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These healthy chicken lettuce wraps have become a few favorite in our household. They’re like a homemade version of P.F. Chang’s famous lettuce wraps, but even healthier, macro-friendly, and just as delicious as the restaurant version (if not better, dare I say). And the best part? They’re so easy to make, like, under 30 minutes kind of easy.
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Who needs boring old tortillas when you can have fresh lettuce leaves cradling juicy ground chicken, zesty garlic and onion, and a savory sauce made with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and grated ginger?
And if you’re feeling a bit feisty, go ahead and add a splash of Sriracha for some extra kick. Plus, they are absolutely perfect for busy weeknights when you need something quick and satisfying.
Wondering what to serve with healthy lettuce wraps ?? Check out this post where I share 29 tasty sides for lettuce wraps.
What You’ll Love About This Recipe
Love ground chicken? Try these ground chicken stuffed peppers next.
You’ll need the following ingredients to make these Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps:
How to make Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Step by Step
Here are quick visual instructions. Be sure to check out the full instructions with exact ingredients in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Heat avocado or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes. Once cooked through, drain the excess fat
Step 2: Stir in the garlic, onion, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until the onions are golden brown, for 4 more minutes.
Step 3: Serve with butter lettuce, a sprinkle of green onions, and sesame seeds (optional).
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Use pre-chopped onions: To save time use frozen pre-chopped onions. You can find these in the freezer section by the rest of the veggies .
- Keep your lettuce crisp: Don’t let wilted lettuce ruin your perfect wraps! If your lettuce is looking a little sad, don’t worry – just give them a quick dip in a cold water bath for 5-10 minutes and watch them come back to life.
- Serve with a dipping sauce: Consider serving your lettuce wraps with a dipping sauce, such as a peanut sauce or hoisin sauce, for an extra burst of flavor.
- Make extra: Double up on the recipe and enjoy them all week long as a quick and easy lunch option. This lettuce wrap recipe holds up like a champ and will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Storage & Reheating
- Storage: Store your leftover cooked chicken mixture in air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Hold off on assembling the lettuce wraps until you’re ready to eat.
- Freezing: The chicken filling freezes great. Once the meat mixture has cooled completely, pop it in a freezer-safe bag and lay it flat in the freezer for easy storage. Or, if you prefer, stash it in a freezer-safe, airtight container for added protection against freezer burn.
- Reheating: You can reheat the chicken filling in a microwave-safe dish for about 1-2 minutes. or until it reaches your desired temperature. Alternatively, you can also reheat the filling on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
Additions and Substitutions
Ground Chicken: Ground turkey would also work great in this recipe. You could even use lean ground beef or ground pork..but it will increase the fat content.
Soy Sauce: Both coconut aminos and liquid aminos are greats substitutes for soy sauce. My favorite is coconut aminos.
Butter Lettuce: If you want a sturdier base for your lettuce wraps, Boston lettuce is a great option as well. However, if you can’t find Boston lettuce, you can also use mini romaine heart leaves, leafy romaine, or even iceberg lettuce as a substitute.
Veggies: You can add in any veggies you like! Try shredded carrots, sliced red bell pepper, or diced cucumber for added crunch and flavor..
Nuts or seeds: Add some extra texture and healthy fats with chopped nuts or seeds like almonds, peanuts, or sesame seeds.
Spicy sauces: If you like a bit of heat, try drizzling some sriracha, chili garlic sauce, or hot sauce over your lettuce wraps.
Rice or noodles: For a heartier meal, you could add some cooked rice (I love using coconut lime rice) or noodles to your lettuce wraps as a carb source.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want a sturdier base for your lettuce wraps, butter lettuce and Boston lettuce are the best options. You can also use mini romaine heart leaves, leafy romaine, or even iceberg lettuce.
Yes! They are typically low calorie, high in protein, and loaded with veggies. However, the calorie and fat content of the recipe can vary depending on the ingredients used and the cooking method. Some chicken lettuce wraps may include high-calorie sauces or toppings, which can increase the calorie count so it’s important to be mindful of the ingredients you use.
To keep lettuce wraps from getting soggy, make sure the lettuce leaves are completely dry before assembling the wraps. It is also best to fill your lettuce wraps just before eating rather than in advance.
Chicken lettuce wraps go well with a variety of sides such as steamed rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. For added crunch, serve with sliced cucumbers or carrots. You can also add a side of hot and sour soup or egg drop soup to make it a complete meal. Here are my 29 Tasty Sides for Lettuce Wraps.
Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps (P.F. Chang’s Copycat)
- 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 pound chicken ground
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 tsp freshly grated ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp Sriracha optional
- green onions to garnish
- butter lettuce leaves to serve
- Heat avocado or olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken andcook until browned, about 3-5 minutes. Once cooked through, drain the excess fat.
- Stir in the garlic, onion, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until the onions are golden brown, for 4 more minutes.
- Serve with butter lettuce, a sprinkle of green onions, and sesame seeds (optional)
- To save time use frozen pre-chopped onions. You can find these in the freezer section by the rest of the veggies .
- If you want a sturdier base for your lettuce wraps, butter lettuce and Boston lettuce are the best options. You can also use mini romaine heart leaves, leafy romaine, or even iceberg lettuce.
- Consider serving your lettuce wraps with a dipping sauce, such as a peanut sauce or hoisin sauce, for an extra burst of flavor
Please note that the nutritional information provided for each recipe is an estimate sourced from the My Fitness Pal database. It’s important to be aware that the nutritional content may vary depending on the specific products used, the accuracy of measurements, and the reliability of the nutrition data source. While we strive to provide accurate information, we cannot guarantee the exact accuracy of the nutritional information provided.