Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are healthy, delicious, and full of your favorite Asian flavors. And you’ll love the spicy 3-ingredient dipping sauce!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps are one of those things that always sound healthy when you see it on a menu at a restaurant. But then it arrives amid deep-fried noodles or sugary glazes and you might as well have ordered egg rolls!

My version is deliciously lightened up and free of refined sugar and processed ingredients. It’s a Lettuce Wrap that actually delivers on the promise in the name. These easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are healthy, delicious, and full of your favorite Asian flavors. And you'll love the spicy 3-ingredient dipping sauce!

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How to make Chicken Lettuce Wraps

With most lettuce wraps, the chicken and veggies are cooked in a combination of pantry Asian ingredients and sugar. It tastes great, but the recipes I have seen always have a lot of sugar!

My sauce is made with similar ingredients, sweetened with honey, and then cooked down to concentrate the flavors. Toss the cooked chicken and vegetables in this sauce to infuse every bite with flavor.

Dipping Sauce for Chicken Lettuce Wraps

There is a local paleo meal service in my area called Plate Therapy. They have fantastic Chicken Lettuce Wraps and a really delicious dipping sauce to go with them.

After a few trips over there to chat with the staff, I am delighted to confirm the sauce is equal parts dijon mustard, honey, and sambal oelek (an Indonesian chili paste). And it’s perfect on my lettuce wraps, too!

These easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are healthy, delicious, and full of your favorite Asian flavors. And you'll love the spicy 3-ingredient dipping sauce!

Is there a substitute for Sambal Oelek?

Any chili paste will work as a substitute for sambal oelek. Sriracha is the easiest option that comes to mind (or maybe I’ve just been in California too long).

What kind of lettuce to use for lettuce wraps?

Butter lettuce is a great choice for lettuce wraps because the leaves are round, sturdy, and easy to separate.

They also have more nutrition than iceberg (although I’ve grown weary of people who talk about how iceberg lettuce has no nutritional value… haven’t you?). You can use romaine or green leaf lettuce for lettuce wraps, but depending on their shape it might be a little messier.

How do you cut lettuce for lettuce wraps?

After washing the lettuce, remove the core and separate the leaves. To prep your lettuce in advance, separate the leaves as directed and store in the refrigerator covered with damp paper towels.

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These easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are healthy, delicious, and full of your favorite Asian flavors. And you'll love the spicy 3-ingredient dipping sauce!
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are healthy, delicious, and full of your favorite Asian flavors. And you'll love the spicy 3-ingredient dipping sauce!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 454 kcal

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger fresh, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha optional
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 8 ounce whole water chestnuts drained and diced
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce separated into leaves

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek or sriracha

Instructions

To make the sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan combine honey, coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and Sriracha. Bring to a boil and simmer while preparing the chicken, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To make the chicken:

  1. Meanwhile, In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add chicken and stir, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onion and cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes.

  3. Pour sauce over chicken and stir to combine. To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of the lettuce leaf, taco-style.

To make the dipping sauce:

  1. Combine dijon mustard, honey, and sambal oelek in a small bowl and whisk to combine.

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2 comments

  1. Loving Chinese food, this sounds really good and spicy.

    If you can’t find the Sambal Oelek chili paste, there are several recipes out there to make your own. I understand that many others, like Tabasco, being Cajun, use much more vinegar whereas SO is basically a little vinegar and water to make more of a crushed-processed paste using Thai and red Serrano chilies. I think one could also use crushed red pepper flakes as well. Wowzer-hot!!!

    Here’s one site offering a recipe:
    https://www.pepperscale.com/homemade-sambal-oelek/

  2. Love that yours is a “lite” version…nice to have finger foods that aren’t loaded with sugar and processed stuff!

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