FOOD: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Lauren here today, with a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next get together. Think of this as the healthier sister to the P.F. Chang's version that everyone loves. 

Yes, there are a gazillion copycat recipes of this app floating around, but my take is a little different and still full of plenty of flavor. The best part is how easy it is--the perfect kind of dish to serve up at a party and let your guests help themselves. Keep reading for the recipe!
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Let's start with the ingredients. Most recipes call for ground chicken, which happens to include dark meat. Instead, cook a few chicken breasts to shred so you get the lean, white meat only.

 Shredded carrots and radicchio are an easy way to sneak in some extra nutrients and balance each other out (sweet and bitter). The dressing is where it's all at, though. Dijon mustard and minced ginger pack a lot of flavor, and using light soy sauce cuts out some of the extra salt.

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To serve, Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves work best as they're naturally curled into the perfect-sized cups. Set out fresh bean sprouts for a low-cal crunchy topping, as well as chopped chives and toasted sesame seeds. 

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For the dressing:
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

For the filling:
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 small radicchio, shredded 
2 carrots, shredded with a box grater

For serving:
Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
Fresh bean sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, and chopped chives for garnish
Sriracha for added heat

1. In a small bowl, combine first five ingredients. Whisk in the vegetable and sesame oil.
2. In a large bowl, mix shredded chicken, radicchio and carrot. Add the dressing slowly, tossing to combine. You may not need all of it. 
3. To serve, spoon chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves. Top with bean sprouts, chives and toasted sesame seeds. 

-Recipes & images by Lauren Craig


Lindsay said...

Yum Lauren! My hubby would love this dish. I am going to give it a go this evening!


Lindsay said...

Yum Lauren! My hubby would love this dish! We are going to give it a try this evening.


Danie at Pasadya said...

Pinning this pronto! Thanks so much for the amazing recipe, Lauren!

Donna Khoo said...

It looks great - and even though there are lots of these types of recipes - it's always lovely to see a new interpretation! P.S - I live in Aus and my sister who lives in LA and came for a visit told me I needed to get the Sriracha sauce - which I have now in my fridge!!

Lubica Tothova said...

yum, yum...lovely dish..

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

So delicious! Beautiful photos, too!

17 Perth said...

Yes!! I love these! My husband and I make them a good bit--stole the idea from cheesecake factory! Hahaha. These are so so good!

Becky K said...

oh my gosh yum yum yum i've been trying out all kinds of lettuce wrap recipes lately, but i'll have to add this to the list!


Alyssa Longobucco said...

These look incredible! I love Asian food, so I'm definitely excited to try these out!

The Glossy Life

Chic Coastal Living said...

Love this post! the photos are gorgeous and the recipe is out of this world! I could eat lettuce wraps every day of the year!

vicki archer said...

These look SO delicious, this is exactly the kind of thing I love to make! Thank you for sharing...xv

Cilla B said...

This looks amazing and delish..will have to try it :)

meghan silva said...

Those wraps look delicious , have to try the recipe .

xo Meg<3

Meghan Silva's Blog

Valerie Price said...

This looks absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Just Another Shopaholic said...

This looks so good! Thank you for the recipe.

Maggie Adofo said...

Looks absolutely delicious!! :)

Maggie A
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Estelle said...

These look so yummy! Nice job xx

Namrata K said...

You are like a genius all around! The recipe sounds and looks simply divine! Have to try this one


Alison Dulaney said...

Yum these look just divine and healthy too!

Jennifer Boyd said...

Great post, love PF Chang's version but it's always so salty so maybe I will give it a try at home.

Wisconsin Whitetail News said...

I have had lettuce wraps before but this is by far the best recipe for a little more kick to lettuce wraps

andrea said...

This looks so good...<3 the hot sauce!


Taneith Lanyon said...

these look so fresh and inviting.
we will be trying them this week.
thankyou so much for sharing.

Happy Weekend

The enchanted home said...

Yum! Do you think this is diet friendly? Please say yes...its appears to be and I am looking for all the creative recipes I can find that are low calorie. I love your pictures too!

Crystalnextdoor said...

These look so good, bookmarked!

Kym Fox @ Travel Babbles | Living the (hockey) Life said...

Mmmmmm! The dressing sounds delish! I'm currently in Germany and haven't been able to find any type of Boston / lettuce cups .. book marking this recipe now for when I return to the states. Thanks for sharing!

Brittany Lauren said...

I always order the Lettuce Wraps from P.F. Changs. Thank you for posting this. I would love to make this at home but never found a good enough recipe for it :)

Lauren Craig said...

SO happy everyone enjoyed the recipe and photos!

The Enchanted Home -- I do think they're diet friendly! I only used lean, white meat chicken so there's no fatty dark meat, low-sodium soy sauce reduces the salt, and I used just a small amount of oil.

David Bez said...

love it, mmm
So yummy.

David @

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Stacy Malinow said...

So easy to make. Guests at my party couldn't stop raving about this and asked for the recipe.

Stacy Malinow said...

So easy to make. I made these for a party and my guests couldn't stop raving about it and asked for the recipe.

Stacy Malinow said...

So easy to make. Guests at my party couldn't stop raving about this and asked for the recipe.

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