Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect  for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Ready in 15 minutes!

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This is a simple recipe with the perfect combination of savory, spicy, tangy and sweet.

Start by making the sauce, whisking together all the sauce ingredients. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil or sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the minced chicken and break down any big lumps. When the chicken is cooked, add the cashews, stir in the sauce and cook for a couple of minutes. Spoon the mixture into lettuce cups and top with finely sliced carrots, cilantro and chopped cashews.

I used ground chicken, but you could either use ground turkey or beef.  You could also throw in some chopped shiitake mushrooms, zucchini or any vegetable you prefer.

Boston or butter lettuce are my favorites. They have wide,  sturdy leaves that hold a good amount of filling. Other options: iceberg or romaine lettuce.

The chicken filling can be prepared in advance and just reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. Chicken lettuce wraps make awesome leftovers. If you are packing these up for lunch, make sure not to assemble them beforehand otherwise you will end up with soggy lettuce wraps.

If you’re into wraps, also be sure to check out our Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps!

A white plate with four lettuce wraps, a glass of water and half lime in the background.
5 from 13 votes
Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Author: as easy as apple pie
Course: Main dish / Appetizer

These Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Ready in 15 minutes!

For the sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • the juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
For the chicken:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1 lb. (450 grams) ground lean chicken
  • 1/4 cup (40 grams) lightly salted cashews coarsely chopped
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 16 lettuce leaves for wrapping
Toppings (optional):
  • 1 carrot shredded or finely sliced(I used a spiralizer)
  • cilantro finely chopped
  • lightly salted cashews coarsely chopped
Prepare the sauce
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Cook the chicken
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and break down any big lumps. Cook, stirring occasionally until the chicken is browned.
  2. Add the cashews and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, then add the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Stir in the green onions. 

  1. Remove from heat and scoop the chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves.Top with chopped cilantro, cashews, shredded carrots and serve. 

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (1 lettuce wrap) — Calories: 79, Fat: 4.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.9g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 263mg, Carbohydrates: 4.7g, Sugar: 2.8g, Protein: 5.7g

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27 comments on “Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps”

  1. This was so good! The flavor is amazing and it actually it super easy to make, thank you for sharing!

  2. Great recipe! I used hoisin sauce instead of honey, which adds a touch of sweetness plus another level of flavors. Otherwise, this one will be a real keeper for our family!

    • Thank you for your feedback, Lynn! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • We love this!! I had to use what I had on hand and what I knew everyone would eat. No chili paste, so I used 1/2 tbsp sriracha. No cashews, so we used walnuts. And no limes, so I used 1/2 a fresh lemon. Everyone has already asked for it again!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

  3. Hi Elena! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It was absolutely delicious!

  4. I really enjoyed your recipe. My 6 year old even said it was his new favorite thing I make! Plus it was quick for a week night – we’ll definitely eat this again!

  5. this recipe was superb. My family found it delicious
    many thanks

  6. These are the best lettuce wraps I’ve ever had. They’re better than restaurant wraps. Followed this rscipe exactly and to us it’s perfect as written.. They are ridicously easy to make too, who could ask for more? I serve them with cilantro flavored brown rice! Yum

  7. Hi, thank you for the beautiful recipe! This was a lovely meal. Instead of the honey, I used palm sugar and made a double batch of the sauce. Just wondering if I could add fish sauce to the remainder of the sauce and use it as a Thai beef salad dressing? This is the most authentic Thai flavour I’ve had outside of a restaurant and would love to adapt it for other things. Thanks!

  8. I canโ€™t count how many times Iโ€™ve made this recipe. Itโ€™s always a hit! Iโ€™ve recently tried using it as a base for crackslaw – I add a bag of coleslaw just after I add the sauce – and it turned out amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

  9. loved it! used all the suggested toppings, plus avocado, trader joes spicy peanut vinaigrette, and water chestnuts! having leftovers tonight! thank you

  10. OMG this was AMAZING! Best lettuce wraps I’ve ever had! Only changes, added extra honey, didn’t have chili paste and changed to peanuts because my husband doesn’t like cashews. 2nd time making using this recipe because it was such a HUGE hit!

  11. Used Turkey mince instead of chicken and chipotle paste instead of chilli. Very nice flavour. Will Def make again. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I used ground chicken, and chopped cashews. Then garnished with a little grated carrot. I ate it as a lettuce wrap and my husband wrapped it into a tortilla/ wrap.

  13. I used ย water chestnuts instead of cashews. My family loved it! Great recipe and pretty easy .

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