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!

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Asian Lettuce Wraps on plate with sauce

Asian Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: Sara Wells
  • Yield: 5 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 8oz 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 34 Tbs juice)
  • 1/21 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
  • 12 heads iceberg lettuce
  • DIPPING SAUCE
  • 4 Tbs soy sauce
  • 4 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbs water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 12 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 Size: 14 - 16 wraps
  • Calories: 253kcal
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 1513mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 78mg

 

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!

165 comments

  1. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been wanting to try Lettuce Wraps for a long time but hadn’t found a recipe that looked good to me. I’m adding this one to my menu this week!

    P.S. I have just discovered your site (I know, I’m behind) and I love it!

  2. I’ve seen Weight Watchers points on some of your recipes. Is that something you will be doing from now on? I’d love to know the points on this recipe!!! Just had the restaurant version last week…feeling the guilt and now wanting to try this one to add to my healthier choices at home. Lettuce wraps are one of my dh’s favorites!

  3. I love these wraps and so does my family. They are especially yummy in the summer with fresh stuff from our garden. I’m so glad they are back!

  4. These look fabulous–I’m going to try them this week with the fried rice. Made your spicy honey chicken AND Asian BBQ chicken over the weekend (it’s finally grilling weather) and they were both soooooo yummy. I have your cookbook on order–it’s supposed to arrive on Wednesday and I can’t wait! You gals are awesome!

      1. He’s doing great! Thank you so much for asking. He’s completely cancer-free now and we are hoping he stays in remission forever. I totally should have come to your cookbook signing in Orem and said hi.

  5. Thanks so much for adding the recipe back! I love to look up your recipes on my phone and just follow from there! This was my first recipe of yours I tried and fell in love! Sending you girls {{{{HUGS}}}}Because of your recipes my husband now brags that I have now mastered the art of cooking!

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