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Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps | No Carbs

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Are a Real Weeknight Winner

Chicken lettuce wraps might seem like the sort of thing best left to dinners out, but they are actually quite easy to make at home. The trick is making sure that all your prep work is done before you start cooking, down to setting out the lettuce leaves, dipping sauce, and chopped cashews (for sprinkling atop each bundle). Sure, it involves a bit of chopping (or rather, mincing), but it's the sort of meditative prep work that will help melt away the day's stresses. All in all, it's a pretty quick process, making for a great weeknight option.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


16 large butter lettuce leaves
1/2 cup Asian sweet chili sauce
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, finely chopped
1/4 cup unsalted, roasted cashews, chopped
2 scallions, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons peanut oil
4 medium shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced and peeled


  1. Arrange lettuce leaves on a large platter. Pour chili sauce into a small bowl; place on platter with leaves. Add cashews to a small serving bowl.
  2. Mix chicken, scallions, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a medium bowl; marinate chicken 10 minutes at room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; stir-fry 15 seconds. Add garlic and ginger, and stir-fry 10 seconds. Add chicken mixture and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture into a bowl, and serve with the lettuce leaves, chili sauce, and cashews. To eat: spoon chicken into a lettuce cup, sprinkle with cashews, roll leaves around filling, and dip into chili sauce.

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OMGSeriously OMGSeriously 9 years
I am not a health freak and don't care about watching carbs but this food idea looks good.
hammer04 hammer04 9 years
Alright, finally made it yesterday. Went for a more Thai version of the dish. Used ground chicken, some lemon and lime juice, and 1/4 ground peanuts. Added some regular onions and 1 chili pepper as well. Came out GREAT! I am not into the whole lettuce wrapper deal, so just ate it plain with some rice.
Seaskye Seaskye 9 years
I tried this dish and it was very good , I used Sesame seed oil instead of vegetable had some presidents choice honey hoisin sauce so used that and as the store I went to had Portobello mushrooms I used those instead of Shitake. I put the mushrooms in after the chicken, recipe left out this step which is why I check the food-net work. I hate to say this but the recipe looked familiar, with just 1 changed ingredient it is the same as a Rachel Ray Recipe (love that girl ), though I know how recipes get passed around and changed, this is a favorite topic at work. Would love to see more recipes !!!!! Seaskye.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
mmm.. I've had these made with soy instead of chicken.. delishhh ;)~
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
It looks good. I am getting hungry now.
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
Wow Im really hungry now. I dont think I can let my pb& j wait another hr and half
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
and they have something similiar to this at california pizza kitchen
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
Oh there building a PF Changs in riverside I do hope its good
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
tharightgurl - theres a PF Changs out in Garden City, in the source mall. i think thats the closest one to nyc
tharightgurl4u tharightgurl4u 9 years
There is no PF Changs in NYC :( that sucks!! But I went there when i was in Vegas! :LOVE: loved it!
Moongal Moongal 9 years
wow and i was all excited for it to be low carb, its sounds really good and i was going to try and make it, well maybe not
MizzLadee MizzLadee 9 years
julez julez 9 years
luckydog, you are right on. My Gfriend and I went on a diet while on vacation where we had a light salad (no cheese or croutons and small serving of lite dressing) for lunch and lettuce wraps from PF Chang's for dinner everynight. We didn't drink alcohol or cheat in any way. Sometimes we has the PF Chang's for lunch and didn't even finish it. We exercised for 45 minutes /day. We did this for 4 days and then got on the scales when we got home. We BOTH gained 3-4 lbs. At first, we thought it must have been water weight - but when we were back to the old routine, the weight didn't drop off like water weight does. It came off slowly over 2 more weeks. We looked up the calorie content online and it was SHOCKING. I'll never eat another super fattening PF Chang's lettuce wrap. Phooey!
luckydog luckydog 9 years
Hey, I love this dish and it's certainly nutritious enough, but it's really not the kind of thing you can eat and eat and eat and expect to lose weight. All things in moderation, right? This dish still has lots of calories and it is NOT no-carb. It's not even LOW carb. First off, water chestnuts are super starchy-carby. One cup has 17g. Also, hoison sauce? One of the first ingredients is sugar. :-P And definitely don't eat that orange garnish if low-carb is what you're aiming for...
lesocialite lesocialite 9 years
yum, i'm hungry. :]
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I'm confused...? This person wrote in asking for a nice, light recipe. They didn't even mention weight.
beach_babe beach_babe 9 years
im so sick of hearing about weight! i mean your either naturally skinny (like me LOL) or your not. I mean its no wonder we have skeletons paradeing me girls ITS NOT SEXY! im skinny but not to the point where you can count my ribs from 50 feet away. anyways luv ya bitches xoxo
Daffodil Daffodil 9 years
Oy Vey! It looks and sounds delicious, could I have it without the Lettuce?
adolove adolove 9 years
I love these. I made them tonight and they weren't quite like PF Changs but a decent substitute.
Padraigin Padraigin 9 years
lettuce wraps rock. I'm not a big no carb girl, but lettuce wraps are so refreshing.
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