
- 3 green onion white and green sliced
- crushed red pepper optional
- water or beef broth as needed
- fresh cilantro chopped
- jalapenos chopped or sliced to preference
- Avocado Cilantro Everything Sauce recipe on site
- whole iceberg lettuce leaves washed and dried
Combine soy sauce and cornstarch together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Note: If using simple version: mix cornstarch and peanut butter in with the Soyaki Sauce and skip to step #3.
Add the next five ingredients and lightly stir to incorporate.
Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add chicken.
Cook chicken until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain any grease or excess water from the pan if needed. Add the green onion and a pinch of crushed red pepper if using.
Add sauce mix (or Soyaki Sauce, if using) and simmer gently for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
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.