One of the most popular items on the menu at P.F. Chang's is these teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps. Simple, healthy, delicious, and fun, they are a perfect addition to your menu. A few fresh ingredients, ground chicken, and 30-minutes are all you need to serve this popular takeout dish at home!
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- What is the Best Lettuce for Making Wraps?
- How do You Cut Lettuce for Chicken Lettuce Wraps?
- Can I Make This with Different Ground Meats?
- Do I Have to Use Ground Meat?
- What Toppings Go on Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps?
- How Long are These Chicken Lettuce Wraps Good For?
- Handy Kitchen Tools
- How to Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- More Easy Chicken Recipes
- 📖 Recipe
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Sometimes you want takeout, but your budget doesn't allow it, or in my case, what you want isn't nearby. So, why not make it yourself at home? We have made great dishes like copycat IKEA Swedish meatballs or copycat Panera Bread broccoli cheddar soup, but I had never tried this.
To my surprise, this turned out to be a far easier recipe than expected. Plus, it was so good everyone wanted seconds.
What is the Best Lettuce for Making Wraps?
The debate is often between using iceberg and Bibb lettuce. Iceberg is more affordable and tends to be sturdier, but Bibb has more flavor and nutrients. It is also softer and easier to eat for some.
The main thing to remember is to choose leaf lettuce that is large enough to add the meat to and wrap around it to create a "pouch" for eating. You could use green or red leaf lettuce as well if you prefer. Just tear or cut the lettuce into leaves that are large enough to wrap.
How do You Cut Lettuce for Chicken Lettuce Wraps?
When using lettuce as a whole leaf, like in this recipe, I prefer to tear rather than cut the pieces. You begin by removing the root end of the head of lettuce, then tear apart the leaves.
I then put the lettuce into a large bowl or clean sink filled with water and rinse them well to remove any debris or dirt. You can use a vegetable rinse if preferred.
Once rinsed well, you can lay them on paper towels to dry, or run through a salad spinner to remove excess water before using to serve.
Can I Make This with Different Ground Meats?
You can definitely make this with ground turkey, ground beef, or even ground pork. I find that chicken is my favorite, but any of those will work in this recipe. Even vegan meat crumbles turn out fantastic with the sauce in this.
Of course, you can also use my Korean ground beef recipe to top lettuce instead of using the rice that is traditional. A different, but similar recipe that works better with beef than this sauce.
Do I Have to Use Ground Meat?
No. Ground meat is not the only option for this recipe. You can use chicken breasts or thighs that have been sliced thin or even thinly shaved or sliced beef. If you choose to skip the ground meat part, just make sure the protein you choose is small enough once cooked to make it bite-sized and easy to eat in a wrap.
What Toppings Go on Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps?
Usually, the wraps are perfect all by themselves, but I like to top things like this with a little something extra. Sort of like a taco! You do not have to add additional toppings, but it is a great idea for a little extra texture and flavor. Below are a few things to have on hand to go with your lettuce wraps as a topping.
- Chopped scallions/green onions
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Fresh sprouts
- Shredded carrot
- Crispy fried wonton strips
How Long are These Chicken Lettuce Wraps Good For?
If assembled, these are good for a maximum of two days. The chicken itself is good for 3 to 4 days, but the lettuce will wilt when assembled if left for more than 1 or 2 days.
If you think you will have leftovers, it is better to serve this separated with meat apart from the lettuce. Then, when ready to eat them, each person simply fills their lettuce with the meat mixture.
- Vegetable oil
- Ground chicken
- Fresh ginger
- Garlic cloves
- Red pepper flakes
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Teriyaki sauce
- Iceberg or Bibb lettuce
Handy Kitchen Tools
How to Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Clean and separate lettuce leaves. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside (or refrigerate until ready to serve).
In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
Add the minced onion to the skillet and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 minutes.
Next, add in the mushrooms, and cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes until the liquid has evaporated and they are softened.
In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and chili flakes. Set aside.
Add the ground chicken to the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Make sure to break up the meat with the spatula and combine it with the vegetables.
Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken and stir to combine.
Cook the liquid down for 2 minutes then add the teriyaki sauce and stir to combine.
Remove from the heat and fill lettuce leaves with the meat mixture.
Top with additional chopped green onions if desired.
More Easy Chicken Recipes
Chicken is the star of the show on our menu 5 out of 7 days a week. So, of course, I have more delicious recipes for you to try. If you are looking for inspiration, check out some of the fun ideas below to add to your menu. Make sure you print, pin, or bookmark the recipes to keep them handy!
- Braised Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
- 25 Light and Easy Chicken Recipes For Dinner
- The Most Flavorful Chicken Meatloaf Recipe
- Korean Sheet Pan Chicken Breast and Vegetables
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup light soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
- ¼ cup white of green onions/scallions, sliced
- ½ cup white onion, chopped
- ¼ cup Teriyaki sauce
- 1 head iceberg or Bibb lettuce
- Clean and separate lettuce leaves. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside (or refrigerate until ready to serve).
- In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
- Add the minced onion to the skillet and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 minutes.
- Next, add in the mushrooms, and cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes until the liquid has evaporated and they are softened.
- In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and chili flakes. Set aside.
- Add the ground chicken to the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Make sure to break up the meat with the spatula and combine it with the vegetables.
- Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken and stir to combine.
- Cook the liquid down for 2 minutes then add the teriyaki sauce and stir to combine.
- Remove from the heat and fill lettuce leaves with the meat mixture and top with additional chopped green onions if desired.
Can be made using ground turkey or ground beef.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 1883mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 33g