Prepared in less than 30 minutes, chicken lettuce wraps are sinfully delicious. They are my absolute favorite go-to snack and they work equally well as party appetizers. If you are in a mood to self indulge and looking for something fresh and flavorful, go ahead and try these today. They are super easy to make, low on carbs and loaded with flavor. Inspired by P.F.Chang's famous Chicken Lettuce Wraps, this is my version, thriftier and tastier. 

Cuisine: Chinese
Category: Non-vegetarian, Appetizer
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves: 3
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken 
  • 1 lettuce head
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 green onion finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • chilly flakes (optional)

  1. Heat oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the finely chopped onions and cook until the onion softens.
  2. Add the ground chicken and cook until the chicken turns brownish. This should take about 4 minutes. 
  3. Now add the toasted sesame oil, followed by the chopped cabbage, minced garlic, and ginger. 
  4. Mix the vinegar, salt, and all the sauces in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the chicken and cook until chicken is tender.
  5. Now mix in the green onions and finish off with a dash of pepper.
  6. Let this cool down. Meanwhile, properly wash the lettuce leaves and dry excess water with a paper towel.
  7. Spoon in the chicken mixture on the center of the lettuce leaves and sprinkle some chopped green onion and chilly flakes (optional).
  8. Serve immediately.
Chef's notes:
  • These taste best when served immediately. If preparing for guests, make sure not to spoon chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves until you are ready to serve.
  • You can easily double or triple the quantity of chicken and store the mixture for later use. 
  • If you want to make this fuller, go ahead and add finely chopped carrots and/or shiitake mushrooms.
  • I like to eat these without a dipping sauce but if you like, you can use sriracha as a dipping sauce.
  • Ground chicken can be substituted with ground turkey or pork in which case cooking time may differ.


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