Easy Homemade Lettuce Wraps

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This is not exactly a dupe for PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps like so many recipes you find online. But it’s a quick, tasty and easy homemade meal. And it is easily modified to specific tastes or dietary needs.

Shredded chicken can be subbed with ground chicken or turkey. Soy sauce or tamari can be used. If a diet doesn’t include peanuts, slivered almonds are excellent.

Water chestnuts and mushrooms are not called for, but if you love them, add them! Most dupe recipes also call for peanut butter, but this recipe doesn’t use it.

The lettuce, peanuts and sesame seeds provide ample crunch, but sprinkle liberally if you like more.

Uniform veggie size is important so that everything gets done at the same time.

For the carrots, I used the Pampered Chef julienne peeler which took about 30 seconds. For the celery I used the small blade on my Mueller. The scallion I just thinly sliced with a knife.

For the sauce I used gluten-free soy sauce with equal parts water. A half-cup of each was the perfect amount for this recipe.

Easy Homemade Lettuce Wraps

These homemade lettuce wraps are easy to modify to any taste buds.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese


  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 head butter lettuce (or other large-leafed lettuce)
  • 1-2 carrots, julienned or thinly diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced small
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • red chili flakes to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp corn starch


  • ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
  • sesame seeds to taste


  • Cook one large chicken breast and shred. I boiled a breast and then shredded with the KitchenAid.
  • Whisk together sauce ingredients.
  • Heat sesame oil in a pan over medium high heat and add veggies until celery just starts to turn soft. (About 5 minutes). Add cooked, shredded chicken and sauce. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens. (About 5-10 minutes)
  • Arrange clean lettuce leaves on a plate and top each leaf with a bit of meat and veggie filling. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and sesame seeds.

There is a bit of clean up involved, but the prep and cooking are so quick, this dish is great for lunch or dinner.

1 Comment

  1. Corine, can I leave out the ginger or is there a substitute for it? I don’t love ginger, but probably that is what gives it the flavor. 🤣Is there a powdered ginger?

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