Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps recipe is a copycat of a restaurant favorite. A mixture of ground chicken, minced mushrooms, and onions, seasoned and cooked in oriental sauces and wrapped in fresh lettuce. Best of all, they take just 20 minutes to make!!

You know how I am about appetizers with my Asian meals! I love wontons, rangoons, and egg rolls with my Chinese food, but when I’m in the mood for something a little lighter, I make these lettuce wraps!

asian chicken lettuce wraps on a plate

Just like PF Changs!

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy recipe that everyone will LOVE! These chicken lettuce wraps are a copycat version of a restaurant favorite (P.F. Chang’s). If you’ve ever been to P.F. Chang’s, you know that these lettuce wraps are light, yet surprisingly filling. They make great little appetizers, or a flavorful meal on their own.

The best part is that they come together in just 20 minutes! You definitely cannot go wrong with a simple and tasty recipe like this one. The chicken filling is soooo flavorful and savory! With three different sauces and a few seasonings in the mix, you know it’s bound to be delicious!

You could easily eat this chicken filling over rice if you wanted to, but wrapping it in a piece of cold crispy lettuce is what makes it so light and refreshing! You just have to try it for yourself to see what I mean! But I’m warning you now – once you try these, you’ll be hooked and there’s no going back!!

Ground chicken mixture for lettuce wraps in a skillet

How to Make Lettuce Wraps:

The ingredients list might look a little bit long and intimidating, but I assure you, a majority of the ingredients are simple sauces and seasonings! The steps are even more simple, and as I mentioned before, takes a grand total of 20 minutes from start to finish.

SAUTEE. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and cook the onion. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes, then the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, then drain any excess fat. Tip: Dice the onions, chestnuts, garlic and mushrooms very small so that every bite is full of flavor.

SEASON. Season with the pepper, ginger, and all the sauces. Stir until combined, then add the chestnuts and green onions, cooking for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

WRAP. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf. Roll into a little wrap, and enjoy! If you like, you can serve with shredded carrots, crispy rice noodles, or chopped toasted nuts.

Chicken alternative: Ground pork or turkey work as great swap for ground chicken. You can even use tofu for a vegetarian option. One reader suggested freezing the tofu to make it easy to crumble, and then proceeding with the recipe as usual.

PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps on a plate with shredded carrots

recipe faq

What is the best lettuce to use? We love using butter lettuce, but any lettuce with large leaves that are sturdy enough to hold but can also be wrapped. Sound like a tall order here are a few other types of lettuce that will work: bib, boston, iceberg, romaine.

Do I need cremini mushrooms? Portobello, cremini and button mushrooms are all versions of each other. The difference is age. Button mushrooms are the youngest. Portobello mushrooms have been allowed to grow the longest. Leaving cremini mushrooms somewhere in the middle. Any one of these would work just fine.

What do I do with the leftovers? Store the leftover chicken mix in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Warm up in a skillet. Add some olive oil or chicken broth if the mixture looks a little dry. You can also freeze the mixture for later. Put in an airtight freezer safe container, label and store for  2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge and heat in a skillet.

PF Changs Lettuce Wraps on a white plate

Everyone who tries these tasty wraps gets hooked, and I think you will too! They are perfect for Chinese New Year, or even as a side to one of your favorite Asian dishes.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

4.84 from 31 votes
This Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe is a copycat of a restaurant favorite. It's fresh and filling and takes just 20 minutes to make!!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 269 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cremini mushrooms minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoon sriracha or sambal oelek optional
  • 1/4 cup diced water chestnuts
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add onion and cook for 3 minutes, then add mushrooms and continue cooking for 3 more minutes. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant.
  • Add ground chicken and cook until browned, using a wooden spoon or thick spatula, crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain any excess fat.
  • Season with pepper, hoisin, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and Sriracha/sambal oelek. Stir until combined, then add the chestnuts and green onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes then remove from the heat.
  • Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf. Serve with carrots, crispy rice noodles, or chopped toasted nuts.

Adapted from Damn Delicious

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  1. 5 stars
    Just made This for Dinner. It was so good!!! My husband said: “dang i did’nt think i was gonna like this dish. Its so good. Can you make it agAin??” Lol. Thank you for this!

  2. 5 stars
    In my opinion, these are much better than the PF Chang ones! These taste much more fresh and the flavor is perfect! I will be adding these into our dinner rotation more often!

  3. 3 stars
    Good recipe but way too salty! Even with lots of lettuce for the wrap. Maybe half the sauce ingredients or double the chicken???

    1. Thanks for giving it a try! You could definitely adjust the amount of sauce or chicken to your liking.

  4. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I use regular mushrooms and the entire can of water chestnuts, they are diced already! Butter lettuce is the perfect vehicle for this.
    Surprisingly filling, I have made these many times.

    1. Yes, the butter lettuce is perfect for these wraps. Thanks so much for sharing! Glad you enjoy the recipe.

    1. It probably depends on how large you stuff your lettuce wrap, but I’d say about 1 wrap per serving. There are 4 servings for this recipe.

  5. Amazing!! My son has loved these ever since I made them, and we hardly ever have leftovers. Pair this with a recipe I found for Chinese fried rice and perfect dinner.

  6. Trying to get recipe quickly at the store. Can’t see recipe due to ads! Frustrating! Good recipe but too many ads!

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  7. 5 stars
    This Chicken Lettuce wrap is so good! I used Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Organic Soy Sauce that I bought from Karman Foods for an added twist of flavor. It’s delicious!

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