Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce WrapsWe have a lot of recipes on this site.  Some of them we know are obvious reader favorites, and others are sort of hidden gems.  This Asian lettuce wrap recipe I felt was one of those hidden ones, which is why I didn’t even notice when somehow it didn’t make it over to our new site when we re-designed.  But apparently a lot of you noticed!  We got tons of facebook comments and emails from panicked readers asking where the recipe was because it was a family favorite.  (I wish I had known that- it might have not gotten axed in the cook book cuts!)  Thanks to some helpful facebook fans, I was able to track down the recipe so I could get it back on the site.  It’s been a long time since I made these, and seriously I forgot how good they were.  No joke- I couldn’t stop eating them!

So today’s post is short and sweet.  I wanted to get this recipe back up and in our index.  I did make some minor changes, mostly to make measuring and prepping easier (and not as time consuming), and also to improve the sauce.  This recipe was originally created for a healthy food month so it’s incredibly lean and filled with good-for-you ingredients (unlike those famed restaurant lettuce wraps which are calorie-packed and fattening).  These are lean chicken and vegetables which get tons of flavors from fresh ingredients like garlic, lemon, ginger, and onion.

asian lettuce wrapsThe easiest way to eat Asian lettuce wraps is to roll them up sort of like a burrito.  You can dip the roll into the sauce, but since the chicken mixture is crumbly and the sauce is thin I find it easier to just drizzle some on top before rolling it up.

asian lettuce wraps from Our Best BitesYou could serve these as an appetizer, or pair them with some fried rice for a great dinner!

Asian Lettuce Wraps on plate with sauce

Asian Lettuce Wraps

5 from 1 vote
Servings5 cups chicken mixture

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 lb ground chicken*
  • 3 ounces mushrooms finely chopped (about 8 small mushrooms)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cups bagged coleslaw mix or thinly shredded cabbage
  • 1 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts drained, rinsed, and finely minced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced (about 3-4 Tbs juice)
  • 1/2-1 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce 1 tsp of Sriracha is fairly spicy in my opinion, so if you want less or no kick, just give it a little, or you can leave it out completely
  • 1/3 C roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 heads iceberg lettuce
  • DIPPING SAUCE
  • 4 Tbs soy sauce
  • 4 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbs water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp finely minced fresh ginger

Instructions

  • Heat a very large skillet to medium-high heat on the stove top.  When hot, add vegetable  oil and then garlic and ginger.  Saute for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, and then add ground chicken, chopped mushrooms, and kosher salt.  Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until chicken is cooked through.  (*At this point, sometimes I have some extra liquid in the pan from the chicken.  If it's quite a bit, I tilt the pan and spoon it out so the chicken can cook and not boil.) Add cabbage/coleslaw, water chestnuts, and green onions.  Cook for about 2 minutes, until cabbage starts to wilt.  Add soy sauce, sesame oil, the zest from the lemon and the lemon juice, and hot sauce to taste.  Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
  • To prepare dipping sauce, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • To serve, carefully remove the individual leaves from the head of lettuce.  (The closer you get to the center, the easier it becomes!)  Place chicken mixture in the leaves and serve with sauce.

Notes

*To prepare your own ground chicken, cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into large chunks and pulse in a food processor until ground.

Nutrition

Serving: 14- 16 wraps, Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 1513mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Sara Wells
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asian lettuce wrapsAnd hey- if you already love this recipe, or another recipe that you’ve never commented on, make sure to leave a comment today!  That’s one of our best indicators of the kinds of things you all like (and therefore the kinds of recipes we create for you).  Plus it just makes us super happy to hear from you guys 🙂  Thanks to everyone who asked about these lettuce wraps- it’s going to be appearing a lot in my own menu this month!

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Meet The Author

Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I love lettuce wraps! I never would have thought about using a coleslaw mix in the filling, but that’s a wonderful and efficient idea that I have to remember to use next time.

  2. Hi ladies! I was wondering where you girls had gone to, then realized your blog (and blog rss feed) had changed. Hooray for WordPress!

    Anyways, delicious recipe. Anything wrapped in lettuce and dipped in an Asian sauce is my fave 🙂

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I didn’t know you had this on your site, and I LOVE lettuce wraps. I always order this when I go to PF Changs, or Cheesecake Factory, and now, I can have them any time at home as well. I do hope that you can somehow come up with the different dipping sauces they serve with their lettuce wraps at Cheese Cake Factory. Can’t wait to try this out at home.

  4. I tried this recipe TODAY!!! as soon as it was posted.
    OH MY! These are awesome, and I will definatley make these babies again. My brother went a-wall loved them sooo much! Great recipe!

  5. THanks for re-posting this recipe, since somehow I missed it the first time. Not sure how, since I’ve probably tried about 80-90% of your cookbook and blog with amazing success!!! LoVE the idea of serving these with your fried rice since I’m always looking for something to add to that, which is also a great twist on fried rice 🙂

  6. Oh, and my all time favorite recipe of yours is the toffee chocolate chip cookies!!!! YUM!

  7. These sound a lot more complex than my recipe, but a great way to get some healthy stuff in my family, so I think I will give it a shot! Just a tip for those having a hard time finding ground chicken, I can’t find it here either. I just just breast and toss it in the food processor for a bit! 🙂 I can’t WAIT to get your cookbook!

  8. Yay!! I have a great recipe for lettuce wraps that calls for Plum Sauce but because I live in Africa we can’t get that here. I’ve been searching and searching for a new recipe and am so excited to try this one out. Thanks so much!!

  9. I have a preemie baby that can’t leave the house so I spend a lot of time reading your blog and trying new recipes. If I’m going to make a dessert it will always be from your site. The recipes I make the most are your frosting, bread sticks, Cinnabun Popcorn, and Black Bean Soup. You gals are the best!

    P.S. For some reason the post title and the buttons at the top of the page (Home, Recipe Index, etc.) don’t come up when I check your blog on my phone. Just thought I’d let you know.

  10. I also didn’t know you had a lettuce wrap recipe. I am definitely a fan. I’ll try these soon–YUM!

  11. I have a preemie baby that can’t leave the house so I spend a lot of time looking at your blog and trying new recipes. If I’m going to make a dessert I will always choose a recipe from your site. The recipes I make the most are your frosting, Cinnabun Popcorn, and Black Bean Soup. You guys are the best!

  12. I’m a big fan of making recipes that have a lot of positive feedback associated with them. Sounds like there’s a ton of that for these and they look amazing too!

  13. Hurray for something healthy. I need this to make up for all the unhealthy things I have to try that I find on blogs.

  14. Ok call me weird but I HATE iceberg lettuce. Is there any other option that would work? These look really good and like something i MIGHT be able to get my family to eat. The only problem is me and the iceberg.

    1. You can use any lettuce you like 🙂 I personally prefer something super crunchy, hence the iceberg. But you can use romaine (more like tacos than wraps, but it works!) or even endive or butter lettuce.

    2. I can find ground turkey easier than ground chicken. Is there a reason to use chicken and NOT turkey?

      1. Turkey would work. I prefer the taste of the ground chicken, but turkey would work just fine!

  15. umm..yum! you have inspired me to do an “appi” night for dinner this week and this is on the menu for sure!
    P.S-i absolutely love, love, LOVE your cook book. I have bought a few to give away to a couple of my favorite people for there birthdays!

  16. These look delicious! Definitly printing out the recipe. I think I have everything I need for dinner.

  17. yum!

    The two things I’ve missed in the cookbook so far are the coconut-banana bread with lime glaze and the garlic-rosemary pork tenderloins (not that I really need the recipe to make it!). Oh, and I also miss your witty introductions to each recipe! (although, I totally understand the need to not take up space with that!)

  18. I am so excited to try this one! Sounds delicious and healthy…great combination! Thank you!!

  19. I love lettuce wraps and am always looking to improve my recipe. I will definitely be trying this one. And I’ve said it before, and will say it again…Love your blog and all your yummy ideas! Congrats on the cookbook!

  20. and bonus…! I can make these for myself–they can be very easily made gluten free by subbing the soy sauce for a gluten free variety. thanks!! the original “resteraunt” version is not gluten friendly. 🙁 I’m just loving this site more and more!!!

    1. Olivia…PF Changs has a gluten free lettuce wraps(they just use different soy sauce but the flavor is just the same) and several different other gluten free menu items. Just an FYI.

  21. these look delicious and healthy…okay to leave out the cilantro? I’m not a fan of it 🙂