Filled with tender and juicy chicken and lots of yummy vegetables, this easy chicken lettuce wraps recipe is filling, delicious, and way cheaper than the takeout version. Your family will love it!
Alright, so I’ll admit right off the bat that this chicken lettuce wraps recipe isn’t exactly Southern, which is why I added a “y’all” on the end of this post title. That just made it look like it fit better on Southern Plate, didn’t it? I knew you’d agree.
Be careful, they’re addictive!
I’ve developed a raving addiction to these easy chicken lettuce wraps. You see, Ricky and I don’t get to go out much. We’ve actually been out twice without the kids in the past four or five years. What we do instead is pick a night each week and eat a very light supper, then after we send the kids to bed one of us (he usually draws the short straw here) goes to get takeout for our dinner. A Chinese restaurant is very near us and chicken lettuce wraps are one of their signature dishes. This is one of those things that didn’t sound too appealing to me at first but my mother kept insisting that I try them and once I did, I was about as hooked on that as I was the first time I tried poutine.
However, shelling out the money for them on a regular basis got old quickly and last night I just up and decided that I could make these little suckers myself. Never stand in the way of a woman when she “up and decides” to do something. I looked up several recipes online and they all seemed far too complicated for what I felt should be a simple recipe so I just set out to wing it on my own.
We found the finished product to be every bit as good, a little more filling, and a WHOLE lot cheaper than the restaurant version. The perfect , they easily made enough for four people.
- Chicken breast
- Rice sticks
- Soy sauce
- Water chestnut can
- Brown sugar
- Green onion
- Head of lettuce
How To Make My Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Place a tablespoon of oil in a skillet ( works great in Asian dishes) and add your chicken breast. Cook on medium heat, stirring often until cooked through.
I am using 3 boneless skinless breasts, but this is an excellent recipe to use leftover chicken, whether that’s or . I’d also keep it in mind for turkey leftovers as well!
Chop up cooked chicken, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and green onion.
Add about 3 tablespoons of soy sauce to the brown sugar and stir that up well.
Place all of the chopped ingredients back in the skillet that you cooked your chicken in.
Then add the sauce. Stir and cook over medium heat just until heated through.
Cooking the Rice Sticks
Place about an inch or two of oil into a small pot. Heat on medium heat for several minutes before using. Check out the video in the recipe card below to see how the rice sticks puff out.
Break off some rice noodles, make sure they are small enough that they will fit entirely in your pot. You don’t want any part not going into the oil on the first batch because it won’t cook.
As soon as you put them in they will bubble and then PUFF up like this. Remove them carefully to a paper towel-lined plate.
This post is just filled with neat tricks! See this head of lettuce with the stem in the middle?
Tip to Get the Perfect Lettuce Wrap
Turn that head of lettuce over and get a good hold of it and hit it on the counter really hard, right on that stem and it will just pop right out!
Place the chicken mixture on each and sprinkle the crispy rice noodles on the top.
Fold up your and eat it like a taco. This recipe makes enough chicken lettuce wraps for four people to have a couple each.
MY GOODNESS, THESE ARE GOOD!
If you have leftover chicken and vegetables, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You’ll want to store the lettuce leaves separately, as they’ll get soggy quickly.
- Traditionally, Asian chicken lettuce wraps are made using ground chicken, so you can definitely substitute the chicken breast for ground chicken or turkey too if you prefer.
- If your kids aren’t into lettuce tacos, you can easily serve the chicken and vegetables over rice noodles or rice instead.
- If you want to add more vegetables to your chicken lettuce wrap recipe, add in a cup of finely chopped bell pepper.
- For some heat, add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or serve with sriracha.
- If you’re a fan of cilantro, feel free to sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top of these before serving.
- Try as a gluten-free and soy-free alternative to .
Where can I find rice sticks?
Rice sticks aren’t nearly as hard to find these days as they used to be. I just picked these up at the grocery store in the Asian foods section. These add a lot of “coolness” to the recipe if you let your kids watch you cook them. Okay, so I think they’re pretty cool, too!
What lettuce is best for lettuce wraps?
I recommend using butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, or romaine lettuce.
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts can substitute for leftover chicken or turkey - about three cups
- 3 green onions
- 8 oz water chestnuts small can
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- rice sticks and oil to cook them in
- head of lettuce to serve them in
- In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add chicken, cut into pieces, and cook while stirring until cooked through. While chicken is cooking, finely dice mushrooms, water chestnuts, and green onions. Remove chicken from heat after it is done and dice.3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 8 oz water chestnuts, 1 cup mushrooms, 3 green onions
- Combine the soy sauce and brown sugar, stir well. Add chicken, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and green onions back to the skillet. Stir in the sauce. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through.3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3 green onions, 8 oz water chestnuts, 1 cup mushrooms, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 3 tbsp soy sauce
- For the rice sticks, place one to two inches of oil in a small saucepot. Heat over medium heat for several minutes. Break off a handful of rice noodles and drop them into the pot, immediately removing them to a paper towel-lined plate when they puff up.rice sticks
- Serve chicken mixture in the lettuce leaves, topped with crunchy rice noodles. Eat like a taco. Repeat as necessary.head of lettuce
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