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Chef John's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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50 m servings 212
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 212 calories; 10.7 10.8 17.6 58 332 Full nutrition

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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...

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OMG, so much work and so LITTLE flavor. I make chicken lettuce wraps all the time with a fraction of these ingredients and they are always a hit. Thought I would go above and beyond and expect...

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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...

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 ing...

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 ...

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 ...

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 abs...

Oh yum! Now one of my very favorite recipes! I would definitely make this for company.

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 ...

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...

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 ...