Chicken Lettuce Wraps

chicken lettuce wraps

You know those days when you don’t feel like eating much, but know you should have some protein?  When you have a day like that, these Chicken Lettuce Wraps fit the bill.  They’re light, yet filling and so tasty- but just a bit sloppy! 

I made these one evening while in Colorado this summer, and thought for sure my husband would turn his nose up to them, so I made a little something extra just for him.  My husband and kids gobbled up every last morsel and said, “Wow, that was delicious!”  My husband never even touched the other entree I made for him. I was shocked.

These are fantastic as a meal or an appetizer.  I hope you’ll give them a try.

Once you mise en place all the ingredients, the rest is a snap to toss together.

Here’s the recipe……..

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • 1-2 heads Boston Lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 - inch chunks
  • 1 cup fresh shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water chestnuts, minced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plum sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced


1. Clean and separate the lettuce leaves, then pat dry.  Place leaves on a serving platter.

2. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until smoking.  Add oil swirling  in a circular motion to cover the base and part way up the sides of the pan.

3.Then add the ingredients in this order, stir-frying after each addition:

  • chicken; stir-fry for 1 minute
  • mushrooms; stir-fry for 30 seconds
  • ginger, garlic, and green onions; stir-fry for 1 minute
  • water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, and vinegar; stir-fry for 1 minute
  • pine nuts then cilantro.

4. Stir to incorporate.  Remove mixture from heat and transfer to a bowl.
Place 2 generous tablespoons of filling in each lettuce leaf and roll up to eat.

Delicious!  Enjoy!!!