Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Photo by Alexa Schrim

Inspired by the Szechuan lettuce wraps at Chinese restaurants, this chicken lettuce wraps recipe has bold flavor and an irresistible crunch. Doused in a slightly spicy sauce, the filling is loaded with sweet bell peppers, snow pea pods, and shredded chicken. With fewer than 400 calories per serving, the protein-packed dish is an easy weeknight meal that tastes just as good the next day. (Hello, lunch leftovers!) Prefer to cut back on carbs or to follow a gluten-free diet? It’s a cinch to simply leave out the rice when assembling your wraps, or to use a tamari sauce in place of soy sauce.

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Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Photos by Alexa Schrim

Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Serves 4 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes



For the filling:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup sliced peppers
1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
1 cup snow pea pods, cut in half diagonally
2 cups shredded chicken
8 Chinese cabbage leaves, with the ribs cut out
2 cups cooked brown rice

For the sauce:
4 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari sauce)
4 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1-2 teaspoons chili paste
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (cornstarch)

For the garnish:
Roasted peanuts, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Place coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add vegetables and sauté until tender.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, make sauce by combining soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, chili paste, honey, ginger and garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer for five minutes.
  3. Add in arrowroot powder to the sauce and whisk constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once vegetables are tender, add in shredded chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables and mix everything together.
  5. To serve, take one cabbage leaf and spoon in a small amount of rice, then top with chicken and veggie mixture. Add additional sauce if desired.
  6. Garnish with chopped peanuts, cilantro and sliced green onions.

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