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Chinese-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps



To me, the ideal summer meal comes together relatively quickly without turning on the oven. These chicken lettuce wraps are just that; the most labor-intensive part is in chopping all the fresh produce, and then it cooks up in less than 15 minutes on the stovetop. It’s a wonderful family dinner or summer party finger food. I love the vibrant colors and flavors here, especially the kick of ginger and sweet hoisin sauce and the subtle notes of orange. Some lightly sautΓ©ed bell pepper and crushed peanuts give it some lovely crunch. I use romaine lettuce as I think it stands up better than traditional iceberg to hold all that delicious filling inside and to me has more flavor. Make these fresh & vibrant chicken lettuce wraps and you won’t ever crave the Chinese restaurant ones again!


Chinese-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Adapted from Rachael Ray’s recipe on the Food Network

  • About 10 fresh shiitake mushrooms, washed & stems removed, tops halved then sliced thin to make 2 cups of sliced shiitakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger root, finely grated on a microplane grater
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into a small dice
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot (one medium carrot)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 1 orange, zested and cut into wedges for garnish
  • 1.5 lbs. chicken breast (4 chicken breast halves) or chicken tenders, cut into very small pieces, about 1/2-cm. cubes or smaller
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Fine sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. sambal oelek or other hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup crushed unsalted peanuts
  • 6 chives, chopped (extra left long for garnish if desired)
  • 2 full romaine lettuce bunches, thoroughly washed and stems removed (about 20 leaves of varying sizes)


  1. Prep the fresh ingredients and set aside in separate prep bowls as you go: Wash mushrooms, remove their stems, halve and slice the tops. Mince the garlic, grate the ginger, dice the 1/2 bell pepper, shred the carrot, dice the scallions and zest the orange (then slice and set aside wedges for garnish). Crush the unsalted peanuts in a mortar & pestle or use a knife to chop and crush; wash & chop the chives.
  2. Cut the chicken into the smallest pieces you can (no larger than 1/2-cm. cubes) and sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper (note: if you are using salted peanuts, go easy on the salt here or omit). Heat oil in a large skillet and cook the chicken until it is no longer translucent, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. When chicken is no longer translucent (but not fully cooked through yet), add the mushroom slices, garlic, ginger, bell pepper, carrot and scallions and let cook through, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally (cover to hasten the cooking time).
  4. Add the orange zest, hoisin sauce, and sambal oelek and stir; taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Turn the heat off and add the peanuts and chives, mix once more and give it a final taste. Adjust seasonings as necessary, then transfer filling to a large serving bowl.
  5. To serve, scoop a few spoonfuls of the filling into the romaine leaves, or let guests assemble their own. Set out orange wedges and extra chives for garnish if desired; I found a little spritz of orange over the top brings out the vibrant flavors. You might also like to serve it with steamed white sticky rice; my little one enjoyed filling her wraps mostly with rice and a little filling. Enjoy!


Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

48 thoughts on “Chinese-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  1. Looks delicious!

  2. I have everything I need for this, looks wonderful!

  3. I love lettuce wraps of any kind, especially in the summers! Delicious looking recipe!

  4. Looks like the perfect summer dinner, Laura. It sounds perfectly flavored and love the mix of textures, too…a party for the taste buds!

  5. I love lettuce wrap, and this is a wonderful healthy recipe. πŸ™‚

  6. These sound fantastic!

  7. Wow Laura, your recipe is just perfect for summer and for Fiesta Friday! The colours and the flavours are so inviting and your photography is jaw-droppingly beautiful! I have to tell you that I’m having a very hard time waiting patiently in this long line to get to your dish…I hope there is some left for me when I make it to the front of the line! Thanks so much for bringing this dish to FF, Laura! πŸ˜€

  8. It looks so delicious! I would love to eat that during Summer and share it with my friends at a Summer party πŸ˜€

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  10. Ah…. nice & healthy, pretty colors, and perfect for summer- I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Looks fantastic. Thanks for bringing it to the FF party!

  12. Wonderful recipe! Laura, your pictures are really beautiful! And I love the presentation…

  13. This looks really amazing. I love chicken lettuce wraps, but they’re so pricey at restaurants. This recipe will be one I have to try soon. Thanks for bringing it to FF! =)

  14. Gorgeous photos of a delicious looking dish – I love lettuce wraps especially in the summer. Thanks for sharing this with us and Happy Fiesta Friday to you !

  15. Gorgeous looking lettuce wraps, and your pictures are just awesome too.

  16. I don’t even eat chicken and you made me crave it with these beautiful pictures. Seriously stunning. I also love the use of peanuts for some crunch (who doesn’t like a little texture in a dish) and some orange for a sweet summery zest. Beautiful pictures, beautiful recipe.

    • Thanks! Yes, the peanuts were almost an afterthought but I was happy to have that extra crunch, and extra zesty flavor from the orange. So happy you like it! I bet you could find a chicken alternative – maybe tofu, or a grain?

  17. Laura…these look so delicious! My daughters and I love lettuce wraps, and I can’t wait to try your version! First, because we’ve been on a mission to find the perfect recipe for them…and these look absolutely divine… and second, because it gets the three of us together for a lunch or dinner… where we can sit and relax and enjoy each other’s company… Thanks so much for sharing.. ❀

  18. Oh yum! The orange would be wonderful, I’m so happy to be cooking Asian dishes regularly again….I can try this out πŸ™‚

  19. Wow! These look delicious and so pretty!

  20. Nice and healthy πŸ˜‹

  21. Laura, I love these chicken wraps, your version looks so elegant! πŸ˜€

  22. I’m giving this a try! They look delish!

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