Chicken Lettuce Wraps

5 from 22 reviews

Chicken lettuce wraps are packed with plenty of protein from ground chicken and fresh vegetables like onion, red pepper, garlic, water chestnuts, and butter lettuce. 



  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce or sambal oelek

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • ½  yellow onion minced
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (8 ounces) can water chestnuts drained and finely chopped
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup dry roasted peanut coarsely chopped
  • 1 head Butter lettuce (Bibb lettuce)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and chili sauce together. Set the bowl aside for a bit.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and break it up as it browns. When the chicken is about halfway browned, add the minced yellow onion and red bell pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onions and bell pepper soften.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic and water chestnuts, cooking for 1 minute while stirring constantly.
  4. Whisk the sauce that you set aside and then add it to the skillet with the chicken and veggies. Stir to coat and simmer for 1-2 minutes to heat everything through.
  5. Spoon several tablespoons of the mixture into the lettuce leaves. Top with the sliced green onions and chopped peanuts. For best results, enjoy promptly.


  • Ginger paste works just as well as fresh ginger, and once opened, it lasts about 1 month stored in the fridge.
  • Sambal oelek is ground fresh chili paste, which can be found in the Asian food section of your local grocery store. It is quite spicy, but when paired with other ingredients like soy sauce and hoisin sauce, it really tames it, and the overall taste is very flavorful and satisfying. Store for up to two months in the refrigerator or freeze in small containers for up to six months.
  • Substitute ground beef, ground turkey, or ground pork for the ground chicken.
  • Use Butter lettuce, Boston lettuce, or Bibb lettuce, which are essentially almost the same lettuce as they come from the same family. Or try iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce.
  • Other vegetables to add to the chicken mixture while cooking are chopped mushrooms or matchstick carrots.

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