• Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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    Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 15 min Servings: 6
    by Joanne Weir
    3 recipes
    This is one of those dishes that I have to order every single time I go to Chinatown and see them on the menu. I love the crunch of the lettuce, the saltiness of the soy sauce, and the sweetness of the oyster sauce. You can substitute turkey, pork or squab with equally delicious results.


    • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
    • 1 pound ground dark meat chicken
    • 8 scallions, white and green parts, minced
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 2/3 cup water chestnuts, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
    • 1 large head butter lettuce, leaves separated


    1. Warm the oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, scallions, and cornstarch and cook, stirring constantly, until the chicken is cooked and broken into pieces, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the water chestnuts, soy sauce, ginger, and oyster sauce and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
    2. To serve, take 1 lettuce leaf at a time and spoon a heaping tablespoon of the chicken mixture into the center. Wrap the lettuce around the filling. Serve.

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    • Mihir Shah
      Mihir Shah
      Wow. Even my 2 1/2 year old boy ate this up. Very easy to make, felt healthy, and tastes fantastic. Highly recommend. Added chopped cilantro to the final presentation. Thanks Joanne.
      • Michele Grason
        Michele Grason
        This was so easy to make - a great family meal!
        • Dean Grason
          Dean Grason
          Quite delicious, quick and easy.
          • Sherwin Faden
            Sherwin Faden
            It tasted great. Made this in Tokyo, so rather than 8 scallions, used 3 naganegi; just three filled a normal cereal bowl. Also rather than butter lettuce (Boston lettuce, Bibb lettuce), I used Iceberg lettuce. Worked out well. Great on plain white rice too!
            • Aspen Lee-Moulden
              Aspen Lee-Moulden
              I made this for dinner last night with ground turkey. I also chopped some red pepper and dry roasted salted peanuts as condiments to serve on the side. It was great!
              • Tracy Bodovitz
                Tracy Bodovitz
                I loved this recipe -- instead of dark meat chicken I used ground chicken breast which makes it a bit healthier. I used iceberg lettuce because I liked the "crunch" effect.
                • kathy gori
                  kathy gori
                  i love these also!! looks like a great recipe to try
                  • Nicole Culver
                    Nicole Culver
                    Lettuce wraps is one of my favorite things to make. I love added water chestnuts to give it a great crunch!
                    • Winelady Cooks
                      Winelady Cooks
                      OH, these are so terrific. The crunch of iceberg lettuce is great, but I like the ease of working with the butter lettuce.

                      Thanks so much for this recipe.
                      • Kristi Rimkus
                        Kristi Rimkus
                        I've been looking for a lettuce wrap recipe. Looks terrific!
                        • Claudia lamascolo
                          Claudia lamascolo
                          what an awesome recipe~
                          • Kathleen
                            I followed this recipe to a tee. Sadly, and I guess I'm the only one, but I didn't like this much at all. It was extremely salty ( and I'm a salt a holic ) and the flavor was nothing to write home about. I love Joanne Weir's recipe so maybe I just did something wrong.
                            • Sherrie Ann Lynn S
                              LOVE IT AND IT WAS EASY 2 MAKE
                              • Salad Foodie
                                Salad Foodie
                                Often ordered these but never cooked them until now. Delicious! The store was out of ground dark chicken so I bought boneless skinless chicken thighs and did the grinding myself! I drained and used the whole 5 ounce can of water chestnuts though for the added crunch. After tasting the cooked result, I added 1 teaspoon of sugar to balance the flavors. Also next time I will use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, as the sauce was a little runny. Definetely a keeper, and yes I would make this just to top rice for an entree also, as another reviewer noted.
                                • Jessi
                                  This tastes just like PF Chang's recipe without all the hard work! Thank you so much. I will be making this again.
                                  • Suzanne Mankoff
                                    Suzanne Mankoff
                                    This dish was so delicious. My children couldn't get enough of it. I added sliced bamboo shoots and used turkey, upped the amounts because I was using 1 1/2 lbs. meat. A total keeper. Served it with broccolini (with some black bean sauce) and a little rice.
                                    • Terri Powers
                                      Terri Powers
                                      I love this and make it often!
                                      • chinkee deasis
                                        chinkee deasis
                                        This is a very healthy!In my country we often use the sweet jicama for the filling and top it off with crushed roasted peanuts mixed with a little sugar.Most of my female friends love this!
                                        • Mel Page
                                          Mel Page
                                          This was really easy to cook on a busy weeknight and tasted great!
                                          • cheryl stone
                                            cheryl stone
                                            i love it! it was so tasty and simple to make and fun to eat
                                            • Val Riley
                                              Val Riley
                                              I loved this but non of my family did they thought it was a bit bland - I'd do this again for myself but not the family at least not without tweeking it for them
                                              • Theresa Payton
                                                Theresa Payton
                                                This recipe is awesome!! For heart healthy reasons, we used boneless skinless chicken breasts shredded, but everything else was the same. We loved it!! Will experiment will other fillings as some of the other comments have suggested next time for variety.
                                                • anna d
                                                  anna d
                                                  cant wait to try this - easy and not too many ingredients. Simpler than recipe I currently use.
                                                  • K. Garner
                                                    K. Garner
                                                    I can't wait to try it. I agree with the texture comments, Joanne. I'm adding it to my menu plan this week.
                                                    • ShaleeDP
                                                      I like this. I have done something like this before but would love to have a variety. Thanks!


                                                      • Praveen Kumar
                                                        Praveen Kumar
                                                        Looks yummy.
                                                        • K. Garner
                                                          K. Garner
                                                          They were good. Used low-salt soy sauce and missed the regular amount. Also wished there was a little more spice; however, this is a quick-fix meal that my son liked as well. P.S. I keep peeled, fresh ginger in my freezer, so I have it at all times, ready to grate (I grate it in its frozen state on a micro-plane).
                                                          • Val Riley
                                                            Val Riley
                                                            I loved this but non of my family did they thought it was a bit bland - I'd do this again for myself - have left overs so am going to put some more soy and oyster sauce and fresh ginger to it to see what that tastes like
                                                            • Sarah
                                                              This looks so tasty! I can't wait to try this.
                                                              • michael
                                                                i will try this
                                                                • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
                                                                  Arturo Féliz-Camilo
                                                                  Brings memories! thanks!
                                                                  • Lisa Whanger
                                                                    Lisa Whanger
                                                                    My family loved this. Even my 8-year-old son, who does not like lettuce was gobbling these down. Thanks!
                                                                    • Gourmet Mama
                                                                      Gourmet Mama
                                                                      I've made a few lettuce wraps, they are just so fun and tasty. This is a great variation of a good meal.
                                                                      • Brett Ede
                                                                        Brett Ede
                                                                        This was so easy to make
                                                                        • MaryMoh
                                                                          Mmmm....delicious. I love it. I can eat that as a meal.
                                                                          • Jelli
                                                                            I love Cheesecake Factory's lettuce wraps. The addition of fresh cucumber, carrot shreds, and coconut noodles really make them tasty (not to mention 3 dipping sauces!)
                                                                            • Margret
                                                                              I have a similar recipe and do use shitake mushrooms and also make a little sauce on the side to spoon into the wrap (hosein, rice wine vinegar, soy, ginger, bit of sugar). We always make a hearty hot and sour soup with tofu, prawn etc to along with.
                                                                              • tara cottrell
                                                                                tara cottrell
                                                                                Loved this one. I used ground chicken, light meat, and it worked out great. I used butter lettuce, but next time might do iceberg for the added crunch. Easy to make, fast and yummy leftovers.
                                                                                • Mihir Shah
                                                                                  Mihir Shah
                                                                                  Made this again and added finely chopped mushrooms. A winner.

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