When I visit my mom we usually make it to P.F. Chang's® at least once and always start the meal with their very popular chicken lettuce wraps. They do a good job with most of the dishes I've had, but the wraps are clearly my favorite. I don't do a lot of copycat recipes; these chicken lettuce wraps, however, are a delicious exception.

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Chicken Mixture:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Stir chicken, water chestnuts, mushrooms, yellow onion, 1/3 cup green onion, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ginger, and 2 teaspoons brown sugar together in a bowl. Pat mixture down, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.

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  • Whisk chicken stock, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ketchup, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sesame oil, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and dry mustard together in a bowl until glaze is well-mixed.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook and stir chicken mixture in hot oil until chicken no longer looks raw, about 2 minutes. Pour 1/2 of the glaze mixture into chicken mixture; cook and stir over high heat until chicken begins to caramelize and brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low, pour remaining glaze into chicken mixture, and cook until heated through and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes more. Stir in cilantro, basil, and 1 1/2 tablespoons green onion. Transfer chicken mixture to a bowl and serve with lettuce leaves to wrap.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 17.6g 35% DV; carbohydrates 10.8g 4% DV; fat 10.7g 17% DV; cholesterol 58.2mg 19% DV; sodium 332.5mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2015
This was good and would make it again but.... I have a secret. I make lettuce wraps all the time but I use chicken teriyaki pineapple meatballs already cooked. You can get them at Costco and most other markets. Just chop them up add water chestnuts, mushrooms and shredded carrots. Stir in some oyster sauce and soy sauce to taste and you've got your filling. Use butter lettuce for the wrappers and garnish with cilantro, green onions, and crispy wonton strips. Use your favorite sauce (we like sweet hot chili sauce and peanut sauce. Hoisin is good too) it is much easier on a busy weeknight. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2019
This recipe was a LOT of work for mediocre results. Other than using cremini mushrooms and dicing the chicken quite small I followed the recipe as written. The result lacked the bold Asian taste I was hoping for so I added 2-3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce which helped. I also whipped up 2 dipping sauces and served with chopped peanuts. Every other Chef John recipe I've tried has been wonderful but I will not make this one again. Sauce 1: 1tsp sesame oil 2T soy 2T rice vinegar 1T chili paste 1tsp brown sugar. Sauce 2: 1/3c mayo 1tsp sriracha sauce 1tsp chili oil 1tsp lime juice. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2015
This was good and would make it again but.... I have a secret. I make lettuce wraps all the time but I use chicken teriyaki pineapple meatballs already cooked. You can get them at Costco and most other markets. Just chop them up add water chestnuts, mushrooms and shredded carrots. Stir in some oyster sauce and soy sauce to taste and you've got your filling. Use butter lettuce for the wrappers and garnish with cilantro, green onions, and crispy wonton strips. Use your favorite sauce (we like sweet hot chili sauce and peanut sauce. Hoisin is good too) it is much easier on a busy weeknight. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2016
These are just as good, if not better, than PF Changs/Pei Wei's version. Sure there is a lot of chopping and sure the ingredient list is long, but it's all easy stuff to chop and all of the ingredients are things I keep in my kitchen most of the time anyway. The payoff is worth the trouble. The flavor is really complex and delicious and there's just a little bit of kick from the hot pepper. I served them with Bibb lettuce instead of iceberg and I also made a mix of radish, carrots, bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro and rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar that added just the right amount of fresh. I'll definitely be making this again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
Didn't use water chestnuts because of an allergy and let sit in the fridge about 2 hours to marinate... Also used romain instead of ice burg because that's all I had (recommend getting the head of lettuce). Besides that followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2015
Oh yum! Now one of my very favorite recipes! I would definitely make this for company. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2016
I've made this twice now. The first time strictly to finally use up some ground chicken I had in my freezer. The second time I used chicken thighs and -- wow!-- what a difference. They were both very good but the juiciness of the thigh meat really added so much to the texture and flavor. I had to modify this a bit because I strongly dislike mushrooms. (The flavor the texture the fact that they're a fungus...) I followed just about everything else to the letter omitting the mushrooms and about 5 ounces of chicken to keep the vegetable ratio true to its original recipe. I used a sweet onion versus yellow because it's all I had on hand. My hubby absolutely loved this but was disappointed that I didn't include the mushrooms.:-P Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2015
I can't get ground chicken. I have made this with cooked chicken chopped finely chicken breasts that I chopped finely and lastly with ground turkey. This is an awesome recipe. It is absolutely delicious. I haven't been able to cook it for 10-15 minutes; it starts to burn at about 7 minutes. Pans and stove temperatures can vary obviously. This is a wonderful wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2016
My husband and I loved this! It took me a long time to make it bc I made the mistake of buying chicken thighs with skin and bone...oops! So yeah I felt like my grandmother slaving over a hot stove for 2 hours only I was over my chopping board skinning the thighs then deboning them. Ugh!! Then my measuring spoons are plastic so the words are half gone and I mistook tablespoon with teaspoon on a few occasions...double yikes! Umm can you tell I don't cook much yet? So anyhoo even with all those challenges we both loved this cool spin on lettuce wraps. I made it again the following week exactly how the recipe said I should and got a completely different taste...almost Middle Eastern curry-ish...double yum! So yeah if you fudge on the brown sugar too much or not enough you are still golden. I didn't do the water chestnuts my husband is a man-child and would spit them out like Peter on Family Guy:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
Absolutely awesome! I needed something healthy to kick start the New Year and this was a great way to go! I made some accidents along the way but they paid off! I didn't use dry mustard because I forgot I didn't have it on hand and I accidentally used red wine vinegar instead of rice. I also used a dash of garlic salt and Simply Asia's Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning to give it a kick in addition to a dash of ground cayenne pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2015
Nice enough flavor but I would not want to make a meal out of this because it seems a little rich. Served with Thai-Style Peanut Sauce from this site shredded carrots diced green onions and Butter Lettuce. Husband said he liked it which is basically a miracle so it is worth giving a try even though it seems overly complicated for a wrap (see long list of ingredients and three steps in the cooking process). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2019
This recipe was a LOT of work for mediocre results. Other than using cremini mushrooms and dicing the chicken quite small I followed the recipe as written. The result lacked the bold Asian taste I was hoping for so I added 2-3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce which helped. I also whipped up 2 dipping sauces and served with chopped peanuts. Every other Chef John recipe I've tried has been wonderful but I will not make this one again. Sauce 1: 1tsp sesame oil 2T soy 2T rice vinegar 1T chili paste 1tsp brown sugar. Sauce 2: 1/3c mayo 1tsp sriracha sauce 1tsp chili oil 1tsp lime juice. Read More
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