Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These easy Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps are SO flavorful, and perfect as a simple dinner recipe, or an appetizer for a party!

Skip the takeout and make your Asian-style dishes at home!  Not only are they super easy to make, they taste so much better. We love takeout/fake-outs like my Garlic Pork Stir Fry and Ginger Glazed Chicken Ramen. This is one of my Asian-Inspired recipes you’ll definitely want in your collection!

3 lettuce wraps filled with chicken on white plate

LETTUCE WRAPS RECIPE

If you’re into big, bold flavors, all wrapped up in a super convenient 30 minute recipe, then look no further.  These chicken lettuce wraps are the ultimate easy weeknight dinner!

Family friendly, fun to eat, and can even be made ahead of time.

If you’ve ever been to a restaurant and ordered the lettuce wraps off the menu (PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory are two major ones), these taste similar to those.  But homemade is so much better… trust me!

You can control the spice and seasoning level, and they’ll be ready in less time than it takes for delivery to bring your order.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

step by step how to make chicken lettuce cups

  1. Cook onion and chicken. Just cook the onion until soft and translucent, then add the chicken and cook until mostly cooked through.
  2. Mix sauce. Combine garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, tomato paste, rice vinegar, sriracha, hoisin and chili paste.
  3. Add the sauce. Add the sauce to skillet with chicken and onion and let it cook a minute or two.
  4. Simmer sauce. Make a slurry with the chicken broth and cornstarch (just whisk them together in a bowl until smooth), and stir into the sauce. Simmer for about 5 minutes or so.
  5. Add peanuts. Stir in peanuts and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve. Add some of the chicken mixture to lettuce cups and top with green onions and sesame seeds.

ADDITIONAL COOKING TIPS

ginger garlic chicken with peanuts in skillet

  • GARLIC PASTE – I like to pick up a tube of garlic paste and ginger paste (made by Gourmet Garden) for this recipe (and so many others), but you can substitute that with an equal amount of fresh minced garlic and ginger.
  • SAMBAL OELEK – a spicy Asian chile sauce that’s traditionally made from hot red chile peppers, salt and sometimes vinegar.  Some versions have garlic in it as well. You can find it in the International Foods section of grocery stores.

VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE

  • GROUND CHICKEN – a LOT of chicken lettuce wraps are made using ground chicken, and you can certainly use it for this recipe if you like.
  • OTHER PROTEIN – the flavors in this sauce go really well with pork or tofu if you’d rather substitute.
  • MILD – if you’re sensitive to heat, you can reduce the amount of sriracha and/or chili paste, to whatever level makes you comfortable.
  • OVER RICE – this garlic and ginger chicken is also great over some cooked jasmine or long grain white rice.

closeup photo of chicken lettuce wrap

MAKING LETTUCE WRAPS AHEAD OF TIME

If you’re making this recipe as an appetizer, the odds are you’ll want to have it made ahead of time so you can spend time with your guests.  Good news, you can absolutely whip this recipe up a day ahead of time!

Make the filling completely, then cool completely, cover and refrigerate.  When reheating, heat in a skillet over MED LOW heat with a splash of chicken stock to bring the sauciness back.

STORAGE

Leftovers should be refrigerated separately, in airtight containers, and consumed within 3-4 days.

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  • Skillet – of course you can use any skillet you like, but this is the one I use a lot in my kitchen.
  • Chili Paste – this is the brand I use and love.

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3 lettuce wraps filled with chicken on white plate

Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These easy Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps are SO flavorful, and perfect as a simple dinner recipe, or an appetizer for a party!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 - 10 wraps
Calories 176

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion - diced
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast - sliced into small pieces, about 1/2"
  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste - or finely minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger paste - or finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce - use more or less, according to your tastes
  • 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek red chili paste - use more or less, according to your tastes
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup peanuts - roughly chopped
  • 8-10 pieces Boston bibb lettuce

GARNISH

  • sesame seeds
  • chopped green onions

Instructions
 

COOK ONION AND CHICKEN

  • Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over MED heat and add the onion. Cook until the onion becomes translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken breast pieces and cook for about 5 minutes.

MAKE SAUCE

  • Mix the garlic and ginger paste, brown sugar, soy sauce, tomato paste, rice vinegar, sriracha, hoisin sauce and chili paste together in a small mixing bowl.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and cornstarch until smooth.

SIMMER SAUCE

  • Once the chicken has cooked, pour the sauce over the chicken and stir. Let it cook for about 2 minutes, then add the chicken broth/cornstarch mixture and stir.
  • Reduce the heat to MED LOW and let the sauce simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until thickened to your liking.

ADD PEANUTS AND COOL

  • Stir in the peanuts, then remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Keep in mind the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. 

ADD TO LETTUCE AND SERVE

  • Lay the lettuce on a plate, add some filing to the middle, then garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions and serve.
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6 comments on “Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps”

  1. This is seriously one of my favorite meals! I loved all of the flavors in these lettuce wraps. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This is my kind of dinner! Easy to make and amazingly delicious!

  3. I love the flavors in this chicken!! It looks incredibly delicious!

  4. YUM! This is definitely my kind of meal!! I am trying this tonight!

  5. These Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps are on my must-make list!

  6. These pack so much flavor! Such a fun twist to our normal chicken dinner routine.